News of Note

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.

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.