Marion County government official belittles veteran for PTSD

Marion County government official belittles veteran for PTSD

  Ocala, Florida — Post-traumatic stress disorder is a serious condition that can be very debilitating and even result in the death of the individual afflicted. This condition not only disproportionally affects soldiers, but also firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, and law enforcement officers. Marcel “Butch” Verrando, who currently serves the citizens of Marion County as a […]

FASD: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

FASD: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

  Tallahassee, Florida – The Florida Department of Health acknowledges that September 9, 2014, is recognized as International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day. FASDs are a group of conditions that can cause birth defects and developmental disabilities in a baby whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. Pregnant women — and women who are […]

Hot Pursuit: Running for a Cure

Hot Pursuit: Running for a Cure

  Ocala, Florida — Join the fight on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office for the “In Hot Pursuit: Running for a Cure 5K”, hosted by Marion County Public Safety Supports a Cure. All proceeds from this event benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Please follow and like us:

2014-2015: Back to school and sports physicals

2014-2015: Back to school and sports physicals

LAST DAY IS THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2014. Ocala, Florida — Symphony Healthcare, Inc., located at 202 SW 17th Street, Suite A, Ocala, is now offering back to school and sports physicals for $25.00. Patients must be at least 12-years-old. Mention this article to receive $5.00 off or print. Call to schedule your appointment today, 352-629-5939. […]

Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Tallahassee, Florida — August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and Healthiest Weight Florida, in collaboration with WIC, Healthy Start, the Florida Child Care Food Program and the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention, is announcing its own August Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to promote breastfeeding as a vital health activity as […]

Free event: Prepare – Protect – Prevent

Free event: Prepare – Protect – Prevent

Tomorrow, Saturday, August 2, 2014, from 3-4:30 p.m. join Ocala Pool Boys for a free life saving event! Learn about hands-on CPR, fire safety from Ocala Fire Rescue, pool and swim safety from ISR (Infant Swimming Resource), and heat safety from the Ocala Police Department. For more information call 352-622-3827. Please follow and like us:

Doctor saved lives, with a gun

Doctor saved lives, with a gun

Darby, Pennsylvania — A suspect who was in critical condition after being shot by his doctor, has now been charged with murder after he awoke from sedation on Saturday. On July 24, 2014, Richard Plotts, 49, shot and killed case worker Theresa Hunt, of Philadelphia, at the Sister Marie Lenahan Wellness Center on the Mercy […]

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 […]

KFC offers $30,000 to family after girl was asked to leave

KFC offers $30,000 to family after girl was asked to leave

Jackson, Mississippi — KFC said it will donate $30,000 toward 3-year-old Victoria Wilcher’s medical bills after she was asked to leave a KFC restaurant because the scars on her face were disturbing to other patrons in the restaurant. According to authorities, Victoria was attacked in April by three pit bulls while visiting her grandfather, Donald […]

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 […]

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 […]