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Bill Nelson seeks local solution to expand Medicaid in Florida

TALLAHASSEE — Expanding Medicaid to cover thousands of uninsured Floridians has mostly been ignored by Republicans during this year's legislative session, but U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is making a last-ditch effort to get it done. Medicaid is a joint state-federal program, though most of the expansion called for under  …

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  1. Is your lifestyle getting in the way of weight loss, fitness goals?

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    You hear a lot of advice about lifestyle change for weight management these days, but what does it mean? Everyone has a lifestyle of their own. It's made up of patterns. Just think about the kinds of patterns you have in your life and how they affect your weight.

    Lavinia Rodriguez
  2. Bill Nelson seeks local solution to expand Medicaid in Florida

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    TALLAHASSEE — Expanding Medicaid to cover thousands of uninsured Floridians has mostly been ignored by Republicans during this year's legislative session, but U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is making a last-ditch effort to get it done.

  3. 107 miles in 2 days by bike: Could we do it?

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    Ever so briefly last Saturday morning, it seemed like riding our bikes 107 miles in two days was going to be a little easier than we'd thought.

    Charlotte Sutton and Logan Mabe learned a lot while digging in and powering through Bike MS.
  4. Study finds nicotine safe, helps in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

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    Smoking, of course, damages the lungs and blood vessels, and contributes to an array of health problems, but nicotine — the calming chemical that cigarettes deliver — might actually be good for the aging brain.

    Nicotine, by itself a nonaddictive drug, shows promise in a study.
  5. Rotary launches campaign to buy heart defibrillators for police cars

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    TAMPA — Tampa police will be able to take on the role of life-saving paramedics under a plan to supply 100 police cars with portable heart defibrillators this year.

    Rotary Club of Tampa president Wayne Critcher presents a portable defibrillator to Tampa police Chief Jane Castor this week. Looking on is Rotarian Bill Gillen.
  6. Florida lawmakers make one more push to extend health care to immigrant children

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    TALLAHASSEE — A bill to extend subsidized health insurance to the state's youngest legal immigrants has stalled in the Florida Legislature, due largely to the initial $27.5 million price tag.

  7. Tale of two eye drugs plays out in Medicare's doctor reimbursements

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    Behind ophthalmology's recent ranking as Medicare's highest-reimbursed specialty is a tale of two eye drugs.

  8. Florida lawmakers will re-evaluate funding model for safety net hospitals

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    TALLAHASSEE — With the federal government making clear last week that no new Medicaid money is coming Florida's way, legislators say it's important they re-evaluate a new funding model that safety net hospitals say will cost them hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

  9. Cannabinoid receptor research outlines why pot may work as medicine

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    Almost a decade ago, Palmetto resident Ryan Roman started using pot to cope with the effects of a rare spinal cancer that spread to his brain. Beating his doctors' predictions, the 31-year-old is still alive. He credits marijuana that he inhales through a vaporizer or ingests in concentrate form.

    Eckerd College biology professor Gregory Gerdeman talks to Sarah Wiemert during a biology lab earlier this month. Gerdeman has contributed to a book about cannabis.
  10. Largo hospital's Clearwater facility will be latest in trend of standalone ERs

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    CLEARWATER — When Largo Medical Center executives wielded golden shovels this week to break ground for a standalone emergency room on one of Clearwater's busiest thoroughfares, they were mirroring a national trend: hospitals carving out highly profitable ER niches in each other's territory.

    A groundbreaking ceremony was held this week for a standalone ER operated by Largo Medical Center.