Free swim lessons available for children

Free swim lessons available for children

Ocala, Florida — Drowning is the number one cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1–4. On average, more than 1,000 children die each year in the U.S. due to unintentional drowning and more than 5,000 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries from near-drowning incidents. In an effort to protect Marion County’s children […]

WIC offices will close in July

WIC offices will close in July

Ocala, Florida — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County today announced the WIC offices located in Dunnellon and Lynn will close in July. Currently these sites are open two days per month on alternating Wednesdays. All clients served at these two sites are already reassigned to receive services at the other locations. The […]

Full moon on Friday the 13th

Full moon on Friday the 13th

For the first time in nearly a century, there will be a full moon rising tonight, Friday the 13th. And for some, superstitions of these two phenomena are very real. The last time it happened was on October13, 2000, and it won’t occur again until August 13, 2049. If you’re a selenophobic— people who fear […]

Gluten-free weight loss myth

Gluten-free weight loss myth

According to the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, most of the people who reach for gluten-free products don’t have celiac disease and or even a sensitivity to wheat. “The market for gluten-free products is exploding. Why? Because many people have bought into the hype that a gluten-free diet is healthier,” said Peter H.R. Green, […]

HEALTH ALERT: First Case Of MERS-CoV Infection Confirmed

HEALTH ALERT: First Case Of MERS-CoV Infection Confirmed

  Orlando, Florida — The Florida Department of Health today confirmed the first Florida case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in a patient at an Orlando hospital. “The Florida Department of Health is working closely with hospital officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure appropriate care of […]

Michael Tarver, former owner of Polliwog Dental, practicing in Ocala

Michael Tarver, former owner of Polliwog Dental, practicing in Ocala

Ocala, Florida — On January 13, 2014, a case involving a lawsuit that was filed against Pediatric Dental Partners, LLC, formally known as Polliwog Dental, was reopened. Pediatric Dental Partners, LLC is registered to Michael Tarver, the former owner of Polliwog Dental, LLC. Andrea Frederick and Tiffany Sullivan, two former Polliwog employees, are suing Polliwog […]

WARNING: Case Of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Confirmed

WARNING: Case Of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Confirmed

Ocala, Florida —The Florida Department of Health in Marion County today, advised residents that there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in areas of Marion County. A horse in the Sparr area recently tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis infection and there is a heightened concern residents could become ill. The risk of […]

Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Deadline

Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Deadline

Tallahassee, Florida – The Agency for Health Care Administration continues to roll out the Managed Medical Assistance (MMA) program, the second installment of Florida’s new system of Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC). This week, the Agency will begin mailing welcome packets to recipients in Medicaid Regions 10 and 11, which include Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe […]

WARNING: Raw Sewage Spill

WARNING: Raw Sewage Spill

  Tallahassee, Florida – The Florida Department of Health on Saturday issued an advisory to residents in counties surrounding the Withlacoochee and the downstream Suwannee River. The City of Valdosta has reported a spill, made up of a combination of storm water and untreated sewage, that has overflowed into the One-Mile Branch, Two-Mile Branch, Sugar […]

Marion County – Ocala Rabies Alert For April 16, 2014

Marion County – Ocala Rabies Alert For April 16, 2014

  Ocala, Florida—The Florida Department of Health in Marion County has issued a rabies alert for the downtown Ocala area of Marion County. This is in response to a cat that tested positive for rabies on April 16, 2014. All Marion County residents and visitors should be aware that rabies is present in the wild […]

Raw Sewage Mixed With Storm Water Warning

Raw Sewage Mixed With Storm Water Warning

  Tallahassee, Florida — The Florida Department of Health today issued an advisory to residents in counties surrounding the Withlacoochee river. The City of Valdosta has reported a spill, made up of a combination of storm water and untreated raw sewage that has overflowed into One-Mile Branch, Two-Mile Branch, Sugar Creek and Cherry Creek which […]

Low grade marijuana Bill passed

Low grade marijuana Bill passed

  Tallahassee, Florida–The Florida Senate Committee on Health Policy, chaired by Senator Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach), On March 12, 2013, passed Senate Bill 1030, allowing the compassionate use of low-THC grade marijuana for Floridians suffering with severe neurological conditions. The Republican-led effort sponsored by Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island) and co-sponsored by Senator Jeff Brandes […]

Ocala girl went from promising nurse, to her life being taken over by meth

Ocala girl went from promising nurse, to her life being taken over by meth

Ocala, Florida — Danielle Bordges, a Forest High School graduate inspired to become a healthcare professional and mother of a young boy, was just 18-years-old the first time she was arrested. Bordges has literally spent her entire adult life in-and-out of the Marion County Jail; mostly for charges of Simple Battery. Eventually Bordges started following […]

Florida Residents Still Can’t Afford Health Insurance

Florida Residents Still Can’t Afford Health Insurance

  Marion County, Florida — A new report for Florida shows that President Obama’s promise of affordable health insurance is anything but reality, and Marion County residents are feeling the effects as local businesses began cutting work hours in August of 2013. Last year Ocala Post reported on Medicaid expansion and how the Florida House […]

Recall Alert On Hot Pockets

Recall Alert On Hot Pockets

  Nestlé USA’s Prepared Foods Division today announced the voluntary recall of HOT POCKETS® brand Philly Steak and Cheese in three different pack sizes and HOT POCKETS® brand Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese, in the two pack box. The voluntary recall is limited to these two products, which were distributed nationwide. No other batches, […]

WIC Changes In Marion County

WIC Changes In Marion County

  Ocala, Florida — The Florida Department of Health in Marion County will launch the WIC electronic benefits transfer system in all Marion County WIC offices March 3, 2014. Marion County WIC offices in Ocala, Belleview, Dunnellon, Lynne and Reddick will close February 24th–28th to allow staff to complete the conversion from paper checks to […]

Americans are obese because they choose to be

Americans are obese because they choose to be

  During the State of the Union address, Obama credited the first lady with reducing obesity in America. After spending nearly $500 million on the federal Healthy Food Financing Initiative, Obama said, “It’s working.” Except it’s not. A study published on February 1, 2014, by Health Affairs suggests it is not working, in fact, the […]

Migraine Headaches May Cause Shrinkage In Men

Migraine Headaches May Cause Shrinkage In Men

  A study by the journal of Neurology says it could shrink by two percent if men suffer from migraines and depression. The study is not referring to penis size, so men, you can relax. The study is actually referring to brain shrinkage. Researchers conclude that as of right now between 10 percent to 12 […]