Concussions have been connected to myriad mental and physical impairments — from depression to vision issues — but many people, including the medical community, aren’t aware how closely hearing impairments and concussive events are bound around one another. We know that the vestibular system…

Athena Marie Caridi was born at 1:51 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 to Katelyn Hitt and Andrew Caridi of Avon Park at AdventHealth Sebring. She was 8 pounds, 1 ounce and 20.5 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Cynthia Sawyer and Jay Hitt. Paternal grandparents are Carol and Marcus Spears.

Holiday foods are all around us at this time of year. And enjoying these pies, cakes and delicious meals is taken for granted by most us. But what if you had chronic mouth pain? This occurs with a condition called “Burning Mouth Syndrome,” which feels like its name. There are usually no sore…

Ringing or noises in the ear is actually a pretty common phenomenon. Just under 50 million people in our country suffer from the dreaded tinnitus. It might be ringing, chirping, clicking or humming. It can even be music. Actually, the list of sounds is quite long. If you are hearing somethin…

Many factors contribute to holiday stress. Some are controlled while others are not. To minimize your stress, focus on those that are within your control. Probably first and foremost among these is the related expenses. To avoid over extending yourself financially, set a budget for all holid…

“The first instrument we learn to play is the body,” according to Yehudi Menuhin, a 1900s American-born violinist considered to be one of the greatest in the 20th Century. Menuhin emphasizes that with “unflagging patience we refine and animate every cell, unlocking and liberating capacities …

SAN DIEGO — A company that claims to have the first drug to slow mental decline from Alzheimer’s disease made its case to scientists last week but left them sharply divided over whether there’s enough evidence of effectiveness for the medicine to warrant federal approval.

SEBRING — Join AdventHealth Sebring for a free “Urinary Incontinence: You’re Not Alone!” lecture on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. Join us to learn more about the often-unspoken topic of incontinence in women. The lecture will cover the types of incontinence, causes and management options. The…

Pictured left to right: Beth, Royal, Meredith, Bonnie, Gary, Roberta and Lara, all from the Beginner Yoga Class at the Highlands County Family YMCA on Monday nights.

This home is located at 603 Lake Blue Drive in Lake Placid. This property has been priced for sale at $239,900 and is listed with Dawn Dell of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Properties Group.

SEBRING — The AdventHealth Wellness Centers in Sebring, Wauchula and Lake Placid are offering “Dealing with Grief During the Holidays” classes. These presentations offer practical, actionable strategies for making it through the holiday season. View a video featuring advice from people in gr…

So you know how I love to use plants as ‘medicine’ and frequently recommend herbs to you? Well, there are certain plants that are dangerous, especially at this time of the year. Not all plants are medicine!

Antibiotics are important medications. It would be difficult to overstate the benefits of penicillin and other antibiotics in treating bacterial infections, preventing the spread of disease and reducing serious complications of disease.

I thought today that I would put out a reminder to everyone to have their hearing instruments serviced and in tip-top shape for the holiday season. For Thanksgiving, we (Barbara, Bonnie, and I) headed up to the mountains of Tennessee. (Kendra headed to family in D.C.) First we headed to Sanf…

How do we build confidence in our balance as we stand, walk, move, and do Yoga “balance poses?” There are two beginning steps: Practicing yoga balance poses begins in the “mind,” as we build confidence and trust and strength to stand or move without support. Sounds simple but it takes practi…

John Wayne Barfield was born at 6:12 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019 to Jessica Wooten and James Barfield of Moore Haven at AdventHealth Sebring. He was 6 pounds, 12 ounces and 20.5 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Linda C. Wooten and Preston C. Wooten Sr. Paternal grandparents are Sa…

SEBRING — Join AdventHealth Sebring for a free “Hypertension: It’s Not Just the Numbers” lecture at 4 p.m. today, Dec. 4. Learn more about the often underappreciated and misunderstood topic of high blood pressure: it’s definition, causes, consequences and prevention of hypertension.

These “new to yoga” students: Mie Mie, Sally, Christina and Kaci are rotating their central core into a twist, as they lengthen a long arm down the bent leg, reaching the opposite arm into the sky.

Yoga is a smooth flowing melody of movement, engaging the mind to concentrate internally on muscles and anatomy, holding postures as we breathe and letting go of negative “muscle memory” for improved health and wellness. The rhythmic flow of yoga is a practice to calm the mind and let go of …

This time of year is when families gather and eat a lot of food. And shop! Today’s focus is how to indulge without increasing the bulge! My intention is to give you some recipe tweaks to make your meals healthier. Here are my best tips:

Taking a little poll at the office over the last couple weeks, I found that many people, including myself, claim Thanksgiving to be their favorite holiday of the year. The weather hopefully cools down just a couple degrees and that is nice. The best part is getting together with friends and …

SEBRING — AdventHealth board certified orthopedic surgery and sports medicine physician, Dr. Joaquin Oronoz, will present “When Your Joints Hurt: Diagnosis and Treatment of Joint Pain” on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. Please join us for this free Health Connection Lecture at AdventHealth Sebri…

Things are getting busier. Many of our northern friends are back and enjoying the sunshine. If they aren’t all back yet, they will be soon because the snow seems to be flying everywhere.

Scarlett Romi Jo Weber-Howze was born at 11:08 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019 to Mindy M. Ellis and Quinnen Weber-Howze of Lake Placid at AdventHealth Sebring. She was 6 pounds, 15 ounces and 19.5 inches long.

“When one door closes another one opens but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which is open,” Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone.

Beginning Today, Nov. 20, HCA is offering Wednesday evening yoga classes, by Nancy Dale, Ph.D. at the Peter Powell Museum of Art & Cultural Center

AVON PARK — Heartland Cultural Alliance (HCA) is pleased to present, Yoga in the Museum, by Nancy Dale Ph.D.