10/13/16 Life Times
It's that time again.
No, we're not talking about the return of pumpkin-spice-flavored everything, though that's definitely happening, too. We're talking about Medicare, the federal health insurance program for seniors.
Oct. 15 marks the start of the annual open enrollment period for Medicare plans. The window, one of the few times enrollees can change their coverage, runs through Dec. 7....
A relentless Hurricane Matthew came at Florida's northeast coast like a bulldozer Friday, driving thick walls of water over the dunes that chewed up roads and flooded residential neighborhoods.
The monster storm was blamed for at least six deaths in the state, forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate and disrupted electric service to nearly 1.2 million customers in 25 counties....
Millions of Floridians braced Friday morning as Hurricane Matthew lashed the state's east coast with dangerous winds and 9-foot storm surges.
The storm, already blamed for nearly 300 deaths in the Caribbean, approached as a Category 4 hurricane Thursday night, capable of inflicting catastrophic damage. It packed sustained winds of 130 mph, strong enough to snap trees and power poles and obliterate homes in its direct path. Few storms that powerful have hit the Sunshine State....
FORT PIERCE — A monstrous Hurricane Matthew menaced Florida late Wednesday, maintaining a potentially disastrous trajectory that could rake the state's entire Atlantic coast and force the largest evacuation in state history.
The Category 3 storm prompted mandatory evacuations in Brevard, Martin and Palm Beach counties, with more expected Thursday. Gov. Rick Scott urged Floridians to heed the orders, and activated 1,500 members of the Florida National Guard. ...
TAMPA — Moffitt Cancer Center has once again been awarded the National Cancer Institute's top title, Moffitt officials announced Thursday.
The NCI's prestigious "Comprehensive Cancer Center" designation honors cancer research institutions for their scientific leadership and the depth and breadth of their work. Currently, only 47 cancer centers in the United States hold the title.
Moffitt is the only one based Florida. The Mayo Clinic, which is based in Minnesota but has a location in Jacksonville, is also a Comprehensive Cancer Center....
Hurricane Hermine toppled trees, deluged roads and knocked out power as it blew across Florida on Thursday night.
And some experts say the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in 11 years could also complicate matters when it comes to Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause devastating birth defects.
Florida is the only state where Zika is spreading by mosquitoes, namely the species known as Aedes aegypti. State health officials have confirmed 49 locally acquired cases, including one in Pinellas County....
I was secretly thrilled when Deal Diva Lisa asked me to write this post.
She had noticed my work shorts.
I bought said shorts three weeks earlier to take to a conference in California. I was looking for a unicorn: an outfit that was clearly business attire, but also kind of funky. Long pants were out of the question. I had been forewarned that some of the conference would take place outside, and temperatures would rise into the 90s....
Tampa General Hospital is the best hospital in the region and the third best in Florida, according to rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.
Other top performers in the area included Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater and St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa. The two facilities tied for eleventh place in the state.
Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, meanwhile, was named the sixth best hospital for cancer in the nation, up from its 18th-place finish last year. Hospital officials said the jump was partly because Moffitt took steps to earn a prestigious designation from the American Nurses Association....
Much has changed at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine since Dr. Charles Lockwood took over as dean two years ago.
School leaders are designing a new downtown Tampa campus, an 11-story tower that will feature state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories.
Applications are up from about 3,900 to about 6,270, as are accepted students' scores on the Medical College Admissions Test, or MCAT....
Federal health officials are giving Florida more than $1.3 million to help prevent the spread of Zika, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday.
All told, the CDC is distributing $25 million to 53 state, city, and territorial health department in areas at risk for outbreaks of the mosquito-borne Zika.
The funds, which can go toward the purchase of repellent, screens, and supplies for Zika prevention kits, will be available next week. ...
Doctors have delivered the first baby in Florida with Zika-related microcephaly, state health officials said Tuesday.
The child's mother is a Haitian citizen who contracted the mosquito-borne virus while in her home country, the Department of Health said. She came to Florida to give birth.
It was not announced where in the state the baby was born.
As of Monday, 223 people in Florida, including 40 pregnant women, have been diagnosed with Zika. All of the cases are travel-related, meaning the people contracted the virus while traveling overseas or had sexual intercourse with someone who had recently traveled abroad. ...
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....