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
 

We all know the gifts that get mocked this time of year…fruitcake, another tie for dad, socks…we may have previously considered a health and fitness gift on the naughty list too. After all, what exactly was the gift giver implying? However, as Christmas quickly approaches, many might be hoping to find a fitness tracker under the tree. 

Flickr user Steve Labinski (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/)

How common is the common cold?According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the course of a year, people in the U.S. suffer 1 billion colds. But, when you’re coughing, sneezing, and miserable do you need a doctor?

Sometimes people are unsure if they have the flu, bronchitis, pneumonia...or just the common cold. To avoid an unnecessary trip to your healthcare provider and to prevent the overprescription of antibiotics, it helps to understand the difference between these illnesses.

Official healthcare.gov website

Americans have been able to enroll or re-enroll in health care plans for 2018 on the federal marketplace, HealthCare.gov since November 1. Enrollment will close on December 15. This will be the shortest open enrollment period since the Affordable Care Act marketplaces began.

You have about three more weeks to get signed up for health insurance if you don’t get coverage through your employer, your parents, or a government plan, like Medicaid or Medicare.

Flickr user Ron Mader (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)

In the book "Soul Service," Christine Cowgill states, “Death should not be viewed as a medical failure but as a natural conclusion to life.”

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

PTSD

Nov 8, 2017

November 11 is Veteran’s Day.  As we honor those who have served our country in the armed forces, let us also remember an ongoing battle many veterans continue to fight: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.

According to the Veteran’s Administration, since 9/11, nearly 30 percent of the Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans treated at V.A. hospitals and clinics have been diagnosed with PTSD.

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