News of Note

Blood Donor Month

Blood Donor Month

 

 

 

 

Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, travel schedules, bad weather or illness. A reduction in turnout can put our nation’s blood inventory at a critical low.

January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month. Blood organizations are asking you to donate and to encourage others to do the same.

 

 



 

Adult Happiness

Adult Happiness

 

 

 

Researchers have found that adults over the age of 30 are not as happy as they used to be. On the other hand, teenagers and young adults are happier than ever. The findings come from a San Diego State University research team.

The researchers analyzed data from 1972 to 20-14. They found that 38% of adults 30 years and older, reported being “very happy” in the early 1970s. That number dropped to 30% after 2010.

However… 28% of young adults between 18 and 29 years old reported being “very happy” in the 70s. Their happiness jumped up to 30% by the year 2010.

The researchers believe that our culture of attention-seekers, and relentless technology is exciting for young adults, but may not provide the stability and sense of community that mature adults require.


 

Brain Fit

Brain Fit

 

 

 

A study out of the University of Illinois found that age-related differences in the brains of older adults varied, depending on their level of aerobic endurance.

Using MRI brain scans, the researchers studied the strength of the connections in different parts of participants' brains while they were awake but not performing any particular task. The benefits of fitness seem to occur within the low-to-moderate range of endurance, suggesting that the benefits of fitness for the brain may not depend on being extremely fit.

Researchers believe that their findings will help their understanding of how fitness protects against age-related cognitive decline and dementia.

 

 

 

 

Falling Cholesterol

Falling Cholesterol

 

 

 

Researches for the National Center for Health Statistics say that between 2013 and 2014, the percentage of high cholesterol cases dropped to 11%.

Why the drop? Skeptics say it’s the result of the increased use of statins, a prescription medication used to lower cholesterol.

Study authors say that while that may have had an impact… the team also found a decline among those not on cholesterol-lowering medications. They suspect as people exercise more, and give up smoking they are seeing healthier results.

 

 

 

Go Red for Women

Go Red for Women

 

 

 

In order to raise awareness a National Wear Red Day was born and is held on the first Friday in February every year. The goal is to remind people that heart disease is an equal opportunity thief.

 

Pick Up the Pace

Pick Up the Pace

 

 

 

 Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

Over half of all Americans have at least one major risk factor. Many don’t know it, and others are slow to act upon warning signs.

We took a look at some of the current developing trends in research that are helping all of us learn more about what we can do to protect ourselves from having a broken heart.

 

 



 

A Child's Heart

A Child's Heart

 

 

 

 

Recently at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting in Florida, a new study presented, demonstrated that excess weight in children can lead to potentially harmful changes in the hearts of kids as young as 8.

Researchers from the Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania studied 20 obese children and 20 normal-weight children. All had MRIs of their hearts to see if the obesity was affecting that muscle. They found that it was.

 

 

 

Water Fluoridation

Water Fluoridation

Eustis has recently voted to continue to fluoridate the city water supply. Back in 2010, Hometown Health earned an Honorable Mention MARCOM award for its coverage of the lack of fluoridation across Lake County.

 

 

 

Dying at Home

Dying at Home

 

A new study out of Britain finds that the choice to die at home… rather than in a hospital, provides great comfort to both the patient and their loved ones.

 

 

 

Veggies for Vision

Veggies for Vision

 In between passing the stuffing and indulging in some holiday sweets,chances are your parents nagged you to eat your carrots.  

Well, they were on to something…