Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care awarded joint commission’s Gold Seal of Approval


Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care has announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care. The Central Florida hospice agency has more than 800 team […]

Officials warn prevention key when it comes to mosquitoes


Schools are out, almost daily rains have returned and it is a notch above hot outdoors. It’s summer in Florida. As residents incorporate new things into their daily routines to cope with Florida’s climate (like wearing sunscreen and drinking extra water), the Florida Department of Health in Marion County would like for residents to add […]

Dina Merrill and Dementia

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Dina Merrill was an American actress and philanthropist who was the only child of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the Post Cereals heiress who became the richest woman in America, and her second husband, E.F. Hutton, the fabulously-wealthy founder of the financial company that bore his name.   Known throughout her life for her high intelligence, drive, […]

Hundreds turn out for Yoga on the Square


More than 200 people did not let the early morning heat and humidity of the first day of summer deter them from participating in Yoga on the Square at Lake Sumter Landing in celebration of International Yoga Day. For the third year in a row, MVP Athletic Club yoga instructors partnered with Villages Recreation yoga […]

Residents turn out at Waterfront Inn to learn about how to obtain medical marijuana

Chief Marketing Officer of MMTC Turner Davis gives the room full of attendees instructions on how to obtain a state medical marijuana card.

The Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers of Florida visited the Waterfront Inn at Lake Sumter Landing on Wednesday morning to educate attendees during its Medical Marijuana Awareness Day program. Thorough presentations from doctors and medical marijuana experts highlighted the event. Mental health professional Josephine Krehl educated the audience on what medical marijuana exactly is, the stigmas […]

Roger Moore’s many medical problems

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Roger Moore was an English film and television star who was most famous for having played secret agent James Bond in seven films from 1973 to 1985.  In 1991, he was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for his work in helping underprivileged children. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.  He received a […]

Lake County warns against complacency as mosquito season nears

Mosquito season

Outdoor activities such as swimming and grilling often come with the faint buzzing of one of the most annoying insects on the planet: the disease-carrying mosquito. National Mosquito Control Awareness Week is June 25 – July 1, and Lake County Mosquito & Aquatic Plant Management, along with the American Mosquito Control Association, are reminding residents […]

Alcohol and heart attacks

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Moderate drinking does not appear to prevent heart attacks.  An analysis of 45 studies of relationships between heart attacks and alcohol consumption reports that the studies that associated moderate drinking with reduced heart attack rates are flawed (Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, May 2017;78(3):375-386). To show that moderate drinking is associated with heart […]

Senators file bill to help hospitals train more doctors  

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – To help alleviate a growing doctor shortage here in the U.S., a bipartisan group of senators today introduced legislation to make it easier for more hospitals to start full-time residency programs needed to train new physicians. The legislation filed by U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) would fix a […]

Roger Ailes and Hemophilia

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Seventy-seven-year-old Roger Ailes had hemophilia, a genetic inability to clot normally, so when he fell at his home on May 10, 2017, and hit his head, he bled into his brain which caused a subdural hematoma.  The massive bleeding and tremendous pressure squashed his brain and killed him eight days later.    Ailes was one […]

Gregg Allman and liver cancer

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Gregg Allman was a very famous musician, singer and songwriter who, together with his brother, founded The Allman Brothers Band, one of the top bands in America in the late 1960s and the 1970s.  He wrote and played top hit songs “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa,” “Whipping Post,”  “Trouble No More,” “Blue Sky” “Ramblin’ Man” and “Dreams.” […]

More good news about nuts and peanuts

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Several recent articles show that eating tree nuts or peanuts with a high-fat or high-sugar meal prevents the expected high rise in blood factors that increase risk for the inflammation that can lead to diabetes, heart attacks or strokes. • Three ounces of ground peanuts that contain 198 kcal taken with a high-fat meal prevented […]