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

He stared at an eclipse as a boy. Now this teacher is warning kids.
 Like many other 10-year-old kids at the time, Neil Brown had heard repeated warnings not to stare at an upcoming solar eclipse. Like many other 10-year-old kids, he had little interest in the advice. Over the course of a few hours on July 11, 1991, Brown stole glance after glance at a partial eclipse in the sky as he toured a historic mission...

Posted: 4 days ago

Like many other 10-year-old kids at the time, Neil Brown had heard repeated warnings not to stare at an upcoming solar eclipse. Like many other 10-year-old kids, he had little interest in the advice. Over the course of a few hours on July 11, 1991, Brown stole glance after glance at a partial eclipse in the sky as he toured a historic mission...
Watching the eclipse without glasses? Want a hole in your vision?
 It’s the burning question of the week. The solar eclipse Monday will be quite the Carl Sagan, Neal deGrasse Tyson moment for Americans to share. The idea is to walk away without frying your eyeballs. There’s a reason mothers everywhere tell their children not to look directly at the sun. Eclipse or no eclipse, looking directly...

Posted: 6 days ago

It’s the burning question of the week. The solar eclipse Monday will be quite the Carl Sagan, Neal deGrasse Tyson moment for Americans to share. The idea is to walk away without frying your eyeballs. There’s a reason mothers everywhere tell their children not to look directly at the sun. Eclipse or no eclipse, looking directly...
Study: Energy drinks could lead to drug addiction, alcoholism
 Could that Red Bull or Monster be a gateway drug? Researchers at University of Maryland discovered young adults who regularly consumed highly caffeinated energy drinks, and sustained that consumption over time, were significantly more likely to use cocaine, abuse prescription stimulants, and be at risk for alcoholism. “The results suggest...

Posted: 9 days ago

Could that Red Bull or Monster be a gateway drug? Researchers at University of Maryland discovered young adults who regularly consumed highly caffeinated energy drinks, and sustained that consumption over time, were significantly more likely to use cocaine, abuse prescription stimulants, and be at risk for alcoholism. “The results suggest...
Jury hits lawyers with $16.4M for doing senior wrong in guardianship
 Advocates for guardianship reform clamored in vain for years that Florida’s system failed to properly protect incapacitated seniors, that its primary purpose had been perverted to line the pockets of greedy attorneys and professional guardians with the hard-earned life savings of the elderly. Now they can point to a new federal...

Posted: 19 days ago

Advocates for guardianship reform clamored in vain for years that Florida’s system failed to properly protect incapacitated seniors, that its primary purpose had been perverted to line the pockets of greedy attorneys and professional guardians with the hard-earned life savings of the elderly. Now they can point to a new federal...
West Palm Beach mother fights same brain tumor as Sen. McCain
 Cynthia and Dan Osborne celebrated New Year’s Eve this year down at their second home in the Florida Keys with friends. The group enjoyed a few evening drinks at Lorelei’s Cabana Bar in Islamorada, watching the sun sink into the sea when Cynthia unexpectantly fell backward out of her deck chair. A healthy woman all her life, Dan...

Posted: 26 days ago

Cynthia and Dan Osborne celebrated New Year’s Eve this year down at their second home in the Florida Keys with friends. The group enjoyed a few evening drinks at Lorelei’s Cabana Bar in Islamorada, watching the sun sink into the sea when Cynthia unexpectantly fell backward out of her deck chair. A healthy woman all her life, Dan...
Study finds human sperm counts dropping in Western Hemisphere
 Dystopian classics like The Handmaid’s Tale and Children of Men are premised on a world where the human population no longer can produce offspring. Well, the future may be knocking. A new study, according to the website Mashable, found sperm counts across the Western world are dropping. And guess what? Researchers have no idea as to...

Posted: 27 days ago

Dystopian classics like The Handmaid’s Tale and Children of Men are premised on a world where the human population no longer can produce offspring. Well, the future may be knocking. A new study, according to the website Mashable, found sperm counts across the Western world are dropping. And guess what? Researchers have no idea as to...
Everything you need to know about Sen. John McCain’s brain tumor
 U.S. Sen. John McCain’s brain tumor is a type known as glioblastoma. So what is a glioblastoma? It is a highly malignant form of cancer that spreads quickly and is known to be fed by a large network of blood vessels in
            the brain, according to this 
            NBC News report. The sad news for the former Republican presidential...

3:51 PM Thursday, Jul. 20, 2017

U.S. Sen. John McCain’s brain tumor is a type known as glioblastoma. So what is a glioblastoma? It is a highly malignant form of cancer that spreads quickly and is known to be fed by a large network of blood vessels in the brain, according to this NBC News report. The sad news for the former Republican presidential...
The case against spanking. Study finds it leads to mental illness
 Think spanking will make your child behave? In fact, a new study discovered that children who receive spankings are more likely to be anti-social, aggressive and suffer
            from mental health and cognitive difficulties. The study by the University of Texas and the University of Michigan finds the more a child gets spanked —...

7:03 PM Wednesday, Jul. 19, 2017

Think spanking will make your child behave? In fact, a new study discovered that children who receive spankings are more likely to be anti-social, aggressive and suffer from mental health and cognitive difficulties. The study by the University of Texas and the University of Michigan finds the more a child gets spanked —...
Diet Soda Alert: They actually make you fat!
 Diet sodas, which Americans guzzle in hopes of reigning in our expanding waistlines, might do more harm than good, a new study
            has found. The study adds to the growing suspicions of artificial sweeteners linked earlier this year to increased risk for stroke and
            dementia. The Washington Post today reports that ...

2:26 PM Tuesday, Jul. 18, 2017

Diet sodas, which Americans guzzle in hopes of reigning in our expanding waistlines, might do more harm than good, a new study has found. The study adds to the growing suspicions of artificial sweeteners linked earlier this year to increased risk for stroke and dementia. The Washington Post today reports that ...
The feds’ opioid crackdown involved only one case in Florida. Why?
 U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it the largest opioid-related fraud bust in U.S. history. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said the huge fraud crackdown was aimed at stopping opportunists from taking advantage of a “national scourge,” the nation’s killer opioid epidemic. But a huge nationwide...

10:03 PM Thursday, Jul. 13, 2017

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called it the largest opioid-related fraud bust in U.S. history. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said the huge fraud crackdown was aimed at stopping opportunists from taking advantage of a “national scourge,” the nation’s killer opioid epidemic. But a huge nationwide...
When should you take a mental health day off from work?
 The mental health day used to be known as playing hooky from work, but more employees are realizing that at times it is necessary
            to take a day and recalibrate. Think of it as stepping off the gas pedal as your car’s RPMs threaten to overheat and blow
            the engine. Still, how does one decide when it&rsquo...

6:00 PM Wednesday, Jul. 12, 2017

The mental health day used to be known as playing hooky from work, but more employees are realizing that at times it is necessary to take a day and recalibrate. Think of it as stepping off the gas pedal as your car’s RPMs threaten to overheat and blow the engine. Still, how does one decide when it&rsquo...