Health

  1. California company recalls fresh fruit over listeria scare

    Health

    CUTLER, Calif. — A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.

  2. With billions for Floridians at stake, courts issue dueling rulings on health care law

    Health

    An estimated 931,000 Floridians could lose $4.8 billion in subsidies to buy health insurance if a federal appeals court decision Tuesday striking down a major part of President Obama's signature health care law is upheld.

  3. Fight over Florida trauma centers appears to be near an end

    Health

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida's trauma drama could be almost finished.

  4. Brooksville teen's cancer story mirrors 'Fault in Our Stars' (w/video)

    Medicine

    Like a lot of teen girls, Faith Brown has read The Fault in Our Stars, the popular novel about two teens who fall in love at a cancer support group.

    Faith Brown and her cousin, Sami Russell, play in the swimming pool at her Brooksville home last week. Because of cancer, Faith had bones in her right leg replaced with titanium rods and an artificial knee.
  5. She has insurance under Affordable Care Act, but can't find a doctor

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — Charlene Lake thought she got a decent deal through the Affordable Care Act marketplace: a Humana HMO that included a family doctor a few miles from her home.

    Charlene Lake has a Humana HMO, but no doctors are available on her plan until at least fall.
  6. Jury hits R.J. Reynolds with $23.6 billion in punitive damages

    Courts

    MIAMI — A Florida jury has slammed the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996.

  7. Vasectomies linked to lethal cancer risk

    Health

    Men with vasectomies may be at increased risk for the most lethal form of prostate cancer, researchers have found. But aggressive cancer nonetheless remains rare in these patients.

  8. Chikungunya virus spreads locally in Florida for first time

    Health

    The first cases of locally acquired chikungunya fever in the United States were reported Thursday in Florida: one in Miami-Dade County and the other in Palm Beach County, the Florida Department of Health announced.

  9. New Tampa veteran wins bodybuilding competition, with help

    Health

    TAMPA — As Neyda Moyet stood waiting to hear the results of the Tampa Bay Classic body building competition, posing in a way she had learned mostly from YouTube tutorials, her trainer, Rafael Velez, stood in the audience, bouncing from seat to seat.

    Neyda Moyet, 42, placed first in four categories at the Tampa Bay Classic body building competition. Next up: the Florida State Championship, a national qualifying event, on Aug. 16.
  10. Studies see new risks for cholesterol drug niacin

    Medicine

    New details from two studies reveal more side effects from niacin, a drug that many Americans take for cholesterol problems and general heart health. Some doctors say the drug now seems too risky for routine use.