News of Note

Controlling Cholesterol

We have long known that smoking is linked to cardiovascular disease, as is obesity, high blood pressure and cholesterol.

Dr. Nitza Alvarez, of the Tri-County Heart Institute in The Villages, is heading up a detailed clinical study on the effectiveness of a new, natural, cholesterol-lowering product for a group of female-only participants.

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Evening Beneath The Stars

Hometown Health and our parent company, Red Apples Media, were honored to be a media partner at the Cornerstone Hospice Foundation’s  sixth annual “Evening Beneath The Stars” hosted at the home of Dr. Maen Hussein and his wife, Michelle Viveiros, both of Florida Cancer Specialists. The evening honored Phil Braun, Chief Legal Council at Leesburg Regional Medical Center, for his dedication to Lake County.

The Dark Side of LEDs

If you’ve been wrestling with your holiday light strands lately, no doubt you are familiar with all the LED options on the market today. These light emitting diode lights use significantly less energy than standard bulbs and do not contain mercury like their fluorescent counterparts. However, it may surprise you to know that LEDs do have a dark side.

Holiday Stress

While it may not be all goodies and gift wrap, this really can be the most wonderful time of the year. Here are a few “Stress-Less tips to bring out the “Happy” in Happy Holidays.

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Unforgettable Font

Activities like reading and doing puzzles have long been recommended to help fend off a failing memory.  Now, a new “memory boosting” type-font could also make a difference.

Diabetic-Friendly Thanksgiving

The month of November brings us Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday season. How ironic is it then, that November is also National Diabetes Month? If you’re one of the 415 million adults who have diabetes, Thanksgiving can be as scary as Halloween!

Many traditional Thanksgiving foods are high in fat as well as carbohydrates; but with careful planning, you can make healthy choices that fit into a healthy meal plan, and enjoy this wonderful celebration with friends and family.

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Breast Cancer Awareness

Now that October’s Breast Cancer awareness month is behind us, we wanted to take a moment to look back at some of the events you may have missed.

Danger In The Air

While smoking can increase our chances for developing COPD, new research shows that when children are exposed to second hand smoke, they too can develop the disease. The study results also suggest that adult exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of death from COPD, heart disease and stroke.

Don't Go Vaping Your Heart

So if all this talk about cigarette smoking has you thinking that e-cigarettes are a better health option, think again. Research out of the University of California shows that the use of e-cigarettes can nearly double the odds of a heart attack.

Record Flu Deaths

As we head into the cold and flu season, the debate over the safety and benefits of flu shots rages on.

Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently reported to the Associated Press that 80,000 Americans died from the flu, or complications related to the flu, this past winter.