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
 

Is folic acid a part of your nutritious breakfast? If you had a bowl of cereal this morning, it probably was.

It’s Folic Acid Awareness Week.

However, it is particularly important for women of child-bearing age because it prevents birth and neural tube defects, like spina bifida, in babies.

A gynecological oncologist recently lamented that women often don’t come to see him until their cancers are very advanced. Because of the hesitancy to report symptoms occurring “below the waist” and the mistaken belief that gynecological cancers are associated with promiscuity, women are literally dying of embarrassment.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.

Stores are swapping the shelves full of cookie-making supplies with displays for weight-loss products. It reflects our state of mind…regretting the holiday indulgences, we want to quickly get back on the right track for the new year.

How long have you been sitting in your car or at your desk listening to the radio? If it has been more than 20 minutes, I have some bad news for you.

More and more research shows that sitting is the new smoking in terms of its negative effects on our health. Some are even referring to the problems associated with sedentary lifestyles as “sitting disease.”

George Burns said, “It only takes one drink to get me drunk. The trouble is I can’t remember if it’s the thirteenth or the fourteenth.”

While no health professional would advocate drinking to excess, many are beginning to recommend one to two drinks a day, particularly if that drink is red wine.

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