Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs

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Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs is an instructor and the director of health communication for Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Communication Studies and Modern Languages. She writes for special publications of The Southeast Missourian and is a certified Community Health Worker. 

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That time of the month. A visit from your friend. The curse. Aunt Flo. There are so many euphemisms for menstruation that sometimes women and girls get the message they really shouldn’t mention it. Perhaps that’s why one of the mottos of the Endometriosis Association is “Let’s Talk About It.” 

March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month.

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States. To catch those typically slow-growing malignancies early, when they can often be cured, most doctors' groups recommend colorectal cancer screening starting at age 50. Despite the high cure rate when colon cancer is caught early, only two-thirds of Americans over 50 get screened.


March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Did you know that there is a whole rapid response network dedicated to combating anti-vaccine attacks on the social media pages, web sites, and review sites of providers? Shots Heard Round the World is a digital calvary that comes to the defense of providers who face coordinated online attacks after standing up for vaccines. I have a feeling they may be pretty busy after today, which is #DoctorsSpeakUp Day.

Someone recently asked me if they should handle Amazon packages with gloves, and spray them with Lysol, in case they were shipped from China and contaminated with coronavirus. A friend entered a Chicago doctor’s office with her son who was adopted from South Korea and saw a woman gasp and put her hand over the mouth and nose of the child seated next to her. 

When a newly married couple smiles, everyone knows why. When a ten-year married couple smiles, everyone wonders why.

Despite all the jokes about miserable marriages, research suggests that people who are married are happier and healthier. But, are these people happier and healthier because they are married?