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Beth Walker, a registered nurse at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, cheers at the end of an informational picket and rally Monday at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Picket organizer National Nurses United is in contract talks with the hospital.JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times

Nurses protest at St. Petersburg General Hospital, claiming staffing shortages

ST. PETERSBURG — Dozens of nurses formed a picket line outside St. Petersburg General Hospital late Monday to protest insufficient staffing levels and "dismal" wages. The nurses, affiliated with the labor union National Nurses United, allege hospital administrators have routinely ignored the staffing plan meant to  …

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  1. Nurses protest at St. Petersburg General Hospital, claiming staffing shortages

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — Dozens of nurses formed a picket line outside St. Petersburg General Hospital late Monday to protest insufficient staffing levels and "dismal" wages.

    Beth Walker, a registered nurse at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, cheers at the end of an informational picket and rally Monday at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Picket organizer National Nurses United is in contract talks with the hospital.
  2. Amid FDA talks, e-cigarette industry braces for change

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tyler Davis took a long drag on his e-cigarette and contemplated the sweet flavor that filled his lungs.

    Elaine Kennedy, owner of City Vapor and E-Cig, watches Tyler Davis, 19, try out a flavor of liquid nicotine that he said tasted like Lucky Charms cereal. Davis says “there are endless possibilities” for flavors, which is partly why he vapes.
  3. Tampa woman receives bionic eye implant in groundbreaking surgery

    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]

  4. 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]
  5. 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.

  6. 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.
  7. E-Fit uses electrical stimulation to boost your workout

    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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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]
  10. New therapy attacks allergies from the source

    Health

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

    Registered nurse Maggie Moffett watches as Lily Scalabrin, 10, of Tampa takes a mixture of peanut powder and applesauce in the office of Dr. Hugh Windom, a Sarasota allergist.