Local employees of Greystone Health Network honored

Several local associates with Greystone Health Network have been honored as 2016 associates of the year. They are Patience James from Lady Lake Specialty Care Center, Tasleem Serrano from The Club Health and Rehabilitation Center, Therese Alfred from The Lodge Health and Rehabilitation Center, Robert Zeunik from The Springs Health and Rehabilitation Center and Chris […]

Why Sylvester Graham rejected white flour

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Almost two hundred years ago, Reverend Sylvester Graham was treated by the scientific community as a nut because he claimed that white flour was a poison.  Today we know that even though he had no knowledge of nutrition, he was really a prophet.  He did not make his recommendations because white flour lacks essential nutrients, […]

No amount of overweight is healthful

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

This week, researchers at Boston University and Harvard reviewed three studies following more than 225,000 adults over age 50, for eight to twenty years, and showed that being even slightly overweight can increase your risk of dying by 6 percent, and in those who are obese, by a whopping 73 percent (Annals of Internal Medicine, […]

Leesburg Regional Medical Center first hospital in Central Florida to offer world’s smallest pacemaker

Leesburg Regional Medical Center

Leesburg Regional Medical Center has announced that it is one of the first hospitals in Florida, and the first in Central Florida, to offer the world’s smallest pacemaker for patients with bradycardia. The Micra Transcatheter Pacing System is a new type of heart device approved for Medicare reimbursement that provides patients with the most advanced […]

Night-time urination may be caused by excess salt

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

One in three North American adults have to get up to urinate more than twice a night, and a study presented at the European Society of Urology shows that the most common cause may be taking in too much salt (International Journal of Urology, Mar 14, 2017;24(3)). Instead of this obvious cause, many urologists concentrate […]

Villages Nurses Club will hear abut Hashimoto Thyroiditis

James H. Mersey

The Villages Nurses Club will meet Tuesday, April 11 at the Rohan Recreation Center.  Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for socializing. Business meeting begins at 12:45 p.m. with speaker Dr. James H. Mersey of the Villages Health following.  Topic is Hashimoto Thyroiditis. Questions?  janisward2@gmail.com. Dr. Mersey spent 32 years in private practice and as chief […]

Sumter County ranked as the 15th healthiest county in Florida

Dr. Sanford Zelnick

Sumter County has been ranked as the 15th healthiest county in Florida, according to the 2017 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This study highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data, much of which is available from the […]

Lake County accepting grants for Health & Human Services programs

Lake County Logo

The Lake County Health & Human Services Division is releasing a request for grant applications for funding as much as $25,000 for youth intervention/prevention programs, and as much as $25,000 for health and human services programs. Request for Proposals have been released today, March 28, and applications are due by noon on Wednesday, May 3. […]

Colon cancer, gut bacteria and diet

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

A diet that is high in either red meat or sugar, or both, increases the growth in the colon of bacteria called Fusobacterium nucleatum that appears to suppress a person’s immunity to increase the growth of cancer cells in the colon. A prospective study of 137,217 adults followed for about 30 years shows that people […]

Right foods can boost heart health

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Several recent articles provide new data on which foods are associated with both your health and your longevity. The current issue of JAMA (2017;317(9):912-924).contains a major statistical analysis of the association between diet quality and rates of death from the cardiometabolic diseases (heart disease, strokes and type II diabetes). This review of more than 700,000 […]