Earlier this week, the Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act, sponsored by Congressman Gus Bilirakis passed the House of Representatives. This important legislation addresses the need to invest in continued research to assist the millions of Americans living with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). It is estimated that there are currently between 2-3Continue Reading

Last week,  Florida’s House of Representatives formally recognized the public health harms of pornography. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) applauds this action and Rep. Ross Spano for spearheading this effort. “Public health impacts of pornography are no trivial matter,” said Lisa L. Thompson, Vice President of Research and EducationContinue Reading

Fantastic Negrito, an African-American singer-songwriter specializing in blues, R&B and roots music, is scheduled to perform on April 7 at the 2018 Safety Harbor SongFestfor the second consecutive year. Last year, Negrito was awarded a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album for his record “The Last Days of Oakland” at the 59th Annual GrammyContinue Reading

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Hillsborough County health officials report today that the number of laboratory confirmed influenza cases reported by health practitioners remains high in the county. During this flu season, 30 outbreaks have been recorded including nine outbreaks of influenza were reported in child care facilities/school and two in long-term care facilities (LTCF). OneContinue Reading

A judge extended Florida’s voter registration deadline because of Hurricane Matthew, calling it “irrational” for the state to reject the idea. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker on Monday extended the deadline from Tuesday to 5 p.m. Wednesday and then during a hearing Wednesday, Walker extended the voter registration deadline in theContinue Reading

Investigators in Tennessee Monday found a 4-year-old girl who disappeared from her central Florida home on Saturday, and said the former family friend accused of kidnapping her is now in custody. Rebecca Lewis and her kidnapper, “West Wild Hogs,” were located in a vehicle near a Memphis hospital. A nurse recognized theContinue Reading

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Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), along with Congressmen Dennis Ross (FL-15) and David Jolly (FL-13), recently sent a letter to bipartisan leaders of Congress requesting additional funding and resources to address the Zika virus. The members write: “To date, health officials have identified roughly 500 travel-related infections of the Zika virusContinue Reading

With the reports of five additional locally transmitted Zika virus infections in the state of Florida, including the first case in Pinellas County, US Representative for Florida’s 13th Congressional District, David Jolly had some things to say about calling on Congress to return to Washington, D.C. to pass a long-term Zika fundingContinue Reading

“The FMA applauds Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s decision to join seven other state attorneys general, the District of Columbia, and the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division in a legal challenge to stop the proposed merger of Aetna and Humana. “We commend Attorney General Bondi’s leadership in takingContinue Reading

Since Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) has announced they, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are investigating two possible non-travel related cases of Zika virus–one in Miami-Dade County and one in Broward County. These latest developments have some saying Florida may have it’s first ZikaContinue Reading

“Florida voters deserve to know the truth about Amendment 2,” said VOTE NO on 2 Campaign spokesperson Christina Johnson. “These top ten reasons substantiate why Floridians should reject the false promises made under the guise of ‘medical’ marijuana.” Top 10 Reasons to VOTE NO On 2  1. It’s Permanent -AmendmentContinue Reading

Sen. Marco Rubio said Tuesday that the FBI’s recommendation not to file charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of a personal email server during her tenure as secretary of state is “not the end of the story,” predicting more scandals from the presumptive Democratic nominee. In a statement releasedContinue Reading

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Florida health officials reported Friday on two additional travel associated Zika virus cases in the state, one in Pasco County and one in Orange County. This is the sixth case reported in Orange County while Pasco County is reporting it’s first case. Pasco has been added to the list of counties inContinue Reading