How South Florida health care organizations are taking aim at Alzheimer’s

As researchers investigate vaccines to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and continue to research new drugs, local medical professionals stress there is no cure. Prevention starts early and continues through all stages of life, but sometimes that isn’t even enough to combat the most common form of dementia, which affects 5.7 million Americans. One study, out of

Pellet Power

Photo by Eduardo Schneider As much as it helps having Suzanne Somers as an advocate—and talking about sex being better than ever after 50, no less—the best advertisement for LowTE Florida might well be the esteemed nurse practitioner who runs the Fort Lauderdale-based business. Five years ago, Carolyn Zaumeyer came home at the end of

Not Much of a Stretch

Photos by Eduardo Schneider   Harley Bofshever has spent most of his life paying forward the help he received as a teenager. While a high schooler in Coral Springs, he hurt his shoulder playing baseball and tried therapy and injections to stop the pain. It wasn’t until he went to a chiropractor that he found

Sidelining Chemo

Most women with early-stage breast cancer do not need chemotherapy to beat it, a 10-year federally funded study has concluded. Conducted at 1,200 sites in the United States and five other countries, TAILORx reflects a diverse population of 10,273 women between the ages of 18 and 75.  “This is a practice-changing study. To know that

Suicide on the Rise

In her effort to process the suicide of her son, James, Margate resident Annette Singh finds meaning in the lyrics to a Michael Jackson song, “Childhood.” Have you seen my childhood? I’m searching for the world that I come from Cause I’ve been looking around In the lost and found of my heart “No one

Down to the DNA

In a prescient move, a South Florida couple visited Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood last year for genetic testing. They wanted to know if they had genetic mutations that could cause a birth defect in a future child. Both of them tested positively for genes predisposed to autism. Neither had autism, but they were

Time to Immunize

Noting measles outbreaks and high incidents of vaccine-preventable cancer, the Florida medical community is urging parents to adhere to immunization schedules as part of National Immunization Awareness Month. Florida health officials confirmed four cases of measles in June, according to Deborah Ann Mulligan, professor of pediatrics at the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic

Pediatric Stroke

For Lynn-sah Joseph of Coral Springs, the Monday before last Thanksgiving reads like a climax in one of her favorite thrillers. “You know when you’re watching a movie,” says the 11-year-old, “and the person is in an ambulance and they’re going to pass out? My eyes kept closing and opening. I wasn’t aware of what

True Blood

Physician Gayan Poovendran was braving winter in Ohio when he learned of a job opportunity in South Florida. On a personal level, it gave the Indiana native access to year-round sunshine. Professionally, it gave the sports medicine specialist a chance to introduce a new treatment to the region’s athletes. As part of his practice at

Going Subzero

You might have seen videos of celebrities such as Tony Robbins or athletes such as LeBron James entering a metal, cylindrical chamber that looks like it came from a sci-fi movie. They’re not being cryogenically frozen; they’re undergoing a type of treatment called cryotherapy. Whole-body cryotherapy is a pain treatment that involves stripping down and

Game Changer

Last December, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration changed the conversation when it comes to reconstructive options for women following a mastectomy. That’s when the FDA approved marketing of the AeroForm Tissue Expander. The device, which is implanted at the time of the mastectomy, gradually fills with carbon dioxide using a remote control given to

State of Mind

After 21 years as CEO at Henderson Behavioral Health, Steven Ronik knows all about the give and take that comes with providing care, housing, and crisis and recovery services for people with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. Especially when it comes to funding. When Henderson outbid 12 competitors for a multimillion-dollar state grant last