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  1. With a tailored approach to cancer treatment, doctors at Moffitt see more cures, fewer side effects


    Treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center has been more precise since doctors and researchers there began using targeted drug therapies nearly a decade ago. And soon they plan to expand on that approach, known as personalized medicine, to include radiation therapy.

    PEPE SERRA    |   Special to the Times
  2. Here's the scoop on 'brain freeze' — and tips for avoiding it


    We all scream for ice cream, but sometimes snarfing down a cold treat in a hurry makes us scream — in agony.

  3. Get your protein and omega-3 fatty acids in Lentil and Salmon Salad


    Sometimes, it's just too hot to turn on the stove. The key is to stock up your kitchen with "healthy convenience food" that doesn't require any heat, such as fresh produce, canned beans, canned fish and small boxes of precooked legumes found in the prepared produce section.

    Lentil and Salmon Salad With Smoky Mustard Dressing comes together quickly, and it’s hearty enough for a summertime supper.
  4. Mayo Clinic Q&A: prostate cancer screening; pancreatic cysts



  5. U.S. teen drug overdose deaths inch up after years of decline


    NEW YORK — After years of decline, teen deaths from drug overdoses have inched up, a new U.S. government report shows.

    OxyContin pills are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. A report found drug overdose deaths among U.S. teens inched up in 2015 after years of decline. The report was released on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [AP (2013)]
  6. Eating veggies makes men smell more attractive to women, study says


    Aside from the obvious health benefits, there's another good reason to eat your fruits and veggies: it might make you smell better to the opposite sex.

    A study out of Australia suggests that eating more fruits and vegetables makes men smell better to women. [Associated Press]
  7. Fewer Americans are being zapped by lightning; here's why (w/video)


    WASHINGTON — Lightning — once one of nature's biggest killers — is claiming far fewer lives in the United States, mostly because we've learned to get out of the way.

    Lightning strikes at sunset near the Dunedin Causeway on July 5, 2017,  in Dunedin. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]

  8. A FishHawk Ranch boxing class helps Parkinson's patients fight the disease


    TAMPA — Tattooed in black lettering on the top of Rick Karczewski's right forearm, made to look like it was inked by someone with shaking hands, is "Parky" — a nickname reflecting the Parkinson's disease he has been living with since he was diagnosed five years ago.

    Trainer Kathy Glazewski trains students who are battling Parkinson’s disease at her boxing class at FishHawk Martial Arts Academy last week. The boxing may help slow the disease’s effects.
  9. Depression and obesity are related. The problem is a health care system that treats them separately


    About 15 years ago, Dr. Sue McElroy, a psychiatrist in Mason, Ohio, started noticing a pattern. People came to see her because they were depressed, but they frequently had a more visible ailment as well: They were heavy.

    People who are obese are 55 percent more likely to be depressed, and people with depression are 58 percent more likely to develop obesity, according to a 2010 study. Doctors and other experts know the two conditions are related, but the challenge is getting the system to treat them at the same time. [Associated Press]
  10. Tampa Obamacare sign-up organizers brace for shortened enrollment, less help


    TAMPA — As Republicans in Congress and the White House have an on-again, off-again debate about repealing Obamacare, a couple of developments on the ground are expected to affect this winter's open enrollment period for coverage.

    Andy Diaz-Ramos of CSRA Inc., right, helps sign up Pedro Curbelo and his daughter, Claudia.