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  1. CBO analysis: 23 million would lose health coverage under House-passed bill

    National

    WASHINGTON — The Republican health care bill that passed the House earlier this month would nearly double the number of Americans without health insurance over the next decade, according to a new analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

    Demonstrators protests the passage of a House Republican health care bill, outside the the Capitol in Washington, on May 4. The House took the unusual step of voting on the American Health Care Act before the Congressional Budget Office could assess it. That analysis was released Thursday and it showed the bill would cause 23 million fewer people to have health insurance by 2026. Many additional consumers would see skimpier health coverage and higher deductibles, the budget office projected.
  2. Marijuana extract Epidiolex helps some kids with epilepsy, study shows

    Health

    A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for more research into pot's possible health benefits.

    An employee checks a plant at LeafLine Labs, a medical marijuana production facility in Cottage Grove, Minn. [Associated Press (2015)]
  3. From the Netherlands to Largo: Bird enthusiasts search for healing answers

    Health

    LARGO — Nancy Konijn was an ocean away from Sarge and Shay, and the rest of the birds of prey at McGough Nature Park. But like their keeper, Patrick Bradley, Konijn believed raptors can help humans heal. And so, several months ago, when she came across newspaper articles on Bradley's success with the idea, she …

    Nancy Konijn, co-founder of Wings of Change, of Andijk, North Holland, Netherlands, handles Sarge, an American bald eagle, at the Narrows Environmental Education Center, at George C. McGough Nature Park in Largo.
  4. It's important to stretch and strengthen back and abdominal muscles

    Health

    Keeping core muscles limber is as important as keeping them strong.

     Alyssa Cedela of St. Pete demonstrates the modified cobra yoga pose at the Vinoy in St Petersburg, FL,  May 9, 2017.
  5. Entrepreneurs aren't waiting for lawmakers to plan the future of medical cannabis

    Medicine

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Mute the sound and it would have felt like a real estate seminar. The hotel conference room was half full. It was an older crowd, professionally dressed. Notepads sat on top of the tables, which hid the khakis below.

    Jake Bergmann, CEO of Surterra Holdings, a cannabis-based therapeutics company, speaks to attendees during the first day Friday of the Florida Medical Cannabis Conference and Exhibition at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel. [JOSH SOLOMON  |  Times]
  6. Rare liver surgery performed at TGH saves Tampa man's life

    Health

    When doctors learned during surgery that Ken Brant's liver was too riddled with cancer for a conventional procedure, they turned to his wife with two options.

    Jeanne and Ken Brant thank Dr. Julio Sokolich for undertaking a complicated procedure in February that saved Brant’s life.
  7. A South Carolina teen dies after caffeine overload, leaving others to wonder: How much caffeine is too much?

    Health

    The story of South Carolina's Davis Cripe seems, at first, almost unbelievable:

    A coroner says a healthy 16-year-old South Carolina high school student died from heart problems after drinking too much caffeine. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Davis Cripe drank a large Mountain Dew, a latte from McDonald?€™s and an energy drink in the two hours before his heart fell out of rhythm at Spring Hill High School on April 26. [Photo from video]
  8. Abortion bills die in Florida's Capitol for the first time in eight years

    Blogs

    Lawmakers left Tallahassee last week without accomplishing an agenda item that has been at the forefront for years: They passed no legislation restricting abortions or targeting abortion clinics.

    Planned Parenthood supporters in Tampa this February.
  9. Whistleblower talks of health insurers bilking Medicare

    Banking

    When Medicare was facing an impossible $13 trillion funding gap, Congress opted for a bold fix: It handed over part of the program to insurance companies, expecting them to provide better care at a lower cost. The new program was named Medicare Advantage.

    Benjamin Poehling, a former finance director for UnitedHealthcare Medicare and Retirement, in Minneapolis. He contends that his company and other insurers have been systematically bilking Medicare Advantage for years. [Ackerman and Gruber for the New York Times]
  10. Olympic ice skater, cancer survivor Scott Hamilton joins Moffitt national board of advisers

    Medicine

    TAMPA — The Moffitt Cancer Center has appointed famed ice skater, Olympian and cancer survivor Scott Hamilton to its national board of advisers, the institute announced Tuesday.

    Scott Hamilton, shown in 2010, battled testicular cancer in 1997 and in 2004, doctors found he had a brain tumor. Now, he works a public speaker and a humanitarian. [Associated Press]