• Blizzards present a chance to help Northern friends

    While blood supplies in most of the Southeast are nearly back to normal, LifeSouth is asking donors to help those in the Northeast who are facing critical shortages brought on by blizzards and ice.

  • Smokeless tobacco use remains issue in region

    By Kristina Zachry


    QuitDoc and the statewide Tobacco Free Florida Program are raising awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco, like chew and dip, to help combat this deadly addiction. “Through With Chew Week”, a national public awareness campaign created to reduce the use of smokeless tobacco among young people, takes place Feb. 15-21, with the Great American Spit Out on Feb.19.

  • Higher birth weight points to higher marks in school

    By April Frawley Birdwell

    UF Health writer

    It’s no secret that low-birth-weight babies face significantly greater risks for certain health problems early on, such as respiratory distress or infection. Now, a new study from researchers at the University of Florida and Northwestern University shows that lower weights at birth also have an adverse effect on children’s performance in school, which is likely due to the early health struggles small babies often face.

  • UF researcher still looking for allergen-free peanut

    By Brad Buck


    A University of Florida scientist has moved one step closer to his goal of eliminating 99.9 percent of peanut allergens by removing 80 percent of them in whole peanuts.

    Scientists must eliminate peanut allergens below a certain threshold for patients to be safe, said Wade Yang, an assistant professor in food science and human nutrition and member of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

  • Confusion about food expiration dates can lead to harmful food handling behaviors

    Expiration date labeling on food products is a source of confusion for consumers according to a new survey from NSF International, a global public health and safety organization.  The survey found that people are confused about how to interpret dates on food packaging such as expiration, “best used by” and “sell by” dates, causing many to keep some food dangerously long or prematurely throw away good food.

  • Health workshops

    Elder Options is seeking individuals with one or more chronic health conditions who want to be able to support and help others learn to take control of their ongoing health conditions by facilitating workshops once a week for 2 — hours for six weeks.  

  • Need Help with Your Medicare Costs?

    Want to see if you can save money on your prescription drug costs?

  • New test could ID tick disease

    University of Florida veterinary researchers say a simple DNA-based test could help identify strains of a debilitating tickborne disease that infects an increasing number of people.

  • Haven encourages making wishes known

    If a serious accident or illness should happen, is there someone you trust who can make healthcare decisions for you? What are your wishes? Who should know? 

  • Chiefland Walking Club

    The Walking Club is starting again. All interested in walking during the evening hours are welcome to come along. There are no gimmicks. We'll just be walking, enjoying good conversation and making new friends.

    We will start walking at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and will meet at the Chiefland Skateboard Park.

    The goal will be to walk two miles or as much as you can. If you don't want to walk, bring your bike and ride along with us. Remember, there is safety in walking together. Everyone is invited.