News of Note

Every Kid Healthy

The last week of April is designated “Every Kid Healthy Week” a time set aside to support health-promoting programs in our local schools. This special week is supported by Action For Healthy Kids, a non-profit organization whose mission is to mobilize communities to take actions that lead to an environment where kids thrive.

Women & Alzheimer’s

New information about Alzheimer's disease and menopause has researchers wondering… is there a connection?

Scientists from Cornell University have found that the loss of estrogen in menopausal and perimenopausal women could make them more susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease. The findings were published in the scientific research journal PLOS ONE.

Yogurt & Your Heart

If you are one of the 75 million Americans living with hypertension you may want to have an extra helping of yogurt.

According to a study published in the American Journal of Hypertension, eating two or more cups of yogurt a week may lower the risk of developing heart disease or stroke in adults who already have high blood pressure.

Peanut Allergy Breakthrough

The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way.

A California based company called Aimmune Therapeutics recently conducted a study to see if they could develop a treatment for children suffering from peanut allergies.

Aimmune plans to seek U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for the treatment later this year and in Europe early next year.

Web Extra: For more information on the clinical trials used in this study follow the link provided.

South Lake Hospital Gala 2018

South Lake Hospital recently hosted their 4th Annual Foundation Charity Gala, A Night in Monte Carlo.

Hometown Health’s parent company, Red Apples Media was honored to produce this year’s gala video which focused on the Foundation’s impact on community health.

Flu View

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 49 states are reporting widespread flu activity with over 12-thousand laboratory-confirmed hospitalizations due to influenza. That number is expected to rise.

In order to keep healthy, health officials are recommending everyday precautions like getting a flu shot, washing your hands, covering your cough if your sick, and staying home from work or school to prevent spreading the flu to others.

Flu & Your Heart

The flu doesn't just make you feel lousy… as it turns out, it can increase your risk of having a heart attack, too.  A new study finds that the risk of heart attack dramatically increases for people who are suffering from influenza.

WEB EXTRA:  For more information heart attack and flu follow the link to this article.

Breakfast In Red

As part of her commitment to heart health education, Dr. Nitza Alvarez led a discussion on the importance of lifestyle choices on cardiovascular health in February, in observance of American Heart Month.

The Go Red for Women- Breakfast in Red, at the Harbor Hill Country Club in Lady Lake, provided an opportunity to speak candidly about the special circumstances surrounding women and heart disease.

Latest Cancer Trends

And now for a little good news on the cancer front… new statistics released show that the overall death rate from cancer continues to drop. Improved prevention and screening measures could help bring that number down even more.

The bottom line is, most Americans don't realize that lifestyle factors we control, can play a big part in lowering our cancer risk.