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  1. Puerto Ricans fear cuts to federal health care plans


    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — An incurable disease has given Jose Gonzalez Ortiz the health of an old man at age 42, and the collapsing Puerto Rican health system only adds to his pain.

    Jose Gonzalez Ortiz uses a towel to cover his mouth while being interviewed by the Associated Press at his home.
  2. The Hunger Gap: Much of Tampa Bay struck by food insecurity year-round


    With Thanksgiving turkey soon to be on the table and Christmas in sight, Beth Houghton knows people have food on their minds — not just the food they're going to eat, but the food they're going to give.

    People wait in line for a free meal near the intersection of Livingston Avenue and East Fletcher Avenue in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Volunteers from Family of Christ Lutheran Church give out food and clothing to those in need every Wednesday night from a school bus that serves as a mobile headquarters.
  3. Mosquito genes aid malaria war


    In a basement on the Irvine campus of the University of California, behind a series of five protective doors, two teams of biologists have created a novel breed of mosquito that they hope will help eradicate malaria from the world.

    A feeding female mosquito crouches on a human skin surface. Researchers have modified genes of the insect to make them resistant to malaria, which could prevent its spread.
  4. Consumer groups send out a warning for the holidays: Beware of 'potentially hazardous' toys


    ST. PETERSBURG — Everyone wants a Slinky.

    Petra Vybiralova, Safety Instructor for Florida Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition, holds up a toy slinky, one of the toys on the dangerous toys list. She talks about the Trouble in Toyland report that lists dangerous and toxic toys during a press conferences at All Children's Hospital n St. Petersburg Tuesday morning. The report finds that despite improvements from recent product safety regulation reforms, there are still dangerous toys on store shelves that pose a safety hazard. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  5. Tampa again opening recreation centers to Obamacare navigators


    TAMPA — For a third straight year, Tampa is opening its recreation centers to health care navigators so residents can get advice about signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

    Health care navigator Ruth Bessant helps people looking to sign up for health insurance during an Affordable Care Act enrollment event at the Jackson Heights NFL Youth Education Town Center in Tampa in March 2014.


    It's the season to be merry, but unfortunately, holiday stress seems to want to tag along with all that merriment. Surveys tell us that almost 90 percent of Americans feel that stress. And we know all too well the physical and emotional side effects that can accompany those feelings: elevated blood pressure, aches and …

     For November - Lifetimes exercise demonstration. Barbi Bozich demonstrates a seated side stretch at the Vinoy Renaissance.
  7. Deal to ease premium hike for Medicare Part B may be a temporary fix


    The federal budget agreement finalized this month staved off an unprecedented spike in Medicare premiums for higher-income seniors and those choosing to delay Social Security.

    The federal budget agreement finalized earlier this month staved off an unprecedented spike in Medicare premiums for higher-income seniors and those choosing to delay Social Security. But some experts say the eye-popping rate hikes could return in 2017. [AP photo]
  8. Hospice of Citrus to pay more than $3 million to resolve federal case


    LECANTO — Hospice of Citrus County has agreed to pay $3.02 million to settle claims that the health care provider billed the government for medically unnecessary and undocumented hospice services.

  9. Using sight and sound to trigger dementia patients' memories


    EASTON, Pa. — From the antique cast-iron stove in the kitchen to the ancient wood-paneled radio in the living room, the decor in The Easton Home comes straight out of the 1930s, '40s and '50s.]
  10. Lab-grown vocal cords offer hope of treating voice disorders


    WASHINGTON — From mom's comforting croon to a shout of warning, our voices are the main way we communicate and one we take for granted unless something goes wrong. Now researchers have grown human vocal cords in the laboratory that appear capable of producing sound — in hopes of one day helping people with …

    Dr. Nathan Welham, right, visiting scientist Kohei Nishimoto, left, and associate scientist Changying Ling work in the Welham Lab at the Wisconsin Institute for Medical Research in Madison, Wis. [Associated Press]