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Dr. Alex Rosemurgy checks up on David Allison during a visit Aug. 21 at Florida Hospital Tampa.  Allison was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer March 26 and initially underwent traditional chemotherapy. He now is part of a trial testing a new treatment.JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

New treatment takes aim at pancreatic cancer with a targeted assault on the tumor

TAMPA — David Allison knew better than most his chances of surviving pancreatic cancer. His brother and sister had died from the disease. "I figured it was the beginning of the end," said the 75-year-old retired milk truck driver, who spends his winters in Oldsmar. Allison tried fighting the cancer with conventiona …

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Families slammed by steep rate hikes in the Healthy Kids plan can seek refuge in Obamacare

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More locations, shorter waits put freestanding ERs in competition with hospitals

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  1. Thousands facing steep increases for Healthy Kids insurance can enroll in Obamacare until Nov. 30

    Health

    Families wishing to drop their Florida Healthy Kids insurance plans can purchase new plans through the Obamacare marketplace, Florida Healthy Kids officials said.

  2. USF Health, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg announce new academic partnership

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — Bayfront Health St. Petersburg and the University of South Florida are joining forces to bring key medical and surgical specialties to south Pinellas County, the institutions announced Tuesday.

    Bayfront Health market president Kathryn Gillette and USF medical school dean Dr. Charles Lockwood signed an affiliation agreement Tuesday that pairs the hospital with USF Health physicians. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  3. Study: Midlife obesity may spur risk for earlier Alzheimer's

    Health

    WASHINGTON — One more reason to watch the waistline: New research says people's weight in middle age may influence not just whether they go on to develop Alzheimer's disease, but when.

  4. 'Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

    Obituaries

    NEW YORK — There was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously, the man who mistook his wife for a hat.

    Dr. Oliver Sacks speaks about Alzheimer's disease to an audience at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn. Sacks, a neurologist and writer, died Sunday. [Johnathon Henninger Connecticut Post via AP (2005)]
  5. New treatment takes aim at pancreatic cancer with a targeted assault on the tumor

    Health

    TAMPA — David Allison knew better than most his chances of surviving pancreatic cancer.

    Dr. Alex Rosemurgy checks up on David Allison during a visit Aug. 21 at Florida Hospital Tampa.  Allison was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer March 26 and initially underwent traditional chemotherapy. He now is part of a trial testing a new treatment.
  6. Pinellas records first human case of West Nile Virus in 2015

    Health

    A 32-year-old man in Pinellas County recently tested positive for West Nile Virus, the first confirmed human case of the mosquito-borne illness this year, according to local health officials.

  7. Q&A: What you should know about the Planned Parenthood video controversy

    Health

    LOS ANGELES — Planned Parenthood Federation of America is defending its abortion practices and its donation of fetal tissue for medical research.

    Erica Canaut, center, cheers as she and other anti-abortion activists rally on the steps of the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas, on July 28 to condemn the use in medical research of tissue samples obtained from aborted fetuses.  Planned Parenthood Federation of America held a conference call Thursday to discuss what it calls a "smear campaign" against the organization and its affiliates by a California-based anti-abortion group. [Associated Press]
  8. Cancer drugs aren't just really expensive; they're a bad value

    Medicine

    With some cancer drug prices soaring past $10,000 a month, doctors have begun to ask one nagging question:

  9. Families slammed by steep rate hikes in the Healthy Kids plan can seek refuge in Obamacare

    Health

    Jim Fike was among the thousands of Floridans who feared their families would be stuck with a Florida Healthy Kids insurance plan — even though the rates will double come Oct. 1.

    But this week brought some good news.

  10. Florida gives 7.7 percent rate increase to Medicaid insurers

    Health

    State health officials have approved a 7.7 percent rate increase for the private health plans covering Florida's poorest residents.