Local doctor’s license is restricted; 10 additional patients make allegations

OKEECHOBEE — Following allegations of assault made by a former patient last month, Florida Surgeon General Scott A. Rivkees, M.D. has ordered an emergency restriction of the license of Dr. Saeed Khan to practice in the State of Florida. The Order of Emergency Restriction states that not only was Khan accused by a former patient, […]

FoundCare Inc. expands women’s services in Palm Beach County

WEST PALM BEACH — FoundCare, a nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center, will now offer expanded women’s health services to meet the increasing demand for women’s health care. Services now include OB/GYN care, well-woman exams, preventative care and screenings, bone density testing, breast and cervical cancer screening, sexual health services, birth control, pap smear and HPV […]

Free testing for COVID-19 available in South Bay

SOUTH BAY — State Rep. Tina Polsky, in partnership with CDR Maguire, GENETWORx Lab and the City of South Bay, announce free COVID-19 walk-up testing on Tuesday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those age 18 and older. Seniors only hours will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Testing will be […]

COVID-19 may leave lasting lung damage

OKEECHOBEE — How long does it take to recover from COVID-19? Health researchers say that depends on the individual. Some doctors believe some people may suffer lasting lung damage. In an article on bannerhealth.com, Dr. Christian Bime, medical director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Banner University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., noted they […]

FAU researchers demonstrate effectiveness of face masks

By Giselle GalouistianFlorida Atlantic University BOCA RATON — Currently, there are no specific guidelines on the most effective materials and designs for face masks to minimize the spread of droplets from coughs or sneezes to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19. While there have been prior studies on how medical-grade masks perform, data on cloth-based coverings […]

Cloth masks do not trap CO2, say health officials

OKEECHOBEE — People all over the world have often covered their mouths and noses with cloth for various reasons, and without ill effects. Cowboys used bandannas to make it easier to breathe on a dusty trail (not to mention rob banks and trains in old movies). Fishermen use neck gaiters pulled up over their noses […]

Important summer safety tips from Poison Control

JACKSONVILLE — As people spend more time outdoors and the summer season officially gets underway, the Florida/USVI Poison Information Center – Jacksonville is providing beneficial information to help keep your family safe. “This year, more than ever, people are looking to get outside after they’ve been in their homes for the past few months during […]

HRMC welcomes new general surgeon

CLEWISTON — Hendry Regional Medical Center is proud to announce that Dr. Georgios Hatzoudis, board-certified general surgeon, has joined its medical staff. Dr. Hatzoudis most recently practiced at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, N.Y. He has over 24 years of diverse experience in the field of medicine, specializing in general surgery, and a fellowship […]

Statewide COVID-19 Helplines for mental health assistance Special to the Lake Okeechobee News

To receive free mental health assistance due to the stress of COVID-19 contact one of the following statewide organizations: Florida Department of Health COVID-19 — Call 866-779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov Florida 2-1-1 — Dial 2-1-1 Salvation Army Emotional and Spiritual Care — Call 844-458-4673 Florida Blue 24-Hour Toll-Free Helpline/New Directions Behavioral Health — Call 833-848-1762 […]

Lawsuit alleges sugar cane burning harms air quality

MIAMI — The Hagens Berman and Berman Law Group filed a second amended class-action lawsuit on June 22, alleging that major sugarcane growers in southern Florida “continue to burn vast acreages of sugarcane, knowingly inundating residents of Belle Glade, Canal Point, Clewiston, Indiantown, Moore Haven, Pahokee and South Bay with toxic smoke and blanketing their […]