Lately, I’ve been working on my herbal garden and just planted some rosemary and lavender. I saw dill plants available for purchase, but those won’t grow as a perennial in my Colorado area, which is zone 6, because the herb won’t survive temperatures below 25 degrees. Our winters always incl…

Vaccine maker Novavax said Monday its COVID-19 shot was highly effective against the disease and also protected against variants in a large study in the U.S. and Mexico, potentially offering the world yet another weapon against the virus at a time when developing countries are desperate for doses.

When COVID-19 emerged, people did not have time to adjust to the new lifestyle and process it. As a result of abrupt changes regarding how people live their lives gave rise, COVID-19 paved the way for mental health crisis — increased stress, anxiety and depressed mood — which over time may i…

Hearing loss is one of the largest health concerns today and it is related to everything we do in our lives. Often, how well we think we hear is related to how loud sounds are. If you can hear a knock at the door, you must be OK. Right? If you can hear the microwave beep go off, you must be …

GENEVA — A top World Health Organization official estimated Monday that COVID-19 vaccination coverage of at least 80% is needed to significantly lower the risk that “imported” coronavirus cases like those linked to new variants could spawn a cluster or a wider outbreak.

WASHINGTON — Government health officials on Monday approved the first new drug for Alzheimer’s disease in nearly 20 years, disregarding warnings from independent advisers that the much-debated treatment hasn’t been shown to help slow the brain-destroying disease.

Many people already know that iodine deficiency is one reason for insufficient thyroid hormone, but you may not realize that much more is at play when it comes to total thyroid gland health. There are a number of minerals that are essential for thyroid activation. For example, selenium and z…

Like all things in life, hearing instruments perform better and last longer if they are serviced and maintained. Inside of all hearing instruments are certain components. Some instruments may have a few more components than others, however they all have certain features to process sound.

The complaint of shortness of breath and exercise intolerance are exactly the same, however the causes and treatments may be worlds apart. Dyspnea, as it is termed, can be related to asthma or heart failure, and again, the treatment for these conditions differs dramatically.

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In this May 17, 2021, file photo, Emily Baumgartner, left, and Luke Finley, second from left, join friends from their church group in a birthday toast to one of the members, upper right, during their weekly “Monday Night Hang” gathering at the Tiki Bar on Manhattan’s Upper West Side in New York.

Are your eyes itchy? Do you have a little bit of a scratchy throat? Do you just feel clogged up? The pollen is in full swing in the heartland. With the pollen and the seasonal change come the onset of allergies. More people are experiencing allergy symptoms each year. Thirty percent of adult…

A well-known quote is credited to Judge Judy Sheindin: “Age is just a number!” This quote applies to yoga. When focused on a positive viewpoint regarding health and awareness, this quote points to yoga as a goal to continue growth not imposed by age. A regular yoga practice has another crite…

AVON PARK — South Florida State College’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program honored 28 graduates with all receiving Registered Nursing (RN) pins Tuesday, May 18, in a ceremony that marked the end of their studies and celebrated their commitment to pursuing careers in the nursing profession.

Today’s hearing technology is about empowerment, keeping you active and in the moment no matter how you summer. Here are six ways to ensure you don’t miss a moment of activity here or abroad.

If you’ve ever had your your bronchial tube go into a spasm, you know how scary it is. A bronchospasm occurs when the breathing airways suddenly contract, making it hard to breathe and causing that high-pitched, whistling sound called wheezing. If this goes on chronically, it is termed bronc…

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An unusual study that had thousands of heart disease patients enroll themselves and track their health online as they took low- or regular-strength aspirin concludes that both doses seem equally safe and effective for preventing additional heart problems and strokes.

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More than 35% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated for COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And for anyone who receives the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, two doses are required to complete the series and be fully vaccinated.

Your body is amazingly skilled at maintaining homeostasis. It’s kind of amazing how your body maintains tight control over calcium levels, especially the amount that is circulating in your blood at any given moment. For example, all of these methods are done involuntarily by your body to kee…

When we think of spring, we think of baseball and family outings. Maybe you just think of heading north. When I think of spring, I also think of a time in which our industry tries to raise awareness of the need to hear and communicate better. May is Better Hearing and Speech Month.

SEBRING – Residents of Sebring have resumed chapter meetings of their nonprofit weight-loss support group, TOPS Chapter 0487. After staying “safer at home,” members are re-committing to continuing their healthy journeys, and they invite people who’ve struggled with their weight to join them …

Listen to your body. Get out and enjoy the fresh air. We all know how important it is for our heart to be in tip top shape. Not only is good cardiovascular health important to be able to enjoy an active vibrant life, it’s important for your hearing. Proper blood flow throughout our body keep…

AVON PARK — South Florida State College (SFSC) honored eight graduates of its Dental Hygiene program in a traditional pinning ceremony in the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts on the Highlands Campus in Avon Park on Thursday, May 6. The graduates had just completed their Asso…

In light of: “May is Better Hearing & Speech Month”... I thought I would share some interesting hearing statistics. I encourage you to think about your own personal hearing abilities when reading.

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Long-term effects of COVID-19 infection are affecting the health of some children and teens, as well as adults. While most children with COVID-19 infection have mild symptoms or have no symptoms at all, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says anyone who has had COVID-19 ― even if…

Why do hearing instruments have different costs? Well, just like most things that you can buy ... Hearing instruments also have different level capabilities. In everything that we can purchase you can always find “Good. Better. Best.” It has to be Best for you ... best for your own personal needs.

SEBRING — Shield Medical Group is a primary care medical practice that provides a comprehensive approach to medical care, providing physical, mental and social wellness in our new state of the art facility. Shield Medical Group completed its new medical facility with our local community in m…

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The Mayo Clinic data scientists who developed highly accurate computer modeling to predict trends for COVID-19 cases nationwide have new research that shows how important a high rate of vaccination is to reducing case numbers and controlling the pandemic.

Scientists. They’re just like us: always looking for ways to help people hear and live their best. It starts with uncovering the mysteries of hearing loss, which can require a lot of resources. That’s why we love seeing important research initiatives get the funding needed to move forward.

What does motivate you? What makes you get up and move and enjoy life? Is it your kids? Maybe it is your spouse or partner? Perhaps you just want to be active to be more healthy. When counseling patients it is very important that we determine what is important to them. We have to determine w…

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LONDON — The European Union’s drug regulatory agency said Tuesday that it found a “possible link” between Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine and extremely rare blood clots and that a warning should be added to the label. But experts at the agency reiterated that the vaccine’s benefits …

A coalition of 60 top hospitals and health care institutions — including AdventHealth — have joined forces in a nationwide campaign to encourage adults to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Led by Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic, the campaign “Get the Vaccine to Save Lives” is designed to rea…

An experiment has taken place where researchers just created an embryo that is half human and half monkey. They allowed the living thing to grow for 20 days, and then it was destroyed.

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