News of Note

Smoking and RA

We have all heard that smoking is not good for us but it may be especially bad for people living with rheumatoid arthritis.

Studies have shown that environmental factors play a part in who develops RA and that smoking is a big risk factor.

Lego Braille Bricks

Legos have been delighting people of all ages for 86 years and counting. Next year, the Lego brand will introduce a Braille Bricks Kit which contains a full alphabet, the numbers 0-9, as well as some math symbols as a learning tool to help blind and visually impaired children learn Braille.

National Women's Health Week

On May 12, as we celebrate Mother’s Day, we also mark the beginning of National Women's Health Week.

This week serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority by building positive healthy habits for life. What can you do? Start by encouraging the exceptional women around you to take some simple steps to improve their health.

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Anti Aspirin

If you’re taking a daily low dose aspirin to prevent heart attacks and strokes, doctors have some new advice… maybe you should stop. A recent study reveals that daily aspirin might do more harm than good.

Mammography Technology

Mammography just got a significant upgrade at the Leesburg Regional Medical Center. The hospital has just added a new generation of 3-D technology called Senographe Pristina .

We met with the mammography specialists at Leesburg Regional Medical Center to find out how their new technology will improve the way mammograms are done from now on.

Shoe Donation & TCFA

If you’ve got shoes that are just taking up space in your closet, here’s a great way to clear out some space and make a difference. Through the end of May, bring your old shoes - preferably in reasonable condition or better, to either of the two Tri County Foot and Ankle offices at:

1585 Santa Barbara Blvd B, The Villages, FL 32159


340 Heald Way Suite 100, The Villages, FL 32163

For more information call: (352) 259-1919

The shoes will be collected and then donated to Beyond The Walls food pantry.

LSSC 2019 Gala Wrap

If you weren’t among the hundreds who attended the annual Lake Sumter State College Foundation Gala, you missed quite an event, for quite a worthy cause.

With a nod to the days of the Great Gatsby and the goal of generating funds to help support programs and scholarships, the Lake Sumter State College foundation raised more than $125,000 at its 34th annual gala.

Flu Update

While the flu season has most likely peaked by now, beware, health officials say. Influenza is still widespread in much of the United States.

Spotting Skin Cancer

You've probably heard of melanoma, which is the most aggressive type of skin cancer. Many people associate it with bad sunburns, but it is much more complicated than that.

To help spread awareness the American Academy of Dermatology promotes the first Monday in May, this year May 6th, as Melanoma Monday - the official start of Melanoma/ Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.

In their SPOT Skin Cancer Program they encourage people to check loved ones for suspicious moles or spots which should be seen by a dermatologist.

Vapor Caper

For several decades stop-smoking campaigns have been successful in lowering the number of teen and tween smokers. Now e-cigarettes are threatening to disrupt that progress.

The concern has prompted the US Food and Drug Administration to discuss the potential for drug therapies to help addicted kids quit vapes and other nicotine products.

Up In Smoke

Cigarettes sales in Hawaii may soon go up in smoke. That’s because the state is considering a bill that would ban smoking entirely over the next five years.