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.

How many mosquito bites have you already received this summer? While most of the time, mosquitos just provide us with itchy annoyance, according to the World Health Organization, of all disease-transmitting insects, the mosquito is the greatest menace, spreading malaria, dengue and yellow fever, which together are responsible for several million deaths and hundreds of millions of cases every year.

The mosquito became even more infamous recently due to it being the source of transmission of the Zika virus and the resulting microcephaly in babies born to infected mothers.

flickr user John Flannery (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)

When people think of ticks, the next thing they usually think of is Lyme Disease. But did you know ticks are responsible for over fifteen different human diseases in the United States?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ticks spread the pathogens that cause disease through the feeding process, when small amounts of their saliva enter their host.

Summer break has arrived! As the old saying goes, when packing for vacation, bring half the clothes and twice the money. While overpacking or going into debt will definitely put a damper on happy travels, getting sick during those hard-earned vacation days can be a nightmare. 

Here are some tips for staying healthy whether you are traveling by air or sea, domestically or abroad.

Just about everyone has heard of Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but what about the saying, “A hug a day keeps the doctor away?”

As silly as it sounds, this quote holds some truth.

Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and it’s time to break out shorts and sandals.  It’s also that time when people complain about being pale and want to get tan fast. However, many forget about the safe alternatives to getting a bronzed look. Are you one of the many people that lay in a tanning bed either unaware of or ignoring its dangers?

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