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  1. Study: Americans endure unwanted care near death

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    WEST PALM BEACH — Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by "perverse incentives" for aggressive care and a lack of discussion about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday.

  2. USF pulls out of its $4 million specialty care clinic at the Villages

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    Late last year, University of South Florida physicians opened a medical clinic at the Villages, near Ocala, to offer such specialty care as gynecology, cardiology and orthopedics. It was a key piece of the Tampa university's ambitious experiment to turn the retirement mecca into "America's Healthiest Hometown."

    The specialty care center USFphysicians opened at the Villages was supposed to be a key piece of the university's ambitious experiment to turn the retirement mecca into "America's Healthiest Hometown." [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]
  3. New study suggests artificial sweeteners may promote diabetes

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    NEW YORK — Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice.

    Artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, according to results of a study released Wednesday by the journal Nature. {Associated Press]
  4. Doctors say talking about death should be part of life

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    It is time for conversations about death to become a part of life.

  5. The great sex bracelet scare (and other teen myths)

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    It's obligatory: Every generation of adults must panic about kids and sex. In their new book Kids Gone Wild, Joel Best and Kathleen Bogle begin with quaint, bygone examples: a 1920s New York Times story in which mothers complained about "petting parties" and a 1950s book that warned girls against the …

    A new book sorts through all those alarming stories about kids and sex.
  6. Organizer scraps Nov. 23 St. Pete half marathon and 5K

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    ST. PETERSBURG — The company that canceled this year's edition of the Rock 'n' Roll half marathon in St. Petersburg has scrubbed another event.

  7. ZOOM IN: Learn the best places near your neighborhood to take your children in an emergency

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    Most Floridians live about 50 miles or less from a pediatric-designated trauma center — close enough that they can expect their children to be taken to one if they suffer a serious injury. But HCA has been opening new adult centers within that distance from the children's hospitals. As a …

  8. Taking children to the wrong trauma center can be a deadly mistake

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    One April evening two years ago, 9-year-old Justin Davis dashed into a busy Jacksonville street, headed to a convenience store for snacks.

    Pasco County Driver Engineer/EMT with Engine 14 Wilfred Cardona gives the command to lift a trauma patient involved in a car accident in New Port Richey.
  9. FDA approves weight-loss drug Contrave

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    WASHINGTON — U.S. regulators are greenlighting a new weight-loss drug called Contrave, the third in a string of approvals for anti-obesity treatments.

  10. Six things everyone should know about kids and trauma in Florida (w/ video)

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    Last year, paramedics raced at least 1,300 Florida children to hospitals with injuries so severe, they required attention from a team of trauma specialists. Not all of these kids, however, got the same level of care. Because, as the Tampa Bay Times points out in A trauma room at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. [Times files]