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 […]

West Palm VA to hold open house for Women’s Health Week

The event is being hosted for women who served in the military WEST PALM BEACH — In celebration of National Women’s Health Week, May 12-18, the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center will host a Women Veterans Open House on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 7305 N. Military Trail, West […]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

“July 2, 2014 was my day. That was the day I was going to kill myself,” said Leah Suarez. “It’s difficult to stand up and say that,” she told the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners at its May 9 meeting. She shared her own story because she wants our community to understand how important mental […]

Hepatitis A is not curable but preventable

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee has now joined the ranks along with several other Florida counties reporting cases of hepatitis A in 2019. Okeechobee has reported two cases this year. Saint Lucie also reported two. Martin has reported 16, and Palm Beach has reported six this year. A community is considered high-risk after five cases have been […]

‘Medicare 101’ presentation is offered free of charge April 10

CLEWISTON — Future and current Medicare beneficiaries are encouraged to attend a free presentation about the ins and outs of Medicare on Wednesday, April 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Clewiston Public Library. Medicare 101 will be offered by the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida and SHINE/SMP (Serving Health Insurance Needs […]