Early Response Team training to be held Aug. 10

LABELLE — Early Response Team (ERT) Training will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 8:30 to 5 p.m. at the Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church, 310 Campbell St., in LaBelle. Early Response Teams are specially trained, self-contained teams who enter a disaster zone at the invitation of local emergency management officials, the local church […]

Summer months bring more recreational injuries

OKEECHOBEE — With school out and warmer weather not only in Florida but all across the United States, recreational activities like surfing, riding all-terrain vehicles (ATV), biking and more see an uptick in popularity throughout June and July. But that increase in activity leads to more injuries and hospital visits as well. According to data […]

Hendry and Glades Counties Health Departments recognize HIV Testing Day

HENDRY & GLADES COUNTIES — June 27, commemorates National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). First observed in 1995, NHTD is meant to encourage people to be aware of their HIV status so that they can take control of their health. This year’s theme, “Doing It My Way,” highlights how and why people make testing a part […]

Susan G. Komen Florida to expand to Glades region in 2019

PALM BEACH COUNTY — On March 23, Susan G. Komen® Florida announced the expansion of its first-in-nation breast health navigation program for women of diversity as it approaches its one-year anniversary. Komen Florida launched the Community-Based Breast Health Navigator Pilot Program on May 21, 2018 with funding from Quantum Foundation to provide education and patient […]

Physical therapist explains rehabilitation program

CLEWISTON — Although many people think of recovery following a sports-related injury when they hear about physical therapy, a personalized rehabilitation program can help patients with a variety of health conditions get back to their everyday lives. Nimia Reyes, PT, DPT, at Hendry Regional Medical Center, explained that a physical therapy program designed for an […]

Nonprofit applications now open for a share of $1 million!

WEST PALM BEACH — Quantum Foundation is now accepting applications for grassroots nonprofits in Palm Beach County to receive their share of $1 million! This year marks the ninth annual Quantum in the Community initiative to help local nonprofits working toward a healthier Palm Beach County by meeting the basic needs of residents through food, […]

Cannabis vs. cancer: Dr. Kumar sees reasons for hope

Part Two of two OKEECHOBEE — Oncologist Dr. Ramesh Kumar has witnessed firsthand the remarkable improvements that might be possible routinely for terminal cancer patients — if they had access to experimental treatments using medical cannabis. An oncologist treats the most hopeless disease to which humans are susceptible: the Big “C” — cancer. It comes […]

Hemp farming jumps another hurdle

TALLAHASSEE — Although the wheels of progress are turning slowly, they are moving, as last week another bill involving the legality of growing hemp was passed by the Florida Legislature. SB 1020 creates Florida’s hemp program and authorizes the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to enact regulations and govern the program. In December […]

Cannabis vs. cancer: Local doc says prospects exciting

OKEECHOBEE — Although medical cannabis has been prescribed for cancer patients in the United States only to treat quality of life issues, elsewhere in the world earnest researchers are experimenting with it and have had incredible results. They’re essentially trying to cure individuals’ cancers one at a time, according to a local doctor who’s researched […]

Stop the bleed: You are the help until help arrives

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee County Fire Rescue in partnership with the Trauma Training Group presented the nationally recognized Bleeding Control (B-Con) course free of charge to Okeechobee residents on May 14 and 18. The three instructors were Capt. Brian Anderson, retired battalion chief from Miami-Dade County, and his wife, Georgia (an RN), who both work with […]