Hospital uniforms, phone charging and Lenny Curry were among our top stories this week.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Wasteful and mediocre are the words one doctor is using to describe the health care being prescribed to veterans on the First Coast.

Rep. Charles McBurney, Nippers Beach Grille, and the World Cup are in the headlines today.

MAP: Free Local Tests Offered On National HIV Testing Day

Jun 26, 2014
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Clinics all over Jacksonville will be administering HIV tests on the house this week.

Fluid repellent scrubs, summer camp, and Five Points are in the headlines today.

Baptist Health/Vestagen

As part of efforts to reduce hospital-acquired infections, Baptist Health is about to become the first health system in the world to adopt specialized fluid repellent garments for both staff and patients.

Arson, elections, and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter are in the headlines today.

The Blood Alliance

There is a critical shortage of some blood types on First Coast.

When a hurricane is approaching, everyone needs to have a plan in place. When you have medical needs, that preparation becomes even more critical.

Dr. Theo Sai is the chief medical officer for senior products for Humana in Central Florida.  He's also lived through several hurricanes.  

“I remember the worst one for me was in the Bahamas, where I was on the first floor and it was a pretty bad hurricane, and Nassau typically floods a lot,” Said said.

When he offers advice on preparing for hurricanes, it comes from his own experience.

FL Blue, Humana on Feds' Audit List

Jun 11, 2014

Two of Florida's largest managed-care providers are among 30 on a list scheduled for landmark audits by federal health officials: Florida Blue, the state's largest overall insurer; and Humana, which has more Medicare enrollees than any other HMO in the state. 


After years of criticism that they cost taxpayers too much, private Medicare Advantage health plans are facing audits that for the first time could order them to repay the government tens of millions of dollars for past overcharges and other billing mistakes.

Facing The Stigma Of HIV And AIDS In Jacksonville

Jun 11, 2014
Lindsey Kilbride

Many people may disregard AIDS as the terrifying epidemic of the 1980’s and 90's, but others say there is still a colossal problem with new infections.

U.S. Department of Agriculture / WIkimedia Commons

The Florida Department of Health in Duval County has confirmed a case of chikungunya fever.

GlobalJax Profile: Hilda Ettedgui

May 27, 2014
Hilda Ettedgui

For almost a decade, a Jacksonville-based organization has brought children from across the globe to the First Coast for life-saving medical procedures.

Crack hoes, gator vigilantes, and a chronic burper looking for help are the focus of this week's ONLY IN FLORIDA.

The group that wants you to vote "no" on legalizing medical marijuana this November has launched a web site and produced a video. Its media warns that Amendment Two is much more permissive and loophole-ridden than most people realize.

If you're sitting at a desk reading this article, take a minute and stand up. That's the latest advice from New York Times Phys Ed columnist Gretchen Reynolds. In her new book, The First 20 Minutes, Reynolds details some of the surprisingly simple ways you can combat the effects of a sedentary lifestyle.

Office visits are the bread and butter of many physicians’ practices. Medicare pays for more than 200 million of them a year, often to deal with routine problems like colds or high blood pressure. Most require relatively modest amounts of a doctor’s time or medical know-how.

In the past month, Middle East respiratory syndrome has morphed from a little-known disease in the Arabian Peninsula to a major global health concern, with more than 300 cases in Saudi Arabia in April, 54 of them fatal.

Two cases have been reported in the U.S. as well — one in Indiana and one in Florida. Both men had worked in Saudi Arabia hospitals. So far, neither has spread the respiratory disease to others.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / WIkimedia Commons

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Florida, and one local researcher says residents should be aware that the threat of the disease is growing.

The Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee and a Florida lawmaker are joining forces to speak out against two-abortion related bills that cleared the Florida Legislature this year and are awaiting Governor Rick Scott’s signature.

JAXPORT, shark bites, and Shad Khan are in the headlines today.

The second U.S. case of a dangerous new virus from the Middle East has been found in Florida, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

The patient is a health care worker from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, who developed symptoms May 1 while traveling to Orlando, Fla., to visit family, the CDC said.

Cannabis University of Florida / Facebook

They’re the father and son behind a Jacksonville-based company offering information for people looking to get into the pot industry — Cannabis University of Florida.

binu kumar / Flickr

Tomorrow marks Child Mental Health Awareness Day, a day set aside to focus on the importance of children’s mental health — that positive mental health is essential to a kid’s whole development.

The Office of Governor Rick Scott

The Florida Legislature closed its 2014 regular session last Friday with a several bills either awaiting approval or already signed into law.

Wikimedia Commons

There is a long road ahead for improving mental health care on the First Coast, but local advocates are reporting progress.

MIAMI (AP) — An omnibus health care bill stripped of two of its biggest provisions has died in the waning hours of the Legislative session.


 A bill that would increase access to epinephrine auto-injectors used for treating allergic reactions is headed to Florida Gov. Rick Scott's desk.

NeuroInitiative Applies Video Game Tech To Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Research

Apr 29, 2014
NeuroInitiative, Inc.

While video games may have a reputation as a mind-numbing form of entertainment, one local company is introducing gaming technology as a way to treat debilitating neurological diseases.