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Romaine lettuce illnesses are now in Florida. What does it mean for Tampa Bay?

Romaine lettuce illnesses are now in Florida. What does it mean for Tampa Bay?

Caesar salad fans, you’re not going to like this.Eating romaine lettuce has been a no-no for about two months, when a string of related food poisonings emerged around the country. Until now, Florida has been mostly unaffected.But an update Wednesday ...
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Woman who survived crack cocaine aims to help opioid abusers with walk on Mall

Woman who survived crack cocaine aims to help opioid abusers with walk on Mall

Rhonda Johnson knows addiction can turn you into a different person. How it can change your body, life, even your name.For years, she inhabited an alter ego named Mary. It helped keep her worlds separate.Rhonda was the mother, the sister, the wife. M...
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A soldier needed an ear transplant. Doctors ‘grew’ a new one in her arm.

A soldier needed an ear transplant. Doctors ‘grew’ a new one in her arm.

Two years ago, Army Pvt. Shamika Burrage almost died when she was ejected from her car during a crash in Texas. Afterward, when she woke up in the hospital, she wasn’t whole. Her entire left ear was gone.But the now-21-year-old is on the path to reco...
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Florida now reporting E. coli case linked to romaine lettuce

Florida now reporting E. coli case linked to romaine lettuce

NEW YORK — Florida is now among the states reporting illnesses in a food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its numbers on the outbreak Wednesday, revealing that 149 people in 2...
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When medical bills hurt your credit rating

When medical bills hurt your credit rating

After a devastating horse-riding accident in January 2017 landed him in the hospital for about 30 days, requiring trauma care and hospital-based therapy, Jeff Woodard considered himself lucky.The bills amounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Bu...
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USF study: Inducing labor at 39 weeks may be better for mother and baby

USF study: Inducing labor at 39 weeks may be better for mother and baby

TAMPA — A new study suggests that many first-time mothers might want to consider an alternative to the traditional "watch and wait" approach of allowing a pregnancy to run up to 41 weeks.For those who are healthy, inducing labor at 39 weeks lowers th...
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Here’s one part of Obamacare the Trump administration actually likes: restaurant calorie counts

Here’s one part of Obamacare the Trump administration actually likes: restaurant calorie counts

President Donald Trump has found one part of the federal health law palatable: He’s allowing Obamacare rules that require chain restaurants to post calorie counts that went into effect Monday.The rules, which are among the final pieces of the 2010 Af...
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Hernando Bloodmobile for May 11

BloodmobileLifeSouth Community Blood Center will have blood drives at the following off-site locations during the coming week.May 11: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Winn-Dixie, 11092 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill; 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Dickey’s Barbecue Pit,...
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Father raises a flag to raise awareness of autism

Father raises a flag to raise awareness of autism

Times Staff WriterApril is National Autism Awareness Month, and it holds a special place in Chris Wauben’s life. His 8-year-old son, Simon, has high-functioning autism. Beachgoers may have seen Wauben on Clearwater Beach this month or on one of the m...
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Cameras offer peace of mind to parents of babies in intensive care

Cameras offer peace of mind to parents of babies in intensive care

TAMPA — When Matayah Creighton was born, she weighed just 1 pound, 7 ounces.Elisha Creighton feared the worst for her small, but big-eyed daughter when physicians at Tampa General Hospital told her the baby was coming nearly four-and-a-half-months ea...
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