Weekly Health Columns

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 […]

September 12, 2018

Lessons from an Attempted Suicide

  By Kathy Hubbard   From the outside looking in, Barbara’s life was perfect. Her children were grown, successful, happily married. Her affectionate husband had just retired and they were planning a trip to Europe. Barbara had never financially needed to work but thoroughly enjoyed her job as the director of a senior center. Each […]

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 […]

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