•  The Christmas countdown is under way, and I seem to have just two gifts ready for the big occasion. Not unusual for me, but waiting until the 11th hour is certainly a stress creator.

  • Gloria Yoder 

    Can it really be true that Christmas is just around the corner? Is 2014 actually coming to a close in a few weeks?

  • Julianne Munn

  • Carly Zervis

  • Carly Zervis

  • When dealing with cancer patients and their illness, oncologists must also pay careful attention to the overall nutritional status of each individual patient. Progressive weight loss and poor nutrition are common findings among many cancer patients. This state of malnourishment can impact our ability to administer therapy and impact the patient’s day-to-day sense of well-being.

  • Ms. Smith is a 70-year-old patient of mine. Four years ago, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She was scared of cancer. She had seen women without hair. Some of her relatives had cancer, they were treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy and later on, they died.

  • As the holiday grows nearer, we all tend to freak out a little with all of our tasks, deadlines and rush Then it is time to “glam up” for the ever popular company Christmas party and family gatherings.

  • Nasal bleeding is a common problem that every physician including primary care and otolaryngology sees from time to time.

  • Q: I have very little bone on the lower jaw and my dentures just wouldn’t stay in place. Because of an extensive medical history I am not a candidate for dental implants.

  • Megan Carella

  • You can travel the length and breadth of Citrus County seeking a place to dine, but it’s unlikely you’ll find an eatery with a western coyote standing guard and alligators in the back yard.

    The Coyote Cafe in Old Homosassa, across the street from the post office, is operated by Robert Anderson, former executive chef at the Black Diamond Golf resort for eight years, and chef de cuisine and instructor for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines for 11 years, traveling to numerous locales world wide.

  • Carly Zervis

  • We live in Florida, the Sunshine State — of course we get sun exposure. We go to the beach or Disney World or do outdoor activities; we get sun, lots of sun. We need to use sunscreen to protect our skin. Sun exposure after decades causes skin cancers. 

  • Approximately 35 million Americans have nail fungus infections. Trauma, poor hygiene, working or living in moist environments, an immunocompromised state, poor circulation and hereditary predisposition are a few reasons a person may acquire a nail fungus infection.

  • The skin is the largest organ of the body. As we age, not only do we have to contend with the effects of gravity and the wrinkles it causes, but the changes caused by chronic sun exposure. 

  • Reports of clinical trials are seen with a great deal of frequency in this day and age. There is often confusion regarding the different phases associated with clinical trials, and several readers have asked that I address this subject today.

  • Katie Hendrick

  • Peter Graulich

    Special to the Chronicle

    Editor’s note: This is the next installment in a continuing series of articles from the travel journals of Peter and Leslye Graulich. After a brief hiatus, they appear weekly in the Chronicle Excursions section.

  • Last week I wrote a little bit about the prayer week at my church.