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  1. 5 things to know about the Senate's bid to unwind the Affordable Care Act

    National

    Senate Republicans undertook the first steps in their plan to repeal the Affordable Care this week, launching a process they hope will yield a GOP health-care bill by week's end.

    Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., talks with reporters as he walks to the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in Washington. Corker was one of nine republican senators to vote against the health care bill in the Senate. The U.S. Senate will continue debate on the Better Care Reconciliation Act. [Photo by Justin Sullivan | Getty Images]
  2. The military spends five times as much on Viagra as it would on transgender troops' medical care

    National

    On Twitter Wednesday morning President Donald Trump announced a ban on transgender people serving in the military, citing "medical costs" as the primary driver of the decision.

    President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive aboard Air Force One in Vienna, Ohio, outside Youngstown, on Tuesday. Trump announced Wednesday that the U.S. will not "accept or allow" transgender people in the United States military, saying American forces "must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory" and could not afford to accommodate them. [Doug Mills | New York Times]
  3. Fight stress with stretching, exercise, deep breathing

    Health

    Have you ever thought of having a de-stressing plan? Stress seems to attack all of us in some shape or form, whether it's work deadlines, family issues or just dealing with traffic. Most of the stress we deal with is short-lived, but when it continues to hang around and develop into chronic stress, those stress hormones …

    Yoga- Victoria Chadsey, Bradenton, uses The Tree pose.  LIFETIMES.
  4. VIDEO: Obamacare is 'death,' President Trump says

    National

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday made a late-hour appeal to senators — targeting members of his own party — to move forward with debate over faltering Republican legislation to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

    President Donald Trump speaks about healthcare, Monday, July 24, 2017, in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington.[Alex Brandon | Associated Press]
  5. Paralyzed patients in Florida fear losing health care at home

    Health

    TAMPA — After a 1999 car crash left Albert Hort paralyzed, he lived for a while in a nursing home.

    Albert Hort, 54, is a quadriplegic and receives care at his Tarpon Springs apartment, thanks to a special state program.
  6. Flesh-eating bacteria nearly kills Florida man who thought he just had blisters from a hike

    Health

    Wayne Atkins thought little of the blisters he had gotten while hiking. He was trekking up and down the 4,500-foot-high Mount Garfield in New Hampshire - a 10-mile round trip - and blisters were no surprise.

    Wayne Atkins thought his blisters were from hiking, but the flesh eating bacteria nearly killed him. [YouTube]
  7. A 10-year-old's overdose death reveals Miami neighborhood's intense struggle with opioids

    Crime

    MIAMI — When 10-year-old Alton Banks left the community swimming pool on the last day of his life, he walked past the elementary school where he had just finished fifth grade.

    People walk through Miami's Overtown neighborhood on Wednesday. [Photo by Scott McIntyre for the Washington Post]
  8. Relatively new treatment offers alternative for men with BPH

    Health

    David Aslan was looking forward to hitting the beaches at his new Longboat Key address when he moved from New York to Florida last December. But trips to the beach and beyond soon became a source of worry for the retired firefighter when he developed BPH, a benign form of prostate enlargement that leaves men always …

    Dr. Scott Klavans of Morton Plant Hospital plans to take special training.
  9. 'The Little Couple' star Jen Arnold talks about return to St. Petersburg's Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

    Health

    ST. PETERSBURG — Standing in front of an infant mannequin, Dr. Jen Arnold smiled as she spoke about her future here.

    Dr. Jen Arnold, right, and advanced education specialist Melissa Jo Powell run a simulation to demonstrate neonatal resuscitation at Johns Hopkins All Children’s.
  10. The next step in a sex abuse survivor's recovery: Erasing her tattoo

    Health

    Even after 20 years, Sufiyah can't escape the memories of being sexually exploited by gang members as a teenager. • The tattoo makes it impossible.

    Sufiyah prepares to have a tattoo removed at Tampa Tattoo Vanish, a business opened in March run by Brian Morrison, where human-trafficking survivors can get free tattoo removal.