State and local officials are asking the public to help control the mosquito population.
“A simple and easy way to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses is to follow the “Drain and Cover” method,” said Dr. Celeste Philip, Deputy Secretary for Health and Deputy State Health Officer for Children’s Medical Services. “Drain water from any containers around your home, cover your skin with clothing and mosquito repellent and cover doors and windows with screen to keep mosquitoes out of your home or business.”
The rainy season is especially challenging for Pinellas County Mosquito Control. Technicians have been aggressively treating known breeding grounds by ground and by air. They have also been busy lately responding to calls for help from county residents.
Mosquitos can breed in as little as a quarter to a half inch of standing water. One of the best ways to slow down the growth of the mosquito population is to drain all standing water. The state DOH offers the following suggestions.
- Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flowerpots or any other containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected.
Dental exams and X-rays at no charge for children and teens ages 4 to 18 will make families smile as they start planning for the Aug. 18 start of the school year in Pinellas.
The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County will provide these services for new patients only, no appointment necessary, on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at two of its health department locations. New patients will be seen in the order in which they arrive after the clinics open at 8 a.m. that day.
Dental exams and X-rays at no charge will be provided at these DOH-Pinellas locations only:
Hepatitis C is a disease that is caused by a virus that affects the liver. Even though the disease often doesn’t produce symptoms, it can seriously damage the liver and can be fatal. An estimated 3.2 million Americans have Hepatitis C.
Older people are more likely to have been exposed to Hepatitis C, but many older Americans are not aware that they need to be tested for it. A December 2013 report found that Hepatitis C infections are concentrated in the Baby Boomers generation (the report is available online at http://bit.ly/TTsXih). In another major study of people with the virus, 75 percent of the patients were born between 1945 and 1964.
CLEARWATER - Starkey Hearing Technologies has introduced Halo, a new hearing aid engineered to connect with an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
Halo users have the ability to experience listening clarity, even in noisy surroundings, using wireless Bluetooth 2.0 technology. Halo connects to the TruLink Hearing Control app, which is free to download in the App Store.
“This hearing aid revolutionizes the way our patients connect with the world with a hearing impairment,” said Kristen Decelles, hearing services manager at St. Luke’s Cataract and Laser Institute. “With the combination of a superior hearing aid, wireless connectivity and smartphone integration, our patients’ quality of life improves tremendously.”
ST. PETERSBURG - The supply of O Negative blood has reached very low levels due to summer vacations and school and college summer breaks. An immediate appeal is being issued for all O Negative donors to donate at OneBlood, the local blood center, as soon as possible.
If anyone has O Negative blood type or knows anyone who has O Negative blood type, they are encouraged to donate as soon as possible. For locations and hours of OneBlood Donor Centers and mobile units, Visit oneblood.org or call 1-888-9 DONATE (888-936-6283).
O Negative blood is the universal blood type, meaning any patient can receive O Negative blood regardless of the recipient’s blood type. O Negative is critical for trauma patients, premature babies and emergency surgeries.
The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System recently named Cory Price as assistant director. Price will oversee several services across the healthcare system, including logistics, nutrition and food service, police, prosthetics and sensory aids, and voluntary service.
Price comes to Bay Pines with more than 15 years of federal government service. His most recent assignment was administrator for operations at the Orlando VA Medical Center.
Weight loss science - the causes, cures, and consequences relating to obesity - is still evolving, but with the understanding of consequences being the most developed.
The penalty of being overweight includes diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, cancer, generally being less productive and basically an entire decline in life experiences. Causes are being hotly debated and cures are as numerous as they are unsuccessful.
More than 10 percent of the world’s population is overweight, with Mexico now exceeding the United States as the most overweight country in the world. The worldwide concern for this problem is of real importance as resources become scarce and we all desire to become more productive.
TARPON SPRINGS - Dr. Parveen Vahora recently performed the first single-site hysterectomy at Florida Hospital North Pinellas in Tarpon Springs.
The single-site surgery performed by Vahora is a significant advancement in the field of minimally invasive robotic hysterectomies. Unlike other hysterectomies, which can require several incisions, the single-site surgery is done through one incision in a women’s navel, leaving minimal scarring.
“Our first priority is to provide quality care to our patients” said Vahora. “Single-site gynecologic surgery is a huge advancement in this kind of care because of its potential to minimize recovery time and scarring.”
