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  1. How did Tampa Bay area hospitals do in the federal government's new hospital quality ratings?

    Health

    The federal government released its first overall hospital quality rating this week, slapping average or below average scores on many of the nation's best-known hospitals while awarding top scores to dozens of unheralded ones.

    Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel was among the Tampa Bay region's top-performing hospitals in the new federal hospital quality ratings. [SKIP O'ROURKE  | Tampa Bay Times]
  2. FDA: No Miami-area blood donations during Zika investigation

    Health

    MIAMI — Federal authorities want to suspend blood donations in South Florida counties investigating four mysterious cases of Zika infection that may be the first spread by mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland.

    Evaristo Miqueli, a natural resources officer with Broward County Mosquito Control, on Wednesday takes water samples decanted from a watering jug, checking for the presence of mosquito larvae in Pembroke Pines.   Florida health officials say they are investigating two more mysterious cases of Zika infection that do not appear to be directly related to travel, bringing the total to four. [Associated Press]
  3. Four people in Florida have Zika infections that might not be related to foreign travel

    Medicine

    In Florida, 328 people have been infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, an infection that causes only mild illness in most people but has been linked to severe brain and birth defects in newborn babies.

  4. The WHO says being transgender is a mental illness — but that could soon change

    Research

    According to the World Health Organization, being transgender is a mental illness.

  5. ALS 'Ice bucket challenge' is working: Research identifies new gene that contributes to disease (w/video)

    Research

    Maybe you did it, pouring a bucket of ice water on your head in order to raise money for charity. Maybe you hated the viral phenomenon with a burning passion. But no matter how you felt about the "Ice Bucket Challenge" when it took over the Internet in the fall of 2014, the meme is actually getting results, according to …

    Two women get doused during the ice bucket challenge at Boston's Copley Square to raise funds and awareness for ALS in 2014. The ALS Association says money raised through the challenge helped fund a project that has discovered a gene linked to the disease. [Associated Press]
  6. Seniors beware: Insurers can switch you to a Medicare Advantage plan with little warning

    Personal Finance

    Only days after Judy Hanttula came home from the hospital after surgery last November, her doctor's office called with bad news: Records showed that instead of traditional Medicare, she had a private Medicare Advantage plan, and her doctor and hospital were not in its network.

    Photo illustration. [Cameron Cottrill | Times]
  7. Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon on track to return to St. Petersburg next year

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — The St. Pete Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon didn't do very well the last time it was in town.

    The St. Pete Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon, which made its first appearance in 2012, could return next year if the City Council approves. [Times] 
  8. More than half of adults are misusing their medications, study finds

    Health

    More than half of adults and 44 percent of children who were drug-tested by a national clinical laboratory last year misused their prescription medications, according to a study released Monday by Quest Diagnostics.

    Photo illustration. [iStockphoto]
  9. Netherlands has tallest men, Latvia has tallest women

    Health

    NEW YORK — If you want to see a tall population of men, go to the Netherlands. Tall women? Latvia.

  10. Poll: Medical marijuana at 77-percent support

    Blogs

    The group behind a constitutional amendment to expand medical marijuana in Florida says it has widespread support among voters for the November election.