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 […]

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 […]

Police officer arrested for unprotected sex while HIV positive

Police officer arrested for unprotected sex while HIV positive

[Updated on January 27, 2014, at 11:43 a.m. to include booking photo]   West Palm Beach, Florida — Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested Greenacres Police Officer, Ervans Saintclair, 37, for intentionally having unprotected sex with multiple females while being infected with HIV. After dating a woman for nearly a year, and having had […]

Statewide Medicaid Managed Care

Statewide Medicaid Managed Care

  Tallahassee, Florida — The Agency for Health Care Administration’s proposed regional implementation schedule for Managed Medical Assistance (MMA), part of Florida’s Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC) program, was approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Implementation for MMA will begin May 1—on the heels of the Long-term Care program rollout, which will […]

Orlando medical alert company scammed seniors out of millions

Orlando medical alert company scammed seniors out of millions

  Orlando, Florida — At the request of the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the Florida Attorney General, a U.S. district court has temporarily halted and frozen the assets of an Orlando-based operation that used pre-recorded telephone calls, commonly known as ‘robocalls’, to pitch purportedly “free” medical alert devices to senior citizens by […]

Mosquito-borne Illness Advisory Lifted

Mosquito-borne Illness Advisory Lifted

  Ocala, Florida—The Florida Department of Health in Marion County has lifted the mosquito-borne illness advisory that was established in July 2013. Officials say, even though the advisory has been lifted you should still take precautions when outdoors. Residence should also continue to be proactive in eliminating standing water as well as moist areas where […]

Dentist kills 3-year-old Finley Boyle

Dentist kills 3-year-old Finley Boyle

  Kailua, Hawaii — On December 3, 2013, mother Ashley Boyle, took her three-year-old daughter, Finley Boyle, to Island Dentistry in Kailua, Hawaii for a dental visit. Dr. Lilly Geyer had previously insisted that her daughter needed four root canals. Prior to the root canals being done, Dr. Geyer administered a high dose of Demerol […]

Swine Flu Cases For 2014

Swine Flu Cases For 2014

  Brevard County, Florida — Health officials in Brevard county have confirmed several serious cases of H1N1 (Swine Flu) in the county. Health officials are urging residents to get a flu shot. A recent spike in cases has them concerned a possible outbreak of the Swine Flu could be on the horizon. Health officials do […]

Counterfeit Cosmetics Health Warning

Counterfeit Cosmetics Health Warning

  You see what appears to be your favorite brand name eye shadow, eye liner, or fragrance for sale at a flea market or on an unfamiliar website. You notice the price is lower than what you normally pay at your favorite retail store or through an authorized online dealer. Before you hand over your […]

Kissimmee Doctor Ugarriza Fuentes Arrested

Kissimmee Doctor Ugarriza Fuentes Arrested

  Kissimmee, Florida – The Florida Department of Health’s Orlando Unlicensed Activity (ULA) Unit announced today a joint investigation with the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (MBI). The investigation led to the arrest of Ugarriza Fuentes for two counts of the practice of medicine without a license, which is a third degree felony and punishable by […]

Measles outbreak in the U.S.

Measles outbreak in the U.S.

  As of December 5, 2013, 175 people in the United States have been reported as having Measles. This year, Measles outbreaks have occurred in several states. One outbreak, in New York, is the largest outbreak in 15 years in the United States. An outbreak in North Carolina has also resulted in numerous cases. Most […]

Family health history could save your life

Family health history could save your life

  Family health history connects people to their past and their future. Knowing one’s family health history is a key part of reducing future health risks. As Benjamin Franklin once said “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Why is family health history important? According to the Centers for Disease Control and […]