News of Note

The DNA Debate

Florida is in line to become the first state with a law prohibiting insurance companies from using their customers’ genetic information. The proposal seeks to outlaw life, disability and long-term care insurers from denying policies or setting premiums based on their customer’s genetic information. 

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Facebook DNA Protection Explainer.

Teens And Screens

Sleep is food for the brain. During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur.

For teens, quality sleep is even more critical. Exposure to too much blue light emitted from screens on smartphones, tablets, and computers can affect the brain’s clock and the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, disrupting sleep time and quality.

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Teen Sleep Study

Healthcare Scorecard

A new survey examining health care affordability in the U.S. has ranked the sunshine state 28th among those states keeping health care reasonably priced for residents. The scorecard goes on to say that the burden appears to be tied to policies enacted at the state level.

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Healthcare Scorecard

Central Region (Lake & Sumter) Results

Colorectal Cancer Awareness

The month of March is not just known for St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness and the beginning of spring. It is also known as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women in the United States. It is estimated that approximately 140,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year, and over 50,000 people will lose their lives to the disease.

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Colorectal Cancer Alliance 

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force 

American Cancer Society

LSSC 2020 Gala

Mark your calendars for the 35th annual Lake Sumter State College Foundation Gala! The Gala is the college’s premier fundraising event of the year, bringing together businesses and civic leaders from around the area to help support the mission and work of the LSSC Foundation. All proceeds go to benefit student scholarships and programming at Lake-Sumter State College.

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LSSC Gala Registration & Information

Love Your Heart

The month of February is known for Valentine’s Day and its expressions of love, but it’s also a time devoted to the affairs of our heart health.

This month, we mark American Heart Month, a sober reminder that heart disease is still the number one killer of both men and women.

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Heart.org

More About Heart Disease

Breakfast Flex Fix

We’re more than a month into the new year and if you’re still sticking to your resolution to exercise but you usually wait until after breakfast to begin your work-out… one small study says you may want to reconsider.

Florida’s State of Health

Two recent reports shed some concerning light on our health and health insurance here in Central Florida.

A recent analysis conducted by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, showed that Florida’s rate of uninsured children exceeded the national average.

In related news, the Community Health Needs Assessment for Florida is out and the report is concerning.

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Georgetown University Health Policy Institute

Florida and Medicaid Expansion Explainer

Community Health Needs Assessment