Weekly Health Columns

February 20, 2019

Knees and Hips and Backs, Oh My

  By Kathy Hubbard   To the Chinese, this is the year of the pig. In my circle, this is the year of the knee. And, you can add hips and backs to that as well, often to the same people. My sister-in-law had knee replacement surgery mid-summer and her hip replaced the first of […]

February 13, 2019

Measles Outbreak Cause for Serious Concern

  By Kathy Hubbard   Sometimes life is baffling. Take the fact that in 2000 measles were declared eliminated from the United States, but last week the governor of Washington declared a state of emergency because 55 cases of measles were confirmed in Clark County. And, it’s not just in Washington. Texas is the eleventh […]

February 6, 2019

You Gotta Have a Healthy Heart

By Kathy Hubbard   In your lifetime, your heart will beat around 2.5 billion times pushing millions of gallons of blood to every inch of your body. This steady flow of blood carries oxygen, fuel, hormones, other compounds and a whole host of essential cells. It also whisks away the waste products of metabolism. “When […]

January 30, 2019

Intensive Behavior Therapy Yields Weight Loss Success

  By Kathy Hubbard   Some statistics can be misleading. For instance, the National Institute of Health says that a body mass index (BMI) over 30 indicates obesity. But, the two star running backs in this Sunday’s Super Bowl, Todd Gurley for the Rams and Sony Michel for the Patriots, both sport BMIs over 30. […]

January 23, 2019

BGH to Welcome ENT Specialist

By Kathy Hubbard It seems like a physician who specializes in ear, nose and throat conditions has the most diverse practice of any other specialty. I counted 41 diseases and conditions that might send you to an ENT physician, who professionally is called an otolaryngologist (oh-toe-lair-in-goll-oh-jist). One physician described the specialty as one who treats […]

January 16, 2019

Putting Parkinson’s Symptoms on the Ropes

  By Kathy Hubbard   “The doctor tells you that you have Parkinson’s and it’s degenerative which means it’ll get worse every day and it’s incurable. Now if you put that together you realize that as crummy as you feel today it’s the best you’re ever going to feel. Tomorrow you’re going to feel worse. […]

January 9, 2019

Cervical Cancer Cases Down But Not Out

By Kathy Hubbard   Once upon a time cervical cancer was the number one cause of cancer deaths for American women. Now, thanks to the common screening procedure called a Pap test or Pap smear, cervical cancer ranks fourteenth in frequency. Last year, 13,240 new cases were estimated to be diagnosed with just over 4,000 […]

December 26, 2018

Stopping the Flu From Becoming Pneumonia

  By Kathy Hubbard   “No cause for alarm over flu,” the newspaper headline said on December 11, 1918. Floyd Wendle, MD, County Health Officer said, “There is no cause for alarm over the ‘flu’ situation as I think we have it well in hand. We have had but four new cases in the last […]

December 19, 2018

Let’s Be Safe Out There This Holiday Season

  By Kathy Hubbard   Today we’re giving a shout out to the nurses, lab techs, emergency department administration, maintenance, food service, housekeeping personnel and physicians who are working the holidays this year. And let’s not forget those who staff our local EMS and fire departments plus our police officers and sheriff deputies who will […]

December 12, 2018

Nurse Practitioners’ Specialties as Diverse as Healthcare Needs

  By Kathy Hubbard   Before we start our conversation about nurse practitioners and their role in your healthcare, it might be a good idea to start with a little history of nursing. The word “nurse” comes from the Latin word “nutrire” which means to suckle or nourish. The definition of a nurse as “a […]

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