To Your Health

With some questionable health advice being posted by your friends on Facebook, politicians arguing about the state of the American healthcare system and a new medical study being summarized in just a sentence or two on TV---that seems to contradict the study you heard summarized  yesterday---it can be overwhelming to navigate the ever changing landscape of health news.

Every Thursday at 7:42 a.m. and 5:18 p.m., Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs provides health information you can trust. With trustworthy sources, she explores the fact and fiction surrounding various medical conditions and treatments, makes you aware of upcoming screenings, gives you prevention strategies and more…all to your health.
 

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What if when we talked about kids going “back to school” we considered their actual backs and their spinal health?

In the late 1970s, psychoanalyst Herbert Fruedenberger coined the term “burnout” to compare his feelings of exhaustion in response to stress with the way his patients’ cigarettes sometimes burned out while they were holding them. While burnout has been the focus of many studies in the last four decades, and an inventory was developed by Dr. Christina Maslach to measure it, the concept of burnout was often disputed and not officially recognized as a mental disorder.

Runners sometimes joke about the strangest places they have gotten a drink when putting in long, hot miles ---from a stranger’s garden hose, a spigot on a golf course---but dehydration is no laughing matter. It’s also not something to cry about...because people who are dehydrated can’t produce tears.

You stand up and all your papers fall out of your unzipped bag. As you begin picking everything up you mutter, “I’m so…” How did you fill in those blanks?  Clumsy? Messy? If you chose any word other than the “r-word”---retarded---you may have been influenced by the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign.

The other night my daughter Lily was listing how where we live could be turned into nouns to describe us: Americans, Missourians, Jacksonians. However, there are so many things other than our geography that make up who we are. Similarly, there is much more to people who have disabilities or health conditions than their disability or condition. This is the rationale for person-first language.

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