State lawmakers are turning to charity to help uninsured patients get their medications.

A bill with bipartisan support would allow pharmacists, doctors and health care facilities to donate unused prescription drugs to a state repository that could be accessed by indigent, uninsured or under-insured patients.

Schools Could Get Antidote To Opioid Overdoses

Nov 12, 2019
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Medicine cabinets at Florida schools could get a new addition: an antidote for people who overdose on opioids such as heroin.


The benefits of human touch are well documented. But we find ourselves increasingly isolated.

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The Duval County Health Department recently confirmed its first case of measles in an unvaccinated child.

GuideWell Says It will Add 750 Jobs At Florida Blue Complex On Riverside

Oct 16, 2019
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GuideWell Inc., the parent company of Florida Blue, announced Wednesday it will add 750 new jobs at its Riverside Avenue office Downtown.

Duval Among 7 Counties Targeted By State To Combat HIV With Federal Dollars

Oct 16, 2019
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More than $490,000 is being doled out to seven Florida counties, including Duval, as part of a national effort to try to eradicate HIV and AIDS in the next 10 years.

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers

LifeSouth organizers are hoping to see a boost in blood donations on Friday, October 11 and Monday, October 14.

Lawmaker Seeks To Raise Age For Vaping, Smoking

Sep 13, 2019
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A state House member wants to increase the legal age for vaping and smoking tobacco from 18 to 21 in Florida.

Vaping-Linked Lung Problems Surface in Florida

Sep 10, 2019
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VAPI. It isn’t the latest internet slang.


Now that Hurricane Dorian has moved away from the First Coast, LifeSouth is calling on donors to help replenish the local supply of blood.

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While flu season typically doesn’t peak until late fall, Jacksonville based insurance company Florida Blue — together with Walgreens — is offering free flu shots now, statewide.

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Gov Ron DeSantis has appointed three physicians to the Florida Board of Medicine, including one from Jacksonville.

The Surterra Wellness medical marijuana dispensary on Park Street in Jacksonville is pictured.

State health officials have agreed to allow a second Florida medical marijuana operator to exceed a statutory limit on storefronts.

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The Florida Board of Medicine has agreed to eliminate its rules governing telehealth after the Legislature approved a bill that authorized out-of-state physicians to use technology to treat Florida patients remotely.

Surgeon General Declares Health Emergency; First Coast Logs 21 Hepatitis A Cases

Aug 2, 2019

After more than 2,000 cases of reported hepatitis A cases in Florida this year, state Surgeon General Scott Rivkees has declared a public health emergency.

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UF Health North will close its birth center on Wednesday, July 31.

Emergency Call Goes Out For Blood Donations

Jul 24, 2019
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Donations to blood banks slow down every summer.  But Karen Patterson with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers in Jacksonville said they’ve dropped off a lot more this year.

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The parent company of Jacksonville-based Florida Blue is asking for ideas on how to end hunger.

Hepatitis A Outbreak Nears 1,900 Cases In Florida; 13 First Coast Cases Reported

Jul 16, 2019

With the largest numbers of cases concentrated in Pasco, Pinellas and Volusia counties, Florida has had about 1,900 reported cases of hepatitis A this year, according to new numbers from the Florida Department of Health.

Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis was at First Coast High School Monday morning to talk about her initiative to help improve mental health in schools.

Florida Blue To Provide Claims Information For Statewide Database

Jul 9, 2019
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In a major turnaround, one of Florida’s largest health insurers is poised to provide 60 million insurance claims to a statewide database designed to help people shop for health care.

Orange Park Medical Center

Ground broke Thursday on a new $62 million patient tower at the Orange Park Medical Center.

Hepatitis A Cases Are Surging This Year In Florida

Jun 25, 2019
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With 77 cases added last week, Florida has reported nearly three times as many cases of hepatitis A in 2019 as it did in all of last year.

Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic has announced it will build a $233 million oncology facility on its Jacksonville campus that will include proton beam therapy.

Health Care 'Shared Savings' Off To Slow Start

Jun 18, 2019
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If people are willing to shop for cars and homes to save money, they’d be willing to shop around for their health care, right?

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A new study released Friday found access to health care services is the top health need in Northeast Florida.

Florida's First Lady Looks To Bolster Mental Health Services

May 16, 2019
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Seven weeks ago, First Lady Casey DeSantis met with a number of elected officials at the governor’s mansion to discuss ways in which the state could help Floridians get better access to mental-health and substance-abuse services.

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A new state law that will take effect on July 1 will make it legal for Florida farmers to grow marijuana for hemp fiber, which will bring the state in line with a recent federal law permitting the crop.

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Recent data shows a dramatic rise of confirmed cases of Lyme disease across the United States, including Florida.