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Florida lawmakers target sexually transmitted diseases

Florida lawmakers target sexually transmitted diseases

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA A House panel Monday approved expanding the legal definition of sexual intercourse as part of an effort to prevent the intentional transmission of HIV and other diseases. A bill (HB 165) sponsored by Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, would change a state law that prohibits people infected with HIV or other […]

Trump travel ban could worsen doctor shortage

Trump travel ban could worsen doctor shortage

BY JEREMY REDMON ATLANTA JOURNAL- CONSTITUTION/TNS ATLANTA – Dr. Heval Kelli has treated all sorts of patients while studying in Atlanta to become a physician: Young and old. Rich and poor. Black and white. Civilians and U.S. military veterans. Unlike most of his patients, the Morehouse School of Medicine graduate was not born in the […]

More women stocking up on birth control

More women stocking up on birth control

Consumers worried Trump administration policies could impact funding for family planning services BY CHRISTINE VESTAL STATELINE.ORG/TNS WASHINGTON — Mary Bonheimer wants to wait a few years before having another child. Uninsured and working part time as a waitress so she and her fiance can split time caring for their 18-month-old daughter, she plans to stay […]

Technology advances help to prevent and lessen impact of colon cancer

Technology advances help to prevent and lessen impact of colon cancer

MAYO CLINIC NEWS NETWORK/TNS Approximately 140,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the U.S. each year. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Affecting the colon — also known as the large intestine — or rectum, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men and the third leading cause in women […]

OBAMACARE REPLACEMENT 101

OBAMACARE REPLACEMENT 101

BY NOAM N. LEVEY TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – House Republicans have finally unveiled legislation to repeal and – just as important – replace the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare is complex. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that what the GOP is proposing in its place has a few knotty details. Here’s a short guide […]

New diagnosis: ‘Post-election stress disorder’

New diagnosis: ‘Post-election stress disorder’

Mental health professionals report a stream of patients coming in with anxiety and depression related to —  or worsened by — the blast of daily news on the Trump administration. BY JENNY GOLD KAISER HEALTH NEWS/TNS Wally Pfingsten has always been a news junkie. But since President Donald Trump was elected, he’s been so anxious […]

SOUL FOOD – THE LEGACY

SOUL FOOD – THE LEGACY

The imagination and desperation of enslaved Africans forever changed the way the American South cooks and eats. But there’s an unhealthy price to be paid, ironically by their African-American descendants. BY PENNY DICKERSON FLORIDA COURIER The roots of “soul food” run deep within the annals of African-American living. The South reigns as king of soul […]

Breaking down Obamacare

Breaking down Obamacare

A Q&A on the impact of Trump’s order to weaken the Affordable Care Act BY JOSH MAGNESS TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Jan. 20 aimed at defanging the Affordable Care Act, giving heads of federal departments more power to delay or grant exemptions from regulations associated with […]

‘Big Weed’ takeover?

‘Big Weed’ takeover?

Proposed rules favor existing growers BY DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Authors of Florida’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana are blasting proposed rules to regulate the cannabis industry. The proposed rules, released Tuesday by state health officials, would essentially maintain current vendors’ stranglehold on the medical marijuana industry […]

30 MILLION UNINSURED

30 MILLION UNINSURED

A new study states that if Obamacare is repealed, many Americans – including millions who voted for Donald Trump – will lose their health insurance. BY TONY PUGH MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU /TNS WASHINGTON–Partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act through a budget reconciliation bill could cause nearly 30 million Americans to lose health insurance and […]