Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) and Congresswoman Kathy Castor (FL-14) today visited with patients and families of St. Joseph’s Children’s Chronic-Complex to update the progress of the ACE Kids Act in Congress and build momentum on getting it passed this year. The ACE Kids Act is modeled after the “medical home” conceptContinue Reading

The number of sexually transmitted infections reported in Hillsborough County during the first six months of 2016 are being seen at increased numbers compared to the same period in 2015, according to newly published epidemiological data from the Hillsborough County Health Department (HCHD). Chlamydia is the most commonly reported bacterialContinue Reading

St. Petersburg College, which has more than 64,000 enrolled students, became a tobacco-free institution on Aug. 1 The student-driven initiative gained the support of administrators, faculty and student government. The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County’s (DOH-Pinellas) Tobacco Prevention Program provided technical assistance. “We support tobacco-free policies in schoolsContinue Reading

The U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for Cancer rankings were released Tuesday and it was amazing news for the Moffitt Cancer Center, now ranked at number six on the list, rising from number 18 in 2015, making the facility the top ranked cancer hospital in the Southeast and in the state ofContinue Reading

The University of Tampa’s ban all smoking and tobacco use on campus takes effect today. The policy, which was announced in January, bans smoking and use of tobacco of all types, including electronic cigarettes, chew tobacco, hookah, cigar and cigarette smoking. This ban includes all UT students, employees, including contractors,Continue Reading

A September 2014 sewer line break in St. Petersburg, Florida dumped 500,000 gallons untreated wastewater into neighborhoods and into Boca Ciega Bay and a team of University of South Florida (USF) researchers went to sample the waters and what they found was a little concerning. The lead researcher of a study published in theContinue Reading

For the fourth consecutive year, Tampa General Hospital has been named one of the nation’s Most Wired Hospitals by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. Technology is improving the efficiency of the delivery of care and patient interactions, according to the 18th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, releasedContinue Reading

The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas) is offering no-cost hepatitis testing 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Thursday, July 28 in recognition of World Hepatitis Day. Screening, educational materials, counseling and rapid testing for hepatitis C are available at two locations: Clearwater: 310 N. Myrtle Ave. St. Petersburg: 205Continue Reading

State Rep. Edwin Narain (D-Tampa) says senior care living facility University Village is a “modern day fraud” as complaints mount from both residents and the staff. “Unfortunately, the residents have been taken advantage of, and so have the employees of this facility,” Rep. Narain said, referring to workers who claimContinue 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

Suzanne M. Klinker, Director, Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, released the statement below. Read this editorial online at:  www.baypines.va.gov/features/20160713.asp From Klinkler: There has been a lot of discussion and media coverage of recent about the Commission on Care and the report the group released publicly that included recommendations for the futureContinue Reading

The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas) is offering no-cost hepatitis testing 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Thursday, July 28 in recognition of World Hepatitis Day. Screening, educational materials, counseling and rapid testing for hepatitis C are available at two locations: Clearwater: 310 N. Myrtle Ave. St. Petersburg: 205Continue Reading

The use of electronic cigarettes (“e-cigarettes”) has increased dramatically in recent years.  The majority of new “vapers” were already cigarette smokers. To date, little is known about how e-cigarette use changes over time or how it affects the use of traditional cigarettes.  Such information would be valuable for understanding theContinue Reading