News of Note

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.

Supplement Crackdown

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it’s overhauling the way dietary supplements are marketed and sold in the United States. The agency has taken action against 17 companies illegally selling supplements that claim to treat serious diseases and health conditions, including Alzheimer’s.

We talked with Lori Esarey, owner of Total Nutrition and Therapeutics, who holds a master’s degree in Nutritional Medicine about her philosophy regarding supplements and the role they play in our health.

Predicting Alzheimer’s

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease. A promising new blood test may predict if a person will develop Alzheimer's disease more than a decade before symptoms even begin.

Pregnant and Smoking

When the nation’s two largest dollar stores started selling tobacco products in the southeastern states, the number of smokers across the region also increased. A University of Florida study finds that it also caused the number of pregnant smokers to increase.

Fiber Health

For decades, the health care community has been encouraging people to get enough fiber in their diets. Research shows that fiber plays an important role in promoting good health and preventing chronic illness.

Toxic Dust

Dusting is nobody’s favorite chore, but if you haven’t picked up a duster in a while, here are a few good reasons why you should.

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Maybe More Maple

The next time you indulge in that stack of maple syrup soaked pancakes, you may also be protecting yourself against brain diseases like Alzheimer’s. In fact, researchers say that when it comes to lowering your risk for any brain disease, real maple syrup may be as effective as eating blueberries, or drinking green tea and red wine. It may even help people who have already been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Marc’s Colonoscopy

Last month we began our two part series on screening colonoscopies by following Hometown Health show host, Marc Robertz as he went through his initial consultation for the procedure. This month we continue with part two of our story, as he tackles the infamous prep, screening day and finally getting his results.