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The legislation embodies a rare and significant agreement negotiated by the House Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and Speaker John A. Boehner, an Ohio Republican.Associated Press

U.S. House passes bill changing Medicare fee formula, extending children's insurance

The House overwhelmingly approved sweeping changes to the Medicare system Thursday, in the most significant bipartisan policy legislation to pass through that chamber since the Republicans regained a majority in 2011. The measure, which would establish a new formula for paying doctors and end a problem that has bed …

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  1. U.S. House passes bill changing Medicare fee formula, extending children's insurance

    National

    The House overwhelmingly approved sweeping changes to the Medicare system Thursday, in the most significant bipartisan policy legislation to pass through that chamber since the Republicans regained a majority in 2011.

    The legislation embodies a rare and significant agreement negotiated by the House Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and Speaker John A. Boehner, an Ohio Republican.
  2. For mud runners, getting dirty is no obstacle for fun, grueling challenge

    Health

    Leslie Brosig hates running. Still, she sat on the grass lot outside Raymond James Stadium, lacing her shoes, preparing to take off in the seventh wave of what would be her eighth mud race.

    It’s not all mud and games at the Spartan Race. At last month’s race at Raymond James Stadium, competitors had to sprint across flaming logs to reach the finish line.
  3. Like Angelina Jolie, women at risk for ovarian cancer face complex decision (w/video)

    Health

    Actor and director Angelina Jolie has ignited another worldwide conversation about cancer, revealing in the New York Times on Tuesday that she had undergone surgery, at age 39, to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes to prevent ovarian cancer. As she did 22 months ago, when she announced that she had had …

    Angelia Jolie announced in an article she wrote for The New York Times that she has had preventative surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes, two years after having a preventative double mastectomy. [Getty Images]
  4. Lupron Depot slows Alzheimer's, study shows, but it may not matter

    Medicine

    A drug used to treat advanced prostate cancer and endometriosis stabilized memory in women with Alzheimer's disease for more than a year, according to a study conducted at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

  5. Shape up to ace the game of tennis, stay in shape

    Health

    Tennis is a sport for a lifetime, at any age or skill level. And it comes with many benefits, physical, mental and emotional. But tennis requires considerable endurance and involves nearly every muscle in the body. If you want to improve your performance on the court to reap the sport's benefits and to prevent injuries, …

    Sheen Cesare demonstrates a stationary lunge with weights.
  6. Shriners Hospitals for Children in Tampa makes custom wheelchairs

    Health

    TAMPA

    Five days a week, the sick and disabled stop by Craig Kraft's workshop on the bottom floor of Shriners Hospitals for Children.

    Liam Geary, 5, of Lutz gives the Tiger Moth Ninja hand signal, from the book series, for his mother, Valerie Geary, while getting a wheelchair adjustment on March 16 at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Tampa. Liam was born with spina bifida.
  7. Popular weed killer deemed probable carcinogen by UN

    Health

    Associated Press

    LONDON — One of the world's most popular weed killers — and the most widely used kind in the United States — has been labeled a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

  8. Morton Plant Hospital breaks ground on new addition

    Health

    CLEARWATER — Morton Plant Hospital's main building was constructed in 1966, and its age is showing.

    Doyle Tower will also add 52 private rooms, a need at the hospital.
  9. Mushrooms: Great as a meal or medicine

    Health

    Medicinal mushrooms have been part of traditional medicine for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians associated mushrooms with immortality, and it was a food for kings and queens. The Chinese have promoted mushrooms for longevity and health since early research showed anticancer properties in a wild mushroom found …

    Special to the Times For centuries, mushrooms have been used as medicine, but they can really taste good, too.
  10. Spring-cleaning is good for your well-being

    Health

    My stuff was really starting to annoy me.

    Nicole Crawford of Temple Terrace plays with her 3-year-old daughter, Safiya, in Safiya’s newly organized room. Crawford said she recently shopped at the Container Store to further organize some areas of her home.