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 7:31 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 comes from EBO MD and EBO Center for Diabetes in Cape Girardeau. They're online at DO YOU EBO.com
 

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Would you believe that Finland has lowered its infant mortality rate from 65 out of 1,000 babies to one of the lowest in the world--and now has some of the happiest mothers in the world---because they put their babies in boxes? Baby boxes, or boxinettes, are now being given out at some U.S. Hospitals, including some in our listening area, to help reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS, as well as accidental smothering. A helpful acronym to remember for safe sleep is B-A-B-Y:

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The British comedian Jo Brand once remarked, “anything is good if it is made of chocolate.” But can anything made of chocolate also be good for you? Would you like to feel less guilty about the chocolates you ate on Valentine’s Day?

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It might start off seeming like the comments come from a caring place. “Please don’t wear that shirt when we go out. I love you so much, I can’t stand it when other guys look at you.” But soon, it escalates to verbal and physical abuse or digital dating abuse, where one partner  reads the other’s text messages and wants access to the passwords for their e-mail and social media profiles.

February is teen dating violence awareness month.

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Have you ever been told you needed to raise your cholesterol and thought, “but, wait, the Cheerios commercial said I need to lower it”?

The concept of “good” and “bad” cholesterol can be confusing.The American Heart Association states the two types of lipoproteins that carry cholesterol to and from cells are low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, and high-density lipoprotein, or HDL.

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I can remember a big milk carton style box of Epsom salts sitting in the linen closet at my grandparents’ house. Like the canister of Metamucil in the kitchen and the denture tray in the bathroom, it seemed like one of the mysteries of senior citizens that would one day be revealed to me.  So I was surprised when after indulging in a massage recently, the massage therapist told me I should take a bath with Epsom salts that night. Didn’t I have at least another 20 years before I needed that? And wasn’t it sort of an old-timey remedy? Did it even really work?

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