Weekly Health Columns

September 5, 2018

Ovarian Cancer Holds Fifth Place for Cancer Deaths Among Women

  By Kathy Hubbard We’ll start with good news. Ovarian cancer incidence rates have been decreasing since the mid-1980s according to the American Cancer Society. “The death rate declined by 33 percent between 1976 and 2015. This progress is due to reductions in incidence and improvements in treatment,” ACS says on their website. Why? Most […]

August 29, 2018

Be the Star Player on Your Health Care Team

By Kathy Hubbard   Last week when I was researching my article on menopause I came across several articles and studies about hormone replacement therapy and opinions on whether or not the benefits outweighed the risks. All said something to the effect that it was up to the woman to decide whether the symptoms were […]

August 22, 2018

Is It Hot in Here? Or is it The Change?

By Kathy Hubbard Jan is a tall, attractive woman who dresses impeccably and always has her make-up perfectly applied. Well, at least she was until she reached her early 50s. One minute she’d be perfectly fine and the next moment she would be perspiring (I know women glow, but honestly she sweated like a horse). […]

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 […]

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