Smoking is bad for pets, too

If you smoke, here’s some extra incentive to quit: The health of your best pet pal may be at risk. Secondhand smoke doesn’t just harm people. It’s bad for animals too. And pets may be exposed to what experts call third-hand smoke. That’s the harmful chemical residue that accumulates in smokers’ homes—including on floors and […]

Gov. Scott meets with incoming secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

After promising to help President-elect Donald Trump rewrite the Affordable Care Act, Florida Gov. Rick Scott met Tuesday afternoon with the incoming secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Scott, a former health-care executive, was slated to meet at 2 p.m. with U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., in Washington, D.C. Price, a physician who will […]

Denton Cooley, the fastest heart surgeon

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Heart surgeon Denton Cooley, who died on November 18, 2016 at the age of 96, was better than his peers in just about everything he did.  He founded the Texas Heart Institute in 1972, where he and his team performed  • almost 120,000 open heart operations,  • 258,000 cardiac catheterizations and  • 270 heart transplants. […]

Villages Nurses Club to gather Dec. 13 at Savannah Club

The Villages Nurses Club will be having their Christmas Luncheon on Dec. 13 at The Savannah Center. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be at 12:30 p.m. We will be presenting our LifeStream gifts and singing carols. Questions? Contact Janis Ward at or visit 

Genes and belly fat

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

If you store the extra fat in your buttocks and thighs, you are at low risk for being harmed by that extra fat. However, if you store the extra fat primarily in your belly, you are at high risk for becoming diabetic and dying prematurely. People with tiny buttocks and a huge belly probably already […]

Congressman Webster votes in favor of 21st Century Cures Act

Congressman Daniel Webster, who will soon be representing The Villages in the U.S. House of Representatives, voted Wednesday for the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act. “Reforming our mental health system has been a priority of mine since being elected to Congress. For too long it has been a prime example of the failed […]

Hearing loss with age to be topic of meeting at Churchill Street Recreation Center  

The Hearing Loss Association of America – Central Florida Chapter  will be holding its next meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Churchill Street  Recreation Center. The guest speaker will be Sheila Adams. Her topic, “Sound for Seniors”, will cover issues regarding hearing loss with age. She will also discuss common myths associated with seniors becoming a […]

Gwen Ifill and uterine cancer

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

On November 14, 2016, Gwen Ifill, a noted American journalist, television newscaster and author, died at age 61 of uterine cancer. She was a political analyst who was featured on Public Television’s Washington Week and PBS NewsHour, and moderated the 2004 and 2008 U.S. vice-presidential debates.  She is the only known Washington journalist who covered […]

Villager leads provocative discussion about Villages Health insurance coverage


Medicare Advantage programs like The Villages Health coverage through United Healthcare offer better heath care than Original Medicare with supplemental insurance because doctors see fewer patients and take a prevention-centered approach, Villager Jim Stickel told members of The Villages Civil Discourse Club Monday at the Savannah Center. “They’re going to do things to look at […]

Calcium pills: New research

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

The vast majority of studies on calcium supplements show that taking in extra calcium does not prevent bone fractures and that the extra calcium in pills may form plaques in arteries and stones in kidneys. People who take in low amounts of calcium on a plant-based diet are not at any higher risk for fractures […]

USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute to bring mobile Memory Research Suite to The Villages

USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute's mobile Memory Research Suite

The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute will bring its 53-foot- long Memory Research Suite to residents of The Villages from Nov. 14-16, and Dec. 12-16 to learn about research programs for individuals with diagnosed memory loss, and prevention trials for individuals with memory disorders. In addition, free memory screenings are available (by appointment) on the […]

Residents urged to maintain, not gain this holiday season

To help Florida families across the state enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season, the Florida Department of Health is partnering with North Carolina State University to offer the Maintain, Don’t Gain! Holiday Challenge for the third year in a row. This free seven-week challenge runs from Nov. 14 through Dec. 31 and provides participants […]