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Dr. Anne Schuchat, a CDC assistant surgeon general, told reporters Thursday that only a handful of the new measles cases involved vaccinated patients. "This is a problem of the measles vaccine not being used," she said. [Getty Images]

As measles spreads, concern over unvaccinated children does, too

TAMPA — If parents refuse to vaccinate their children, Dr. Marcy Solomon Baker politely asks them to find a new pediatrician. She doesn't want their children sitting in the waiting room and putting infants and very sick patients at risk. Amid the recent measles outbreak, Baker, who works for BayCare Medical Group,  …

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  1. Measles outbreak raises anxiety nationwide, even for Super Bowl

    Health

    The measles outbreak tied to Disneyland continued to spread anxiety Friday as two new cases emerged overnight in California's Marin County — along with at least one in Nebraska — while Arizona officials warned that at least 1,000 people might have been exposed to the virus through seven others in that …

  2. Obama seeks studies on 'precision medicine' based on individuals' genetics (w/ video)

    National

    WASHINGTON — Saying that "the possibilities are boundless," President Barack Obama on Friday announced a major biomedical research initiative, including plans to collect genetic data on 1 million Americans so that scientists could develop drugs and treatments tailored to the characteristics of individual …

    President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, calling for an investment to move away from one-size-fits-all-medicine, toward an approach that tailors treatment to your genes. [Associated Press]
  3. As measles spreads, concern over unvaccinated children does, too

    Health

    TAMPA — If parents refuse to vaccinate their children, Dr. Marcy Solomon Baker politely asks them to find a new pediatrician. She doesn't want their children sitting in the waiting room and putting infants and very sick patients at risk.

    Dr. Anne Schuchat, a CDC assistant surgeon general, told reporters Thursday that only a handful of the new measles cases involved vaccinated patients. "This is a problem of the measles vaccine not being used," she said. [Getty Images]
  4. IRS eases penalty on repaying excess health subsidies

    Health

    Consumers who received too much in federal tax credits when buying insurance on the health law's marketplaces last year got a reprieve of sorts from the Internal Revenue Service this week. Although they still have to repay some or all of the excess subsidies, the IRS won't ding them with a late payment penalty if …

  5. IBM: Watson more doctor than device

    Medicine

    WASHINGTON — Watson, an artificial intelligence technology that IBM wants to sell to help doctors diagnose diseases, will largely escape the oversight of U.S. regulators if the computer giant wins a two-year Washington lobbying push.

    Jeopardy contestants Ken Jennings, Watson and Brad Rutter competed on the quiz show in 2011. Watson won.
  6. Florida League of Women Voters pushes for Medicaid expansion

    State Roundup

    A drive for Medicaid expansion grew Thursday with the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Florida — one of the state's oldest political groups — calling on legislators to find a "unique and flexible Florida solution" to cover an estimated 750,000 uninsured people this year.

  7. Father of boy with leukemia asks school to bar nnvaccinated students

    Health

    In the latest salvo in the vaccination wars that have shaken California since a measles outbreak originated at Disneyland last month, the father of a 6-year-old boy with leukemia has asked the superintendent of his Marin County School District to keep unvaccinated children out of school.

  8. Paying pregnant women to quit smoking pays off, study says

    Health

    Researchers have identified a common substance that makes smokers much more likely to kick the habit — money.

  9. Tampa Bay business groups and political leaders push for Medicaid expansion

    Politics

    ST. PETERSBURG — Though Florida's House speaker appeared Wednesday to squash Medicaid expansion for a third year in a row, supporters of a new plan to extend health coverage to the working poor say they believe events are lining up in their favor.

  10. Hernando yoga studio adds county's only certified male instructor

    Business

    SPRING HILL — House of Light Yoga and Wellness Center has brought new authenticity to the health-enhancing pursuit with the recent addition of Justin Martz to its teaching staff.

    Yoga teacher Justin Martz directs a class at House of Light Yoga and Wellness Center in Spring Hill. Martz, a new addition to the staff, is the only male certified instructor in Hernando.