Bar-S Foods is recalling corn dogs and hot dogs

Bar-S Foods is recalling corn dogs and hot dogs

Bar-S Foods Company is recalling  hot dogs and corn dogs made with chicken and pork that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, Bar-S Foods is voluntarily recalling more than 350,000 pounds of corn dogs and hot dogs, which may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, no illnesses have been […]

Marion County residents can take advantage of prediabetes program

Marion County residents can take advantage of prediabetes program

Adults living in Marion County who are overweight and diagnosed with prediabetes can take advantage of a program proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. National Diabetes Prevention Program classes are offered by Marion County UF/IFAS Extension Service in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are scheduled to start at […]

Open house at Symphony Healthcare

Open house at Symphony Healthcare

Collaboration makes healthcare function.  Symphony Healthcare makes collaboration successful by involving patients as partners in their care. At  Symphony Healthcare, they help patients stay central in the cause for their health by targeting dietary improvements, stress management, activity, exercise, sleep patterns, and the overall hormonal milieu, specifically insulin resistance. Why Insulin resistance? Because it may […]

Free rapid HIV tests

Free rapid HIV tests

Ocala, Florida —The Florida Department of Health in Marion County and the College of Central Florida are offering free rapid HIV tests Dec. 1 in support of World AIDS Day. Free rapid HIV testing will be available at three locations: College of Central Florida Hampton Center 1501 W. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, Room 105, 2–4 […]

Smoking ban in standardized public housing

Smoking ban in standardized public housing

Florida — Floridians living in standardized public housing may be soon be ban from smoking, as Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro has introduced a smoke-free policy in HUD-affiliated public housing authorities nationwide. The Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida (BTFF), the state’s comprehensive tobacco prevention and cessation program, has been working to educate […]

Bad news for parents whose children are enrolled in the Florida Healthy Kids program

Bad news for parents whose children are enrolled in the Florida Healthy Kids program

Florida — Insurance rates for children enrolled in the Florida Healthy Kids full pay insurance plan are going to almost double on October 1, 2015. In response, the Health Insurance Marketplace, or “Obamacare,” is extending its Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to allow families impacted by the rate increase to enroll in health insurance on Healthcare.gov. […]

Ocala Post investigates: Serious food safety issues at local Winn-Dixie

Ocala Post investigates: Serious food safety issues at local Winn-Dixie

[Last updated on August 6, 2015, at 4:35 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — Ocala Post recently investigated the Marion Oaks Winn-Dixie following multiple complaints from consumers about food safety concerns. During one incident, a reader contacted Ocala Post and stated that she noticed chicken in a Winn-Dixie coffin-freezer had apparently been thawed and then refrozen. The customer […]

Aspen Foods recall includes 1,978,680 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed, and breaded chicken

Aspen Foods recall includes 1,978,680 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed, and breaded chicken

Ocala, Florida —Aspen Foods, A Division of Koch Poultry Company, a Chicago, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,978,680 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken product that may be contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service. The product was distributed Nationwide, however, there are no reported […]

2015-2016 school year: Back to school and sports physicals

2015-2016 school year: Back to school and sports physicals

Ocala, Florida — Symphony Healthcare, Inc., located at 202 SW 17th Street, Suite A, Ocala, is now offering back to school and sports physicals for $30.00. They are also offering an optional screening/preventative electrocardiogram (EKG) for $25.00. Mention this article and receive $5.00 off these services. Click here to print. School will be starting in August, […]

Heroin use on the rise; cheaper, more dangerous product being manufactured

Heroin use on the rise; cheaper, more dangerous product being manufactured

Ocala, Florida — Heroin (smack) use has increased across the United States among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels. According to the latest Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the greatest increases have occurred in groups with historically […]

Free diabetes prevention program

Free diabetes prevention program

Ocala, Florida — Marion County UF/IFAS Extension Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are teaming up again this year to offer the National Diabetes Prevention Program to adults who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. This 16-week program will be held on Thursdays beginning July 16, from 8:15-9:15 a.m. at Marion County […]

Massive Medicare fraud takedown; 240 arrested

Massive Medicare fraud takedown; 240 arrested

More than 240 individuals—including doctors, nurses, and other licensed professionals—were arrested this week for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving approximately $712 million in false billings. The arrests, which began Tuesday, were part of a coordinated operation in 17 cities by Medicare Fraud Strike Force teams, which include personnel from the FBI, the […]

5 days of free medical, dental, and optical coming to Ocala

5 days of free medical, dental, and optical coming to Ocala

[Last updated on June 18, 2015, at 11:36 a.m.] Ocala, Florida — United Hands, Inc. has created FreeD.O.M. Clinic USA to address the growing need for dental, optical, and medical care to the indigent, homeless, and uninsured in America. Their unpaid volunteers are motivated by their love of people and their passion to share their […]

Dr. Asad Qamar; accusations of fraud, bribery, and illegal political donations

Dr. Asad Qamar; accusations of fraud, bribery, and illegal political donations

[Last updated on June 18, 2015, at 12:44 p.m.] Ocala, Florida — Florida cardiologist Dr. Asad Qamar could be forced to close the doors to his physician group, the Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC (ICE), following the suspension of the group’s Medicare reimbursements in March. In January, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) […]

DOH: No need for panic over a potentially deadly bacteria in Florida seawater

DOH: No need for panic over a potentially deadly bacteria in Florida seawater

Florida —This week, several media outlets published stories that contained inaccuracies about the safety of Florida’s beach water related to cases of Vibrio vulnificus infections. Vibrio vulnificus is a potentially deadly bacteria. While it can destroy tissue, officials said it is not a flesh-eating disease, as some media outlets have stated. Annually, the Florida Department […]

$1 million in grant funding for cannabidiol research

$1 million in grant funding for cannabidiol research

Gainesville, Florida — The Florida Department of Health today announced $1 million in grant funding to the University of Florida for research involving cannabidiol and its effects on refractory childhood epilepsy. The award is designed to provide treatment with a new medication, derived from cannabis, to children with resistant epilepsy through a Food and Drug […]

Department of Health warns Floridians and visitors to avoid 64 massage establishments

Department of Health warns Floridians and visitors to avoid 64 massage establishments

Florida — The Florida Department of Health, with support from local law enforcement agencies, carried out Statewide Operation Trigger Point May 13 through 15. The operation to stop the dangerous practice of providing health care without proper licensure culminated in 64 cease-and-desist notices served to individuals and establishments practicing massage or operating a massage establishment […]

Upcoming March Against Monsanto event in protest of GMOs

Upcoming March Against Monsanto event in protest of GMOs

Ocala, Florida — On Saturday, May 23, 2015, Marion County will unite with citizens from all over the world in protest of genetically modified foods (GMOs). This year will mark the third annual “March Against Monsanto,” in which over 400 cities throughout the world hold demonstrations to raise public awareness and bring increasing political pressure to […]

4th case of Measles confirmed in Florida

4th case of Measles confirmed in Florida

Florida — On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health confirmed a case of Measles in an unvaccinated adolescent in Indian River County. This brings the total cases of Measles between Indian River and St. Lucie counties to four. Measles is a serious respiratory disease caused by a virus of the same name (Measles). The disease […]