The Lake County
Health Department is
gearing up for another
summer and the health
issues that come with it.
According to Health
Kevin Lenhart, many
of the health issues associated
with the summer
season are prevalent all
year long in Florida but
reach their peak potential
when the days are
hot and muggy.
One of the top issues is
the West Nile threat
posed by mosquitos.
As the only
center of its kind in the area,
the Deaf and Hearing Services
of Lake and Sumter Counties
has its work cut out for it with
more than 42,000 people in the
two counties who are deaf or
significantly hard of hearing.
The center offers an array of
services and equipment to help
those whose hearing is not
quite up to par.
As Florida's population continues to age, the need for
home health care in Central
Home health-care agencies
try to keep the client comfortable at home so they can avoid
going to either a nursing home
or an assisted living facility as
long as possible.
South Lake Hospital has
seen many a facelift and antic
ipates even more changes to
accommodate the future needs
of a growing community.
"All of our previously
planned expansions have
moved forward more rapidly
based on the growth," said
John Moore, administrator of
business and campus develop
ment."And we will continue to
adjust our plans as needed to
The prevalence of childhood over
weight and obesity is increasing at an
alarming rate in the U.S. and other
developed and developing countries,
doubling in the past 20 years.
According to representatives with
Thomas E. Langley Medical Center, ,
15.3 percent of 6to 11-year-olds and
15.5 percent of 12to 19-year-olds are
at or above the 95th percentile for
Body Mass Index on standard growth
charts based on reference data from
the 1970s, with even higher rates
among subpopulations of minority and
economically disadvantaged children.
Recent data from the CDC also indi
cate that children younger than five
years, across all ethnic groups have
had significant increases in the preva
lence of overweight and obesity.
Improper or incorrect disposal of
sharps (such as syringes with needles
used for insulin and other medications,
and lancets used to test blood), can
place other residents and waste man-
agement workers at substantial health
Colorectal cancer is second only to
lung cancer as a cause of cancer deaths
among American men and women.But it
doesn't have to be. Recently, Medicare
and private insurance carriers made
colonoscopy - the gold standard of colorectal cancer screening - the screening
method of choice, and agreed to pay for
screening colonoscopies for their patients
over 50 who don't have symptoms. This
decision gives physicians a tremendous
opportunity to save thousands of lives.
If you're just recovering from a heart attack, walking on a treadmill may be the last thing you're interested in.You may feel tired and depressed and simply
worried about survival - not about getting in a workout.
But exercising under the watchful eyes of your
health care team through a cardiac rehab program
may be the key to survival and a better quality of life.
If you're adjusting to life after a heart attack or you're
living with certain other heart diseases,cardiac rehabilitation may help you feel better than you thought