Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs

Host, To Your Health

Brooke Hildebrand Clubbs is an instructor and the director of health communication for Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Communication Studies. She writes for special publications of The Southeast Missourian and is the founder of Jimmy’s Friends, a student volunteer organization that provides social support to hospitalized children and their families. 

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A recent Gallup poll found that while most health providers recommend adults get 7-9 hours of sleep each night, folks in the United States currently average 6.8 hours of sleep at night. Odds are, you could use a nap.

People nap for different reasons. For some it is to make up for lost sleep, for some it is in preparation of sleep loss, and for others, it can be just for enjoyment.

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According to an article by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in five new prescriptions are never filled, and among those filled, approximately 50% are taken incorrectly, particularly with regard to timing, dosage, frequency, and duration.

When you can’t decide which entree sounds best to you at a restaurant, you may order a combo platter. When doctors couldn’t decide which risk factor was the deadliest, they created a name for this combo platter: metabolic syndrome.

While no universally accepted definition of the metabolic syndrome, or Met Syn, exists, various organizations agree, according to the Encyclopedia of Lifestyle, Medicine and Health, that Met Syn is diagnosed by a combination of 3 or more of the following factors:

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It takes courage for a young woman to seek help for problems with her period, but often she may be thinking about short term relief rather than long term health effects. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is an example of a condition that can have such effects. John Nestler, the chair of the department of internal medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University stated, “classically, we thought of  PCOS  as primarily as an infertility disorder or a cosmetic annoyance, but we now know that it’s also a metabolic disorder and a serious long-term health concern.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, of all the alcohol-related fatalities involving teens each year, about one-third of them take place during April, May and June - prom and graduation season.

As we approach the days of corsages, slow dances, mortar boards and “Pomp and Circumstance,” it is important to also keep safety in mind.

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