• Dr. Robert Brockett


    Editor’s note: Robert L. Brockett, DMD, Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, and business partner Rushi S. Patel, DDS, Ph.D., both with Citrus Oral and Facial Surgery, will be contributing monthly columns to the Health & Life section. 

  • Alcohol has been linked to several different cancers, some more strongly than others. Now a study adds a new type of cancer to the list, and it is not one that I would have expected. Recently, researchers from Brown University reported that drinking, even in moderate amounts, is associated with higher rates of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

  • Xenotransplantation is defined as grafting tissue from one animal species to another.  This procedure might not only be a lifesaver but also a cost- aver for patients who need organ donation. Currently, there are over 100,000 Americans who are awaiting some sort of organ transplant, and it is very expensive and there are not enough donors available.  

  • Special to the Chronicle

  • C.J. Risak

  • INVERNESS — Donnie Bass is taking the reins of the 637-member Realtors Association of Citrus County (RACC) during a time of unknowns.

  • Dear Readers: The following letter was sent to me regarding my column on the canna leafroller — a caterpillar that feeds heavily on Cannas and leaves them looking pretty unsightly. It was edited for length and clarity.

    Dear Gardener Gal: I was very disappointed you said nothing about sacrificing a few leaves (which will grow back) for more butterflies in the future.

  • It is a new year and, with it, comes an opportunity to start anew. While many of us make personal resolutions, I am asking the readers of this article to make resolutions regarding proper tree care. Neighbors often discuss their tree and lawn maintenance with each other and usually follow what the other is doing, whether it is the best practice or not. I am asking each of you to resolve the following:

  • There are three species of rodent squirrels in Florida: the large Fox Squirrel, the medium Eastern Gray Squirrel and the small Southern Flying Squirrel. Squirrels are land mammals that nurse live babies. They live in trees and can be seen on the ground foraging.

  • Dear John: I hope the photograph of my platter is clear enough. It has eight outside panels, half have a vase with flowers, two panels have a lake view with sailboats, and two have only flowers. The center has a large scene of a boat that looks like a gondola on a large lake lined with trees. These scenes are amazingly clear. The bottom of the platter has nothing on it. It is 14 by 8 inches. Can you tell me about how old it is and if by chance it has any value? — P.K., internet

  • Editor’s note: Everyone knows quotes make the story. And there were plenty of good ones in 2016, what with an unusual presidential election, two hurricanes within a month of each other, and the tragic loss of Phil Royal. Here is a batch from this year, compiled by Chronicle staffers Mike Bates, Brad Bautista, Julie Gorman, Nancy Kennedy, Buster Thompson and Mike Wright.




  • Citrus County residential home sales in November were up 5.2 percent, according to new numbers from Florida Realtors.

    Closed sales last month were 221, compared to 210 a year earlier.

  • Nine controllable risk factors are responsible for more than one-third of cancer deaths worldwide, according to an estimate from researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and other institutions. Of these, smoking and drinking alcohol are the most damaging. The other risk factors they looked at include: obesity, physical inactivity, eating few fruits and vegetables, unsafe sex, urban air pollution, indoor smoke from household fuels, and contaminated injections in health-care settings. 

  • We have all dropped a piece of food on the floor. By reflex, we pick it up. Some of us throw it away. Some of us will eat it — and those of us who eat the food sometimes base it on the 5-second rule, meaning that if it has been in contact less than 5 seconds, it is OK. Believe it or not, scientists have actually studied the concept of the 5-second rule.  

  • Diane Dobry

  • Siberian-like temperatures gripped much of the nation’s Midwest and North last week, with snow emergencies declared in several states.

    In Citrus County, residents suffered through highs in the 70s and low 80s, dipping all the way down to the 50s at night. Not exactly frigid, but cool enough for many to put on the heat or don light jackets.

  • The headline of this column is one of the most common questions I face as an oncologist. Some doctors answer this in a definite way by saying, “Patient, you have a certain number of months to live.” We must remember that none of is God and we can guess how long a patient may live, but many times the guess is wrong.

  • Q: I was to the dentist this week for the first time in a very long time. I wear dentures and have done so for about 20 years. I had one new set made about eight years ago and thought I needed another. I went to a local dentist who said that they could help me with a new set of teeth because of a new type of tooth they were using. I don’t remember you ever mentioning something specific about the type of tooth that is used. Do you have any idea what they are referring to. I wasn’t given much information, only that they could help. Thanks.

  • Katie Lucas


    Ho, ho, ho! No, no, no! It seems as though the kids just started back to school and now we’re “decking the halls.”  I want to take this opportunity to remind you that unforeseen accidents usually strike when you least expect it, so here are a few tips to keep safe this season.

  • Dr. Carlene Wilson