AVON PARK — The subject of mental health has come to the forefront of today’s current events and emerging research on COVID-19 shows that the coronavirus pandemic has increased psychological distress both in the general population and among high-risk groups. Behaviors such as physical distan…

Cases of influenza are being reported in parts of the U.S. as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. While a vaccine is not yet available for COVID-19, there is a vaccine available to prevent influenza.

During our initial consultation with patients we are often told; “I can hear just fine ... I just don’t understand what people say to me.” Some people will actually ask how is it possible that sounds are loud enough but at the same time dull.

View your body like a “spinning wheel” that flows and weaves through yoga postures. One challenging pose that moves the body into a half circle is “Prancer Pose.” We have discussed this posture previously but due to its degree of difficulty, it’s time to refine it.

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Researchers continue to study the effects of COVID-19 on the heart, including myocarditis — a focused inflammation of the heart muscle. New research from Mayo Clinic suggests that myocarditis might not be responsible for cardiac injury in many cases of COVID-19.

Just when you thought Amazon had enough money and had crushed enough small businesses, in comes Amazon Pharmacy. On Tuesday, Nov. 17th, the e-commerce giant debuted its own drugstore and successfully tanked the stocks of several big, reputable pharmacies.

Studies about weight often concern its relation to overall health. Common connections include weight and the risk for or prevalence of heart disease, diabetes, and sleep apnea, to name a few. One topic that doesn’t get as much attention is the connection between weight and risk for hearing l…

It is important to train the body to “feel” proper alignment so the muscle memory of the old out-of-alignment posture doesn’t take over again. Yoga allows us to change but we have to keep our mind focused to create new muscle memory as we move through postures and translate this energy into …

As the mind flows with thoughts, observe them as possibly holding answers to questions you have pondered. Observe your thoughts and write them down for later contemplation. Answers will eventually be recognized as they flow to the surface. Live each moment deeply and discover embedded meanin…

Catalase is an important enzyme you make in your liver, just like glutathione. These are both strong antioxidants. Today’s focus is on catalase: It’s incredibly important to your health and I hope you are still making enough of it. If you’re not, all kinds of health problems can ensue. That’…

There is quite a bit of research going on as to whether or not COVID-19 is causing problems with hearing. As time goes on there are so many different side effects becoming prevalent. Some will be short term and treatable, while others are long term. The research is endless.

TALLAHASSEE — Preventing community spread is key to keeping seniors and caregivers safe. As the holiday season approaches and families come together to celebrate, Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) urges Floridians take every necessary precaution to protect long term care residents and h…

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded its coronavirus risk warning to include people who are considered overweight. Obesity and severe obesity have been included on the CDC’s list of conditions that put people at in increased risk of severe illness from the virus …

Now is the time to grow and let go of behaviors that are not productive. Begin with thinking. A positive mind set is essential. The world is full of negativity; do not absorb the brainwashing. This process takes focus and determination and a steadfast yoga practice. Be positive in all you th…

Lately, people in the USA have been dealing with anxiety from the recent vote and election stress. This, compounded with fear from COVID and rising cases in some states is adding to the mental stress for all Americans.

Pfizer’s surprising news that its COVID-19 vaccine might offer more protection than anticipated — an announcement right after a fraught U.S. presidential election campaign — is raising questions about exactly how the different shots will make it to market.

Often we are seen by patients who are experiencing an ear infection. Like most infections, the ear may become painful or tender. You may have a colored discharge secreting from your ear canal. The color of the discharge may range from a very light yellow to a nasty looking green. Wax may als…

Thanksgiving is traditionally an intimate gathering of family and friends. And, for college students, the fall break in semester is an opportunity to travel home to see the family for a few days. With COVID-19 cases increasing at a high rate in some parts of the U.S., that trek home might ne…

SEBRING — Highlands Regional Medical Center joined the HCA Healthcare enterprise in November 2017. By the numbers, HCA Healthcare is the largest private provider of healthcare in the United States. With 186 hospitals, 270,000 colleagues, 94,000 nurses and approximately 30 million patient enc…

Pfizer Inc. said Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine may be a remarkable 90% effective, based on early and incomplete test results that nevertheless brought a big burst of optimism to a world desperate for the means to finally bring the catastrophic outbreak under control.

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There is a surge of COVID-19 infections happening across the U.S. Midwest, including many of the communities served by Mayo Clinic Health System in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. Some of those locations have activated hospital emergency surge plans to manage the number of patients hospitaliz…

Let’s practice Pranayama breathing. Sit with legs crossed and back straight. Slowly bring one hand up to the right nostril. Press the thumb against the right nostril to close it, as you deeply inhale through the left nostril. Then press the last two fingers of the right hand against the left…

Hunting season is in full force. That means that an increasing number of people are exposing themselves to excessive noise. This increase in noise from the gun fire also increases the risk of getting a noise-induced hearing loss.

According to new research published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, certain yoga postures and “Pranayama” breathing can strengthen the immune system and decrease inflammation in the body.

Colorectal cancer, cancer that arises from the skin that lines the inner surface of the colon and rectum, is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. But it is also one of the only cancers that can be prevented with screening.

Many children around the age of 9 have trouble falling asleep easily at night. The reason for this often can be traced back to habits a child has developed that interfere with good sleep. Certainly, now, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, anxiety levels have increased and home routines ha…

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