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  1. National 'take back day' for unused prescription drugs lets you safely empty your medicine cabinet

    Medicine

    That collection of prescription pills, liquids, sprays, patches, tubes and blister packs is sitting in your medicine cabinet, getting old. You no longer need them or they're expired, but you don't know what do with them. Don't just flush them down the toilet or toss them in the trash. Instead, get rid of them Saturday …

    A Tampa resident drops off unused prescription drugs at the 2011 Statewide Drug Take Back Day.
  2. Will Zika return to Florida this summer? Yes, and it could be worse

    Health

    Wondering what's ahead for Zika?

    This coming summer will likely look like last summer, when 1,100 travel-related cases were reported statewide, and the virus spread in small pockets of South Florida.

    But there's a chance it could be worse.

    This summer could look a lot like last summer as far as the Zika virus is concerned in Florida. [Associated Press]
  3. Work requirements for Florida Medicaid recipients move forward in House

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Some low-income people who rely on Medicaid may have to meet new work requirements to keep their health care under legislation passed by the Florida House on Wednesday.

    Rep. Travis Cummings, R-Orange Park. [Florida House of Representatives]
  4. Could diet soda and artificial sweeteners cause dementia and strokes?

    Health

    A new study has scientists wondering if artificially sweetened beverages can cause strokes and dementia.

    A new study suggests that one or more artificially sweetened drinks a day could be associated with higher risk of stroke and dementia. (Times photo illustration)
  5. How the Legislature could use $1.5 billion in extra Medicaid money for something other than hospitals

    Blogs

    There's $1.5 billion on the table that could shore up the state budget, but the question in Tallahassee is this: How will the Legislature be allowed to use it?

    House Appropriations Chairman Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, (center).
  6. Study finds 'pacemaker' for the brain can help memory

    Health

    Well-timed pulses from electrodes implanted in the brain can enhance memory in some people, scientists reported on Thursday, in the most rigorous demonstration to date of how a pacemaker-like approach might help reduce symptoms of dementia, head injuries and other conditions.

    [iStock image]
  7. A new worry for smokers' families: 'thirdhand smoke'

    Research

    Michael Miller does what many smokers do to protect his sons and daughter from cigarette smoke. He takes it outside.

    A recent study in the journal Tobacco Control found high levels of nicotine on the hands of children of smokers, raising concerns about thirdhand smoke, a name given to the nicotine and chemical residue left behind from cigarette and cigar smoke that can cling to skin, hair, clothes, rugs and walls. This thin film can be picked up by touch or released back into the air when disturbed. [Karsten Moran | The New York Times]
  8. House and Senate advance medical pot bills but no compromise in sight

    Blogs

    Florida lawmakers are moving full steam ahead to implement the voter-approved constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana, but there is still no sign of a compromise between competing House and Senate plans.

    Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, is the House member charged with reaching a medical marijuana compromise with the Florida Senate.
  9. House Republicans push to give hospitals greater say in expansion

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — For four decades, hospitals wanting to expand or open new facilities have had to get the state to agree there's a need for more health care in their community.

  10. $1.5 billion health care deal with feds may not be a sure thing in the Florida House

    Blogs

    The Florida House has not yet decided if it will include a new $1.5 billion sum of money to cover low-income health care costs in its budget.

    Health Care Appropriations chairman Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, (right) speaks with Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-South Pasadena, on the House floor.