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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 …

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  1. Dispose of your unused, expired medications Saturday

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    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.

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  2. It pays to lose weight

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    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.
  3. Florida surgeon general opposes medical marijuana bill, but supporters are optimistic (w/video)

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    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.

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

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    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.
  5. Stop dieting, start moving to lose weight, keep it off

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    Before you begin digging out your favorite diet or checking out one of the zillion other diets online, you might want to think about giving up the diet quest if weight loss is your goal. A diet likely won't get you to your ultimate goal of sustaining the weight you lose because 95 percent of people who go on …

  6. Laser plus MRI equals less invasive brain surgery option

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    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.

    Markus Muehlheim, 69, had the new laser brain surgery.
  7. Top strawberry salad with good-for-you chocolate dressing

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    Is that dark chocolate in your Easter basket good for you?

    Special to the Times  Strawberry Salad With Chocolate Dressing has health benefits in the form of the natural cocoa powder, which contains flavanols.
  8. Pasco health department issues rabies alert

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    ZEPHYRHILLS — The Florida Department of Health issued a rabies alert for Pasco County on Friday.

  9. FDA warns against procedure to remove uterine fibroids; says it could spread hidden cancer

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    WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration took the rare step Thursday of urging doctors to stop performing a surgical procedure used on tens of thousands of woman each year to remove uterine growths, saying the practice risks spreading hidden cancers within a woman's body.

  10. All Children's Hospital agrees to pay $7 million to settle whistle-blower suit

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    ST. PETERSBURG — All Children's Hospital has agreed to pay $7 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging it violated antikickback laws by paying inflated salaries and bonuses to doctors so that they would bring in more patients and revenues.

    A whistle-blower’s lawsuit claimed that All Children’s Hospital needed to boost revenue as its new building was under construction.