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

Why you should get a flu shot now … and why it’s less painful than ever
 Vanika Idnani lived across the globe in Australia, but the 3-year-old’s death could be a harbinger for the coming flu season in the U.S. The little girl is the most recent victim of a virulent strain of flu well-known to doctors everywhere. And that strain is already showing up this flu season in America. How the U.S. responds...

Posted: 5 days ago

Vanika Idnani lived across the globe in Australia, but the 3-year-old’s death could be a harbinger for the coming flu season in the U.S. The little girl is the most recent victim of a virulent strain of flu well-known to doctors everywhere. And that strain is already showing up this flu season in America. How the U.S. responds...
Palm Beach Gardens man dies of cancer after failing to find donor
 The dearth of Hispanic bone marrow donors cost a Palm Beach Gardens man his life after a six-month fight with cancer. Manny Valdes, a 42-year-old husband and father of two, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in February. The Gift of Life Marrow Registry, a national non-profit organization based in Boca Raton, has been alerting...

Posted: 20 days ago

The dearth of Hispanic bone marrow donors cost a Palm Beach Gardens man his life after a six-month fight with cancer. Manny Valdes, a 42-year-old husband and father of two, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in February. The Gift of Life Marrow Registry, a national non-profit organization based in Boca Raton, has been alerting...
Guardianship reform advocates turn up the heat with town hall, protest
 Despite legislative and policy strides, advocates for guardianship reform says little has changed in the courtroom: Incapacitated seniors and their families are still being taken advantage of by lawyers and court-appointed professionals while judges turn a blind eye. So in an effort to bring further attention to the issue, an advocacy group...

Posted: 26 days ago

Despite legislative and policy strides, advocates for guardianship reform says little has changed in the courtroom: Incapacitated seniors and their families are still being taken advantage of by lawyers and court-appointed professionals while judges turn a blind eye. So in an effort to bring further attention to the issue, an advocacy group...
Nursing home blames FPL, state for 8 deaths after Hurricane Irma
 The Broward County nursing home where eight seniors died in suffocating heat after Hurricane Irma attempted to shift the blame Friday, saying Florida Power & Light and state officials ignored its pleas for help restoring power. The Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills went on the offensive as at least two families of seniors who...

6:43 PM Friday, Sep. 15, 2017

The Broward County nursing home where eight seniors died in suffocating heat after Hurricane Irma attempted to shift the blame Friday, saying Florida Power & Light and state officials ignored its pleas for help restoring power. The Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills went on the offensive as at least two families of seniors who...
Eight dead in Hollywood nursing home; politicians demand answers
 They entrusted their elderly mothers, sisters, distant relatives to The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. That trust, tragically, was misplaced. On Wednesday, these families learned how their loved ones were left suffering in the smothering and ultimately deadly heat that festered in the wake of air-conditioning outages caused...

8:43 PM Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017

They entrusted their elderly mothers, sisters, distant relatives to The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. That trust, tragically, was misplaced. On Wednesday, these families learned how their loved ones were left suffering in the smothering and ultimately deadly heat that festered in the wake of air-conditioning outages caused...
Six dead in Hollywood nursing home; politicians demand answers
 Six Hollywood nursing home patients are dead and roughly a dozen others were being treated for apparent heat-related illnesses in the wake of air-conditioning outages caused by Hurricane Irma, a tragedy Gov. Rick Scott Wednesday afternoon called “unfathomable.” Scott has ordered an investigation into The Rehabilitation Center...

4:45 PM Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017

Six Hollywood nursing home patients are dead and roughly a dozen others were being treated for apparent heat-related illnesses in the wake of air-conditioning outages caused by Hurricane Irma, a tragedy Gov. Rick Scott Wednesday afternoon called “unfathomable.” Scott has ordered an investigation into The Rehabilitation Center...
Hurricane Irma: Wi-Fi warriors hit the road looking for hot spots
 Call them Wi-Fi warriors. In a desolate landscape without power or Internet, families, plugged-in workers of all stripes and — most desperate of all — teenagers, hit the road in Palm Beach County to find Wi-Fi in the wake of irksome Hurricane Irma. Cell phone service and Wi-Fi are tied to the power grid and the widespread outages...

9:23 PM Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017

Call them Wi-Fi warriors. In a desolate landscape without power or Internet, families, plugged-in workers of all stripes and — most desperate of all — teenagers, hit the road in Palm Beach County to find Wi-Fi in the wake of irksome Hurricane Irma. Cell phone service and Wi-Fi are tied to the power grid and the widespread outages...
Hurricane Irma: Debris, traffic woes plague Boca Raton post-storm
 BOCA RATON — Crews removed tree limbs and debris left by Hurricane Irma quickly Monday from roadways as city officials contemplated when to open City Hall and lift the dawn-to-dusk curfew. The bad news though was the clear roadways meant that Boca Raton's notoriously impatient drivers were hitting them -- many of which remained without...

11:47 AM Monday, Sep. 11, 2017

BOCA RATON — Crews removed tree limbs and debris left by Hurricane Irma quickly Monday from roadways as city officials contemplated when to open City Hall and lift the dawn-to-dusk curfew. The bad news though was the clear roadways meant that Boca Raton's notoriously impatient drivers were hitting them -- many of which remained without...
People who fled PBC find they are back in Irma’s path: What to do now?
 As Hurricane Irma aimed at southeast Florida earlier this week, thousands fled to what they thought would be a safe haven — Orlando, Tampa, Fort Myers — only to find themselves in the bullseye once again when the killer storm projected path jogged west. On Saturday, some at relatives homes, others holed up in hotels...

10:02 PM Saturday, Sep. 09, 2017

As Hurricane Irma aimed at southeast Florida earlier this week, thousands fled to what they thought would be a safe haven — Orlando, Tampa, Fort Myers — only to find themselves in the bullseye once again when the killer storm projected path jogged west. On Saturday, some at relatives homes, others holed up in hotels...
Hurricane Irma: Seniors, pets hit shelters ahead of storm
 Out of place and out of time, hundreds of residents of Palm Beach County without a safe structure to ride out killer Hurricane Irma became a storm surge all on their own as they arrived at county-run shelters on Friday morning. They arrived with their children, with their caregivers, with their pets. Surrounding them like satellites were...

6:43 PM Friday, Sep. 08, 2017

Out of place and out of time, hundreds of residents of Palm Beach County without a safe structure to ride out killer Hurricane Irma became a storm surge all on their own as they arrived at county-run shelters on Friday morning. They arrived with their children, with their caregivers, with their pets. Surrounding them like satellites were...
Hurricane Irma: Starbucks closes up stores to allow workers to prepare
 This just got real. For anyone in denial regarding the seriousness of Hurricane Irma, the closing on Thursday of what appeared all Starbucks coffee shops from Miami to the Treasure Coast was a different kind of jolt to the senses. The Seattle-based mega chain said it decided to implement the same policy that worked in Texas prior to Hurricane...

8:29 PM Thursday, Sep. 07, 2017

This just got real. For anyone in denial regarding the seriousness of Hurricane Irma, the closing on Thursday of what appeared all Starbucks coffee shops from Miami to the Treasure Coast was a different kind of jolt to the senses. The Seattle-based mega chain said it decided to implement the same policy that worked in Texas prior to Hurricane...