Ron Kolsen takes the cylinder-shaped bag and dumps its contents on a plastic board.
"Alright," he says, staring intently at the pile of dead mosquitoes in front of him. "Let's see what we've got."
Kolsen pulls a magnifying lamp over the tiny corpses to take a closer look. He sees hundreds of them, some with spotted wings, some with black-and-white striped legs. The ones he's looking for have silver-white scales on their backs that look like miniature violins....
ST. PETERSBURG — The foundation created by the sale of Bayfront Medical Center carried out its first major charitable act Thursday, awarding $4 million in grants to community groups working to improve public health.
The 19 recipients included the Pinellas County School District, the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, Mount Zion Human Services, and the USF Research Foundation.
"This gives us stable financial footing to do work in the community that will produce lasting change," said Susan McGrath of the Florida Consumer Action Network, which won $172,371 to develop a healthy transit initiative and promote healthy lifestyles....
You can award 5-star ratings to restaurants, hotels, even your Uber driver.
But the surgeon who fixed your knee?
Yes, rating your health care provider online is a thing. And if the online review site Yelp is any indication, the practice is becoming more popular in the Tampa Bay area.
Thousands of people have used the site to evaluate local doctors and hospitals. The reviews, which cover everything from bedside manner to office decor, aren't always pretty....
TAMPA — The men and women who suffered injuries when bullets cut through an Orlando nightclub early last Sunday had one thing break their way.
They weren't far from help.
The club where gunman Omar Mateen opened fire, killing 49 people, stood just blocks from one of Florida's 10 Level 1 trauma centers, each poised to respond with an all-out, life-saving blitz of staff, expertise and equipment. The centers are also the subject of a major health policy debate over how many of them Florida needs and how that should be decided....
Heavily represented among the Pulse victims, Orlando's growing Hispanic community assesses the damage06/16/16 Human Interest
ORLANDO — Hours after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, when the names of victims started to trickle out on the news and social media, one thing struck the Rev. Gabriel Salguero.
Nearly all were Hispanic.
"It wasn't lost on me that it was Latin night at Pulse," Salguero said, naming the Orlando nightclub where Omar Mateen opened fire on hundreds of people before he was killed by police....
'This is not a drill:' Doctors tell how a quiet night in their Orlando trauma center suddenly turned ghastly06/14/16 Human Interest
ORLANDO — The waiting room was empty.
Unusual for the overnight shift, Dr. Kathryn Bondani thought as she walked across the emergency room floor at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
It was just before 2 a.m Sunday and relatively few cases had come through the doors. Bondani had started her shift at 11 p.m., and was scheduled to work through the morning with five physician trainees. The senior physician, Dr. Gary Parrish, planned to go home in an hour....
Democratic congressional candidate and former state Democratic Party Chairman Bob Poe attended the vigil in Orlando late Monday to remember the 50 people killed in a massacre in a gay night club.
"It’s hard to wrap my mind around it," Poe said. "You never think that something like this would happen in Orlando. It’s unimaginable."
Last week, Poe announced he is HIV-positive. He said he hoped to bring awareness to those living with the illness....
06/13/16 Public Safety
ORLANDO — They held hands and draped arms around each other's shoulders as they approached the imposing brick building.
Their sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, best friends and dancing partners were among the few dozen still missing after the terrorist attack on Pulse, a gay nightclub where a rifle-wielding man had turned a raucous night out into a massacre Sunday.
ORLANDO — Eddie Sotomayor was among the first names released Sunday of at least 50 killed in a mass shooting at Pulse nightclub, the deadliest massacre in U.S. history.
A charismatic national brand manager for gay travel company Al and Chuck Travel, Sotomayor lived in Sarasota and was a University of South Florida graduate.
Sotomayor was a trailblazer, according to his boss and the company's owner, Al Ferguson. ...
Gov. Rick Scott met with Hillsborough County health officials Thursday to discuss Zika preparedness.
Newly appointed state Surgeon General Celeste Philip and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera also attended the meeting.
Scott has spent the last several weeks raising concerns about the mosquito-borne virus, which is spreading across South and Central America and the Caribbean. The Republican governor recently sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking for more than 5,000 Zika preparedness kits, spraying equipment and mosquito traps, as well as funding for more city and county mosquito control workers and an expanded outreach program....
A limb is saved, a life is changed as Moffitt Cancer Center works to perfect a targeted blast of chemo06/08/16Health
The amputation was scheduled for July 29, 2014.
Earlier that summer, a doctor in Denver had found a malignant tumor tangled in the tendons of Mike Hladky's right wrist. The doctor said an above-the-elbow amputation was the only way to prevent the cancer from spreading. So did a specialist at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Hladky, a Wyoming man who had made a living in construction before retiring in 2013, tried adjusting to the news. He bought himself a pair of shoes that didn't need to be tied....
TAMPA — It happened once last year during a rehearsal for The Nutcracker at the Carrollwood Cultural Center.
Helen Michaelson, 66, felt her muscles suddenly get stiff. She became disoriented, too, causing her to slip down a crowded set of stairs and dislocate her shoulder.
"It was a pretty good fall," she recalled.
So-called "off episodes" can be a common occurrence for people like Michaelson who suffer from Parkinson's disease. In between doses of their regular medication, their bodies become rigid, their movements slow and labored....
Pearl Leimbach sometimes struggles to remember the vibrant life she lived in Maryland and the people who now care for her in Palm Harbor.
She's 91 and suffers from dementia.
But when she slipped on a pair of headphones at the St. Mark Village nursing home on a recent afternoon, she instantly recognized the upbeat holiday tunes from her childhood.
"Oh, Christmas music!" said the woman once known as Toots, a smile spreading across her lips....
ST. PETERSBURG — Living in a place called the Sunshine City has its benefits.
This isn't one of them.
Gloriously sunny St. Petersburg is among the worst cities in the nation for your skin, according to a new analysis by the online finance network WalletHub.
The study , which ranked 150 U.S. cities from best to worst, examined factors such as climate, melanoma incidence rate, skin-cancer death rate, and number of tanning salons for every 100,000 people....
TAMPA — Rosa Mayerly Velasquez was overjoyed to learn in January that she was pregnant.
But her excitement quickly turned into anxiety.
Weeks earlier, Velasquez, 33, and her husband had visited family in Colombia, a country that has seen an alarming spike in Zika infections and birth defects linked to the mosquito-borne virus.
She didn't experience the fever, headaches or rashes that typically signal an infection, she said. But then again, most people who have the virus don't realize it....