Health

Booster shot of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recommended by FDA panel

BY: - October 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal vaccine advisory panel on Friday endorsed a second dose of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine, meaning millions more Americans are expected to soon join the line for booster shots. Anyone who received a J&J shot at least two months ago will be eligible for an additional dose, under the committee’s […]

Mississippi court case could pave the way for new abortion bans across the U.S.

BY: - October 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — A six-week abortion ban in Texas enacted in September forced those seeking abortion services in the Lone Star State to look across state lines for care. But the timing couldn’t have been worse for Texans living near the state’s eastern border. The law took effect as neighboring Louisiana reeled from the destruction of […]

FDA panel recommends booster shot of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - October 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans who received Moderna’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be eligible soon for booster shots, after a federal advisory panel on Thursday recommended a third dose for older and higher-risk adults as well as certain workers. The unanimous recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration vaccine panel came a few […]

DeSantis may strip lawsuit protection from businesses requiring COVID vaccinations

BY: - October 14, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis is considering asking the Legislature to allow employees to sue bosses who require them to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to remove the state’s litigation shield from businesses that require them of workers and customers. “If a business forces somebody to do this then that employee, if there’s anything that happens negative […]

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COVID’s impacts on student mental health are ‘widespread and deeply concerning’

BY: - October 14, 2021

The turbulent and stressful COVID-19 crisis has impacted mental health issues, including instances of suicidal thoughts among students who have had to deal with the trauma of trying to learn during the pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on student mental health are widespread and deeply concerning,” the Department of Education’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil […]

State health department report: More than half of young kids and teens in FL have been vaccinated

BY: - October 13, 2021

An official from the state health department on Wednesday told lawmakers that more than half of young people have gotten vaccinated against COVID-19. That could help with warding off the virus in Florida’s massive public school system as well as private schools. More than a million young people — exactly 1,079,179 — or 55 percent […]

DeSantis on first lady’s cancer diagnosis: ‘She just wanted to be honest with people’

BY: - October 12, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis opened up Tuesday about First Lady Casey DeSantis’ breast cancer diagnosis, calling his wife “a very, very strong woman” who hopes disclosure of her condition inspires others to seek early screening and treatment. “It wasn’t like she was in a lot of pain. I mean, these screenings and the things that you […]

FL still waiting for federal approval of postpartum Medicaid extension for moms and babies

BY: - October 11, 2021

Following a major health initiative to expand Medicaid coverage for pregnant women and their babies that became law in July, Florida is still waiting on federal approval to fully implement the program that aims to improve maternal health outcomes for some low-income families. During a committee meeting in the Florida House on Monday, an official […]

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Coalition created after Pulse massacre realigns to seek gun reforms in Florida

BY: - October 8, 2021

A coalition created following the 2016 Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre is shifting gears to more directly fight for gun-safety legislation in Florida. Newly formed Prevent Gun Violence Florida announced this week it will advocate for a state ban on semi-automatic assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, for starters. State Rep. Carlos Guillermo-Smith, an Orlando Democrat, has […]

COMMENTARY

Confronting our fellow citizens’ foolish choices, how do we maintain our empathy?

BY: - October 8, 2021

A distant cousin of mine recently died of COVID-19. We had long ago lost touch when we both moved from our North Dakota hometown, me to Minnesota by way of stops in Florida and Georgia, and she to Texas, where she worked as a teacher, got married and raised a family for more than 30 […]

In Tallahassee, U.S. judge’s injunction of Texas abortion law goes mostly unnoted

BY: - October 7, 2021

The ruling by a federal judge blocking Texas’ de-facto abortion ban caused few ripples Thursday in Florida’s political duckpond. The governor’s office volunteered not a peep after U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman in Texas on Wednesday ordered that state’s courts and clerks’ offices not to enforce the law. The ruling was “not pertinent to Florida,” […]

FL Dems unveil sweeping energy plan to tackle climate change, but will GOP support it?

BY: - October 7, 2021

A group of Democratic lawmakers unveiled an energy-efficiency plan this week that would reward farmers for conserving energy, assess energy efficiency in state-funded buildings, and create “floating solar” systems – among other projects. The plan — a bill for consideration in the 2022 legislative session — is sponsored by state Sen. Tina Polsky and state […]