• It is yet another record year for area private schools.

    As of Monday, all Citrus County students have returned to school — both public and private. Those attending their private schools are finding record-high attendance and a need for new buildings.

  • Preschool isn’t for little kids.

    In preschool, you perfect the ‘ABC’ song and know if your shirt is yellow, blue, red, green, etc…

    In preschool, you learn to tie your shoes and color with your jumbo crayons within the lines.

    And on the first day of preschool, you get to know your teacher, where the bathroom is and what cubby is yours.

    It’s a hard first day.

  • Q: I am in a dilemma about what I should do with one of my teeth. I hope you can help!

    The last tooth on my lower left side has been bothering me since I started wearing a new retainer. I am 65 years old and I have always placed great importance on saving my teeth. When I went to see my dentist, she told me that the tooth had had a root canal in the past that was not filled all the way. She thought that this could be the cause of the problem, or that perhaps the problem was being caused by pressure from the new retainer, or even a combination of both of these factors.

  • As we discussed last week, cancers of the colon and rectum will affect about 137,000 people in the U.S. this year. Early detection and treatment of this disease are, again, the keys to a cure. However, one must look for early warning signs to assist in a prompt diagnosis.

  • Hearing loss is any alteration of the hearing capacity. Hearing loss can be of various degrees. It can be mild, moderate, severe, profound or total.

    There are many classifications for hearing loss, but for the sake of this article, we are going to discuss sensorineural hearing loss or as it is commonly referred to, nerve deafness.

  • We all know that smoking is injurious to our health. At the same time, quitting smoking can be very difficult. Recently, I saw a young patient who is a smoker. In taking her history, I found out that she smokes cigars, but not cigarettes. She smokes one pack of small cigars a day. She already has too many RBCs in her blood, which increases her risk of stroke.


    Megan Carella


    We cannot feel our bones getting weaker as we age. In fact, many of us will advance into old age with healthy bones. But for about 10 million Americans, 80 percent of them women, osteoporosis (thinning bones) is a dangerous — and silent — reality.

    The Surgeon General predicts that by 2020 half of all Americans older than age 50 will have weak bones unless we begin to make changes in our diet and lifestyle.

  • Gloria Yoder

    The Amish Cook

    Another week has swiftly passed.

    Friday evening was a highlight for me. Everyone in church was invited to participate in an informal singing at the school house. Throughout the evening, several men shared some inspirational thoughts.

  • Show of hands: How many gentle readers have started to get Christmas catalogues along with the junk mail? Bev and I have received several early buy-it-now ads. Why don’t the retailers wait at least until the fall?

  • The Aug. 7, Over Easy column about train travel touched a few heartstrings. Apparently, a lot of folks are nostalgic about riding the rails and one of the notable emails I received came from Davis Andress of Inverness.

    “At 71, I look back with nostalgia on train travel and enjoyed your column on that topic. Grew up in Mississippi and we traveled on the Illinois Central railroad.

    “If you like trains ... my wife and I volunteer each summer for a work session or two with the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Steam Railroad (see www.coloradonew

  • From a floor covering business to crafting spectacular cheesecakes, Debbie Avery has found her niche in the world of entrepeneurs.

    Avery’s Cheesecakes, in a small building just south of Crystal River on U.S. 19, is attracting a multitude of customers from as far away as Canada, as well as throughout the Citrus County area.

    The secret to the exceptionally creamy, fluffy cheesecakes is ricotta cheese and a twist of lemon, transforming an ordinary product into a Sicilian masterpiece, according to Avery and her husband, Greg.

  • By Megan Carella
    For the Chronicle

    A desire to return to small-town Florida brought Adnan Mohammadbhoy, D.O., to Citrus County in 2011. Known by one and all as “Dr. Mo,” the Florida native is the new chief of surgery for Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, where he performs a wide range of surgical procedures using traditional and minimally invasive techniques.


    Dr. Cheryl McFarland-Bryant

    I recently returned from the Florida Chiropractic Conference, learning “interdisciplinary communication” — how to reach out to mainstream medical professionals with published research about the safety of chiropractic care. The crown jewel of the course was a randomized double-blind study published in the Spine Journal last year. 

  • Q. I have recently been diagnosed with an infection in the root of one of my teeth. I was told that only a root canal could fix this. Of course root canals are extremely expensive. Why can’t they just inject antibiotics into the root to fix this? There must be an alternative to an expensive procedure such as a root canal. I am experiencing slight pain when food touches the area. Please give me an alternative. A root canal will cost about $1,800 with insurance.

  • Dr. Udaya Kumar

    Urology Today


  • Cancer of the colon and rectum will be diagnosed in roughly 137,000 Americans this year. Currently, 60 percent of patients who are diagnosed with these cancers will survive for five years, but with recent advances in treatment, this number is expected to rise over the next 10 years or so.

  • Mitochondria are microscopic particles found inside almost all living cells. They’re tiny, but essential for life. When they were first detected in the 1800s, they were thought to be inert, like tiny bits of cartilage, for which they were named.

    A mitochondrion (pronoun-ced might-oh-con-dree-on) is about the size of a bacterium. Several thousand are located in almost every cell of our bodies. 

  • Each week, you read my articles about ear, nose and throat problems and sometimes we discuss hearing loss and we tend to focus on adults, but pediatric patients can have hearing loss problems, too. 

  • Recently, lots of TV and newspapers reported about the increased risk of breast cancer from birth control pills. The coverage in different media was somewhat confusing, so a reader requested me to write about this topic.

  • One night several weeks ago, my husband said good night, ran into the bedroom and locked the door — something he’s done dozens of times, always in a playful, good-natured way, always unlocking it within seconds.

    I usually laugh, except when I don’t, like that one night several weeks ago.

    That night, for whatever reason, I decided to be Greatly Offended.