1. Compromise bill on VA health care problems has $17 billion price tag


    WASHINGTON — House and Senate negotiators unveiled a $17 billion compromise plan Monday to repair a Department of Veterans Affairs mired in controversy over delayed patient care and agency efforts to conceal the problem.

    House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., left, and Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., talk privately Monday before announcing a compromise for reforming the Veterans Affairs Department.
  2. Florida Medical Association members vote to support Medicaid expansion

    State Roundup

    For the first time, members of the Florida Medical Association have approved a resolution endorsing Medicaid expansion, a politically contentious issue that the group's leaders have generally avoided in the past two legislative sessions.

  3. Poll: Medical marijuana support in Florida crosses age, political lines

    State Roundup

    With tolerance for marijuana increasing around the country, a poll released Monday indicates that Florida may not lag far behind.

    A cancer patient  holds a  roll of  MEDI-JUANA in this June 24, 2004, file photo, in Portland, Ore. [Associated Press]
  4. Florida hospitals drop challenges to HCA trauma expansion

    State Roundup

    The contentious battle over the expansion of trauma care in Florida ended quietly Friday as Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, Tampa General and St. Joseph's hospitals dropped their legal challenges against new trauma centers owned by Hospital Corporation of America.

  5. Medical marijuana in Florida: everything you need to know


    Floridians will vote Nov. 4 on a constitutional amendment that would legalize possession and sale of marijuana for medical purposes. Patients would need a doctor's certification that they have a debilitating illness or condition.

    CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times
  6. Arrest warrant issued in Calif. for man with tuberculosis


    STOCKTON, Calif. — Prosecutors in Northern California said Thursday they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk.

  7. Fight those brown-bagging blues with Quinoa Lunch Box Rollups


    With a new school year on the horizon, it's time to think about what's for lunch. Brown bagging it is plenty economical, but a steady diet of sandwiches becomes boring, to say nothing of the fact that all those servings of refined carbs simply don't provide the energy necessary to power you through a long afternoon.

    Quinoa lunch box rollups are light, yet still substantial enough to keep you going.
  8. Reverse body image distortion can be a big health problem


    Those of us who treat people with eating disorders are used to addressing body image distortion with our patients. Body image distortion has to do with a person's perception of her body size. Compared to the real body size, any difference in their perception of it is a distortion. We all distort our body image to some …

    Lavinia Rodriguez
  9. Follow these habits of highly fit and healthful people


    Everybody knows that in order to accomplish something, be it big or small, you must set a goal. It doesn't matter if the goal is to lose 10 pounds, to eat healthier or to work out consistently. • Although we probably all agree that goal setting is necessary, the real problem is sticking with it. Talk is cheap, and …

  10. How lessons from auto racing are helping with patient safety


    Even if you're not a fan of auto racing, a pit crew at work is a marvelous sight. Moving with practiced precision, the team changes tires, refuels, adjusts, repairs and gets the driver back on the course — in seconds.