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  1. Could diet soda and artificial sweeteners cause dementia and strokes?

    Health

    A new study has scientists wondering if artificially sweetened beverages can cause strokes and dementia.

    A new study suggests that one or more artificially sweetened drinks a day could be associated with higher risk of stroke and dementia. (Times photo illustration)
  2. How the Legislature could use $1.5 billion in extra Medicaid money for something other than hospitals

    Blogs

    There's $1.5 billion on the table that could shore up the state budget, but the question in Tallahassee is this: How will the Legislature be allowed to use it?

    House Appropriations Chairman Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, (center).
  3. Study finds 'pacemaker' for the brain can help memory

    Health

    Well-timed pulses from electrodes implanted in the brain can enhance memory in some people, scientists reported on Thursday, in the most rigorous demonstration to date of how a pacemaker-like approach might help reduce symptoms of dementia, head injuries and other conditions.

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  4. A new worry for smokers' families: 'thirdhand smoke'

    Research

    Michael Miller does what many smokers do to protect his sons and daughter from cigarette smoke. He takes it outside.

    A recent study in the journal Tobacco Control found high levels of nicotine on the hands of children of smokers, raising concerns about thirdhand smoke, a name given to the nicotine and chemical residue left behind from cigarette and cigar smoke that can cling to skin, hair, clothes, rugs and walls. This thin film can be picked up by touch or released back into the air when disturbed. [Karsten Moran | The New York Times]
  5. House and Senate advance medical pot bills but no compromise in sight

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    Florida lawmakers are moving full steam ahead to implement the voter-approved constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana, but there is still no sign of a compromise between competing House and Senate plans.

    Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, is the House member charged with reaching a medical marijuana compromise with the Florida Senate.
  6. House Republicans push to give hospitals greater say in expansion

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — For four decades, hospitals wanting to expand or open new facilities have had to get the state to agree there's a need for more health care in their community.

  7. $1.5 billion health care deal with feds may not be a sure thing in the Florida House

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    The Florida House has not yet decided if it will include a new $1.5 billion sum of money to cover low-income health care costs in its budget.

    Health Care Appropriations chairman Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, (right) speaks with Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-South Pasadena, on the House floor.
  8. Here's why two doctors who treated Pulse victims oppose a plan for more trauma centers

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — After a gunman opened fire inside the Pulse nightclub last summer, the most seriously injured victims were rushed a half-mile to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

    Dr. Michael Cheatham, second from right, and other doctors appear at a news conference at Orlando Regional Medical Center on June 14, two days after a gunman opened fire at the Pulse nightclub. Cheatham and other doctors oppose a Florida House bill that would encourage more trauma centers to open, saying that limiting the number of clinics ensures better care.
  9. Five months after medical pot's big ballot win, anti-drug group helps decide drug's fate

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — An anti-drug group opposed to medical marijuana is helping craft Florida laws on pot's expanded use — a cause its founders tried and failed to defeat during last year's elections.

    Vials of medical marijuana oil. [Monica Herndon | Tampa Bay Times]
  10. Chard-wrapped enchiladas bring the flavor, nutrients

    Health

    I grew up in Tucson, Ariz., where comfort food was always something Mexican or southwestern involving tortillas, rice, beans, cheese and a tasty sauce to drown it all in. Which is a long way of saying that enchiladas are pretty much my dream food. So it became my goal to create a version that mimicked the flavors and …

    Using chard as an enchilada wrapper is a great way to get vitamin K, and one cup has just 7 calories.