Weekly Health Columns

November 21, 2018

Time to Talk About Family Health History

  By Kathy Hubbard   It became an annual Thanksgiving tradition for Martha to announce at dinner that this would be her last. Not a particularly cheerful human being, Martha was certain that her death was imminent and because of which she might as well have another piece of pie. “So, Grandma, what’ve you got […]

November 14, 2018

Vaping Poses Health Risk for Teens

  By Kathy Hubbard The conversation was about what drugs we were exposed to when we were young compared to what’s available to teens today. One adult spoke of drinking beer, most of us admitted to smoking cigarettes, and because we were all young during the summer of love, we talked about marijuana (some of […]

November 7, 2018

COPD Sufferers More Apt to Develop Lung Cancer

By Kathy Hubbard   Not all smokers will develop COPD, but almost all COPD sufferers are smokers. And although not all people with COPD will develop lung cancer, researchers who conducted a study in 2015 concluded that people with COPD are twice as likely to develop the disease. The lifetime risk of developing lung cancer […]

October 31, 2018

Itching to Learn More About Diabetes?

  By Kathy Hubbard   Today we’re going to talk about two things. One is a symptom that one wouldn’t necessarily associate with diabetes, and the other is how you can find out all there is to know about this disease at an upcoming event.  Let’s start with Diabetes Day and who should attend. That’s […]

October 24, 2018

Now’s the Time to Get Your Flu Shot

  By Kathy Hubbard   For every reason you might have for not getting a flu shot, there’s a reason why you should. I’ll start with the fact that early estimates indicate that 900,000 people were hospitalized and more than 80,000 people died from the flu last season. “Flu vaccination has been shown to reduce […]

October 17, 2018

Learn to Care for Your Joints

  By Kathy Hubbard No, we’re not going to talk about marijuana, nor where you live, today we’re talking about the type of joints where two bones connect. You know, like your elbows and knees, your hips and your head and having fingers that can wave goodbye. “Smooth tissue called cartilage and synovium and a […]

October 10, 2018

Physical Therapy Plays a Large Role In Breast Cancer Rehabilitation

By Kathy Hubbard   It is most likely happenstance that Breast Cancer Awareness and National Physical Therapy Month both occur in October, but they do. And, because of (or in spite of) it there are several articles about the role that physical therapy plays in breast cancer surgery rehabilitation. Breast cancer treatment options are surgeries […]

October 3, 2018

It’s Sip and Screen Mammo Party Time at BGH

  By Kathy Hubbard   It’s what? It’s October. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a Sip and Screen Mammo Party at Bonner General Health and it’s never been more fun to have a mammogram. Thirty-six lucky women who will call or go online for their appointment right now, will not only be screened with […]

September 26, 2018

Don’t Hang Up on Chronic Pain Relief

  By Kathy Hubbard   “DON’T HANG UP!” The booming voice said over the phone. The call, like many robocalls had a local number so for a moment I didn’t realize that it wasn’t a real person. “We can stop your chronic pain,” the woman’s voice yelled at me. I can only assume they turned […]

September 19, 2018

When Your Heart Beats to a Different Drummer

By Kathy Hubbard   It’s supposed to go lub dub, lub dub but if it goes lub, lub dub or dub dub dub lub it could be atrial fibrillation. A patient at American Heart Association said, “My heart flip-flops, skips beats, and feels like it’s banging against my chest wall, especially if I’m carrying stuff […]

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