Offering convenient way to combat breast cancer

Cheryl Hinton hits the road in the quest to prevent breast cancer. Hinton, who is the marketing and promotions specialist for Tampa Bay Mobile Mammography, was the featured speaker at the East Pasco Networking Group’s breakfast meeting on Aug. 13 at the IHOP in Dade City. She talked about the company’s mission to provide convenient breast cancer screenings. The independent organization … [Read more...]

How to stay safe while enjoying the water

Although summer is winding down — being safe around water is a year-round pursuit. Practical tips to help avoid danger, in or near water, can make a difference for both experienced and non-experienced swimmers. In fact, infants are being encouraged to get acquainted with swimming before learning to walk. “The earlier you start, the better,” said Maggie Mueller, site manager at the Seal … [Read more...]

Summer heat poses health risks; take steps to stay safe

Heat advisories, warnings and watches have been issued in recent weeks across the country, putting millions of Americans at risk. At least six deaths were attributed to the massive heatwave, and events, such as the New York City Marathon, were cancelled, according to CBS News. And, it comes as no surprise that Florida’s notorious heat and humidity also can create potentially dangerous … [Read more...]

Youth vaping a growing concern in Pasco

Health officials in Pasco County are concerned about rising numbers of local teens who are using electronic cigarettes, or vaping. Last year, about 25 percent of Florida high school students reported current use of electronic vaping, according to the Florida Department of Health. That marked a staggering 58 percent increase compared to 2017. The figures might be even higher in Pasco … [Read more...]

Pasco shelter offers haven from abuse

Abuse can come in many different forms. It can also be a sensitive issue for victims to divulge, especially if it occurs within their own households. It’s a nationwide problem, and efforts have been made nationally and locally to provide safer environments for adults and children who have been abused. Pasco County is among those striving to improve services for people in this … [Read more...]

Local business gives hope to ‘special needs’ employee

When April Dean was only 6 months old, her mother Amy noticed she wasn’t sitting upright. Two months later, doctors told Amy and her husband, Rick, that April had cerebral palsy, with little chance of ever walking. It was also discovered that she had a developmental disability that would affect her speech and learning. “He told us she would never drive a car or go to college,” said … [Read more...]

Tackling problems of opioid abuse

A panel of local people working on the frontlines to reduce the problem of opioid drug abuse gained access to the nation’s drug czar last week in a Pasco County roundtable session initiated by Republican Congressman Gus Bilirakis, of Palm Harbor. No certain solutions were offered during the May 3 discussion with for Michael Botticelli, director of the Office of National Drug Control … [Read more...]

Weight loss clinic opening in Wesley Chapel

A new weight loss clinic is opening in Wesley Chapel this week. Bayfront Health Medical Group will open a satellite office at 2718 Windguard Circle, Suite 101 in Wesley Chapel. The weight loss clinic will allow Bayfront Health Dade City general surgeon Dr. Naga Thatimatla, also known as Dr. Thati, to consult with Wesley Chapel patients, and have one-night stays post-weight loss surgery. The … [Read more...]

Ross pushing forward controversial Ebola bill

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is against it, but that's not stopping U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross from introducing legislation that would curb flights from countries with outbreaks of the Ebola virus. Ross introduced his bill Wednesday known as the Contain Ebola and Stop the Epidemic — or CEASE — Act of 2014, which would prohibit certain flights from landing in the United … [Read more...]

Scott wants closer look of Ebola threat

Although one nurse already under quarantine feels the measures are too restrictive in other parts of the country, Gov. Rick Scott has issued an executive order that could go as far as putting people under quarantine he feels is at high risk for Ebola. At a minimum, however, Scott is ordering twice-daily health monitoring for people returning from certain parts of the world where the virus is in … [Read more...]