In mid-April, 39-year-old Belkys Jimenez came down with a high fever. She also developed a headache and then severe pain in her muscles and joints. Her feet and ankles became swollen, making walking painful. Jimenez had long battled hypertension, but this was clearly something new. Over the next ... More >>
Cases of chlamydia and syphilis have more than doubled in Miami-Dade in recent years, and more than half of those infected last year were between the ages of 18 and 25. And we wonder what happens when MTV stops airing PSAs reminded kids to wrap it up every commercial break, and starts airing Teen ... More >>
Across South Florida, afternoon rainstorms are sprouting over the Everglades and moving inland to drench backyards, where swarms of mosquitos will soon hatch in pools of tepid standing water. It's summertime in Florida, in other words. Except this year, there's an increasingly good chance those mosq ... More >>
Nearly a year after the Biogenesis scandal ended with a record round of baseball suspensions, one mystery has lingered. It centers on boxes of medical files that were stolen from the car of whistleblower Porter Fischer, the source behind the New Times story that sparked the whole affair. The files t ... More >>
Fed up with what they see as stonewalling by local officials, a group of Coconut Grove residents has filed a petition with a the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The petition calls for a formal investigation into the health risks associated with lingering contamination from the ... More >>
The nationwide salmonella outbreak has hit Miami-Dade County. Three cases were reported here in an outbreak that is believed to have started with a chicken producer all the way in California.
Eight months after a Miami New Times investigation revealed that Coral Gables anti-aging clinic Biogenesis was slinging performance-enhancing drugs to pro athletes, the fallout keeps growing. Fourteen baseball players were suspended by August. Hometown superstar Alex Rodriguez's career hangs in the ... More >>
As cases of cholera have recently spread across Cuba, possibly killing more than a dozen patients, the Castro government has been stone-silent on the epidemic, fearing news could hurt tourism. That see-no-evil approach will be more difficult starting today, though, thanks to an official U.S. travel ... More >>
One chapter of the Biogenesis scandal closed yesterday with MLB dropping the hammer on 13 players who bought performance-enhancing drugs at the Coral Gables clinic. But many other questions remain, including whether clinic owner Tony Bosch will ever face criminal charges and how he managed to peddle ... More >>
Earlier this week, Richard "Kudo" Couto's Animal Rescue Mission busted its latest illegal slaughterhouse. Four men connected to VIP Animal Sales have been arrested and charged with selling horse meat and abusing dozens of animals. But Couto says there's more to the story. His investigations into ... More >>
The Miami-Dade County Health Department has officially released its findings on the cancer scare in northwest Dade: There's no cluster in Broadmoor, they say."We have not found or identified a cluster," says Lillian Rivera, the Health Department's administrator. "Based on the incidence and methodolo ... More >>
Read "Hialeah Residents Claim Local Recycling Plant Is Causing Increased Rates Of Cancer"Today, the Miami-Dade County Commission will vote on a resolution on whether to investigate a potential cancer cluster in Hialeah along NW 36th Avenue. Residents have pointed fingers at nearby King Metal Recycli ... More >>
The latest shot has been fired in what may be Gov. Rick Scott's dumbest legal battle yet.Earlier this month a federal judge struck down the so-called "Docs vs. Glocks" law that Scott had signed into law last year. Now Scott has ordered the Florida Department of Health to appeal the decision. Keep in ... More >>
Oneal Morris, the back-alley "doctor" who has been arrested several times on charges related to illegally injecting silicone concoctions cut with substances including cement and Fix-A-Flat, was arrested and charged with the manslaughter of Shatarka Nuby today. Nuby died in March due to complications ... More >>
Oneal Ron Morris, the unlicensed "doctor" arrested last year after allegedly injecting substances like caulk and fix-a-flat tire sealant into the rear end of a patient, has been arrested again. Morris turned herself into to Broward Sheriff's Deputies yesterday on new charges of practicing medicin ... More >>
Since the arrest of Oneal Ron Morris on Friday made headlines across the country, several other victims of the fake doctor have now come forward. Morris, who identifies as a transgendered woman, was accused of injecting a patient looking for butt implants with a mixture of super glue, cement and ... More >>
We all love a bargain, but when it comes to things that we inject in our face maybe its best to pay for quality service. An unnamed Kendall woman wanted to save a few bucks on Botox injections, so she traveled up to Boca Raton twice a year for eight years to get pumped up by Nora Patricia Hidalgo ... More >>
Miami-Dade already has cases of hookworm and dengue fever, and now health officials are investigating the possibility that a man with cholera might have entered the county. According to the Miami Herald, a doctor traveling from Haiti arrived at Miami International Airport around 6 p.m. ... More >>
So it turns out hosting a wet jockeys contest doesn't make you bad at your job. Ray Fetcho, the South Florida nurse and erstwhile drag queen who was fired from his job earlier this month, has been given his scrubs back.via SFGNFetcho, who we blogged about before, used to moonlight as a crimson-co ... More >>
The Herald has done a pretty good job of outlining the results of Man Up: The Crisis of HIV/AIDS Among Florida's Men, by the Florida Department of Health, but the numbers are pretty shocking and worth repeating. And yeah, if you haven't been tested lately, maybe you make an appointment.1 out of ... More >>
via Flagler County Sheriff's OfficeThe male-to-female transsexual sent to jail after a client's botched cosmetic procedure ended in death was arrested again this morning. Flagler County Sheriff's Office deputies and Florida Department of Health agents raided the quiet two-story home of Donnie Hendri ... More >>
Miami Art Museum Julius Shulman shoots his most famous subject: Case Study House No. 22. This Thursday, June 11, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Miami Art Museum has a special treat in store for architecture enthusiasts and the green movement contingent. MAM -- located at 101 W. Flagler St. in downtown ... More >>
After a few false alarms, Miami-Dade can now be added to the list of counties with confirmed swine flu cases. Two cases were confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and the Florida Department of Health, one involving a 13-year-old girl and another a 47-year-old man. Identities weren't released ... More >>
When the economy tanked, student haircuts and generic-brand sodas stopped sounding so bad. Sometimes you have to get crafty to keep yourself from going broke. But leave it to South Florida to take it one step further. Miami-Dade cops recently arrested Juan David Acosta - a Colombian-born 37-year-ol ... More >>
They'll slaughter your dinner as you watch — but don't tell the cops.
Riptide was going to write you up a nice "The Florida Supreme Court for Dummies" post, but in its research found itself caught up in tangents. Our interest was spurred in part by yesterday's overturning of the gay adoption ban by a Miami judge (as well as by future Crist appointments). The issue wil ... More >>
De Hull battled hurricanes, code enforcers, and banks. Then he ran into a steamroller of a neighbor.
Artist brings her silicone twin to town for one last romp.
At Miami-Dade County's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the answer would be No
Water pollution is more serious than the WASD plan would have you believe
Exelon plans to build a new nuclear power plant. Ho-hum.
The politics of AIDS funding in black Miami
Beset by internecine battles, troubled leadership, and funding cuts, the local office of the Florida Department of Health is in need of intensive care.
He allegedly fondled and caressed patients against their will. AIDS patients. No wonder he is known as Doctor Scumbag.
David Ruffner got the tatoo, but his old man is the one who's really needled
Dade's environmental watchdogs have been fighting big problems -- rodents, lead in the water, raw sewage leaks -- and that's not even counting what they've discovered outside their building