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  1. More Florida children are protected by health insurance, but thousands still lack coverage

    Health

    The share of kids without health insurance in Florida dropped from 11.7 percent in 2013 to 9.6 percent in 2014, according to a study released Thursday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

  2. Education may cut dementia risk, study finds

    Health

    The risk of developing dementia is decreasing for people with at least a high school education, according to an important new study that suggests that changes in lifestyle and improvements in physical health can help prevent or delay cognitive decline.

  3. House Democrats fail to remove Planned Parenthood ban from budget

    Blogs

    Among the most hotly debated issues in the House’s budget proposal Wednesday was language to block all state money from Planned Parenthood.

  4. U.S. soccer's Hope Solo: If the Olympics were today, Zika would keep me home

    Olympics

    The U.S. women's national soccer team was scheduled to be briefed Tuesday night on the developing Zika virus crisis in Latin America, a day before the start of the CONCACAF Olympic qualification tournament in Texas.

  5. House panel okays Miami-Dade needle exchange program

    Blogs

    Miami-Dade County is one step closer to a needle exchange program aimed at curbing the spread of diseases like HIV and hepatitis.

  6. China reports first case of imported Zika virus

    Medicine

    BEIJING — China's first case of the Zika virus has been found in a 34-year-old man who recently traveled to Venezuela and is now making a speedy recovery, the government said Wednesday.

  7. President Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika virus

    National

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Zika virus. In an announcement Monday, the White House said the money would be used to expand mosquito control programs, speed development of a vaccine, develop diagnostic tests and improve …

    Boys joke as they ride on a cart being pulled by a car in Albuquerque, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. The South American country has been the hardest hit by Zika virus, and the northeastern state of Pernambuco, is the epicenter of the Zika outbreak. [Associated Press]
  8. Sick children wait for medical marijuana as nurseries fight over who gets to grow it

    Health

    Efforts to get medical marijuana to critically ill Floridians are once again stalled, this time because of legal wrangling that could take months to resolve.

    Amy Guenst comforts her son, Luke, 4, during an exam at All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine in St. Petersburg. Guenst hopes Luke will be able to one day use medical marijuana to ease the pain of chemotherapy.
  9. When it comes to Obamacare sign-ups, Tampa Bay keeps its top 10 ranking

    Health

    Tampa Bay remained among the top regions in the nation for Obamacare sign-ups in 2016, according to figures released Thursday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    Downtown Tampa, one of the iconic views representing the Tampa Bay region, which this year is one of the top 10 metro areas in the nation for Obamacare sign-ups. [Times file photo]
  10. As Florida Gov. Rick Scott raises the alarm on Zika virus, Tampa Bay mosquito control officials say don't panic yet

    Health

    TAMPA — Here's what we know: The Zika virus and the two species of mosquitoes known to carry it are in the Tampa Bay area.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks at a news conference Thursday at the Hillsborough County Health Department after his decision to declare a state of emergency in five counties affected by the Zika virus. With Scott is Dr. Ralph J. Nobo, an obstetrician/gynecologist from Bartow. [ZACK WITTMAN  |  Times]