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 […]

WARNING: Classic Hummus recall

WARNING: Classic Hummus recall

Sabra Dipping Co., LLC announced that it is voluntarily recalling approximately 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. This measure is limited to five SKUs of Classic Hummus sold nationwide. To date, no other Sabra product is affected by this recall. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause […]

Recall: Kraft Mac and Cheese

Recall: Kraft Mac and Cheese

Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling approximately 242,000 cases of select code dates and manufacturing codes of the Original flavor of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner due to the possibility that some boxes may contain small pieces of metal. The recalled product is limited to the 7.25-oz. size of the Original flavor of boxed dinner […]

DEA warning about the Schedule II narcotic fentanyl

DEA warning about the Schedule II narcotic fentanyl

On Wednesday, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a nationwide alert about the dangers of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues/compounds. Fentanyl is commonly laced in heroin, causing significant problems across the country, particularly as heroin abuse has increased. This alert was issued through the multi-agency El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) to all U.S. law […]

Herbalife: Is it just a business pyramid scheme?

Herbalife: Is it just a business pyramid scheme?

[Last updated on March 5, 2014, at 9:45 p.m.] Mark Hughes founded Herbalife in 1980 and began selling the company’s products from the trunk of his car. In 1985, the company, who claims it operates as a multi-level marketing company (MLM), was sued by the California Attorney General for being deceitful to its customers about […]

Man with HIV bites chunk from deputy’s arm

Man with HIV bites chunk from deputy’s arm

Wellington, Florida — A Palm Beach County man infected with HIV remains behind bars after he bit a chunk from of a deputy’s arm. According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called early Monday morning to the Coach House Restaurant and Bar in reference to a disturbance. When deputies arrived, Jeffery Switzer, […]

Dental clinic to care for children

Dental clinic to care for children

Ocala, Florida —Community collaboration continues as the Florida Department of Health in Marion County has partnered with the Head Start and Early Head Start programs to open a dental clinic to care for children. Children through age 5 who are enrolled in Head Start are eligible. Children can receive exams, preventive care, fillings, extractions, and […]

UF researches discovered rare virus in ticks thought to have vanished

UF researches discovered rare virus in ticks thought to have vanished

Gainesville, Florida — University of Florida researchers have discovered a rare virus that belongs to the family Arenaviridae. Some arenaviruses are associated with severe hemorrhagic disease and has had a significant mortality in people in South America and sub-Saharan Africa. The virus was thought to have vanished four decades ago. Dr. Katherine Sayler, and her […]

Churchill Dentistry raided for the second time

Churchill Dentistry raided for the second time

  Ocala, Florida — Churchill Dentistry, formerly Polliwog Dental, is back in the spotlight once again. In addition to child abuse allegations, there have been allegations that former owner Michael Tarver overbilled Medicaid for multiple procedures performed by his office. In November 2013, Ocala Post reached out to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration […]

Book signing for local author and cancer survivor

Book signing for local author and cancer survivor

Ocala, Florida — Jean Sumner has pursued an interest in wellness her entire life. An avid runner, she is passionate about exercise, eating healthy, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Jean was diagnosed with cancer in May 2009, and the diagnosis has only served to fuel the flames of her passions and has encouraged her to […]

Statement released: Dr. Asad Qamar, of the Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC (ICE), speaks out

Statement released: Dr. Asad Qamar, of the Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC (ICE), speaks out

Ocala, Florida — Florida cardiologist, Dr. Asad Qamar, of the Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC (ICE), has released a video statement defending himself, and ICE, against two whistleblower lawsuits that have been filed. In the video, he stated ICE is taking care of approximately 24, 000 patients in Northern Central Florida with various medical needs. […]

DOJ investigation: Dr. Asad Qamar, Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC (ICE) and Dr. Humeraa Qamar

DOJ investigation: Dr. Asad Qamar, Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC (ICE) and Dr. Humeraa Qamar

Ocala, Florida — Department of Justice Official Press Release — The government has intervened in two lawsuits against a Florida cardiologist, Dr. Asad Qamar, and his physician group, the Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC (ICE), alleging that Qamar and ICE billed Medicare for medically unnecessary peripheral artery interventions and paid kickbacks to patients by waiving […]