CLEARWATER - Dr. David Cheong, an orthopaedic oncology specialist, recently joined Orthopaedic Associates of West Florida.
“We could not be more pleased to bring an orthopaedic cancer specialist of Dr. Cheong’s reputation and experience to our Clearwater based practice,” said Dr. Tom Odmark, board president and a fellowship trained foot and ankle surgeon. “We serve patients from St. Pete to Crystal River and there is a huge need in our area for his skills and expertise.”
Cheong joins OAWF after several years of service at the Moffitt Cancer Center where he specialized in the surgical treatment and care of bone and soft tissue tumors. He brings his passion for patient care to both children and adults.
ST. PETERSBURG - Bon Secours St. Petersburg Health System recently was named the winner of Practice GreenHealth’s 2014 Emerald Partner for Change Award.
New this year, the Greenhealth Emerald Award is presented to facilities that demonstrate their sustainability programs are better developed. Practice GreenHealth is a national membership organization for health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations.
The Greenhealth Emerald Award is a very competitive award that recognizes health care facilities that have achieved improvements in their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs. Winning hospitals are selected using Practice Greenhealth’s improved scoring and evaluation system, and are further along the path to sustainability and show leadership in the local community and in the health care sector.
Community memorial service SEMINOLE – A community memorial service will be presented Thursday, July 24, 6 p.m., at Chapel on the Hill, 12601 Park Blvd.
Chapel on the Hill will join with Suncoast Hospice to host this service. The service is open to any and all bereaved members of the community and is not grounded to a particular faith. Anyone who has lost a loved one with Suncoast Hospice is invited to attend.
The service will last about 45 minutes and consist of music, inspirational readings, a reflection on a theme and a “reading of names” of those who have died and are being remembered.
Fellowship and refreshments will follow the service. Those interested in attending are asked to call the church office at 391-2919 or send an email to email@example.com.
Garden Help Desk ST. PETERSBURG – The Weedon Island Lawn and Garden Help Desk will be offered Friday, July 11; and Thursdays, July 17 and 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Weedon Island Preserve,
1800 Weedon Drive NE.
Aspiring and master gardeners alike can come and get solutions for all types of questions concerning garden, lawn, and landscape care. The help desk is free.
Kiwanis Club of Seminole meeting SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square’s Town Hall.
The group’s next speaker will be Breanne Zsiga, from Career Academies of Seminole, discussing on her steer project.
For more information, call Terry Carr at 394-2582.
Learn at Lunch forum:The Affordable Care Act and You SOUTH PASADENA – The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce plans a Learn at Lunch forum titled “The Affordable Care Act and You” Thursday, July 24, 11:30 a.m., at the Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay, 1255 Pasadena Ave.
Health Markets Insurance Agency will facilitate the program.
The cost is $15 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers.
To reserve a seat, call Jennifer McKenney at 360-6957.
Meet your Representative for Coffee LARGO – State Rep. Larry Ahern, R-Seminole, will be hosting a “Meet your Representative for Coffee” event Thursday, July 24, 8:30 to 10 a.m., at St. Pete Bagel, 11987 Indian Rocks Road.
Residents are invited to ask questions and present concerns to Ahern over coffee. Ahern represents District 66, which covers the west-central part of Pinellas County, including parts of Clearwater, Largo, Indian Shores and Seminole.
Ahern’s local office is at 8383 Seminole Blvd., suite B. For more information, call 395-2512.
LARGO – A Overeaters Anonymous group meets Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 9350 Starkey Road.
Overeaters Anonymous is a program of recovery for eating disorders.
For information, call Jeanette at 392-3108. There are no dues and no fees and a list of meetings may be viewed at oapinellas.org
Connections @ Park Station
PINELLAS PARK – The Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce hosts Connections @ Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd., Room 101, a free networking event, on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at 8:30 a.m.
Contact Carl Lucchi at 458-7863 for more information.
Scottish American Society social gatherings Ceilidhs, traditional Gaelic social gatherings, are held every Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Scottish American Society of Dunedin, 917 Louden Ave., Dunedin.
The cost is $5 for nonmembers. The social club is dedicated to the preservation of Scottish culture, offering Scottish country dancing, line dancing, holiday dinners and parties.