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.,  Dr. 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.

Local support for this program comes from Dr. Greg Pursley, Board Certified Chiropractic Physician, with PC Wellness Centers in Cape Girardeau.

Do you only run if someone is chasing you? Are you wondering what all this couch to 5K talk is about?

Yesterday was Global Running Day. Did you miss it? Or, are you one of the many who recently joined the ranks of runners?

Recreational running became popular in the 1970s, crested, and is now experiencing another boom. Runners World magazine reports that in 1990, there were an estimated 303,000 finishers nationwide in half-marathons (a 13.1 mile distance). In 2013, there were 1.96 million who crossed a half-marathon finish line.

In June 2002, five-year-old Virginia Graeme Baker became stuck to a hot tub drain and, despite knowing how to swim, was unable to pull herself free. The little girl’s death prompted the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act which was signed into law in 2007.

May is National Water Safety Month.

As we head into the long, hot days of summer, it is important to keep in mind some simple steps to ensure that a day at the pool doesn’t end in tragedy.

I was once criticized for being “too politically correct” for requesting products without peanuts for a community Easter Egg Hunt. However, according to Food Allergy Research and Education, 1 in 13 children have a food allergy. Strict avoidance is the only way to avoid a potentially life-threatening reaction. I wasn’t trying to be politically correct. I was trying to prevent a tragedy.

It’s Food Allergy Awareness Week.

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.