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
 

Sleep

Mar 16, 2016

How many times did you hit the snooze button this morning? As playwright Wilson Mizner observed, “The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more.”

Full disclosure: As a mother of three, I have called poison control twice. Once when my son, almost 2, swiped a pill of mine that looked a little too much like an M&M and again when my youngest daughter, also almost 2, decided to taste a detergent pod while helping me with the laundry.

The third week in March is National Poison Prevention Week.

According to The Department of Health and Human Services, a poison is anything that can harm someone if it is 1) used in the wrong way, 2) used by the wrong person, or 3) used in the wrong amount.

Did you eat your Wheaties this morning? Have an Incredible, Edible Egg? Roll your eyes if you must, but more and more research is supporting the old saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

What is the most fatal mental disorder? The answer, which may surprise you, is anorexia nervosa. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, it has an estimated mortality rate of around 10 percent.

This is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The National Eating Disorders Association states that the three most common types of eating disorders are:

Anorexia Nervosa, in which there is inadequate food intake, intense fear of weight gain, obsession with weight and persistent behavior to prevent weight gain;

Ten fingers, ten toes and one perfect heart.

This is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week.

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