Friday, November 16, 2018

Health

He fought for transgender rights in Colombia. Now he worries as a U.S. citizen

He fought for transgender rights in Colombia. Now he worries as a U.S. citizen

For 19-year-old Manuel Jose Plazas Martinez, the process of changing his official records went beyond the usual hurdles that can keep a transgender person from moving ahead in life.A native of Colombia, he sued his former government over his birth ce...
Published: 11/05/18
In days of data galore, patients have trouble getting own medical records

In days of data galore, patients have trouble getting own medical records

Medical records can be hard for patients to get, even in this digital information age. But they shouldn’t be: Federal law guarantees that people have a right to see and obtain a copy of their medical records.New evidence of barriers to exercising thi...
Published: 11/02/18
Heroin, fentanyl remain biggest drug threat to U.S., feds say

Heroin, fentanyl remain biggest drug threat to U.S., feds say

Opioid overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
Published: 11/02/18
Obamacare open enrollment begins amid confusion over new short-term plans

Obamacare open enrollment begins amid confusion over new short-term plans

Open enrollment begins today for the Affordable Care Act, and local advocates worry that health insurance changes this year might confuse consumers and keep them from selecting the best plans for their health. A recent change by the Trump administrat...
Updated one month ago
Tampa woman came back from vacation with a maggot in her groin

Tampa woman came back from vacation with a maggot in her groin

Imagine coming back from your tropical vacation with a maggot embedded in your groin. That’s what happened to a 36-year-old Tampa woman who ended up at Tampa General Hospital two months after a trip to Belize, according to a study published this mont...
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Joe Henderson: NRA working to hold its grip on state agriculture commissioner

Joe Henderson: NRA working to hold its grip on state agriculture commissioner

In a weird way, I guess it makes sense that the Florida Department of Agriculture oversees the granting of concealed weapons permits. There always seems to be a bumper crop of guns in these parts.There are currently about 1.9 million people licensed ...
Updated one month ago
What would ‘Medicare for all’ look like in Florida?

What would ‘Medicare for all’ look like in Florida?

Florida has more people covered under Obamacare than any other state, and is second only to California when it comes to seniors on Medicare. Yet the state’s uninsured rate is still higher than the national average. So it’s no wonder that health care ...
Updated one month ago
Hamburger Mary’s worker tests positive for hepatitis A

Hamburger Mary’s worker tests positive for hepatitis A

The Ybor City location of Hamburger Mary’s is closed Friday after the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County said a worker tested positive for hepatitis A.According to the agency, the worker worked at the restaurant chain’s Centro Ybor l...
Updated one month ago
The Times 2019 Medicare Guide

The Times 2019 Medicare Guide

It has four main parts, labeled A, B, C and D. But after that, the rules can be wickedly complex. Nearly 60 million people are using it right now. And with an estimated 10,000 people reaching age 65 each day in the U.S., that number is growing fast.S...
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6 children dead, 12 sick in viral outbreak at New Jersey rehab center

6 children dead, 12 sick in viral outbreak at New Jersey rehab center

A severe viral outbreak at a New Jersey rehabilitation center for "medically fragile children" has left six youngsters dead and 12 others sick, the state Health Department said Tuesday.
Updated one month ago