Ask Hanna

Ask Hanna answers

What should I do if bitten by an animal suspected of being rabid?

What should I do if bitten by an animal suspected of being rabid?

Rabies is a potentially fatal viral disease most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. Over 90% of rabies infections in the U.S. occur in wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, coyotes, bats, and foxes. Transmission to humans can occur when virus-containing saliva of a rabid animal enters its victim from a bite. ...
What effect does excessive drinking have on the body?

What effect does excessive drinking have on the body?

Many times, we tend to think of long-standing conditions, such as chronic liver disease, as being responsible for causing deaths due to excessive alcohol consumption. A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), however, has shed new light on the actual causes of alcohol-attributable deaths. The main goal of this study was to ...
Is there really such a thing as a “broken heart”?

Is there really such a thing as a “broken heart”?

Nicknamed “broken heart syndrome”, Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy (TCM) is a temporary condition associated with sudden, severe weakness of the heart muscle.  “Cardio” refers to the heart and “myopathy” means muscle disease.  Another name for this condition is “stress-induced cardiomyopathy”, since it is triggered by emotional or physical stress.  The disease was first described in 1990 in ...
How do I alleviate tooth pain at home?

How do I alleviate tooth pain at home?

Just like other organs or structures in the body, the teeth are susceptible to injuries, infections, and defects. Knowing what do when one of these occurs can help minimize discomfort and improve the outcome. In some cases, this may even mean the difference in saving or losing a tooth. In the next two editions of ...
How do I treat a dental issue while I wait to see a dentist?

How do I treat a dental issue while I wait to see a dentist?

Just like other organs or structures in the body, the teeth are susceptible to acute injuries, infections, and defects. Knowing what do when one of these occurs can help minimize discomfort and improve the outcome. In some cases, this may even mean the difference in saving or losing a tooth. Last article Health Tip discussed ...
What is a goiter and what do you do about it?

What is a goiter and what do you do about it?

A goiter is not a specific disease, but is a term used to describe an enlarged thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is a small butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the front of the neck. It secretes hormones that help in the regulation of a number of functions in the body including heart rate, ...
What are some effective home remedies?

What are some effective home remedies?

“Stuff that works, stuff that holds upThe kind of stuff you don’t hang on the wallStuff that’s real, stuff you feel The kind of stuff you reach for when you fall” Guy Clark—“Stuff that Works”; Regular readers of our Health Tips may remember a previous edition of “Stuff That Works” that described several simple, yet ...
Why should I quit smoking?

Why should I quit smoking?

Recent statistics indicate that over 46 million Americans still smoke despite widespread knowledge that tobacco use is a leading cause of disease and premature death. However, of these, almost 70% would like to quit. Why don’t they? Because most smokers find smoking to be pleasurable and nicotine is one of the most addicting drugs around. ...

DISCLAIMER: The information and opinions expressed in the programs on this channel and website are intended to address specific questions asked or situations described in each particular program, are for educational purposes only, and are not designed to constitute advice or recommendations as to any disease, ailment, or physical condition. You should not act or rely upon any information contained in these programs without seeking the advice of your personal physician or a qualified medical provider. If you have any questions about the information or opinions expressed, please contact your doctor or other medical professional.