Weekly Health Columns

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 […]

June 6, 2018

The Effects of Dementia on Relationships

By Kathy Hubbard   In the past I’ve written about dementia in terms of the diseases and the warning signs. Today we’re going to look at how relationships are affected from the viewpoint of the person with the disease, not the care partner and not the medical professional. What happened is that while researching for […]

May 30, 2018

Does Popeye Have Osteoporsis?

By Kathy Hubbard   He’s 89 years old and his diet consisted primarily (or exclusively for all I know) on spinach. And, since spinach contains oxalates which prevent your body from absorbing calcium my question today is, does Popeye have osteoporosis? Or, more importantly, do you? We’ll talk more about spinach later. But, first let’s […]

May 23, 2018

Finding the Key to Teen Pregnancy Prevention

No moral judgement here, just the facts. Close to half of teens ages 15 to 19 are sexually active. The good news is that 86 percent of them said that they used some form of birth control but the bad news, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is that less than five […]

May 16, 2018

Common But Little-known Condition Can Cause Stroke

Thirty-five year old Laura Johnson had given birth to her second son three and a half months prior to suffering a stroke while living out of the country. “I was reading to my son and trying to get him to eat his breakfast. All of a sudden I lost the ability to talk and move,” […]

May 9, 2018

The Word of the D-d-day is D-d-disfluency

  By Kathy Hubbard   According to Wikipedia, disfluency, also spelled dysfluency is “any of various breaks, irregularities (within the English language, similar speech dysfluency occurs in different forms in other languages) or non-lexical vocables that occurs within the flow of otherwise fluent speech.” Got that? Of course you did. Basically, it’s when we don’t […]

May 2, 2018

Is It a Mental Illness or Just a Phase

  By Kathy Hubbard   “My daughter has been very depressed for the last several months,” a woman wrote on the Ask the Expert page of the Association for Children’s Mental Health (ACMH) website. “She was very withdrawn and rarely wanted to come out of her room. At one time we were even fearful we […]

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