Dr. Andrew Lipman, who practices at Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) in Bonita Springs and Naples West offices, was a co-author of a research paper evaluating the safety and efficacy of combining three drug agents – bendamustine, bortezomib and rituximab (BBR) – in patients with previously untreated low-grade lymphoma. Published January 2018 in the British Journal of Haematology,Continue Reading

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrests of 38-year-old Angelo Bisbini  and 37-year-old Michelle Frankford for selling fentanyl. Detectives began their investigation on February 20 when Bisbini agreed to meet undercover detectives to sell them heroin. When Bisbini arrived, Frankford was in the passenger seat. Bisbini agreed to sell heroin toContinue Reading

Earlier this week, the Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act, sponsored by Congressman Gus Bilirakis passed the House of Representatives. This important legislation addresses the need to invest in continued research to assist the millions of Americans living with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD). It is estimated that there are currently between 2-3Continue Reading

Tampa General Hospital announced that it is now offering the world’s smallest pacemaker for patients with bradycardia. The Micra® Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) is a new type of heartdevice, approved for Medicare reimbursement that provides patients with the most advanced pacing technology at one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker. BradycardiaContinue Reading

Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 14-year-old Dakota Hall of Lakeland Tuesday for one count written threat to kill or injure others. Hall, who was recently expelled from Lakeland Christian School (LCS), posted two threats via Snapchat indicating he would shoot and kill numerous students. According to the arrest affidavit,Continue Reading

The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System has earned a three-year accreditation from the International Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The three-year accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. Bay Pines programs and servicesContinue Reading

Last week,  Florida’s House of Representatives formally recognized the public health harms of pornography. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) applauds this action and Rep. Ross Spano for spearheading this effort. “Public health impacts of pornography are no trivial matter,” said Lisa L. Thompson, Vice President of Research and EducationContinue Reading

U-Haul Company of Florida is pleased to announce that Plant City Sheds has signed on as a U-Haul® neighborhood dealer to serve the Plant City community. Plant City Sheds at 2616 E. Hwy. 92 will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes. The arrival of U-Haul Truck ShareContinue Reading

Fantastic Negrito, an African-American singer-songwriter specializing in blues, R&B and roots music, is scheduled to perform on April 7 at the 2018 Safety Harbor SongFestfor the second consecutive year. Last year, Negrito was awarded a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album for his record “The Last Days of Oakland” at the 59th Annual GrammyContinue Reading

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida Pinellas County Chapter presents its 26th Annual Bill of Rights Dinner featuring a keynote address by Susan Hernan, National ACLU President, to honor Floridians fighting for freedom within the community. The dinner, which takes place on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 6:00–9:00pm at Banquet MastersContinue Reading

Children’s Cerebral Palsy, an organization that maximizes the functional abilities and care of children diagnosed with cerebral palsy, is gearing up ahead of Cerebral Palsy (CP) Awareness Month and wants the public to wear green to get involved. March marks Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, with March 25th being National Cerebral PalsyContinue Reading

The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) achieved “Exemplar” status for the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program again this year. NICHE is the premier designation indicating a hospital’s commitment to excellence in the care of patients 65-years-and-older. The “Exemplar” status recognizes the Bay Pines VAHCS’s ongoing dedication to geriatric care andContinue Reading

The Brandon Regional Library announced Tuesday that it would be closed due to emergency maintenance and that all programs are cancelled and holds will be extended. Apparently, the temporary 3-day closure is due to the presence of an unwelcome guest–bed bugs. According to a Tampabay.com report, employees discovered the bedContinue Reading