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September Awareness: Healthy Aging Month

10 Skincare Tips for Healthy Aging:


  • Apply every day, rain or shine.
  • Choose a Broad Spectrum protectant that defends against UVA & UVB Rays – because both types of rays can cause skin cancer.

Wash Your Face Before Bedtime.

  • Don’t forget to wash your face before bed.
  • Falling asleep with makeup on clogs pores, prevents skin’s natural renewal process, and prematurely ages skin.
  • TIP – If you’re prone to forgetting, keep makeup remover wipes on your bedside table.


  • Exfoliation promotes healthy cell turnover and rejuvenates a dull complexion.
  • Use a gentle exfoliator twice a week for smooth, radiant skin.
  • Never use a washcloth to exfoliate skin as it can be very irritating to the skin.

Eye Cream.

  • Always apply eye cream with your ring finger to avoid tugging and pulling on the delicate skin.
  • The first signs of aging on the face often appear in the eye region – everyone can benefit from eye cream.
  • Even if you’re in your twenties now – preventative care will keep your skin looking healthy for years to come.

Neck, Chest, Hands.

  • Often overlooked – these areas get their fair share of sun exposure.
  • Avoid signs of aging and sun damage by exfoliating these areas regularly.
  • Apply sunscreen every day.

Room Temperature.

  • Think twice before cranking up the thermostat to warm yourself up on chilly winter nights…hot air can be very drying to the skin.
  • Put a humidifier in your bedroom to counteract the drying effect of indoor heating.


  • Eating too much sugar can lead to wrinkles and sagging skin.
  • Sugar molecules break down collagen and elastin proteins in the skin through a process called glycation.
  • Fill up on healthy fruits and vegetables – packed with skin-loving antioxidants.

How You Sleep.

  • Sleeping in certain positions may lead to “sleep lines.”
  • Over time, “sleep lines” can turn into deep-set wrinkles.
  • Lay on your back to minimize these signs of aging.

Over Heating.

  • Sitting too close to a heat source can break down collagen, thin the skin, and cause premature aging – similar to damage done by UV exposure.
  • If you use a small space heater near your desk or chair, change its position so it doesn’t continually hit the same part of your skin.

Annual Skin Check-Up.

  • Don’t forget to schedule an annual check-up with your dermatologist.
  • Yearly exams will help detect skin cancer and other concerns in the early states.

September – Childhood Cancer Awareness: Types of Cancer

Types of Childhood Cancers:

Neural – Affect the brain or nervous system

  • Brain Tumors
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Retinoblastoma

Leukemia – Leukemia and other diseases of the blood & bone marrow may affect red blood cells, white blood cells,  & platelets

  • Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
  • Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia
  • Chronic Mylegenous Leukemia

Lymphomas – The 3rd most common type of childhood cancer-forms in the lymph system (part of the body’s immune system)

  • Hodgkin
  • Non-Hodgkin

Sarcomas – Cancerous tumors that develop in the soft tissue and bone

  • Osteosarcoma
  • Ewing sarcoma
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Non-rhabdomyosarcoma

Liver Cancer – Develops in tissues of the liver-2 main types

  • Hepatoblastoma – most common; occurs in children under 5 in most cases
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma – occurs most often in older children & adolescents

Kidney Tumors

  • Wilms Tumor:  Nephroblastoma

Germ Cell Tumors – form as a fetus develops

  • Cells are part of male’s or female’s reproductive system
  • Sometimes develop into malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous) tumors
  • Develop in the CNS (Central Nervous System)


September – Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Image result for childhood cancer awareness ribbonSeptember is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Each day, 42 families in the United States will receive the devastating news – “Your child has cancer.”

Each year, more than 15,000 kids and young adults are diagnosed with cancer.

Though the 5-year survival rate for childhood cancers has reached 80%, nearly 2,000 kids under age 19 die each year – making cancer the leading killer of children by disease.

That’s just in the United States.  In 2016, over 300,000 kids and young adults were diagnosed worldwide.

Why Is Childhood Cancer Still Such A Big Problem?

