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  1. Implanted devices offer an alternative to CPAP machines for some sleep apnea patients

    Health

    Mark Yegge knew he was a snorer. But when he found out that he also repeatedly stopped breathing during the night, followed by gasping for breath, he knew it was time to see his doctor.

    Yegge holds the remote that controls the aura6000. The device is activated by a remote-controlled hand piece and is turned on for sleep and off when you wake up. A sleep study revealed that Yegge was waking up 80 times an hour and has obstructive sleep apnea. He initially used a CPAP machine at night.
  2. Health and sexuality Q&A: gender identity; where babies come from

    Health

    EXPLORATION OF GENDER IDENTITY IS NOT UNUSUAL

  3. Mayo Clinic Q&A: OCD in children; suicide and genetics

    Health

    OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER KNOWS NO AGE LIMITS

    A group of cute stuffed animals on a white couch.
  4. USF played a key role in approval of new MS drug

    Medicine

    The first drug to treat an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis has won approval from the Food and Drug Administration, a significant medical development with ties to the Tampa Bay area.

    Ocrevus, given every six months, costs $65,000 a year without insur-ance.
  5. Banana Oat Mini-Muffins add sweetness the natural way

    Health

    Like many families, we try to minimize the amount of processed sugar we eat. But, it is lurking everywhere, and we are eating far more processed sugar than our grandparents did. How to combat this trend that seems to have sneaked up on us?

    Banana Oat Mini-Muffins, which skip the white processed sugar, can be made gluten-friendly.
  6. Black Bean and Mango Salad a quick, fresh and filling meal

    Health

    Canned beans are a fantastic convenience food. For a little over a buck, you can stock your pantry with a shelf-stable protein source that works in main dishes or in side dishes.

    Black Bean and Mango Salad calls for shredded kale, but you can use any hearty dark green.
  7. A 'Star Trek'-inspired gizmo could win its inventors $9 million

    Business

    PAOLI, Pa. — Basil Harris is an emergency-room physician who holds five degrees. Yes, five, including a doctorate in engineering.

    Brothers George, Basil and Gus Harris examine prop tricorders from the Star Trek series. The Harris siblings named their team Final Frontier Medical Devices. [Courtesy of XPrize]
  8. Hospitals face Medicaid cuts in first drafts of state budget

    Blogs

    Florida state lawmakers on Tuesday proposed cuts to Medicaid that could take as much as $621.8 million away from hospitals next year.

    Reps. Kathleen Peters, R-South Pasadena, and Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford.
  9. Aggressive efforts to stop Zika in Florida continue, officials say

    Research

    MIAMI — Florida officials say they're continuing aggressive efforts to stop the spread of the Zika virus.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott and state officials say they're continuing aggressive efforts to stop the spread of the Zika virus. [Associated Press]
  10. Hospitals on edge as lawmakers weigh cuts to Medicaid in Florida

    State Roundup

    The nurses and doctors at Brandon Regional Hospital worried Lakota Lockhart wouldn't make it when he was born.

    Krystal Lockhart reaches into a bag checking on supplies as Lakota Lockhart, 7, waits in the backseat with a portable ventilator on Wednesday. Health care advocates are keeping a close eye on the health care changes in Washington, like many people, but they see a more urgent threat closer to home: The prospect of cuts to Medicaid. Lower rates would hit hospitals that already take a higher portion of low-income and charity-care patients, including the state's safety nets. That worries patient advocates and patients themselves, including Lakota Lockhart who has a rare congenital disease and whose mother says he has the greatest access to good care when they are on Medicaid. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]