Health & Science

Health & Science
4:17 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Legislature seeks to cap medical malpractice liability

A 2007 Florida Senate report concluded that too many doctors are refusing emergency room on-call duty, due to increased exposure to lawsuits and higher medical malpractice insurance costs. So, as Sascha Cordner reports, one Florida lawmaker is hoping to alleviate those concerns by granting emergency room doctors immunity from medical malpractice lawsuits.

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Health & Science
4:13 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Debate over abortion reignited

Several bills related to the reproductive rights of women are making their way through the House. Regan McCarthy reports one is a resolution declaring this week “Reproductive Rights Awareness week,” three would put more rules in place for when, where and why an abortion can be performed.

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Health & Science
5:33 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Controverisal amendments injected into vaccine bill

On the second floor of the state Capitol building a sea of white coats swarm the halls. At different places in the lobby are tables offering bone density screenings, dermatological checks, cholesterol tabs—a mini medical center. The displays showcase some of the services that local pharmacies provide. But the agenda isn’t just to offer some free medical checkups—it’s also meant to promote an issue— getting vaccinated against potentially deadly diseases.

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Health & Science
5:29 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Bill to encourage overdose reporting gets closer to full chamber votes

 A Good Samaritan proposal to protect people coming to the aid of a person experiencing a drug overdose is moving through the Florida Legislature. James Call reports it seeks to address what law enforcement and others are calling an emerging crisis in the number of overdose deaths.

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Health & Science
6:38 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Senate unveils ALF crackdown bill

Florida lawmakers are preparing to crack down on facilities that abuse seniors and people with mental health problems.  Legislators unveiled two bills today (Thursday) that increase penalties and call for more training of staff at Assisted Living Facilities. Lynn Hatter reports the proposals come in the wake of reports of abuse and neglect at those centers.

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