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Terri Eggeman, at her home in Valrico on Thursday, suffers from psoriatic arthritis and uses a medication called Enbrel. Before her insurer, Tricare, would cover the drug that eventually helped her, she had to try a cheaper option and prove it didn’t work. Photos by EVE EDELHEIT | Times

Fight looms over practice that forces patients to wait for better prescription drugs

There were days Terri Eggeman didn't want to get out of bed. Her back was too sore, her knees too stiff. It was no surprise her prescription medication wasn't working. Her doctor had said it probably wouldn't. But before her health insurer would approve the more expensive drug her doctor preferred, Eggeman had to p …

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    Health

    Carmen Torres woke up one morning in absolute darkness. It took 16 years and a team of doctors to bring back the light.

    Carmen Torres of Tampa is the first blind woman to receive the bionic eye implant in Florida. She shows off her bionic glasses on Friday as she sits next to Alex Gonzalez, a biomedical engineer at The University of Miami's Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. [C.M. GUERRERO | El Nuevo Herald]

  2. No, that's not a palmetto bug; Tampa and St. Petersburg ranked among nation's roach-iest metro areas

    Human Interest

    They flock here like retirees. You see them in the kitchen, the bathroom, hanging out under the palm tree next to the lanai. They fill their little motels to the max, no vacancy.

    Cockroaches.

    Cockroaches. Tampa Bay's got 'em in abundance. So much that the U.S. Census Bureau in its latest American Housing Survey found that our beloved home is among the roach-iest metropolitan areas in the nation. More so than New York or Miami or Houston. Of the more than 1,000 households surveyed, about 408 in Tampa and St. Petersburg said they had roaches. [Associated Press]
  3. Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa (w/video)

    Research

    LONDON — An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work and might help shut down the waning epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday.

  4. Fight looms over practice that forces patients to wait for better prescription drugs

    Health

    There were days Terri Eggeman didn't want to get out of bed.

    Terri Eggeman, at her home in Valrico on Thursday, suffers from psoriatic arthritis and uses a medication called Enbrel. Before her insurer, Tricare, would cover the drug that eventually helped her, she had to try a cheaper option and prove it didn’t work.
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    Health

    "Is this enough?" asks personal trainer Daniel Nyiri as he adjusts a knob on the machine, immediately inciting a twitch of slight agony in me, the person to whom it is connected.

    4U Fitness owner Daniel Nyiri gives tbt* correspondent Natalia Lima a training session at 4U Fitness in St. Pete. The control panel is at right.
  6. St. Petersburg hospital fares poorly in national infection ratings

    Health

    St. Petersburg General Hospital is among the nation's least effective hospitals at preventing infections, according to ratings released today by the magazine Consumer Reports.

    Register nurse Jelena Vujovic washes her hands in Patient Tower 2 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.
  7. Health care spending to accelerate, U.S. report says

    Health

    WASHINGTON — The nation's respite from accelerating health care costs appears to be over.

    In this 2010 photo, Douglas Holtz-Eakin speaks on Capitol Hill Washington. Health care costs appear to be accelerating again, the government says. That poses a challenge for millions of Americans and the next president as health spending looks set to outpace U.S. economic growth the next 10 years. [AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster]
  8. New therapy attacks allergies from the source

    Health

    SARASOTA — Lily Scalabrin knows a single peanut could send her to the hospital.

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    Health

    Nearly 1 million Florida children were living in poverty in 2013.

    Kimberly Shephard of Clearwater has two children at home, Adrienne, 14, left, and Ty, 11, right, and she often cares for her grandson Denzel Pulliam, 2. Despite a full-time job, she still struggles to cover her monthly bills and has to seek outside support.
  10. Enjoy seafood's health, flavor benefits with Grilled Tuna Panzanella

    Health

    We all know we should eat more fish. We all know it's good for us. What we don't always know is a great way to make eating fish feel new and exciting. Because how many times can you get excited about baked fish?

    Grilled tuna panzanella offers a creative way to eat the lean protein.