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  1. USF shakes up ailing medical training center in downtown Tampa: 'It wasn't making money'


    TAMPA — Top leaders have left the University of South Florida's prized medical training center as the downtown facility undergoes a massive shake up, shifting its focus amid a sagging budget, university officials said Thursday.

    The University of South Florida's Center for Advanced Medical Learning & Simulation, CAMLS, is located on Franklin Street at E. Brorein Street in downtown Tampa. [DANIEL WALLACE, Times]
  2. Brazil and University of Texas reach deal on Zika vaccine


    BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazil has signed an agreement with the University of Texas to develop a vaccine against the Zika virus, adding the goal is for the vaccine to be ready for clinical testing within 12 months.

  3. More Florida children are protected by health insurance, but thousands still lack coverage


    The share of kids without health insurance in Florida dropped from 11.7 percent in 2013 to 9.6 percent in 2014, according to a study released Thursday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

  4. Education may cut dementia risk, study finds


    The risk of developing dementia is decreasing for people with at least a high school education, according to an important new study that suggests that changes in lifestyle and improvements in physical health can help prevent or delay cognitive decline.

  5. House Democrats fail to remove Planned Parenthood ban from budget


    Among the most hotly debated issues in the House’s budget proposal Wednesday was language to block all state money from Planned Parenthood.

  6. U.S. soccer's Hope Solo: If the Olympics were today, Zika would keep me home


    The U.S. women's national soccer team was scheduled to be briefed Tuesday night on the developing Zika virus crisis in Latin America, a day before the start of the CONCACAF Olympic qualification tournament in Texas.

  7. House panel okays Miami-Dade needle exchange program


    Miami-Dade County is one step closer to a needle exchange program aimed at curbing the spread of diseases like HIV and hepatitis.

  8. China reports first case of imported Zika virus


    BEIJING — China's first case of the Zika virus has been found in a 34-year-old man who recently traveled to Venezuela and is now making a speedy recovery, the government said Wednesday.

  9. President Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika virus


    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Zika virus. In an announcement Monday, the White House said the money would be used to expand mosquito control programs, speed development of a vaccine, develop diagnostic tests and improve …

    Boys joke as they ride on a cart being pulled by a car in Albuquerque, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. The South American country has been the hardest hit by Zika virus, and the northeastern state of Pernambuco, is the epicenter of the Zika outbreak. [Associated Press]
  10. Sick children wait for medical marijuana as nurseries fight over who gets to grow it


    Efforts to get medical marijuana to critically ill Floridians are once again stalled, this time because of legal wrangling that could take months to resolve.

    Amy Guenst comforts her son, Luke, 4, during an exam at All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine in St. Petersburg. Guenst hopes Luke will be able to one day use medical marijuana to ease the pain of chemotherapy.