News of Note

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.

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.