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When your brain says to leave but your heart says no – why so many would rather face a disaster at home with their pets than evacuate: Part I

August 31, 2023
In the height of hurricane season in Florida, most people who live here year-round have some idea of what their plan is in the event they have to evacuate. While those plans vary greatly, there is…

Celebrate National Golf Month by warming up and cooling down

August 10, 2023
By Andrew Colburn, Boca Grande Health Clinic Back in 1993, the Professional Golf Association deemed August National Golf Month. For the golf obsessed, this is a great excuse to get out and play…


August 3, 2023

Summer heat becoming a real issue with humans, as well as with pets

July 27, 2023
Anyone who knows island resident Libby Frazier knows that she is a lover of all animals. You might see her on her golf cart in town, several dogs in tow, running daily errands. There are few peopl…


July 20, 2023
Author George Bernard Shaw famously claimed youth was wasted on the young. Apparently, he never met Effie Joiner, because she is not wasting a moment of her youth. Effie is not yet 27 but is putti…

ASK A DOC: Is inflammation good or bad?

July 13, 2023
Chronic inflammation is the root of many health issues. While medical professionals recognize the link between inflammation and disease, there’s much more to learn about the connection and the imp…

Malaria cases put local mosquito control districts on alert

June 29, 2023
Southwest Florida made national news this week as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported four cases of locally acquired malaria in Sarasota County. “We need to keep our e…

What you need to know about strokes

May 25, 2023
By Bret Kueber, MD Strokes happen when the blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted or reduced, which prevents brain tissue from getting oxygen and nutrients, which leads to brain damag…

Paying tribute to our great nurses

May 11, 2023
When it comes to trust, nurses continue to top Gallup’s annual Honesty and Ethics of Professions poll, according to the latest results published earlier this year. Nurses have held the top spot ev…

New research brings new hope during Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

April 20, 2023
In what researchers are calling “an enormous leap forward in the understanding of Parkinson’s disease,” a new tool has been discovered that can detect pathology in spinal fluid of people who have …