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  1. These Tampa Bay 'swolemates' work hard at fitness and love

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    ...You know the couple. The one posting those sweaty gym pics with the #fitcouple and #mealprep and #coupleswholift tags, with expressions of absolute bliss.

    Chris Werner gives girlfriend Kaeli Ellis a lift during a workout inside the ANX at Anytime Fitness in downtown St. Petersburg.
  2. U.S. obesity problem is not budging, new data shows (w/video)

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    NEW YORK — America's weight problem isn't getting any better, according to new government research.

    New government figures released Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 showed small increases that were not considered statistically significant but were seen by some as a cause for concern. The adult obesity rate rose from to about 40 percent, from just shy of 38 percent. [Associated Press]
  3. For many, rising premiums for Part B Medicare will erase Social Security gains

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    More than 2.4 million seniors in Florida rely on Medicare, and a good chunk of them could face rising health care premiums next year.

    Christopher Wittmann, a physician assistant, examines a patient for lower back pain at Trinity Pain Center in Pasco County. Outpatient health care visits like this are covered under Medicare Part B, which will see premium increases of more than 5 percent on average in 2018. Medicare open enrollment begins Sunday and runs through Dec. 7, with a special extension to Dec. 31 for people affected by the recent hurricanes. [Times | 2014]
  4. Candlelight vigil honors the victims of drug overdoses

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    TAMPA — Lynne Knowles suspected for months that something bad was going on with her daughter.

    Law enforcement officers and family and friends of victims of drug overdoses gather for a past Candle Light Vigil sponsored by NOPE, or Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education, of Hillsborough.
  5. Social media is harming our youth, right? Maybe not

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    It was 1:30 a.m., and Anna was trying to keep her mind off her ex-boyfriend, with whom she had ended a painful relationship hours earlier. It was too late to call the therapist she was seeing to cope with low self-esteem and homesickness, and too late to stop by a friend's house.

    The negative effects of social media on young people's mental health are well-documented by researchers and the press. But some academics and therapists say they have found that social media may also help improve mental health by boosting self esteem and providing a source of emotional support. [Getty Images/iStockphoto]
  6. Are you experiencing recurring tiredness? Join the growing crowd

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    Marie Sullivan says that she knew something "wasn't quite right" during a doctor visit five years ago.

  7. Mayo Clinic Q&A: the pros and cons of a hair transplant; the safety of artificial colors in food

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    HAIR TRANSPLANT HAS PROS AND CONS

    What is involved in a hair transplant, and how long does it last? How does this differ from hair plugs? I'm only 34 but have lost a lot of hair already and have tried hair-growth shampoo without much luck.

  8. Satisfy Chinese takeout craving with Kung Pao Cod

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    Eating healthy doesn't mean there isn't room for occasional treats like Chinese takeout or a drive-through for our favorite one-of-a-kind cheeseburger. As long as we keep these kinds of meals reserved for true cravings, not convenience, then I can probably keep our healthy eating in check.

    Kung Pao Cod will satisfy your craving for Chinese food. Using pan-seared cod reduces calories and fat.
  9. Tampa Bay Rays bring relief to Puerto Rico, salvage cancer study

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    PONCE, Puerto Rico —While Hurricane Maria's 155 mph winds were rushing over Dr. Jaime Matta's coffee farm in the mountains Sept. 20, his thoughts raced to the precious vials of cancerous tissue in his lab at Ponce Health Sciences University.

    Dr. Julie Dutil, an associate professor studying the genetics of breast cancer at Ponce Health Sciences University, loads tissue samples into a pickup truck in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday. 
  10. Rays lead relief mission to Puerto Rico, teaming with Moffitt, USF

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    PONCE, Puerto Rico — Players, staff and coaches of the Tampa Bay Rays have watched in horror as Puerto Rico continues to suffer from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, which made landfall Sept. 20.

    Jerry Williamson, left, with Signature Flight Support, loads a "mushroom container" onto a flight to Puerto Rico in Tampa on Wednesday. In a joint effort between the Rays and Moffitt Cancer Center a plane with medical supplies and aid is bound for Ponce, Puerto Rico, and will return with some Rays family members, cancer patients, and tissue samples from a research center on the island. The mushroom container will be used to transport tissue samples from the research center. (WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times)