Markus Muehlheim, 69, had the new laser brain surgery.

Laser plus MRI equals less invasive brain surgery option

TAMPA — For six years, Markus Muehlheim could keep his epileptic seizures under control with medication. They came on more than a year apart, each lasting less than 10 minutes. But then the Spring Hill man began having seizures about every two weeks, landing him in the hospital every time. "My life was very much af …


  1. Florida House votes to regulate e-cigarette sales


    TALLAHASSEE — A bill that would make electronic cigarettes off limits to young people won unanimous support on Wednesday in the Florida House.

  2. Safety net hospitals win delay on costly funding law

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    TALLAHASSEE — Safety net hospitals will get a one-year reprieve from a controversial funding formula that they said would cost them hundreds of millions of dollars.

  3. Florida lawmakers pass bill to shield nursing home investors from lawsuits


    TALLAHASSEE — Investors in nursing homes in Florida would be shielded from lawsuits when residents are abused or neglected under broad new provisions authorized in a bill the Florida House sent to the governor on Wednesday.

  4. Bionic eye allows blind Michigan man to see


    ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.

  5. An older guy gives Max Q a try


    TAMPA — I'm not much of a workout guy. I have a couple of 5-pound weights that I lift every few months in momentary bursts of ambition, but mostly I just take brisk morning walks around the neighborhood, an exercise doctors prescribe for older guys to postpone the heart attack.

  6. Max Q Fitness gets you a lean, muscular body in short order



    Bob Kissel runs a torture chamber on S MacDill Avenue, and scores of time-pressed professionals undergo his special treatment for a grueling 15 minutes twice a week.

    Bob Kissel works with Penny Darville during a 15-minute session at Max Q Fitness in Tampa. Darville, 38, says she can keep her work clothes on during the workout, in which every rep feels like that last, exhausting one. She also adheres to the protein-based diet and has lost 20 pounds of fat.
  7. Dispose of your unused, expired medications Saturday


    Saturday is Operation Medicine Cabinet. People who have unused and expired prescription medication may turn them in at collection centers across the county for safe disposal with no questions asked.
  8. It pays to lose weight


    Okay, I admit it. I downloaded MyFitnessPal ages ago with the intention of keeping track of what I ate.

    The Pact app tracks calories and lets users earn money for exercise.
  9. Florida surgeon general opposes medical marijuana bill, but supporters are optimistic (w/video)


    TALLAHASSEE — Efforts to legalize a specific strain of marijuana to help children with intractable epilepsy faced a new hurdle Monday as the governor's chief medical adviser said he opposed the bill because it will allow untested drugs into the market, raising the specter that the governor may veto the bill.

  10. Life changer: a heart attack in your 30s


    Carrie O'Connor thought she was a fairly healthy 35-year-old. She went on daily jogs and ate well. Then, a year ago, she suffered back-to-back heart attacks.

    Ana Duhon, center, and Carrie O’Connor, right, both had heart attacks in their 30s. They now are undergoing rehab together.