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Miami-Dade County

Turning plants into pills: Behind the scenes with Miami’s lone medical marijuana grower

Modern Health Concepts, the only legal marijuana operation in South Florida, gave the Miami Herald exclusive access to its cultivation and production centers in order to explain how the company produces medication.

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Mount Sinai opens clinic for autistic adults

A new adult autism clinic at Mount Sinai Medical Center has a sensory-friendly waiting room, a staff of specialists and support for families and caretakers. It will be the only hospital-based, adult autism clinic in the state. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of 68 American children registers on the autism spectrum.

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The Orphan Drug Act helps pay for rare illness meds. But pharma companies abuse it

A Kaiser Health News investigation shows that the system intended to help desperate patients is being manipulated by drugmakers to maximize profits and to protect niche markets for medicines already being taken by millions. The companies aren’t breaking the law but they are using the Orphan Drug Act to their advantage in ways that its architects say they didn’t foresee or intend. Today, many orphan medicines, originally developed to treat diseases affecting fewer than 200,000 people, come with astronomical price tags.

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After free laser healing, ‘Napalm Girl’ can finally feel her little grandson’s touch

On Saturday, Kim Phuc Phan Thi, the now 53-year-old subject of the iconic Vietnam War photograph, received her last in a series of cutting-edge laser skin treatments designed to heal the scars that stretch from her hairline, down her back and up her left arm. In the 1972 Pulitzer Prize winning photo by AP photographer Nick Ut, the 9-year-old runs down the street naked, screaming, as napalm dropped by a South Vietnamese plane scorches her body.

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Gov. Rick Scott announces that Zika zone in Miami Beach has been lifted

Florida Gov. Rick Scott held a press conference at the Betsy Hotel in South Beach on Dec. 9, 2016 to announce the lifting of the Zika zone in Miami Beach.
Charles Trainor Jr. Miami Herald
Gov. Rick Scott announces that Zika zone in Miami Beach has been lifted 1:48

Gov. Rick Scott announces that Zika zone in Miami Beach has been lifted

Gov. Rick Scott lifts a Zika transmission zone 1:50

Gov. Rick Scott lifts a Zika transmission zone

Florida’s first needle exchange clinic opens in Miami on World AIDs Day 1:48

Florida’s first needle exchange clinic opens in Miami on World AIDs Day

Federal medical marijuana patient champions drug's use 0:54

Federal medical marijuana patient champions drug's use