Health

Gov. Scott: Florida Meningitis Cases are Under Control

Oct 9, 2012

Gov. Rick Scott says there are four confirmed fungal meningitis cases in Florida linked to the national outbreak that has killed eight people. Scott told fellow Florida Cabinet members Tuesday morning that the outbreak in Florida appears to be under control adding the four Florida cases are from the same facility.

Activists Vow to Continue Effort for Paid Sick Time

Sep 21, 2012

A coalition of central Florida activist groups collected 50,000 petition signatures to place a measure on the November ballot that would require many employers to offer paid sick time for full time and part time workers. 

According to the advocates, many workers in central Florida’s hospitality industry routinely show up for work when they’re sick because they can’t afford to take time off or because they’re afraid of losing their jobs.

Health officials say they're working to verify a potential cancer cluster just east of Hialeah. One resident caused a stir in July when she publicly told Miami-Dade County Commissioners that eight of her neighbors died of cancer in the last year. Officials are moving forward with their investigation and looking at a Superfund site just south of the area.

The West Little River neighborhood is on a kind of divide: on one side of NW 36th Avenue are houses and long-time residents.

Many consider cognitive decline an inevitable part of the aging process, but is it something we can take proactive steps to prevent?  We’ll talk with a researcher at the University of South Florida’s School of Aging Studies about an ongoing brain fitness study and how to delay or prevent cognitive impairment later in life.

Doctors and dentists who treat kids on Medicaid are watching closely for a ruling that could cost the cash-strapped state of Florida one billion dollars. 

The case is a class-action lawsuit that seeks to provide more access to preventive care. 

Tallahassee physician Louis St. Petery, vice president of the Florida Pediatric Society, says the suit is needed to strike down barriers to that care. 

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