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.

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

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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The American Red Cross reports that although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually donate each year. Donations at high school and college blood drives account for as much as 20 percent of the supply during the school year, but during the summer months, these donors are not as accessible. When vacations disrupt other regular donors’ schedules, we are faced with a summer blood shortage.

John Adams wrote his wife, Abigail that July 4th “ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."

Independence Day is almost here and many of us will be celebrating it in a style that would make John Adams proud. However, this is also the time of year that the National Council on Fireworks Safety reminds the public of the safe and responsible use of consumer fireworks.

Did you know that the term “dog days of summer” actually has nothing to do with canines? Jon Katz, author of Dog Days says it actually goes back to the Romans belief that Sirius, the brightest star in the “big dog” constellation rose with the sun to create great days of heat. However, dogs may know how to better deal with hot days than humans do...they find shade and lay down, while we just go about our busy lives.

Do you know how to tell when you are too darn hot? Johns Hopkins School of Medicine describes three levels of heat related illness.

Have you noticed that when you purchase your favorite hand soap, the label no longer says “Antibacterial”? 

In, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration banned 19 supposedly antibacterial additives commonly found in over-the-counter soaps. Manufacturers had two years to comply with the ruling

This may seem strange to us as consumers, as we know washing hands kills germs---wouldn’t having antibacterial additives in our soap kill more germs?

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