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Fresh grounds for coffee: Study shows it may boost longevity

Fresh grounds for coffee: Study shows it may boost longevity

CHICAGO — Go ahead and have that cup of coffee, maybe even several more. New research shows it may boost chances for a longer life, even for those who down at least eight cups daily. In a study of nearly half-a-million British adults, coffee drinkers...
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Retailers are installing blue lights in restrooms to deter drug users. That may be a problem.

Retailers are installing blue lights in restrooms to deter drug users. That may be a problem.

Isolated, easily accessible and free from surveillance cameras and security guards, public restrooms have long been a place for illicit activities. And with a relentless opioid epidemic ravaging the nation, they have become a laboratory of sorts for ...
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The future of Tampa Bay hospital care looks a lot like Apple and Amazon

The future of Tampa Bay hospital care looks a lot like Apple and Amazon

Tampa Bay residents have more say than ever in how they go to the doctor. Patients can chat with a physician from their phones, or from a computer screen at a grocery or drug store kiosk. Urgent care clinics and freestanding emergency rooms are proli...
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Morgan: I had pneumonia, but I learned how virtual medical care can be a great idea

Morgan: I had pneumonia, but I learned how virtual medical care can be a great idea

CASHIERS-HIGHLANDS, N.C. — As a rule I don’t like emergency rooms.But late on a recent Friday afternoon I was having trouble breathing and felt like I could be in real trouble if I waited for Monday and office hours at the local clinic we use during ...
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Unlocked and loaded: Families confront dementia and guns

Unlocked and loaded: Families confront dementia and guns

With a bullet in her gut, her voice choked with pain, Dee Hill pleaded with the 911 dispatcher for help."My husband accidentally shot me," Hill, 75, of The Dalles, Ore., groaned on the May 16, 2015, call. "In the stomach, and he can’t talk, please …"...
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Medical pot dispensary opens in Apollo Beach, first of 25 planned by Sarasota firm

Medical pot dispensary opens in Apollo Beach, first of 25 planned by Sarasota firm

APOLLO BEACH — Three years ago, doctors gave Valerie Hilton of Seffner the grim news: She had stage four liver disease.Treatment, which included a number of pills, began immediately. A firm believer in holistic medicine, Hilton decided to try cannabi...
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Bayfront Health to acquire Seven Rivers Medical Center in Crystal River

Bayfront Health to acquire Seven Rivers Medical Center in Crystal River

Bayfront Health is acquiring the Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center in Crystal River. Community Health Systems, which owns six Bayfront Health hospitals along Florida’s Gulf Coast from Brooksville to Venice, is one of the nation’s largest owners an...
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ScART program empowers people to explore their scars and express their feelings through art

ScART program empowers people to explore their scars and express their feelings through art

ST. PETERSBURGShyly, 8-year-old Annabelle Brassfield climbed atop a stool in front of a blank easel, grabbed a brush she named Scarlet and prepared to paint her scars. After three open heart surgeries for a severe congenital heart defect, she’s left ...
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HIV is on the rise in Florida and young people don’t seem to care

HIV is on the rise in Florida and young people don’t seem to care

Robert Marquez was 18 when he got the news that would change his life forever. He was HIV positive."I knew nothing about it outside of it being a ‘gay disease’ like my conservative parents and pastor said about it," said Marquez, now 20. "But now, I ...
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‘BE AWARE’: Pasco mom posts to Facebook after son’s caterpillar sting leads to ER trip

‘BE AWARE’: Pasco mom posts to Facebook after son’s caterpillar sting leads to ER trip

ZEPHYRHILLS — The Pergolas’ Saturday morning volunteer work started like most, at a farm cleaning the property and trimming trees. Andrea Pergola, 38, stood on the driveway of the property when she heard her 15-year-old son Logan scream. At first, sh...
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