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Glenn Jacobs closes in on the finish line in his 12th straight Florida Holiday Halfathon in December 2013 at Taylor Park in Largo. Photo by Chris Lauber / Florida Road Races.

Half marathon could be the fitness challenge you've been seeking

Glenn Jacobs has run every race from 5Ks to full marathons, but the 62-year-old real estate broker from New Port Richey said he found his sweet spot with the 13.1-mile half marathon. "There's just less wear and tear on your body," said Jacobs, who hopes to run his 13th consecutive Florida Holiday Halfathon on Sunda …

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  1. Humana agrees to cut costs of HIV drugs for Florida patients

    Health

    The third of four Florida insurers accused of overcharging HIV and AIDS patients for their medications has agreed to take steps to reduce those costs, advocacy groups announced Friday.

  2. Study: Removing clot helps limit stroke disability

    Research

    For the first time in two decades, a new treatment has been shown to limit the damage from a common type of stroke. Researchers in the Netherlands found that mechanically removing a clot in addition to using a standard clot-busting medicine lowered the risk that a stroke sufferer would end up seriously disabled.

  3. Congressmen, community converse about mental health care reform

    Health

    LAND O'LAKES — Roy Gifford thought he would be this way for the rest of his life: weighed down by schizoaffective disorder, working his way down a long list of medications, all hope extinguished.

  4. Nation's new top doctor has Florida ties

    Health

    U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy got his start as a standout student at Miami Palmetto Senior High.

  5. Study offers support for the notion of e-cigarettes as a gateway drug

    Research

    Do e-cigarettes lure teens into a world of vice that turns them into smokers of regular cigarettes? This is the big fear of anti-smoking activists, and new data from Hawaii suggest they may be right.

  6. Florida Cancer Specialists coming to Brandon in fall 2015

    Health

    Patients in Brandon who have been diagnosed with cancer will soon have a new location to seek treatment.

    A rendering of the new $11 million Florida Cancer Specialists center in Brandon.
  7. Health care exchange deadlines approach

    Health

    Enrollment season for health insurance plans sold through the Affordable Care Act federal marketplace continues through Feb. 15. But if you want coverage to start Jan. 1, you've got just until Monday to pick a new plan.

    These two examples from the ProPublica Web application show that premiums aren’t the only factor to consider when buying insurance. Notice that while premiums are rising for both plans, the deductible and maximum out-of-pocket costs are going up for the BlueCare plan and down for the myCigna plan.
  8. Half marathon could be the fitness challenge you've been seeking

    Health

    Glenn Jacobs has run every race from 5Ks to full marathons, but the 62-year-old real estate broker from New Port Richey said he found his sweet spot with the 13.1-mile half marathon.

    Glenn Jacobs closes in on the finish line in his 12th straight Florida Holiday Halfathon in December 2013 at Taylor Park in Largo.
  9. Recapture that holiday season glow

    Health

    Let's go down holiday memory lane. Remember when you were a child and anticipated the holidays with excitement? Remember counting the days till Christmas, and how getting there seemed like an eternity? And then, when the special day arrived, how you relished every moment because you didn't want it to end?

    Lavinia Rodriguez
  10. How to build a better cookie

    Health

    Cookies are an iconic American treat for the holidays, and chocolate chip cookies are adored by young and old alike. There are numerous variations, and several readers have requested a more healthful version. As a drop cookie, the dough is a blend of nut butter, honey and other ingredients that can be baked immediately …

    BETTY WEDMAN-ST LOUIS
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