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  1. Strength Training 101: Give your health a lift


    Want to introduce strength training into your world to fight age-related muscle and strength loss? You know that it helps in developing lifelong independence, but you are hesitant . . . simply because getting started seems too confusing. You may be questioning which exercises you should be doing and which muscle groups …

    Photos by EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times
  2. Elderly book end-of-life talks once labeled 'death panels'


    HACKENSACK, N.J. — The doctor got right down to business after Herbert Diamond bounded in. A single green form before her, she had some questions for the agile 88-year-old: about comas and ventilators, about feeding tubes and CPR, about intense and irreversible suffering.

    Herbert Diamond, 88, talks to Dr. Manisha Parulekar about his end-of-life preferences at the Hackensack University Medical Center.
  3. Trying to get jump on Zika preparations with money in limbo


    WASHINGTON — Beg, borrow and steal: Zika preparation involves a bit of all three as federal, state and local health officials try to get a jump on the mosquito-borne virus while Congress haggles over how much money they really need.

    Giraldo Carratala, an inspector with the Miami- Dade County mosquito control unit, sprays pesticide in the yard of a home in Miami last month. Beg, borrow and steal: Zika preparation involves a bit of all three as federal, state and local health officials try to get a jump on the mosquito-borne virus while Congress haggles over how much money they really need. With the money in limbo, it's all about shifting resources. [Associated Press]
  4. For pregnant women in Tampa Bay, a lack of answers heightens worries about Zika


    TAMPA — Rosa Mayerly Velasquez was overjoyed to learn in January that she was pregnant.

    Rosa Mayerly Velasquez, 33, shows off her first ultrasound Thursday at her doctor’s office in Tampa. Velasquez learned she was pregnant in January after returning from a visit to Colombia.
  5. CDC monitoring nearly 300 pregnant women with Zika


    WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said that is monitoring 279 pregnant women with likely Zika virus infections across U.S. states and territories. The largest number of cases by far are in Puerto Rico, where officials said they are keeping tabs on 122 pregnant women likely …

     In this Jan. 27, 2016,  photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. The number of pregnant women in the United States infected with Zika virus is suddenly tripling, due to a change in how the government is counting cases.  In a change announced Friday, May 20, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will count all women who tested positive,  regardless of whether they had suffered symptoms.  (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
  6. Nearly 8 in 10 public pools in CDC study failed routine safety inspections


    Summer's right around the corner, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is here to remind you that there's nothing like a dip in a public pool — a place where you might encounter tiny bits of fecal matter, parasites like Cryptosporidium and volatile chemicals that can irritate your eyes or respiratory …

    A report published Thursday warns that nearly 8 in 10 routine inspections of public pools turned up at least one violation of safety rules. In addition, about 1 in 8 of these inspections found problems so serious that the pool had to be closed immediately. These disheartening statistics are based on 84,187 routine inspections of 48,632 public pools and other "aquatic venues" in Arizona, California, Florida, New York and Texas. Researchers focused on these five states because they are home to 40 percent of the nation's estimated 309,000 public water play facilities. [Times (2014)]
  7. New penis recipient looks forward to being a 'complete' man


    BOSTON — The recipient of the nation's first penis transplant says he is looking forward to walking out of the hospital a "complete" man.

    Thomas Manning, of Halifax, Mass. reacts during an interview in his hospital room at Massachusetts General Hospital, Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Boston. Manning is the first man in the United States to undergo a penis transplant. [AP photo]
  8. Rick Scott makes it official: Celeste Philip named Florida surgeon general


    Dr. Celeste Philip, who has been acting surgeon general since March, was on Wednesday appointed to the permanent job running the Florida Department of Health.

    Dr. Celeste Philip
  9. Florida will list both names of same-sex couples on birth certificates


    More than a year after gay couples won the right to marry in Florida, the state's Department of Health is allowing both spouses to have their names printed on their baby's birth certificate.

  10. U.S. Senate likely to advance $1.1 billion in Zika funding


    WASHINGTON — After a three-month delay, the Senate is acting on President Barack Obama's request for money to combat the Zika virus.

    Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that cause the Zika vius are seen in a cage at a laboratory in Cucuta, Colombia. Congress is ready to act on President Barack Obama's long-stalled request for emergency funds to combat the virus, which has been linked to serious birth defects and other major health problems. [Associated Press]