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  1. More than 800,000 Floridians will qualify for Obamacare tax credits in 2016, study says


    About 825,000 uninsured Floridians will be eligible for tax credits to help cover the cost of health insurance when the third annual Obamacare enrollment period begins Nov. 1, according to a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

    A computer is ready at Miami's Sunshine Life and Health Advisors to help people purchase insurance under the Affordable Care Act in 2013. This year, about 825,000 Floridians will be eligible for tax credits under the health care law, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The third annual Obamacare enrollment period begins Nov. 1, 2015. [Joe Raedle/Getty Images]
  2. St. Petersburg nursing home cries foul after funding is pulled for patients


    ST. PETERSBURG — The state is cutting a troubled nursing home's eligibility to receive Medicaid money, a move that will likely force dozens of patients to move and could result in the facility's closure.

  3. What is 'healthy candy'? And does it taste good?


    For a while food was sustenance, and you ate it to live. Later, as thinking about food became more advanced, you could separate virtuous food from nonvirtuous food. (Yogurt is good, and chicken parmigiana is bad, for example.) Then we entered a period of moral relativism about food. (Chicken parm is fine, but in …

  4. Buyer Beware: A mammogram's price can vary by hundreds, study finds


    Thinking about getting a mammogram in the Dallas-Fort Worth area? You might check carefully because the cost can vary from $50 to as much as $1,045.

    A radiologist uses a magnifying glass to check mammograms for breast cancer in Los Angeles in this 2010 file photo. Today, the average price for a mammogram in the Tampa Bay area is $162 -- relatively low, according to a study of 179 metropolitan areas by Castlight Health. [AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes]
  5. As genome editing research expands, scientists debate its promise and drawbacks


    WASHINGTON — The hottest tool in biology has scientists using words like revolutionary as they describe the long-term potential: wiping out certain mosquitoes that carry malaria, treating genetic diseases like sickle-cell, preventing babies from inheriting a life-threatening disorder.

    A scientist studies DNA. []
  6. Medicare enrollment period offers a chance to shop for coverage, but many don't


    When it comes to guiding seniors through Medicare's annual open enrollment period, most experts sound a lot like Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.

    Tom Constant, 61, St. Petersburg, who is diabetic, asked about prescription drug coverage during a recent seminar on Medicare enrollment at the St. Petersburg Main Library.
  7. State draws scrutiny for decision to keep thousands of children out of health program


    Florida lawmakers are starting to ask questions about continuing allegations that state officials are dismantling a health program for thousands of sick and disabled children.

    Pediatric cardiologist Louis St. Petery battles for standards.
  8. Researchers, ranchers try to make beef healthier by infusing it with omega-3s


    WICHITA, Kan. — Health-conscious consumers might be persuaded to eat more beef if it was fortified with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids naturally found in salmon and walnuts, according to researchers and some ranchers who are feeding cattle flaxseed — even marine algae — with an eye to offering …

    Chefs finish the presentation of a steak dish at the Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner at Haven in Tampa in September 2015. In some areas of the country, cuts of beef like these are being infused with omega-3 fatty acids usually found in salmon. Some grocers in Texas are fortifying the meat, while ranchers are feeding their cattle the same food salmon eat -- algae. [LOREN ELLIOTT  | Times]
  9. There's no need to suffer pregnancy loss in silence


    Miscarriage and infant loss happen. A lot.

    Neither are talked about enough.

    his is a head shot of Kelsey Sunderland, Times correspondent. She's written a column about suffering two miscarriages.

Photo courtesy of Kelsey Sunderland.
  10. Children's Cancer Center celebrates newly-renovated facility


    With a guitar, a drum set and a small sound system, musicians Donnie Rogers and Jeff Baker came to entertain at a recent gathering at the Children's Cancer Center, but in a move befitting the mission of the center, they allowed 5-year-old Nick to beat on the drums the same way he's trying to beat leukemia.

    Nick, a 5-year-old with leukemia, plays the drums recently 
at the newly rejuvenated Children’s Cancer Center in Tampa.