Health

As monkeypox cases climb in FL, ‘the vaccines will arrive too late for many’

BY: - August 12, 2022

As monkeypox cases rise in Florida, a Democratic state senator in South Florida on Friday urged federal health officials to boost access to vaccines, testing and treatments as Floridians face severe vaccine shortages. State Sen. Shevrin Jones sent a letter to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stating that he’s “deeply worried […]

U.S. drug price controls could kneecap DeSantis’ Canada prescription import plan

BY: - August 12, 2022

It’s been one year and nine months since Gov. Ron DeSantis applied to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to import cheaper pharmaceuticals from Canada. That was after his patron Donald Trump lost his reelection but was still in the White House. The response thus far: mostly crickets. Now, with the U.S. House […]

Monkeypox outbreak reaches nearly 11,000 cases in the U.S.; FL ranks 3rd in caseloads

BY: - August 11, 2022

The 2022 monkeypox outbreak has spread to nearly 11,000 cases nationwide, with Florida ranking third in caseloads across states, according to the latest figures from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of Thursday afternoon, the CDC reported 10,768 total cases of the disease that oftentimes causes a characteristic rash and other […]

Providers trying again to get abortion ban before the FL Supreme Court

BY: - August 11, 2022

Abortion providers have filed notice that they plan to ask the Florida Supreme Court to wrest their appeal against Florida’s 15-week abortion ban from an intermediate appeals court and decide the case directly. They said so in a document filed Wednesday in the First District Court of Appeal, which earlier rejected a request to send […]

Biden signs landmark bill aiding veterans exposed to burn pits overseas

BY: - August 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed legislation into law Wednesday that will provide health care and benefits to veterans exposed to burn pits in Afghanistan and Iraq, achieving a long-term, personal goal. “I was in and out of Iraq over 20 times,” Biden said of prior trips to the war zone he took as both […]

Monkeypox cases surpass 1,000 in FL; infections detected in children and teens

BY: - August 10, 2022

With federal health officials recently declaring monkeypox a public health emergency due to its rapid spread nationwide, Florida’s cases have surpassed 1,000 across 28 counties. In Florida, data from the state Department of Health show a total of 1,020 monkeypox cases, as of Wednesday afternoon. Most cases have been identified in South Florida, with Miami-Dade […]

Biden administration proposes changing how monkeypox vaccine is administered

BY: - August 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration began encouraging health care providers Tuesday to change the way they’re administering vaccines to protect against monkeypox, in an attempt to stretch out doses fivefold. The latest shift in strategy comes as the administration races to curtail the spread of the virus, which jumped from 778 cases one month ago […]

Religion-based claims are piling up against Florida’s 15-week abortion ban

BY: - August 9, 2022

Legal complaints are stacking up against Florida’s 15-week abortion ban, all of them arguing that the law imposes a narrowly sectarian definition of when life begins upon other elements of the faith community that hold markedly different ideas about the matter. The trend began in early June, when Barry Silver, a South Florida lawyer and […]

Fear and uncertainty grip patients as abortion referral services struggle to keep up

BY: - August 8, 2022

Abortion referral services have seen a change in how they do their work, but despite restrictions that make it less possible to get an abortion in Ohio, clinics and non-profits definitely haven’t seen a shortage of need. Abortion Fund-Ohio, which provides case management, grants and resources for patients in need of abortion care, had to […]

Teacher in her classroom

How should FL school districts respond to the monkeypox outbreak? There’s little state guidance

BY: - August 8, 2022

As the number of monkeypox cases spread across Florida, more and more school districts will have to contend with how to approach the disease as public school students, teachers and staff start their first day of school this week. So far, districts haven’t gotten much guidance from state health officials, leaving those sorts of questions […]

Monkeypox outbreak in FL is closing in on 1,000 cases

BY: - August 8, 2022

As of Monday afternoon, the number of monkeypox cases in Florida has spread to 938, in 28 counties. The new cases come at a time when many K-12 schools will be opening this week, and thousands of students and staff will begin classes this month at Florida’s universities and community colleges. Three new counties were […]

U.S. Senate passes major health, tax and climate bill in boost for Democrats

BY: and - August 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate, along party lines, passed a sweeping energy, health care, climate and tax package Sunday afternoon, following an overnight marathon of votes that resulted in just a handful of notable changes to the legislation. The 755-page bill was passed after Vice President Kamala Harris broke a 50-50 tie in the evenly divided Senate. […]