News of Note

Exercise & Your Mind

Is a healthy heart linked to a healthy brain? New research from Sweden suggests that it is.

A new study which followed 191 women for 44 years, found that women with higher cardiovascular fitness in their midlife years were less likely to develop dementia later in life.

Their findings were published in the journal Neurology.

Fitness #4Mind4Body

In their 2018 report on the State of Mental Health in America, the National Association for Mental Health… now known as Mental Health America reports that over 43 million Americans have a mental health condition and of those adults, nearly half have a co-occurring substance abuse disorder.

May is designated Mental Health Awareness month. During this month Mental Health America, and other mental health organizations host a number of activities which are based on increasing awareness.

This year’s theme is Fitness #4Mind4Body to encourage everyone to focus on what we as individuals can do to be fit for our own futures.

Allergy Moods

A study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine found that during ragweed seasons, allergic patients reported higher levels of general fatigue and mental fatigue, as well as reduced motivation and greater sadness. These emotions are triggered by biochemical changes that directly affect the central nervous system.

Melanoma Monday

Skin Cancer is the most common cancer in the United States.  Of the different types of skin cancer, melanoma is the most deadly and accounts for about 75% of all skin cancer fatalities.

To help spread awareness the American Academy of Dermatology promotes the first Monday in May... this year May 7th… 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 at by a dermatologist.

Web Extra:  Follow this link to watch the complete LSSC 2018 Havana Nights Gala Auction Fundraiser.

Building Futures

The Lake Sumter State College Foundation recently celebrated 37 years of changing lives and building futures with their annual gala fundraiser, “Havana Nights.”

Hometown Health and its parent company, Red Apples Media, were honored to serve as media partners for the 9th consecutive year by providing the evening’s feature videos which spotlighted three Lake Sumter State College students and their moving stories of success.

Web Extra: Follow these links to watch the 2018 LSSC Gala feature student videos.

Cheyenne Young, Class of 2018

Ivan Marcial. Class of 2019

Cindi Falanga, Class of 1992

Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time set aside to increase awareness and understanding of the disease, alcoholism.

Alcohol Awareness Month was first established 1987 by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

The organization’s mission is to help reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism by sharing information on the disease and resources for recovery.

Web Extra: Follow this link for information on the NCADD Alcohol-Free Weekend challenge.

Oxy Stops Promoting Opioids

The company that makes OxyContin says it will no longer market opioids to doctors.

Purdue Pharma is fighting hundreds of lawsuits that blame the company for pushing OxyContin with misleading marketing that exaggerates the opioid's pain-relieving benefits while downplaying the risk of addiction.

Nanobots & Cancer

It might sound like something out of a science fiction novel, but researchers say they have successfully used microscopic robots to kill cancerous tumors in laboratory mice.

Nanotechnology is considered a promising option for treating cancer. More research is needed before human trials can begin.