Weekly Health Columns

August 15, 2018

Good Dental Care Starts Before Baby Starts Teething

By Kathy Hubbard   Sometimes you see the darnedest things. Just the other day, in a local grocery store there was a woman walking around with a pacifier in her mouth. It’s hard not to be judgmental. But eventually this binky biting woman walked over to a carriage, took the pacifier out of her mouth […]

August 8, 2018

All About Gout

By Kathy Hubbard   Henry VIII had it. So did Benjamin Franklin, Alexander the Great, Beethoven, both of my brothers, my father and my friend, Jim. Although post-menopausal women can get it, it isn’t as common as men having a flare-up of this inflammatory arthritis called gout. “The signs and symptoms of gout almost always […]

August 1, 2018

A Look Inside Diagnostic Imaging

By Kathy Hubbard   It was one of those, “If only I had a nickel every time I said …” moment. Because once again I was telling someone that it didn’t matter if their doctor was in Spokane or Spain, they could have their diagnostic imaging done right here in Sandpoint. What? Yes. Bonner General […]

July 25, 2018

Even Smokey Bear Can’t Avoid Breathing Smoky Air

By Kathy Hubbard   The word is puteo.  It’s Latin for to stink, be redolent, or smell bad. We say P.U., but according to EnglishStackExchange.com it should be spelled piu. All this to tell you that on Friday morning that’s what I said when I smelled smoke in the air obviously coming from a forest […]

July 18, 2018

What Exactly is PTSD?

By Kathy Hubbard Combat. School shootings. Bombings. Rape. Sudden death. Mass murders. Terrorist attacks. Abuse. Devastating accidents. Natural disaster. Name it, experience it, suffer for it. And, that suffering is called Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. “Most people recover from traumatic events,” the Anxiety and Depression Association of America says. “But, some experience severe distress, anxiety, […]

July 11, 2018

Every Ten Seconds Someone Gets a Migraine

By Kathy Hubbard   What this headline should have read is, “Every ten seconds, someone in the U.S. goes to the emergency room complaining of head pain, and approximately 1.2 million visits are for acute migraine attacks.” Migraine Research Foundation goes on to say that “everyone either knows someone who suffers from migraine, or struggles […]

July 4, 2018

Loud Noises Affect Health in More Ways Than Hearing Loss

By Kathy Hubbard   It’s not rocket science. Loud, repeated noises can negatively affect your hearing. What you may not know is that continuous exposure to noise can also affect your health in other ways. I just came across an article on the website, Healthline.com which points out a few of the many impacts on […]

June 27, 2018

Put Safety First this Fourth of July

By Kathy Hubbard Last week I said I could go on and on when it came to summer safety, so this week I’m going to fulfill that promise and go on about having a safe 4th of July. Just because it lands smack in the middle of the week, doesn’t mean it’s lost its potential […]

June 20, 2018

How to Avoid Summer Bummers

By Kathy Hubbard Astronomers say that summer starts on the solstice (longest day) which is tomorrow. Meteorologists divide the year into four seasons and count June 1 as the first day of summer. I think most of us around here either start calling it summer on Memorial Day weekend or when school lets out. Regardless […]

June 13, 2018

Is It Hypothyroidism or Hypochondria?

By Kathy Hubbard Grace has been overweight all of her adult life. Her blood pressure tends to be very low and her hands and feet are always cold. Lately, she feels so tired she can barely get out of bed, but staying in bed doesn’t help because she has difficulty sleeping. She did an extensive […]

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