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Congressional aides maneuver a Christmas tree to the office of Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, on Capitol Hill earlier this month. No word on whether they washed it first, but experts say hosing down a live tree can be a good way to keep allergens from causing respiratory problems during the holiday season. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE  |  AP
Hosing off a live tree or wiping off an artificial one are two ways to keep allergens at bay during the holidays.
Dec. 6• Health
For those who haven’t reviewed coverage for 2020, there is still time.
Dec. 4• Health
The long-anticipated building, part of Water Street Tampa, will welcome students on Jan. 13.
Dec. 5• Health
Regulators also found widespread problems with patient care after a Tampa Bay Times investigation into the facility
Dec. 3• Investigations

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  1. Congressional aides maneuver a Christmas tree to the office of Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, on Capitol Hill earlier this month. No word on whether they washed it first, but experts say hosing down a live tree can be a good way to keep allergens from causing respiratory problems during the holiday season. J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE  |  AP
    Hosing off a live tree or wiping off an artificial one are two ways to keep allergens at bay during the holidays.
  2. A helicopter lands at Tampa General Hospital, one of 66 Florida hospitals that could benefit from a proposal contained in Gov. Ron DeSantis' new budget, a new analysis finds. JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Tampa General is among the hospitals that would receive money from a proposal seeking to hand out $10 million in new funding.
  3. Work nears completion Wednesday on a common area inside the new USF Health building that will serve as a centerpiece of the Water Street Tampa development in downtown. The 13-story tower is set to open in January. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    The long-anticipated building, part of Water Street Tampa, will welcome students on Jan. 13.
  4. One way to research options is through Medicare's online Plan Finder, available at medicare.gov/find-a-plan. THOMAS TOBIN  |  Tampa Bay Times
    For those who haven’t reviewed coverage for 2020, there is still time.
  5. North Tampa Behavioral Health in Wesley Chapel JOHN PENDYGRAFT   |  Times
    Regulators also found widespread problems with patient care after a Tampa Bay Times investigation into the facility
  6. Lorraine Bonner, a retired Oakland, Calif., doctor who is now a sculptor, says she spent a year recovering after surgical staples were used to seal her colon. A newly uncovered federal database reveals previously hidden problems with the staples that were used in her operation. HEIDI DE MARCO  |  California Healthline
    Millions of injuries and malfunctions once funneled to a hidden government database are now available, prompting many to take a closer look.
  7. Employees are paying more for health insurance. MICHAEL MCCLOSKEY  |  iStockPhoto
    Employees in only two other states paid more relative to their household income.
  8. Tampa Bay Times health reporter Justine Griffin has her finger pricked and blood collected with a lancet to demonstrate a new, one-minute HIV test now available at Metro Inclusive Health in St. Petersburg. MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times
    Recently approved by the health department, the INSTI test is reaching more people in a state at the center of the HIV epidemic.
  9. Local emergency rooms and urgent care centers are seeing an increase in cases of respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, this year. As of mid-November, 7 percent of children under 5 discharged from Florida hospitals and urgent care centers were diagnosed with RSV symptoms, up from 5 percent last year and 4 percent the year before. Times (2006)
    The virus known as RSV is common, but severe causes could lead to bronchiolitis or pneumonia.
  10. The Branson family (from left: Michael, Emma, Lucy and Katy) was surprised when they received a $2,659 bill after Lucy needed to get a tiny doll shoe removed from her nose. HEIDI DE MARCO  |  Kaiser Health News
    The Bransons had weathered a typical night of parenting and didn’t give it much more thought. Then the hospital bill came.
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