Monday, June 25, 2018

Health

High rate of MRSA infections reported at Bayfront Health Brooksville

High rate of MRSA infections reported at Bayfront Health Brooksville

Bayfront Health Brooksville and Bayfront Health Spring Hill are among a handful of Florida hospitals that saw a sharp rise in the number of MRSA infections, which can be deadly to patients if not treated, according to federal officials.The trend is o...
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With new mind-controlled robotic arm, Port Richey man is living in the future

With new mind-controlled robotic arm, Port Richey man is living in the future

PORT RICHEY — Johnny Matheny got fit for his first prosthetic arm about 10 years ago. It was a body-powered arm with a hook at the end.As with most patients, Matheny’s doctor had him practice with the arm before taking it home.His doctor laid a small...
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Should the government regulate vaping flavors? The answer is far from clear.

Should the government regulate vaping flavors? The answer is far from clear.

A heated debate is redrawing alliances in the tobacco control movement as federal officials wrestle with how to regulate the growing e-cigarette market.The players include researchers, smoking-cessation advocates and "vaping" connoisseurs."It’s becom...
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Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo, landmark study finds

Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo, landmark study finds

CHICAGO — Most women with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease, doctors are reporting from a landmark study that used genetic testing to gauge each patient...
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All her life, everyday foods threatened her health. Then came a new drug, tested at USF.

All her life, everyday foods threatened her health. Then came a new drug, tested at USF.

TAMPA — Jennifer Mazorra believed that childbirth was out of the question.She had a disease known as PKU, short for Phenylketonuria, a genetic disorder that prevents the body from breaking down an amino acid found in high-protein foods and sweetened ...
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As marijuana dispensaries open their doors, Florida registers 5,400 new users per week

As marijuana dispensaries open their doors, Florida registers 5,400 new users per week

Call it the New Marijuana Math: 91,000 Floridians are buying 56 pounds of pot a week under the orders of 1,400 doctors. A year and a half after an amendment to the state constitution legalized medical marijuana, the fledgling industry is finally star...
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Colorectal cancer screening should start at age 45, not 50, American Cancer Society says

Colorectal cancer screening should start at age 45, not 50, American Cancer Society says

The American Cancer Society, responding to a rise in colorectal cancer rates among younger people, is now recommending that adults undergo screening for the disease beginning at age 45 rather than 50.The organization, which announced the change in it...
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Cancer group says colon screening should start at 45, not 50

New guidelines released Wednesday recommend U.S. adults start colon cancer screening earlier, at age 45 instead of 50. The American Cancer Society’s advice puts it out of sync with guidelines from an influential government advisory group, which kept ...
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Are you waiting too long at the hospital? Tampa General has a plan for that.

Are you waiting too long at the hospital? Tampa General has a plan for that.

TAMPA — Tampa General Hospital is joining with GE Healthcare to open a new care coordination center, which aims to improve patient safety and quality as well as efficiency through data analytics. The 9,000-square-foot center, set to open next year, w...
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New study says more than one alcoholic drink a day could shorten your life. Now, what?

New study says more than one alcoholic drink a day could shorten your life. Now, what?

A glass of red wine a day keeps the doctor away, right? Not so fast. A large-scale European study recently published in the journal Lancet says the heart-healthy benefits from moderate drinking are slight, while the risk of stroke and other fatal hea...
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