Health

  1. Secondhand smoke can also cause cancer in pets, studies show

    Health

    LOS ANGELES — Ten years ago, Shirley Worthington rushed Tigger to the vet when the dog's mouth started bleeding. When she was told he had cancer, she knew to blame her heavy smoking, an addiction she couldn't kick until after her pet died.

    This X-ray shows the chest of a cat with lung carcinoma, indicated by white arrows. Studies show that cats and dogs exposed to secondhand smoke can suffer from cancer and other problems.
  2. Most Florida health insurers conceal 2015 premium prices

    Health

    Consumer advocates are pushing for the release of rate filings by the state's health insurers, saying Floridians shouldn't be kept in the dark on premium prices for next year.

  3. Forgotten vials of smallpox found in Washington-area storage room

    Public Safety

    A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week — decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.

    A 1975 file electronmicrograph from the Centers for Disease Control shows the smallpox virus. [Associated Press (1975)]
  4. 3-D mammograms improve breast cancer detection

    Health

    TAMPA — When Jenna Johnson went for her annual mammogram in November, she was also offered a newer screening test that would take three-dimensional images. It would take a few extra minutes, but Johnson didn't mind.

    Jenna Johnson credits 3-D mammography for finding a small cancerous lump in her breast that the traditional two-dimensional procedure probably would have missed.
  5. The words that make eyes roll: 'I'm gluten free'

    Health

    The swelling ranks of Americans adopting gluten-free diets have given rise to another hot trend: people calling the whole thing a bunch of baloney. And then requesting that the baloney be sandwiched between two pieces of white bread. Served with a cookie for dessert.

    Do gluten-free dieters even know what gluten is? Jimmy Kimmel doubts it.
  6. Dermatologists and skin cancer groups urge FDA to act on new sunscreen ingredients

    Health

    Few items that beachgoers use this Fourth of July weekend are as distinctly American as their bottles, tubes and cans of sunscreen. But that shouldn't be a point of pride, according to a coalition of dermatologists, cancer research groups and sunscreen makers.

    Ashley Rossi applies sunscreen last year at lifeguard tower No. 3 on Clearwater Beach. Doctors say U.S. sunscreens have limited ingredients that filter deeper-penetrating UVA rays.
  7. How strong is that mojito? Calculator helps figure

    Health

    WASHINGTON — How strong is that pina colada? Depending on how it's made, it could contain as much alcohol as two glasses of wine.

    A tasty boat drink or other umbrella-style drink often has multiple shots of liquor, which jacks up the overall alcohol content compared with the "standard" U.S. drink of 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits. It's worth knowing.  (Times file)
  8. Pasco on alert after horses found to have mosquito-borne virus

    Health

    Pasco County is on alert for eastern equine encephalitis after two horses recently tested positive for the mosquito-borne illness.

  9. Demand that hospitals repay Medicaid funds latest sign of D.C.-Tallahassee rift

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The federal government wants to recover $267 million from Florida hospitals it says were paid too much to care for the poor. And it wants the entire amount this year — a demand that is hitting safety-net hospitals like Jackson Memorial in Miami and Tampa General hard.

  10. East Lake Youth Sports to renovate facilities, expand programs

    Health

    EAST LAKE — Just before dusk on a hot June night, coach John Duncan lines up about a dozen 12-year-old girls for their next soccer drill under the lights. The first game won't be until October, but that does not stop the team from practicing twice weekly all summer.

    East Lake Youth Sports Association plans to renovate its facilities and reduce the team registration fees.