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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. '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)]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

  4. 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]
  5. 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:

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Premiums for Obamacare to rise 9.5 percent overall in Florida

    Health

    Floridians who purchase individual health insurance plans under Obamacare will see their premiums rise by an average of 9.5 percent next year, the state Office of Insurance Regulation said Wednesday.

  9. A push for wider access to costly hepatitis C drugs

    Health

    WASHINGTON — Federal and state Medicaid officials should widen access to prescription drugs that could cure tens of thousands of people with hepatitis C, including medications that can cost up to $1,000 a pill, health care experts have told the White House.

    Health care experts say federal and state Medicaid officials should widen access to prescription drugs that could cure tens of thousands of people with hepatitis C. [New York Times]
  10. More locations, shorter waits put freestanding ERs in competition with hospitals

    Medicine

    CITRUS PARK — With its ambulance bay, clinical laboratory and sleek CT scanner, the new 24-hour medical facility near the Westfield Citrus Park Mall has the look and feel of a hospital.

    The Citrus Park ER has the goal of getting patients in and out within 90 minutes. Some economists say these ERs may have a long-term effect of threatening hospitals by leaving a larger share of uninsured patients for traditional rooms.