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 […]

Doctor who helped found Villages Health says neither Obamacare or GOP plan address real problems 

Dr. Stephen Klasko

The former University of South Florida Medical School dean who helped coin the catchphrase “America’s Healthiest Hometown,” said in a recent interview that neither Obamacare or the GOP replacement plan address fundamental flaws in the nation’s healthcare system. Dr. Stephen Klasko, now CEO of Jefferson Health in Philadelphia, played a crucial role in founding the […]

Acupuncturist to speak to Villages Tinnitus Support Group

Lisa Forsythe,

The next Villages Tinnitus Support Group meeting will take place at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23 at Churchill Recreation Center. The speaker will be Lisa Forsythe, licensed acupuncturist with more than 20 years experience.  She is Board Certified in Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture, and Chinese Herbalogy by the National Certification & Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental […]