Ascension Sacred Heart has initiated the use of a treatment for COVID-19 that takes plasma from people who have recovered from the viral infection and infuses the antibody-rich plasma into very sick patients who are fighting the virus. The treatment, also called convalescent plasma, has shown significant potential for...
QUESTION: I am really trying to take better care of myself during this covid-19 pandemic. I have been eating well, getting plenty of rest, minimizing stress and drinking a lot of water. What supplements do you recommend to strengthen my immune system? ANSWER: There are dozens of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs...
Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) recently accepted a grant totaling $35,000 from the Helping Hands Foundation of the All In Credit Union. These funds will go towards a second mobile dental unit to focus on restorative dental care in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. “The children served in our preventive program...
National Quality Forum, The Joint Commission recognize HCA Healthcare for its algorithm-driven sepsis early warning technology. By Denise Kendust Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital’s parent company, HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA), announced it has been recognized by The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF) with the...
By Stephanie Craig Social distancing has become a daily part of life—spacing out 6 feet, groups of 10 or less, wearing masks. While such practices can feel exhausting and isolating, they are designed to create a healthy sense of boundary between you and others for the sake of collective well-being....
By Melanie Stewart, Yum Tum Nutrition Life in the age of Covid19 can have us feeling fearful and unsure of how to protect ourselves. Would you believe me if I told you that a virus is not a living thing? It has no nucleus, no respiratory or digestive system, and...
My name is Matthew Vanderford. I am a public adjuster. If you don’t know what that is, you can call me to find out or read more of my columns. Because this article isn’t about public adjusting. My name is Matthew Vanderford. I am a father of four children. But...
By Stephanie Craig Do you find yourself struggling through Groundhog’s Day Syndrome in the midst of COVID-19? Each day you wake up and it’s another home day surrounded by the same people. This week, I wasn’t sure what day it was, what I had accomplished in the past four days,...
Dr. Richard Chern, M.D., communicated with several experts and wrote the following statements to let the community know the latest information on ways to combat COVID-19: • Highest risk individuals are those who have diabetes, high blood pressure (especially on ACE inhibitors), COPD, cardiovascular disease, age over 65 and males....
By Lisa Leath Turpin, Health and Wellness Coach As I sat down to compose something profound after what we have been through and are still contending with, I felt I must share something important. Due to the quarantine, we’ve been unable to do the things or the work we have been...

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