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  1. Questions on Ebola virus symptoms becoming routine at Tampa Bay hospitals

    Health

    TAMPA — The next time you are admitted to a local hospital or check in at an outpatient medical center, don't be surprised if you are asked for more than your name and insurance card.

  2. For World Stroke Day, three stories of survival

    Health

    Thirty-three-year-old Kristin Bedinghaus was having a routine day.

    Kristin Bedinghaus, 33, plays with her son Ross, 4, in her children's playroom in their home in St. Petersburg. [EVE EDELHEIT   | Times] 

  3. In the market for a new bike? Here's what you need to know

    Health

    If you haven't bought a bicycle lately, you're in for two surprises: one, sticker shock, and two, you'll need to work hard not to get a good bike.

  4. New poll shows approval for medical marijuana initiative

    State Roundup

    A new poll commissioned by the sponsor of Florida's Amendment 2, which would legalize marijuana for medical use, shows 62 percent of likely voters will approve it, 35 percent are opposed and 3 percent are undecided, according to a United for Care release.

  5. Gov. Scott tells lawmakers that Florida is prepared for Ebola (w/video)

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — In a conference call with Florida lawmakers Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott led with the only update that mattered.

  6. Amber Joy Vinson, Dallas nurse treated for Ebola, released from hospital (w/video)

    Health

    ATLANTA — Amber Vinson, a nurse who fueled Ebola fears by flying to Cleveland after being infected by her dying patient in Dallas, is now virus-free, and was celebrated Tuesday by her caregivers as courageous and passionate before getting out of the hospital.

    Amber Vinson has been at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Vinson, a Dallas nurse who was being treated for Ebola, will attend a news conference Tuesday to discuss her discharge from the hospital after tests showed she's virus-free. [Associated Press]
  7. Florida governor defends order on Ebola monitoring

    Health

    WELLINGTON — Gov. Rick Scott defended his decision to monitor anyone coming from Ebola-affected countries, saying Monday that it's "the right thing to do" to protect Floridians.

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appeared with Gov. Rick Scott in Wellington on Monday.
  8. Under pressure, N.Y. governor revises Ebola quarantine

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday revised a controversial policy to quarantine returning health care workers from Ebola-stricken nations, under pressure from the Obama administration and medical experts over the aggressive measures.

    Kaci Hickox was placed in quarantine in New Jersey after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone.
  9. FDA approves Keytruda for skin cancer patients with inoperable melanoma

    Medicine

    It's 10:30 on Wednesday morning and Carl Paulk is waiting patiently in a large lounge chair in the Clinical Research Unit at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. He makes the one-hour drive to Tampa every three weeks to have his blood drawn, see his doctor and wait for the okay to receive another dose of hope — a new …

    Carl Paulk, 65, left, gets his dose of Keytruda from Maria Trice, right, during a recent visit to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa. He gets the drug every three weeks and has been on it for over two years.
  10. Obamacare may mean high drug costs for Floridians with HIV

    Health

    When Tony Smith lost his job as a corporate paralegal two years ago, a state program stepped in to help him keep his health insurance — and the expensive drugs his life had depended on since a 2008 HIV diagnosis.