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State confirms measles case in Kissimmee

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 3:52 pm

By Charlie Reed Staff Writer The Florida Department of Health on Thursday confirmed a case of measles in Kissimmee. It came from a visitor who attended a conference at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, off Osceola Parkway, March 16-17. The person was hospitalized in Miami a few days later and flew out of the state on Wednesday after recovering, according to press release from the state. The highly contagious

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  • RSV season brings cough, congestion, wheezing

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    By Dr. Sue Hubbard For the News-Gazette. Flu season seems to be winding down, but RSV (respiratory synctial virus) season is still here and actually arrived a bit later than usual this year. RSV is a common upper respiratory infection that causes cold symptoms with cough, runny nose, congestion and in some cases, wheezing. Unfortunately, when new parents hear that there’s RSV in their day care or school, they often

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  • What to do about nuisance wildlife in and around the home

    Posted on March 13, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Grantly Ricketts Osceola Extension The spring season is approaching and gardeners and other homeowners are getting ready to work outdoors; yes they are anxious to get their hands dirty and just to enjoy the great outdoors.  Many will find that they are not going alone. Very often, these outdoor spaces are also occupied by wildlife such as squirrels, opossums, raccoons, bats, moles, deer, mice, coyotes and snakes.  These animals become

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  • Migranes can occur in children

    Posted on March 6, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    By Dr. Sue Hubbard For the News-Gazette I recently received an email via our iPhone App inquiring about migraines in children. Headaches are a common complaint throughout childhood, but pediatricians have recognized that children have many different types of headaches, including migraines. Migraine headaches are best diagnosed by obtaining a detailed history and then a thorough neurological exam. There are several characteristics of childhood migraines that are quite different from

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  • Add spice to your garden with herbs

    Posted on March 6, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Grantly Rickets Osceola Extension No my friends. We are not about to speak on the herb they are fighting to legalize. It is often said that variety is the spice of life; in the same light, herbs will add variety of life to your vegetable garden and landscape. There are records to prove that in recent years more people are diagnosed with high blood pressure and diabetes. As a result,

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  • Park Place moving forward with center to cut jail population

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    By Charlie Reed Staff Writer Plans to build a central receiving center for mentally ill people picked up by law enforcement are moving forward. This week, the state Department of Children and Families granted a transportation waiver for Park Place Behavioral Healthcare that is key to getting the center up and running, said Park Place President and CEO Jim Shanks. Shanks sent a letter to Osceola County law enforcement chiefs

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  • Poinciana Medical Center completes emergency department expansion

    Posted on February 20, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer It took less than two years, but the Poinciana Medical Center has already outgrown the space in its emergency department. The Medical Center fixed that with a recently completed expansion. The expansion, finished in January, added 10 beds and 3,500 square feet to the emergency room for a total of 22 beds and 14,500 square feet. A second 64-slice CT 3-D X-ray scanner also was

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