Weekly Health Columns

July 12, 2016

Hydrate to feel great

“We’re walking less than three miles on a trail, I don’t think we’ll need any water,” was the answer to my question before we set out the other day. But, to make a short hike long, we got a little lost. When all was said and done we hiked/walked over five miles uphill the whole […]

July 5, 2016

Mosquito bites are worse than their buzz

By Kathy Hubbard In Bonner County we have neither the type of mosquito that spreads the Zika virus nor the ones that transmit West Nile Virus. It’s unlikely we’ll ever get Zika infected mosquitos as our climate isn’t conducive to them, but, there are cases of WNV in the southern end of our state, and […]

June 29, 2016

Let’s make safety a priority this 4th of July weekend

By Kathy Hubbard Yay, it’s our nation’s birthday and a three-day weekend to boot! Woohoo! Fourth of July is the day that 150 million hot dogs will be eaten and the day the most beer is sold. Two-thirds of us will barbecue and 43 percent of us will go see a fireworks display or shoot […]

June 22, 2016

Skin cancer research ongoing in U.S. and U.K.

By Kathy Hubbard Every year around this time – must have something to do with the summer solstice – I have written articles about skin cancers and what causes them. Can you spell UV light? Each summer I advise you to use sunscreen everyday on exposed skin. And, I always ask you to avoid tanning […]

June 15, 2016

The world is a brighter place after cataract surgery

By Kathy Hubbard Several months ago, I took a friend to an eye clinic and while waiting for her turn for tests a woman came and sat next to me. She was talking quietly on her phone and she was crying. I happened to be sitting next a box of tissues, so I passed it […]

June 8, 2016

Men’s Health Month brings awareness to preventable problems

By Kathy Hubbard “The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys,” states the Men’s Health Network’s website. And, with that in mind, Dr. David Gremillion, a MHN contributor says, “There is a silent health crisis in […]

June 1, 2016

Prescription Pain Killer Abuse at Crisis Level in U.S.

By Kathy Hubbard A 49-year old teacher wrote to the forum on The Addiction Recovery Guide’s website. The woman was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and was prescribed oxycodone. She wrote that after a year of treatment she was in total remission, but said … “I can’t stop the pain meds. Tomorrow I am telling my […]

May 25, 2016

Low Sodium Diet Study Should Be Taken With a Grain of Salt

By Kathy Hubbard Honestly, if you read enough studies you’ll find one that says sky diving without a parachute is good for your health. So, it’s no surprise that a recent study has determined that low-salt diets may not be beneficial and may actually increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Really? Maybe. A recent study, […]

May 18, 2016

Hypoallergenic Hotel Rooms Are Nothing To Sneeze At

By Kathy Hubbard The sign on the hotel states, “This is a hypoallergenic facility, please confine your pets to the dog run area,” or words to that effect. Posted on the door is a sign that says, “No pets allowed.” We were visiting Creston, B.C. and were standing outside the Ramada there. Hypoallergenic hotel rooms […]

May 11, 2016

Let’s Dispel the Stigma of Mental Illness

By Kathy Hubbard “Mental illness leaves a huge legacy, not just for the person suffering it but for those around them,” British actress Lysette Anthony said. Probably best known to us for her role in Woody Allen’s “Husbands and Wives,” Anthony knows first-hand the challenges of living with mental health issues. In an interview she […]

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