Sumter County health officials distributing mosquito repellant to residents


While supplies last, the Florida Department of Health in Sumter County will be distributing free mosquito repellant to Sumter County residents. (Mosquito repellant was requested and supplied through a Hurricane Irma related state resource request.) Mosquitos breed in stagnant pools of water. Recent weather conditions have created a beneficial environment for mosquito breeding. Protect yourself and your […]

Franz Schubert, syphilis and mercury poisoning

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Two centuries ago, Franz Schubert composed music that today is among the most frequently performed music by classical orchestras, piano soloists, singers and choruses.  Although he died before his 32nd birthday, he wrote more than a thousand original compositions including 600 choral works, seven symphonies, 50 sonatas, nearly 100 choral compositions, 17 operas and operettas, […]

Residents urged to protect themselves from mosquitoes in wake of Hurricane Irma


Due to floodwaters and rainfall from Hurricane Irma, mosquito populations are expected to be larger than normal for the immediate future. Florida Department of Health officials want Florida’s residents and visitors to be mindful of protecting themselves against mosquito-borne diseases during this time. Everyone should remain diligent in preventative measures like draining excess water and […]

Rich Piana another body builder who died too young

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

In August 2017, the world-famous body builder Rich Piana collapsed from a heart attack while his girlfriend was giving him a haircut.  He died after two weeks in a medically-induced coma, at the age of 46.   A search of his apartment revealed more than 20 bottles of steroids.   In his younger years he […]

Sumter County announces aerial spraying to combat mosquitos in wake of Hurricane Irma


During Hurricane Irma, Sumter County received an estimated 8.5 – 12.5 inches of rainfall throughout the county. The subsequent standing flood waters have allowed the adult mosquito populations to flourish. Mosquito-borne diseases transmission is of special concern during this period of flooding and excessive rainfall. During the storm event, Sumter County requested aerial adulticiding support […]

Officials urging residents to practice generator safety in wake of Hurricane Irma


Many without power are currently using generators or grills until electricity is restored. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a real risk to residents, however, unless they follow safety protocol. Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous, invisible, odorless and tasteless gas. Depending on the level of exposure, carbon monoxide may cause headache, nausea, lethargy (or fatigue), weakness, […]

Dementia linked to excess belly fat

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

We have known for many years that having a big belly is associated with increased risk for heart attacks, diabetes, certain cancers, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, disability and premature death. We now also have data that links having a large belly to increased risk for dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, a debilitating way to spend […]

Ocala Health to close Summerfield ER during peak hours of Hurricane Irma  

Ocala Health Summerfield ER

Ocala Health will close the Summerfield Emergency Room at 10 a.m. Sunday, and will reopen at 7 p.m. Monday. The Emergency Rooms at Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital will remain open and fully staffed to care for emergency patients during this time. Emergency care in Marion County will be available at: • Ocala Regional […]

Floridians urged to protect, health safety as Hurricane Irma reaches Sunshine State


With Hurricane Irma forecast to impact Florida, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) encourages local residents to take the following actions to protect their health and safety. during the storm: Keeping food safe during disasters Before the storm hits, move food to high […]

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America offers emergency preparedness tips to families living with Alzheimer’s

A nurse holds the hands of a person suffering from Alzheimer's disease on September 21, 2009 at Les Fontaines retirement home in Lutterbach , eastern France. Scientists working in seven countries announced last week they had uncovered variants of three genes which play a role in Alzheimer's, a discovery that should throw open many new avenues for tackling this mind-killing disease. AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIEN BOZON (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images)

With Hurricane Irma approaching Florida, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is providing important emergency preparedness information to help families living with Alzheimer’s get ready in case the storm strikes their area. “Millions of people around the country are bracing for Hurricane Irma and taking steps to get ready, including families affected by Alzheimer’s,” said Charles […]