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It costs American hospitals about $622 million every year to admit patients with gunshot wounds—and it turns out, we’re all paying the bills.

That’s according to a new study in the journal Injury Epidemiology that tapped into a national sample of hospital records to gauge the cost of admitting patients with firearm injuries.

The researchers broke the costs down by injury type, demographics and insurance status.

Among the findings:

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While mainland South Florida ramps up its battle against the mosquito that can carry Zika, the Florida Keys has already begun the region's most intensive mosquito control operation.

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Thousands of Floridians living with AIDS could be losing financial assistance they say is essential to living a normal life, and some AIDS groups are worried the state won't carry through on its promises.

The Zika virus may not seem as big a threat as last summer but don't let your guard down — especially if you're pregnant or trying to be.

Scott Signs ‘Nonviable Birth’ Certificate Bill

Jun 1, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday signed five bills, including a measure that would allow families to request certificates of “nonviable birth” after miscarriages.

Police say a 71-year-old Canadian HIV/AIDS researcher died while swimming off a Florida beach with his family.


The first drug to treat an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis has hit the market. 


Surviving Opioids In The Fentanyl Era Is Tough

Apr 7, 2017

There’s a clear culprit in the rising drug overdose death count in Massachusetts — the synthetic opioid fentanyl. More powerful and more deadly than heroin, fentanyl has sparked a new set of survival rules among people who abuse opioids.

Oviedo Medical Research begins screening patients Monday for a novel treatment for chronic constipation – a vibrating capsule. 

Florida's public universities are being swamped by college students who need counseling.


Sunscreen is more effective than an umbrella at preventing sunburns – but may not be enough to completely prevent sunburns.


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Justin Senior was named Wednesday as secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, after serving as interim secretary for nearly four months, according to Gov. Rick Scott's office.

Senior became interim secretary in September after Liz Dudek announced she was stepping down as head of the agency, which focuses heavily on running the state's Medicaid program.

Senior, an attorney, had been the agency's deputy secretary for Medicaid since 2011. Before that, he was AHCA's general counsel.

 

The quality of health care among Florida's children has improved since 2008, but the state still lags far behind much of the nation.

Per capita, Osceola County has the worst rates in Florida for asthma hospitalizations and the second worst rate for emergency room visits for asthma.

But a free lung clinic is helping residents breathe easy.

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Mosquito populations may be dropping with the temperature outside right now, and that means this is the right time to ramp up mosquito prevention efforts, says Dr. Uriel Kitron.

Kitron is an expert on mosquito-borne diseases and a professor and chair of  environmental sciences at Emory University. He was recently in Miami to give a talk about his research. He sat down with Health News Florida to talk about mosquito control and the Zika virus. 

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