  • Children’s cancer can’t be treated exactly like adult
    • most federal research funding goes to adult treatments
    • current treatments are toxic – affecting a child’s development in some way
    • current treatments can be decades old
  • To treat childhood cancer in the best way, specialized treatments – just for kids – need to be created
  • Causes of childhood cancers are still widely unknown
  • More childhood cancer studies in the U.S. must be done in order to understand what treatments work best
  • Many childhood cancer survivors in the U.S. suffer from lifelong damage to organs, mental health, and more
  • A way to find how treatments affect kids long-term needs to be researched – so as to prevent late-effect treatment damage

Websites to Visit:

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Children’s Cancer Research Fund



Vitalogy Skincare – Eric Adelman, D.O.

Eric Adelman, DO - Vitalogy Skincare @ Lavaca Medical Center

Vitalogy Skincare is now providing dermatology services at Lavaca Medical Center’s Specialty Clinic.  They will hold clinic every 2nd Tuesday & 4th Monday of each month.  Below, find out a little bit more about one of Vitalogy’s physicians – Eric Adelman, D.O.

Dr. Eric Adelman earned his medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York, in 1998. He completed his dermatology residency at North Broward Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he served as chief resident. He then completed an extensive Mohs surgical oncology fellowship in Cincinnati, Ohio, under accomplished surgeon Dr. Brett Coldiron, M.D. Dr. Adelman is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatological Surgery, American College of Mohs Surgery, American Osteopathic Association, and the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. He is an expert in the prevention, detection, and treatment of skin cancer, and is experienced in other disorders of the skin, hair, and nails.

Dr. Adelman grew up in Lakewood, New York, on Lake Chautauqua, spending most of his leisure time participating in sports – from water skiing and sailing to snow skiing and hockey. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance at Miami University of Ohio. After meeting a very successful osteopathic physician who was practicing orthopedics, Dr. Adelman discovered a passion for holistic medicine. He felt particularly drawn to the concept of preventive medicine, which led him to apply to osteopathic medical school.

Board certified in dermatology, Dr. Adelman loves doing surgery and feels fortunate that he discovered this passion. He first performed Mohs surgery for a large practice in south Florida, where he developed an excellent reputation not only for his surgical skills but also for his unique approach to patient care. In 2007, Dr. Adelman decided to apply his ideas about medicine and patient care to his own practice, bringing him to Central Texas.


Interested In A Career In Nursing?

Vocational Nursing Program – Hallettsville


Information Sessions:

Thursday, October 5th:  6-7 p.m.

Thursday, November 16th:  6-7 p.m.

Victoria College Zelda L. Allen School of Nursing

1410 N. Texana | Hallettsville, TX  77964


Information Includes:

  • Vocational Nursing Program application process
  • New Prerequisites & Requirements
  • Financial Aid



September Awareness – Cholesterol Education Month

Hi everyone!  It is National Cholesterol Education Month.  Below is a brief Q&A session on the subject of cholesterol.

Cholesterol & Health – Questions Answered:

What is the difference between dietary cholesterol and cholesterol levels in the body? –

Dietary Cholesterol:  Found in foods from animal sources, such as meats, liver/other organ meats, dairy foods, egg yolks, and shellfish.

Cholesterol Levels in the Body:  Cholesterol circulates in the blood throughout the body.  Your liver produces more cholesterol when you eat a diet high in saturated and trans fats.  Blood Cholesterol includes LDL Cholesterol (referred to as bad) and HDL Cholesterol (referred to as good).  Too much LDL (bad) in the blood can combine with other substances in the blood and stick to your artery walls forming plaque, which in turn narrows the arteries, leading to heart disease.

What is known to affect blood cholesterol levels in the body? –

  • Heredity – High blood cholesterol can run in families
  • Age – Blood cholesterol begins to rise around age 20
  • Being Overweight – Weight loss can lower LDL cholesterol levels
  • Physical Inactivity – Increasing activity can lower LDL (bad) and raise HDL (good) levels
  • Diet – Saturated and trans fats raise LDL (bad) levels

What other components of the diet affect blood cholesterol levels? –

Most foods high in dietary cholesterol (like high fat meat and dairy products) are also high in saturated fat.

It is recommended to replace saturated and trans fats with unsaturated vegetable sources – like olive or canola oils – to lower LDL.

Saturated fats are found in:

  • fatty cuts of meat
  • poultry with the skin
  • whole-milk dairy foods
  • lard
  • butter
  • coconut/palm oils

Trans fats are found in:

  • Some bakery products
  • Stick margarines