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  1. Marijuana extract sharply cuts seizures in severe form of epilepsy

    Medicine

    An oil derived from the marijuana plant sharply reduces violent seizures in young people suffering from a rare, severe form of epilepsy, according to a study published last week that gives more hope to parents who have been clamoring for access to the medication.

  2. Report: Florida counties part of liver disease cluster

    Research

    STUART — Four counties along Florida's Treasure Coast make up a cluster with high rates of both deaths from liver disease and algae blooms.

  3. Men have body image issues too

    Health

    I have lost and gained weight several times in my adult life. It wasn't a problem when I was younger and working construction. An "ideal" office job 30 years ago started the yo-yo effect. I don't have any more weight to lose, but the potential of gaining it back is always there.

    Andrew Meacham on February 2015, left, and May 2017, right.
  4. Message for national stroke month: If you see the signs, get to the hospital fast

    Health

    Every 40 seconds in the United States someone has a stroke.

    Yolande Petit-Homme, 60, of Lakeland is shown in April 2016 with daughter Jen, 31, who recently moved from Wesley Chapel to Atlanta. Yolande had a stroke in 2015. She ignored the signs for days and did not get a clot-busting drug. She has weakness on her left side. She works hard at rehab, hoping to resume such daily tasks as bathing and dressing. But, she is back to two of her favorite activities: attending church and handwriting letters.
  5. You'll want to eat your (hummus-crusted and roasted) veggies

    Health

    I remember being told in marketing class back in graduate school that the fastest-growing food category in America was hummus. Hummus, our professor insisted, would soon be ubiquitous. I should have heeded his advice and leveraged that bit of 1991 foresight in some way.

    Vegetables are tossed in hummus and roasted to the point of caramelization in this recipe.
  6. It's time to give in to tofu temptation

    Health

    If you aren't a tofu fan, listen up. This just might be the recipe that turns it all around for you, like it did for my husband and daughter.

    Thai Peanut Veggie Bowl calls for tofu, but if you can’t do tofu, you can use chicken tenders or shrimp. Just adjust the cook time accordingly. Or skip the roasting, and top the bowl with precooked chicken, shrimp or white beans.
  7. CBO analysis: 23 million would lose health coverage under House-passed bill

    National

    WASHINGTON — The Republican health care bill that passed the House earlier this month would nearly double the number of Americans without health insurance over the next decade, according to a new analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

    Demonstrators protests the passage of a House Republican health care bill, outside the the Capitol in Washington, on May 4. The House took the unusual step of voting on the American Health Care Act before the Congressional Budget Office could assess it. That analysis was released Thursday and it showed the bill would cause 23 million fewer people to have health insurance by 2026. Many additional consumers would see skimpier health coverage and higher deductibles, the budget office projected.
  8. Marijuana extract Epidiolex helps some kids with epilepsy, study shows

    Health

    A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for more research into pot's possible health benefits.

    An employee checks a plant at LeafLine Labs, a medical marijuana production facility in Cottage Grove, Minn. [Associated Press (2015)]
  9. From the Netherlands to Largo: Bird enthusiasts search for healing answers

    Health

    LARGO

    Nancy Konijn was an ocean away from Sarge and Shay, and the rest of the birds of prey at McGough Nature Park. But like their keeper, Patrick Bradley, Konijn believed raptors can help humans heal. And so, several months ago, when she came across newspaper articles on Bradley's success with the idea, she …

    Nancy Konijn, co-founder of Wings of Change, is all smiles as Sarge perches on her arm.