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The Navy wants residents using drinking wells in two areas near Naval Air Station Jacksonville to have their groundwater tested. That’s two years after a federal health advisory was issued for certain chemicals used during firefighting training on the base.   

The Mayo Clinic

The head of Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville campus has been elected as the health organization’s next CEO.

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Military veterans in Clay County are getting a new Veterans Administration outpatient health clinic.

2 New Buildings Enhance Mayo Clinic's Status As 'Destination Medical Center' in Jacksonville

Jul 26, 2018
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The Mayo Clinic has been expanding its Jacksonville campus since Gianrico Farrugia became CEO in 2015.

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Clay County Mosquito Control reports its most recent mosquito samplings have tested negative for the West Nile Virus.

Jacksonville-Based Healogics Agrees To $22.51 Million Settlement

Jul 16, 2018
Via The Jacksonville Daily Record

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provider Healogics Inc. agreed to pay up to $22.51 million to settle allegations that it violated the federal False Claims Act by knowingly causing wound care centers to bill Medicare for unnecessary and unreasonable treatments.

Study: 37% Of Floridians Are Obese

Jun 18, 2018
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According to a new study from the University of Florida Health, Florida Hospital in Orlando and the Tampa-based nonprofit Obesity Action Coalition, the state's obesity rate is 37.1 percent.

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Memorial Hospital

An administrative law judge is backing a decision by the Florida Department of Health to allow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville to open a trauma center.

New Pediatric Initiative In Jacksonville Geared Toward LGBT Community

Jun 13, 2018
Bob Self / The Florida Times-Union

A new collaboration between pediatricians in Jacksonville is geared toward providing medical and mental health services to youth in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community as well as their families.

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CityHealth, an initiative founded by the de Beaumont Foundation and health insurer Kaiser Permanente, rates Jacksonville near the bottom for policies that encourage good health and a positive quality of life.

UF Opens New Aging Studies Center

May 14, 2018
Via The Florida Times-Union

The center will conduct studies on the impact of aging, particularly on poor and minority seniors who are often underrepresented in clinical research, said Tina Bottini, an assistant dean at the UF College of Medicine — Jacksonville.

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Kelli Wells, director of the Duval County Health Department since 2013 and a deputy director of the state Department of Health since 2017, was demoted this week after a state Inspector General’s Office investigation concluded she violated ethics laws in advocating for the hiring of her cousin.

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For the last two years, the YMCA chapters in Jacksonville and Tampa have competed to see who could rack up the most miles on treadmills. 

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A trio of health clinics for cash-strapped seniors is opening in Jacksonville this summer.

The primary-care clinics are set to serve as many as 9,000 people.

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Florida cities have some perks when it comes to healthy living, but overall they don’t make the cut when it comes to a newly published list of healthiest cities in the United States.

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Following the holidays and a snap of unusually cold weather, some Northeast Florida hospitals are dealing with dangerously-low blood supplies.

At least four major hospitals in Jacksonville are making urgent pleas for donations.


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If you need health insurance through the Affordable Care Act you still have a few days to enroll.

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The percentage of Florida’s population properly inoculated against the flu is far lower than federal health officials recommend, according to a new report.

The Sunshine State has the 12th lowest vaccination rate in the country.


Medical Malpractice Records Battle Brews In Florida

Nov 28, 2017
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Florida voters next year could be asked to once again dive into a never-ending tug-of-war over medical malpractice lawsuits.

Wolfson Children's Hospital

An administrative law judge said that the Florida Department of Health should approve a proposal to open a pediatric trauma center at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville.

St. Vincent's Healthcare

St. Vincent’s HealthCare is planning to build a $55 million heart and vascular pavilion at its Riverside Avenue campus.

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Florida’s biggest health insurer announced Tuesday it is dropping coverage for OxyContin on Jan. 1, 2018 in an effort to help fight opioid abuse.

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You may notice a change the next time you visit a St. Vincent’s Healthcare facility in Jacksonville.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up an appeal by a Jacksonville-based hospital system about the disclosure of records in medical-malpractice cases.

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A medical marijuana operator is demanding that the Florida Department of Health develop a regulation so vendors can begin processing and selling edible marijuana products to patients.

Florida Hospitals Challenge 'Transparency' Rules

Sep 29, 2017
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Florida hospitals are battling back against a pair of proposed “transparency” rules requiring hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers to provide information to patients and prospective patients about potential costs of treatment. 

Jacksonville Residents Learn Healthy Eating On A Budget

Nov 30, 2016
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Residents of Jacksonville’s New Town neighborhood and Urban Core were invited to Edward Waters College Wednesday to learn about eating healthy on a budget.

The event was part of the 4-H “Food Smart Families” program that teaches low-income families about budgeting for their health.


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The federal government will be studying Jacksonville residents’ health habits.

The National Institutes of Health has chosen Duval as one of the 15 counties nationwide that will participate in its annual survey.


It's a busy Monday morning at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, and Philip Ertel is here for a check-up. The 60-year-old needs refills for his diabetes and cholesterol medications.

  Transparency is the new buzzword in health care with consumer demand fueling changes to state laws and giving birth to websites that publish prices for medical procedures.

WUSF partnered with WLRN in Miami to launch their own database called PriceCheck. But we're not the only game in town.

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