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John Pacenti

John Pacenti is the Health reporter for The Palm Beach Post. He is a veteran reporter of 25 years who recently worked for the Daily Business Review in Miami covering  justice. He is returning to the Post where he served as a courts and investigative reporter for several years. A graduate of the University of Arizona, John has also worked for The Associated Press, The New Times and The Arizona Daily Star.

Latest from John Pacenti

FAU aims to prevent dementia with new program
 Post-mortem studies confirm that 30 percent of Alzheimer’s disease case can be prevented. Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton is aiming to find how – and will give patients a plan to follow. FAU will launch the Dementia Prevention Initiative at the Comprehensive Center for Brain Health. It will take a genetics,
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Posted: 6 hours ago

Post-mortem studies confirm that 30 percent of Alzheimer’s disease case can be prevented. Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton is aiming to find how – and will give patients a plan to follow. FAU will launch the Dementia Prevention Initiative at the Comprehensive Center for Brain Health. It will take a genetics, ...
Beach horror: Can sandcastles make your kids sick?
 Is there anything more wholesome than children building sandcastles on an American beach? Guess again, vacationers. The 
            Environmental Protection Agency and pediatricians have issued warnings that beach sand can contain pollutant and bacteria especially harmful to children. The Palm Beach Post’s news partner, Channel 5,...

Posted: 3 days ago

Is there anything more wholesome than children building sandcastles on an American beach? Guess again, vacationers. The Environmental Protection Agency and pediatricians have issued warnings that beach sand can contain pollutant and bacteria especially harmful to children. The Palm Beach Post’s news partner, Channel 5,...
From death’s door to People magazine for Loxahatchee flu girl
 A Loxahatchee girl featured in the Palm Beach Post after nearly dying of the flu is now featured in People Magazine. Jenny Spell came forward to tell her harrowing story to encourage people to get the flu vaccine. The 18-year-old  ended up on an ECMO heart-lung machine for five days in the fall of 2014 and eventually had to have...

Posted: 4 days ago

A Loxahatchee girl featured in the Palm Beach Post after nearly dying of the flu is now featured in People Magazine. Jenny Spell came forward to tell her harrowing story to encourage people to get the flu vaccine. The 18-year-old  ended up on an ECMO heart-lung machine for five days in the fall of 2014 and eventually had to have...
Why do mosquitoes bite you, but not your friend?
 You are enjoying a nice glass of chardonnay with your bestie in the back yard when suddenly mosquitoes take aim as if you are a dart board at an insect bar giving away free Bloody Marys. But your friend remains untouched. It’s as if she has been sweating bug repellent but still smells of that perfume you can’t stand. “They...

Posted: 5 days ago

You are enjoying a nice glass of chardonnay with your bestie in the back yard when suddenly mosquitoes take aim as if you are a dart board at an insect bar giving away free Bloody Marys. But your friend remains untouched. It’s as if she has been sweating bug repellent but still smells of that perfume you can’t stand. “They...
Algae blooms may be more dangerous than ever believed
Last week, the  American Civil Liberties of Florida issued a report that the state failed to adequately warn the public of the health dangers related to toxic algae blooms on the Treasure Coast communities last year.

Posted: 15 days ago

Last week, the  American Civil Liberties of Florida issued a report that the state failed to adequately warn the public of the health dangers related to toxic algae blooms on the Treasure Coast communities last year.
ACLU: State failed to warn public of dangers of toxic algae
 The American Civil Liberties of Florida is taking aim at the state, saying it failed to adequately warn the public of the health dangers related to toxic algae blooms on the Treasure Coast communities this past year. The ACLU this past week issued the report, “Tainted Waters: Threats to Public Health and the People’s Right to...

Posted: 16 days ago

The American Civil Liberties of Florida is taking aim at the state, saying it failed to adequately warn the public of the health dangers related to toxic algae blooms on the Treasure Coast communities this past year. The ACLU this past week issued the report, “Tainted Waters: Threats to Public Health and the People’s Right to...
Are we addicted to the electronic screen? Health official says 2 hours is enough
(Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) Call it digital heroin, or electronic crack. Call it whatever you wish, but health officials say that Americans  have become addicted to the screen, whether it be a cellphone, tablet, gaming system, or television.

Posted: 17 days ago

(Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) Call it digital heroin, or electronic crack. Call it whatever you wish, but health officials say that Americans  have become addicted to the screen, whether it be a cellphone, tablet, gaming system, or television.
Digital addiction: Can you swipe and scroll for only 2 hours a day? 
 Call it digital heroin or electronic crack. Call it whatever you wish, but Americans are addicted to the electronic screen. Dr. Alina Alonso wants to help us kick the habit. Can you pare it back to two hours a day? Alonso, head of the Health Department for Palm Beach County, is particularly concerned about children and teens hooked up...

Posted: 17 days ago

Call it digital heroin or electronic crack. Call it whatever you wish, but Americans are addicted to the electronic screen. Dr. Alina Alonso wants to help us kick the habit. Can you pare it back to two hours a day? Alonso, head of the Health Department for Palm Beach County, is particularly concerned about children and teens hooked up...
ACLU: State failed to warn public of health dangers of toxic algae bloom
The American Civil Liberties of Florida is taking aim at the state, saying it failed to adequately warn the public of the health dangers related to toxic algae blooms on the Treasure Coast communities last year.

Posted: 19 days ago

The American Civil Liberties of Florida is taking aim at the state, saying it failed to adequately warn the public of the health dangers related to toxic algae blooms on the Treasure Coast communities last year.
Butt lift doctor banned after patient dies
A controversial South Florida plastic surgeon is temporarily banned from performing any more procedures after a woman died undergoing liposuction.

Posted: 19 days ago

A controversial South Florida plastic surgeon is temporarily banned from performing any more procedures after a woman died undergoing liposuction.
More Trauma Drama: Hospital pushes back on expansion in Jax
 Does the trauma drama never end? After a bill to expand trauma centers once again failed in the state Legislature earlier this year, a new legal fight is underway in Jacksonville that could affect how catastrophic injuries are dealt with throughout the state. UF Health Jacksonville has challenged a state decision to give preliminary...

Posted: 19 days ago

Does the trauma drama never end? After a bill to expand trauma centers once again failed in the state Legislature earlier this year, a new legal fight is underway in Jacksonville that could affect how catastrophic injuries are dealt with throughout the state. UF Health Jacksonville has challenged a state decision to give preliminary...