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How one artist’s heart, stilled by a fatal blow, saved another one’s life

How one artist’s heart, stilled by a fatal blow, saved another one’s life

TAMPA — The sound was faint at first, but adjusting the stethoscope helped Erika Callahan detect the thumping of a familiar heart.Closing her eyes, Callahan pretended that the sound also was coming from the same chest where she had laid her head coun...
Published: 10/07/18
Updated: 10/09/18
Florida’s longest-living heart transplant patient has died

Florida’s longest-living heart transplant patient has died

Services were held this week for Glen Frank Spurlin, who passed away Sept. 26 in Lakeland after having lived more than 33 years with a donor heart he received at Tampa General Hospital.He was the longest-living heart transplant patient in Florida. In...
Published: 10/05/18
After last year’s fatal flu season, health officials want you to get the shot soon

After last year’s fatal flu season, health officials want you to get the shot soon

After a 2017-18 flu season that many considered the worst in 40 years, Tampa Bay area health officials are warning residents to get vaccinated early. More than 80,000 people in the United States, including 180 children, died last season because of th...
Published: 10/05/18
Those health plans with big deductibles were supposed to make us smarter consumers. It didn’t work.

Those health plans with big deductibles were supposed to make us smarter consumers. It didn’t work.

With workers harder to find and Obamacare’s tax on generous coverage postponed, employers are hitting pause on a feature of job-based medical insurance much hated by employees: the high-deductible health plan.Companies have slowed enrollment in such ...
Published: 10/04/18
Proposed Trump rules could make it harder for low-income women to get contraceptives

Proposed Trump rules could make it harder for low-income women to get contraceptives

When Nikia Jackson needed to be screened for a sexually transmitted disease, she wanted a clinic that was reputable, quick and inexpensive.After searching online, Jackson, 23, ended up at the Obria Medical Clinics’ sparkling new facility in an office...
Published: 10/02/18
Taking aim at fall: 15 fabulous ways to turn over a new leaf

Taking aim at fall: 15 fabulous ways to turn over a new leaf

People tend to make a fuss about fresh starts at the new year or in the spring. But in Florida, it’s really fall that inspires turning over a new leaf.That first cool breeze on a fall morning carries a sweet promise — that someday soon your makeup wo...
Updated one month ago
Two hospitals, Tampa Community and Memorial, to merge in November

Two hospitals, Tampa Community and Memorial, to merge in November

National health care chain Hospital Corporation of America has announced plans to turn Tampa Community Hospital into a satellite branch of Memorial Hospital in Tampa by the start of next month. Tampa Community, located at 6001 Webb Road near the Town...
Updated one month ago
Tampa General nurses record the last heartbeats of dying patients, making a family memory

Tampa General nurses record the last heartbeats of dying patients, making a family memory

TAMPA — As John Reisinger waited with family at Tampa General Hospital, grief settled in like a fog. So some of the details are hazy.But he remembers the moment when three women in white lab coats approached him.The day before, his niece, Jessica Rau...
Updated one month ago
All Children’s unveils a $95 million research center. Next step: ‘Cure some diseases.’

All Children’s unveils a $95 million research center. Next step: ‘Cure some diseases.’

ST. PETERSBURG — "Vicky Hopkins" is 37 weeks pregnant and splayed on a bed at Johns Hopkin’s All Children’s Hospital. Four obstetricians surround her as she groans."My back is killing me," she complains, but she keeps pushing. Soon the round shape of...
Updated one month ago
Doctors dismissed her, but she turned out to be right after years of needless suffering

Doctors dismissed her, but she turned out to be right after years of needless suffering

The prominent New York City gynecologist didn’t bother to conceal his disdain."Stop practicing Google medicine," Lina Kharnak remembers the doctor chiding her when she asked about a possible cause of her worsening leg and back pain. The disease about...
Updated one month ago