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Health officials key eye on enterovirus

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 11:45 am

By Treméne Triplett For the News-Gazette The outbreak of enterovirus infections in 32 states, including Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, is no need for alarm, but precaution, according to health officials. As Florida remains the only state in the Southeast without a reported case, residents and visitors, alike, can reduce the spread of the virus by understanding what it is and practicing prevention. The confirmed cases grabbing media spotlight and driving

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  • Hospital opens new 22,000 square-foot ward

    Posted on September 26, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Marc Clery
Dignitaries including Kissimmee Mayor Jim Swan and Florida Hospital Kissimmee Administrator Jeff Villaneuva, hold scissors during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the emergency department grand opening on Thursday. The hospital celebrated a newly-expanded emergency department.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer Florida Hospital Kissimmee unveiled its newly-expanded emergency department Thursday. Portions of it opened early in the year, but this week marked the opening of the entire 35-bed facility and all its features. The 22,000 square-foot-facility that cost $7 million has two trauma rooms, two “Baker Act” rooms and an observation area for patients and their families who have psychiatric needs. It also houses a dedicated

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  • White patches on child’s skin could be vitiligo

    Posted on September 19, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    By Dr. Sue Hubbard For the News-Gazette I recently saw a 10-year-old patient for her routine physical. One of her mother’s concerns was that her daughter had “white patches” under both arms. Once I examined her, I told her mother that the “white patches” were actually due to Vitiligo, an acquired disorder of pigment loss. Vitiligo is caused by a reduction in functional melanocytes, the cells that cause pigmentation in

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  • Hospital introduces first residency programs

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    By Tiffanie Reynolds Staff Writer A program three years in the making, medical the Osceola Regional Medical Center recently launched its first residency program. Not only a first for Osceola Regional, but also for Kissimmee, the program is the result of a partnership between Osceola Regional Medical Center, Orlando Veterans Health Administration Medical Center and UCF College of Medicine. Currently, the hospital holds residency programs for internal medicine, training students

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  • Remember to drain and cover

    Posted on July 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Belinda Johnson-Cornett Osceola County Health Department Florida Department of Health in Osceola County advises the public to remain diligent in protecting themselves from mosquito bites. To date there has been four confirmed cases of imported chikungunya fever in Osceola County. Chikungunya (chik-en-gun-ye) fever is a virus spread by bites from an infected mosquito. In all four cases, the infected person traveled outside of the US and became symptomatic once they

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  • Do selfies spread head lice?

    Posted on July 11, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    By Dr. Sue Hubbard, For the News-Gazette Are teenagers spreading lice when they put their heads together to take a perfect selfie? This is a hot topic trending lately online. I’ve received emails and texts from parents who are fighting head lice in their homes and are wondering if this is possible! I was skeptical at first about the risk of transmitting lice during a selfie session. Lying on the

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  • Women must know what to expect from Social Security

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Robert Rosen Edward Jones Everyone needs to be aware of the financial resources they will have available in retirement. But if you’re a woman, you must be particularly diligent, for a variety of reasons. And that means you’ll need to know just what to expect from Social Security. Why should you, as a woman, pay extra attention to Social Security? For one thing, women often take time off from their careers to

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