“Mindfulness” is a philosophy and practice applied to everyone in daily situations requiring focus on action and responsibility.

Many people will have an occasional ringing or buzzing in the ear. It may even be a clicking or a chirping, rushing or whooshing. All of these types of sound are considered to be tinnitus. They may be constant or intermittent. They are a form of auditory hallucinations.

“Mindfulness” is a term often used in yoga to call attention to concentrated energy from the mind into the body to focus on correctly performing postures for the greatest health benefit. However, “mindfulness” is a philosophy and practice applied to everyone in daily situations requiring foc…

AVON PARK — South Florida State College’s (SFSC) Dental Education program will hold oral cancer screenings on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 3:30–6 p.m. in the Dental Clinic, Building T-1, SFSC Highlands Campus, Avon Park. The screening is by appointment only, open to the public and free.

A study of SARS-CoV-2 at 14 shelters in the Seattle metropolitan area underscores the importance of active, community-based pandemic surveillance for homeless populations. The results indicate a need to provide routine viral testing outside of clinical settings for this vulnerable, hard-to-r…

SEBRING — AdventHealth Medical Group is excited to expand access to primary care in Highlands County by welcoming D. Andrew Roquiz, MD, to its network of providers. Dr. Roquiz is accepting new patients at AdventHealth Medical Group Internal Medicine at Mall Ring Road, where he will care for …

Consuming a healthy diet is getting more difficult for everyone lately. So taking supplements to fill in the nutritional gap is a good idea. Today, my focus is on B vitamins because those formulas are very useful to people, not only for energy, but also to control nerve pain and to help beau…

Three weeks ago, I had a patient ask me if his hearing was normal for his age. There really is not a consistent answer for that. Considering that my patient worked and played around lots of noise and now is 78 years old, there were a lot of variables that contributed to his hearing threshold…

SEBRING — AdventHealth will offer 3-D Mammograms in 30 minutes for only $30 throughout the months of September and October, it’s Pink Out campaign to raise awareness for breast health. Mammograms are one of the best tools for early detection of breast cancer and AdventHealth is committed to …

LAKELAND — Osman A. Latif, MD, a board-certified Pain Management specialist and his registered nurse practitioner Brenda M. Giffen, APRN, have expanded their appointment availability to include a second location at Watson Clinic Highlands at 2300 E. County Rd. 540A in south Lakeland.

At a certain age, we all lose those youthful hormones, and start to think about replenishment. That’s a great idea, but determining what hormones you need to replenish based upon your test results is very tricky and there may be trial and error involved.

As observed in this beautiful picture of regular YMCA yoga practitioners in an earlier class, working on body alignment as an example of strength and coordination. Remember, it is the mind that controls the body.

LONDON — The head of the World Health Organization said the U.N. health agency will not recommend any COVID-19 vaccine before it is proved safe and effective, even as Russia and China have started using their experimental vaccines before large studies have finished and other countries have p…

Our lifestyles have been hi-jacked. Social distancing or social isolation, whichever you prefer, has taken its toll on almost everyone. I am told daily by patients that they think their hearing may be changing. Some patients are worried that they are having more difficulty performing simply …

SEBRING — AdventHealth Medical Group Surgical Specialists at Sun ‘N Lake, a hospital department of AdventHealth Sebring, welcomes Nhora Adams, APRN to our practice. Adams is an advanced practice registered nurse specializing in general surgery. She earned her master’s degree in nursing from …

Yoga is intentional behavior. It is a self-directed practice for health and well-being. It is a “resolute” decision and conscious choice of behavior with a purposeful goal to address concerns that improve life. “Conscious thinking” also means “visualization” of Yoga postures to manifest into…

A few weeks ago I wrote about PVFS (Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome), which is the lingering, intractable fatigue that often plagues victims of viruses for years. It can be caused by the flu, Lyme, Epstein-Barr virus, and as of late, COVID-19 has been found to cause this too. The literature is n…

WASHINGTON — At the height of the coronavirus lockdown, President Donald Trump and his top health advisers trumpeted a new test that would help Americans reclaim their lives — one that would tell them if they already had the virus and were protected from getting it again.

Practicing yoga is a “choice” to self-express through postures that strengthen the mind and body. Yoga awakens self-determination and individual assessment, not conditioned by media or political programming. Yoga reinforces awareness of physical conditioning.

As the country has opened up these past few months, I find myself carrying hand sanitizer with me. Hand sanitizers are a must if you travel because they quickly eliminate 99.9% of germs (at least the ones tested!) and you can carry these in your purse, or pocket and keep in the car.

“Eyes have no curtains.” These words were printed in Swahili on a piece of material discovered in a Mombasa, Kenya market during the 1970s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS – University of Miami) Indian Ocean study of the Somali Current off East Africa. The Somali Cu…

It’s common for children to be afraid of storms. There are many things you can do at home that may ease their anxiety. If you find their fear of storms does not improve, or if the anxiety begins to interfere with daily life, consider having them talk with a therapist or counselor.

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Hearing loss is very prevalent in the United States. It is not just a “senior dilemma” either. In fact, over 30 million Americans 12 years and older have hearing loss in both ears! That equates to one in eight people. Everyone should have their hearing checked annually. You go to the dentist…

Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever. If you’re not an athlete or even if you’re out of shape, you can still make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management. Discover the connection between exercise and stress relief — and why exer…

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization on Monday cautioned that using blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors to treat other patients is still considered an experimental therapy, voicing the concern as a U.S. boost for the treatment has many scientists afraid formal studies will be derailed.

With winter fast approaching, many are wondering how COVID-19 will affect the 2020–2021 influenza season. Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and director of the Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group, says while it’s difficult to predict exactly what will happen, the Southern Hemi…

Hearing instruments are little computers. Little electronic devices that provide those that utilize them with an improved life. They are simple to use and comfortable to wear as there are several different styles to choose from. Something for everyone.

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