Health

The feds say they will keep releasing vile Lake Okeechobee pollution to coasts

BY: - July 16, 2018

Despite the nasty fluorescent green algae outbreak that’s happening off South Florida’s east and west coasts, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has resumed releases of the polluted water from Lake Okeechobee that’s filled with fertilizer, manure and sewage from surrounding industrial agriculture operations and cities north of the lake. The Okeechobee swill flows out […]

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Florida activists speak out against Trump Supreme Court nominee

BY: - July 13, 2018

Progressive activists on Thursday gathered outside the Florida Supreme Court and called on Florida U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio to reject President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that the jurist would be detrimental to reproductive rights and health care in America. “Make no mistake about it. The […]

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Kathy Castor blasts Trump ‘sabotage’ of consumer help for Affordable Health Care Act

BY: - July 12, 2018

Since healthcare.gov went live in the fall of 2013, no state in the union has had more people sign up for the Affordable Care Act than Florida, which is one reason why Tampa Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor was livid this week while talking about the Trump administration’s decision to slash funding by 70 percent […]

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“Unless we get our friggin’ medicine, we’re not going to be able to get well and stay well.”

BY: - July 12, 2018

Marijuana activists called on Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday to drop the state’s challenges over two lawsuits related to medical marijuana. The 2016 constitutional amendment legalizing pot for medical purposes has faced multiple challenges to implementation — but activists are not giving up. “Unless we get our friggin’ medicine, we’re not going to be […]

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Stigmatizing kids? New law forces families to disclose student’s mental health treatment

BY: - July 11, 2018

Registering a student for public school involves submitting everything from proof of immunizations, health exams and birth certificates to details about gender, race, emergency contacts and more. But the newest registration requirement this upcoming school year is a little-noticed provision that is now drawing concern, confusion and criticism as administrators grapple with Florida’s new school […]

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What’s in our food? Florida congressman calls federal GMO labeling plan “grossly inadequate.”

BY: - July 11, 2018

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan announced this week that he has filed a formal objection letter with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, calling its food labeling plan for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) “grossly inadequate.” “As you work to issue a final rule later this year, I would urge you to go back to the drawing board […]

Cancer cluster in southeast Florida town?

BY: - July 6, 2018

ABC News reports from Satellite Beach, where a woman who was diagnosed with a rare kind of breast cancer at age 35 has been organizing with other cancer victims diagnosed around the same time. They are concerned about groundwater contamination from nearby Patrick Air Force Base – which officials say hasn’t affected the town’s water […]

Florida governor candidate Gwen Graham on abortion rights

BY: - July 6, 2018

With a new seat opening up on the U.S. Supreme Court, women everywhere are thinking about the Roe v. Wade decision that made it possible for American women to have access to legal abortion. The Tampa Bay Times’ Lawrence Mower has a story about how Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham – the only woman in […]

Planned Parenthood opens new clinic in Florida’s state capital

BY: - July 5, 2018

The facility isn’t easy to find, and you won’t see signs on the building that have anything to do with reproductive services or really anything about health care at all. It’s intentionally nondescript, with the entrance turned away from the street for safety reasons. There’s a vestibule made from bulletproof glass. The building in Tallahassee […]