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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You're gonna need an ocean
Of calamine lotion
You'll be scratching like a hound
The minute you start to mess around...

Okay, name that tune.

Yep, it’s “Poison Ivy." And while the Coasters might have been singing about an ill-fated romance, plenty of people are going to find themselves in an unfortunate relationship with the three-leaved poison ivy plant this summer.

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When people think of ticks, the next thing they usually think of is Lyme Disease. But did you know ticks are responsible for over fifteen different human diseases in the United States?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ticks spread the pathogens that cause disease through the feeding process, when small amounts of their saliva enter their host.

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Have you cranked up one of your favorite songs when it came on the radio while carpooling and instantly been in a better mood? Do you turn on KRCU’s “Caffe Concerto” or “Afternoon Classics” when you need to focus on a project for work? Have you put yourself to sleep singing a lullaby to a baby?

It’s not just your imagination. Music has powerful effects on us mentally and physically.

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Have you had a blood workup lately and been told you are deficient in Vitamin D? Does it seem like you have other friends or family who have been told the same thing lately? Don’t worry, it isn’t a conspiracy between your doctors and the vitamin manufacturers.

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When I began weaning my first child, she let me know that she wasn’t happy about this turn of events. Eva was barely a year old, but she told me “more milk please, help!” She didn’t say it out loud...she signed it.

Dr. Joseph Garcia was working as an American Sign Language interpreter when he noticed that hearing children of deaf parents started communicating with sign language at an earlier age than hearing children did with spoken language. This discovery led him to the research that culminated in his book, Sign with Your Baby.

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