Health & Science

Voting and healthcare advocacy groups want Floridians to consider healthcare as they cast ballots on November 8th.

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A coalition of reproductive rights groups says Florida isn’t doing enough to combat the Zika virus. The Zika virus is now affecting more than one thousand Floridians, and public health officials worry the mosquito-borne and sexually transmitted illness will continue to spread.

Florida has been trying to turn back the scales on childhood and adolescent obesity and rates have declined in recent years. Still, the numbers are too high for many, and one group is asking the Leon County School District to do more to keep kids at a healthy weight.

A new health center at Rickards High School will open Monday after a nearly two month delay. The clinic was supposed to open in April but was delayed due to parking issues.

The Calhoun Liberty Hospital has reached a settlement deal with Florida’s health care oversight agency. The hospital faced steep fines over its handling of a woman who was forcibly discharged from the facility and later died.

Big Bend Cares is expanding—in both size and healthcare offerings.  The organization broke ground Tuesday on a 27,000 square foot facility.

The federal government is downplaying concerns about large potential rate hikes in health insurance plans next year. Many Florida providers are asking for double-digit increases.

The Zika virus is likely being transmitted by mosquitoes in a one-square-mile area just north of downtown Miami, the Florida Department of Health said Friday. / Hospital Ratings, CMS

A majority of Florida’s hospitals received low marks under the federal government’s new ratings system. The data was released earlier this week. But  some hospitals are starting to make peace with the new system.

FDA May Lift Restrictions On Gay Blood Donations

Jul 27, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration may be lifting regulations on blood donations from gay men. The move comes after pressure from activists in the wake of a mass shooting at an Orlando gay club and blood shortages that followed.