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 […]

Health officials confirm 2 children in Florida died from the FLU

Health officials confirm 2 children in Florida died from the FLU

Tallahassee — The Florida Department of Health has received notification of two influenza associated pediatric deaths in Orange and Pasco Counties. While most cases of FLU are mild, there are exceptions. Pre-existing health conditions often play a role in how individuals react to the flu. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of […]

Florida doctors are not required to carry malpractice insurance

Florida doctors are not required to carry malpractice insurance

    Recent e-mails about the legality of doctors operating without malpractice insurance in Ocala, sparked an investigation by Ocala Post. What Ocala Post found might surprise you. There is a law in Florida (458.320, F.S.) that states doctors must carry $100,000 in malpractice insurance in order to practice medicine at all, and in order […]

Board members are trying to ban all tobacco in “their” town

Board members are trying to ban all tobacco in “their” town

Westminster , Massachusetts — A small town in Massachusetts has become the latest battleground against Big Tobacco. Many, including military veterans, are calling it tyranny. Residents of Westminster were supposed to get the chance Wednesday night to debate a health board proposal that will ban the sale of all tobacco and nicotine products — potentially […]

More patient abuse allegations for Churchill Dentistry, LLC., formerly Polliwog Dental, LLC.,

More patient abuse allegations for Churchill Dentistry, LLC., formerly Polliwog Dental, LLC.,

Ocala, Florida — Michael Tarver, the former owner of Polliwog Dental LLC, now Churchill Dentistry LLC, is back in the spotlight following new allegations of patient abuse. On April 28, 2014, Kembra Henderson took her 3-year-old daughter to Churchill Dentistry to see Dr. Michael Tarver, known to children as Dr. Mike. After her daughter’s procedure, […]

Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT)

Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT)

Tallahassee, Florida — Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), the statewide youth-led movement, announced the names of its new Youth Advocacy Board members. The Youth Advisory Board works in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida to help plan the direction and goals of the SWAT organization and of the youth […]

Ebola in Ocala?

Ebola in Ocala?

Ocala, Florida — Ocala Post has received dozens of e-mails asking about a case of Ebola in Ocala. The news report floating around social media, which claims Ebola has been confirmed in Ocala, is a hoax. One of the posts revealed it was a prank when the link within the post was clicked on, while […]

Free Food Day event at Ocala Public Library

Free Food Day event at Ocala Public Library

Ocala, Florida — Children ages 4 through 9 can enjoy interactive games, sing-a-longs, reading, and crafts while learning about the importance of good nutrition and physical activity at the free Food Day event at the Headquarters-Ocala Public Library, 2720 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala. This free event is scheduled for Friday, October 24, 2014, at […]

Obese woman says she is fat because of the government

Obese woman says she is fat because of the government

Wigan, England — Christina Briggs, 26, from Wigan, says she hates weighing 350lbs, but she can’t do anything about it because she is being forced by the government to eat junk food. Briggs told Closer Magazine that she can’t go to the gym because she doesn’t have the money and the government won’t pay for […]

Nurse may have killed as many as 38 patients

Nurse may have killed as many as 38 patients

Ravenna, Italy – Nurse Daniela Poggiali, 42, was arrested on October 10, 2014, on charges of murder. The nurse, whose nickname is the “smiley blonde nurse,” is accused of murdering as many as 38 patients. Authorities in Italy became suspicious after her colleagues reported what they called suspicious deaths during Poggiali’s shifts. Poggiali, who lives […]

Warning from officials about Halloween contact lenses

Warning from officials about Halloween contact lenses

Tallahassee, Florida — The Florida Department of Health and local law enforcement agencies carried out Operation Jack-O-Lantern, October 8, 2014, through October 11, 2014. The operation to stop potentially dangerous sales of designer, colored, or Halloween themed contact lenses culminated in 47 cease-and-desist notices served to individuals and establishments practicing health care without a license […]

The Ebola virus and important facts

The Ebola virus and important facts

Texas – Ebola can infect humans and animals, and spreads through bodily fluids. Scientists believe that fruit bats are the natural carriers of the virus. According to the World Health Organization, African pig farms often play host to bats, allowing the disease to spread from the bats to pork. Eating “bushmeat”—or the meat from wild […]

Walmart dropping health benefits

Walmart dropping health benefits

Walmart is dropping health benefits at a time when sickness is at an all-time high. On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, Walmart announced it is eliminating health benefits for about 30,000 employees to control its rising healthcare costs. Part-time employees who work less than 30 hours per week will no longer be eligible for benefits. Walmart […]