• Building an overall health/weight-loss plan

    Megan Carella

  • Shared decision-making in health issues

    In the old days, doctors made most of the decisions regarding a patient’s care.  The patients of an older generation relied on the doctor for his or her expertise.  There was always an option of seeing another doctor if you disagreed and getting a second opinion.  But these days there is also the option of being part of the decision-making process as there are more and more options for medical care as medicine evolves and becomes more sophisticated.  

  • Don’t have gall to ignore gallbladder disease

     Dr. Declan Haggerty

  • 75 percent of us are blind to the risk of obesity

    Over the past 20 years of writing articles for the Chronicle, I have touched on the many health risk associated with obesity, both from a cancer standpoint and from the standpoint of other health factors such as diabetes and heart disease.  Even with this knowledge, it seems that most of the population still does not associate obesity with a health risk.  This is highlighted by a recent study that found that three out of four (75 percent) people in the UK are unaware of the link between obesity and cancer, according to a new Cancer Research UK report. 

  • The basics of balance

    By Katie Lucas

    Special to the Chronicle


    Falls, unintentional injuries and hospital admissions for trauma are the leading cause of injury deaths among older adults. 


  • Dr. Frank Vascimini: Sound Bites

    Well, the storm is behind us and while going through it I completely forgot about writing this column. I hope everyone reading this today did well through it and for those of you who have been devastated please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Dr. Sunil Gandhi: Cancer and Blood Disease

    Mr. Smith is a 38-year-old gentleman. He had increasing back pain. He was working where he had to lift heavy weights. His coworkers told him that all of them have some back pain. Therefore, he ignored the pain for several months. Unfortunately, his pain increased so much that he came to the hospital. His workup showed he had widespread cancer in his bones.

    He had a biopsy of one of the bone lesions. It was found that he had testicular cancer, which has now spread to his bones.

  • Katie Lucas: Nature Coast EMS

    Good morning! I hope you had a safe and happy Labor Day! Sounds crazy with it still being extremely hot outside, but it’s time to think about getting flu shot. 

    Although fall and winter months are the most common flu season in our part of the world it can continue being a problem through May. Prevention is the key to staying healthy. This is why it is important to get a flu shot early. 

  • Debbie Selsavage: Coping with Dementia

    “He’s not trying to give you a hard time.  He’s having a hard time!” This is a statement that caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia should repeat frequently.  It will help keep things in perspective.

  • Dr. C. Joseph Bennett: Navigating Cancer

    Over the past 19 years, I have often highlighted the risk associated with obesity, both from a cancer standpoint and a general health standpoint.  Now, new evidence shows that obesity increases the risk for 11 types of cancer, including breast and uterine cancer.  And, as an added reason to lose weight, this new study shows that the amount of time a woman is obese, over decades, will further increase this risk.