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  1. 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.
  2. 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]
  3. 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]
  4. Whether it's cycling or boxing, vigorous exercise can ease Parkinson's symptoms

    Health

    Exercise helps with everything from weight loss and depression to warding off heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, even cancer.

    Sharon Eliason, center, stretches with instructor Yvette Wilmath, left, after a Pedaling for Parkinson’s class at the South Tampa YMCA.
  5. Turkey chili is the star on game day

    Health

    Everyone has a favorite chili recipe, and this is the time of year to break out yours, invite over some friends and yell at football players on TV. (The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers face off Sunday in Super Bowl 50.)

    Chili doesn’t have to trade flavor for health. A few tricks make Game Day Turkey Chili as tasty as some of its less-healthy counterparts.
  6. Lessons learned: Survivors urge others to get educated on heart matters

    Health

    February is designated Heart Month to draw special attention to heart disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans, particularly women. To mark the month, the American Heart Association chose four women as the "Go Red for Women, Real Women of Tampa Bay." Their mission: to help change our thinking about cardiovascular disease …

    Photo by James Ostrand for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Tampa Bay 
February is the American Heart Association’s American Heart Month. From left are the “Go Red for Women, Real Women of Tampa Bay”: Kristen Powers, who had a stroke at age 33; Meagan Broucek, who was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome; Ruby Hope, who had a heart attack and underwent a quadruple bypass; and Lynette Bear, who suffered cardiac arrest.
  7. Mayo Clinic Q&A: Stroke causes; metabolic syndrome-diabetes connection

    Health

    Cause of stroke sometimes a mystery

  8. Chicken pox cases on the rise at Pinellas elementary school

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    The number of chicken pox cases at a Clearwater elementary school has risen from eight to 14 students, according to the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County. 

  9. Gov. Scott expands public health emergency, confirms 12 Zika virus cases in Florida

    Blogs

    After the number of confirmed cases of Zika virus in Florida grew to 12, Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday expanded a public health emergency in the state to include Broward County.

  10. Pharma CEO Martin Shkreli takes 5th amendment, still infuriates lawmakers (w/video)

    National

    WASHINGTON — Infuriating members of Congress, a smirking Martin Shkreli took the Fifth at a Capitol Hill hearing Thursday when asked about his jacking up of drug prices, then promptly went on Twitter and insulted his questioners as "imbeciles."

    Pharmaceutical chief Martin Shkreli speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, during the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on his former company's decision to raise the price of a lifesaving medicine. Shkreli refused to testify before U.S. lawmakers who excoriated him over severe hikes for a drug sold by a company that he acquired. [Associated Press]