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.
 

According to the American Stroke Association, every 40 seconds, someone has a stroke. Would you know how to spot one?

May is American Stroke Month.

One out of six people will suffer a stroke in their lifetime. It is the leading cause of disability in the US and the #5 cause of death. However, it is treatable and beatable, especially if the signs of stroke are quickly recognized so medical attention can be given.  Acting fast can mean the difference between life and death; a full recovery and permanent disability.

In the late 1940s to the early 1950s, polio outbreaks in the United States increased in frequency and size; polio disabled an average of more than 35,000 people in the United States each year. It was one of the most feared diseases of the twentieth century. Thanks to effectiveness of the vaccine, the United States has been polio-free since 1979.

This is World Immunization Week.

Cowboy. Sidewalk. Pancake. Toothbrush. Did you need to turn up your radio just now?

These are some of the two syllable compound words the American Speech and Hearing Association uses to determine Speech Reception Threshold---the lowest level at which you can hear and identify speech. Normal range is 0-20 decibels. But frequently our environment is too noisy for us to hear in that range. And after too much exposure to noise, we can’t hear at that range, even in a soundproof booth.

April 27 is International Noise Awareness Day.

A Prairie Home Companion’s host, Garrison Keillor once proclaimed, “Sex is good. But not as good as fresh sweet corn.”

Farmers’ Markets are beginning to open and with them, the opportunity to experience the delight and health benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The USDA reports that fresh, local produce is at its peak in flavor and nutrition. Right now, you might be able to get asparagus, strawberries and rhubarb at the local farmers’ market. You’ll have to wait till summer to get some sweet corn of the caliber Mr. Keillor is talking about.

On September 9, 2012, Southeast Missouri State University nursing student and soccer player, Meg Herndon was critically injured in a motor vehicle accident near campus. Everything was done to save her, but when she died several days later, she gave life through the donation of her liver, kidneys and rare negative B type blood. 

April is National Donate Life Month.

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