News of Note


Let’s face it, schools are busy, noisy places! But a new program called school-based mindfulness is gaining popularity as a method to help children cope with everyday stress.

Mindfulness is described as an awareness of the present moment that allows someone to accept his or her feelings, thoughts, and sensations by becoming more self-aware. Coupled with controlled breathing exercises children learn to improve emotional self-regulation skills.

Kids & Cholesterol

In the latest analysis of children’s health, one study finds that good cholesterol levels in children have actually improved over the last 20 years. Amidst an obesity epidemic, that’s the good news. The bad news: only about half of kids followed in the study had "ideal" cholesterol levels.

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Pediatric Cholesterol Screening Guidelines

Diet Drink Dangers

Every now and then a soda just hits the spot! And if that soda is sugar free and has no calories, then we’re doing our body a favor, right? Not so fast…

According to a 10-year study conducted at the University of Iowa, consuming two or more diet sodas a day may increase the risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

Food For The Soul

Hometown Health TV cameras showed up recently for Tri-County Foot and Ankle night at the Leesburg Lightning game.  Crowds cheered as Dr. Dan Wassell threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Pat Thomas Stadium, in Leesburg.

In a show of continued support for our community, Tri-County Foot and Ankle also hosted a food drive at the event, to benefit The Leesburg Food Bank.

Going To The Dogs

They may be man’s best friend and improve the well being of their owners, but could the choice to own a dog be driven by our genetic make-up? Scientists say yes.

AI in Medicine

Artificial Intelligence, or AI for short, is pushing the boundaries of modern medicine by accurately detecting the early signs of lung cancer. By using a form of AI called a deep-learning algorithm, computers were trained to evaluate CT images in order to find malignant lung nodules.

Diet and Depression

We’ve heard that following a Mediterranean diet can go a long way in helping our physical health, but a recent study suggests it may go a long way in helping our mental health as well.

Prehistoric Bed Bugs

Here’s something none of us want in our home… bed bugs. These creepy little parasites measure about 5 or 6 millimeters in length and leave their victims with a nasty, itchy rash.

In an effort to understand more about these unwanted houseguests, a team of scientists from England, Germany and Norway spent 15 years traveling the globe collecting and comparing the DNA of dozens of bedbug species. Their findings surprised the scientific community.

Sedentary Trends

We all know that sitting too much is bad for our health, but just how many hours do we spend sitting each day? A recent study set out to answer that very question.