News of Note

Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time set aside to increase awareness and understanding of the disease, alcoholism.

Alcohol Awareness Month was first established 1987 by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

The organization’s mission is to help reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism by sharing information on the disease and resources for recovery.

Web Extra: Follow this link for information on the NCADD Alcohol-Free Weekend challenge.

Oxy Stops Promoting Opioids

The company that makes OxyContin says it will no longer market opioids to doctors.

Purdue Pharma is fighting hundreds of lawsuits that blame the company for pushing OxyContin with misleading marketing that exaggerates the opioid's pain-relieving benefits while downplaying the risk of addiction.

Nanobots & Cancer

It might sound like something out of a science fiction novel, but researchers say they have successfully used microscopic robots to kill cancerous tumors in laboratory mice.

Nanotechnology is considered a promising option for treating cancer. More research is needed before human trials can begin.

Every Kid Healthy

The last week of April is designated “Every Kid Healthy Week” a time set aside to support health-promoting programs in our local schools. This special week is supported by Action For Healthy Kids, a non-profit organization whose mission is to mobilize communities to take actions that lead to an environment where kids thrive.

Women & Alzheimer’s

New information about Alzheimer's disease and menopause has researchers wondering… is there a connection?

Scientists from Cornell University have found that the loss of estrogen in menopausal and perimenopausal women could make them more susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease. The findings were published in the scientific research journal PLOS ONE.

Yogurt & Your Heart

If you are one of the 75 million Americans living with hypertension you may want to have an extra helping of yogurt.

According to a study published in the American Journal of Hypertension, eating two or more cups of yogurt a week may lower the risk of developing heart disease or stroke in adults who already have high blood pressure.

Peanut Allergy Breakthrough

The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way.

A California based company called Aimmune Therapeutics recently conducted a study to see if they could develop a treatment for children suffering from peanut allergies.

Aimmune plans to seek U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for the treatment later this year and in Europe early next year.

Web Extra: For more information on the clinical trials used in this study follow the link provided.

South Lake Hospital Gala 2018

South Lake Hospital recently hosted their 4th Annual Foundation Charity Gala, A Night in Monte Carlo.

Hometown Health’s parent company, Red Apples Media was honored to produce this year’s gala video which focused on the Foundation’s impact on community health.

Flu View

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 49 states are reporting widespread flu activity with over 12-thousand laboratory-confirmed hospitalizations due to influenza. That number is expected to rise.

In order to keep healthy, health officials are recommending everyday precautions like getting a flu shot, washing your hands, covering your cough if your sick, and staying home from work or school to prevent spreading the flu to others.