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Morning Exam: The Week in Review

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This week on KOAM Morning News... Dave Pylant and Tawnya Bach focused on issues important to your health. We teamed up with a number of area health professionals to discuss topics ranging from Alzheimer's to heart attacks to diabetes.
 
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MONDAY MORNING

Doctors say it's important to get a regular checkup every one to two years, but every now and then, you may experience chest pain or shortness of breath (to name a few). According to Dr. Sean Smith, an emergency doctor with Mercy Hospital, it's important not to ignore the red flags. Tawnya Bach talked to Dr. Smith about some of the symptoms you should not ignore.

When you reach the big 50, you should definitely have your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose levels checked. That's according to Shelby Allen, a prevention and wellness supervisor with Freeman Health System. Tawnya Bach talked to Shelby Allen about those needed tests.

 


 
TUESDAY MORNING
 
Many people begin to have problems recalling phone numbers, names and faces around their 40's, 50's or 60's. That's according to Dr. Debra Buckler with Freeman Health System. Dave Pylant talked to Dr. Buckler about "senior moments," forgetfulness, Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.


WEDNESDAY MORNING

 

A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology finds four out of five heart attacks in men could be prevented through a healthy lifestyle. That includes maintaining a healthy weight and diet, exercising, not smoking and moderate alcohol use. Researchers estimate less than two percent of Americans follow lifestyles considered ideal for cardiovascular health. Dave Pylant talked to Dr. James Hoff, a cardiologist with Mercy Hospital, about heart attack prevention.

About one in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer. Plus, did you know breast cancer is not just limited to women? It also affects men. Tawnya Bach talked to Dr. Kenneth Watts, a breast surgeon with Mercy Hospital, about what both women and men need to know.

 

THURSDAY MORNING

A recent study published in the Journal Nature finds artificial sweeteners could put people at risk for diabetes. So does that mean you should change your diet? Tawnya Bach talked to Heather Richards, a nutritionist with Mercy Hospital.


 
FRIDAY MORNING

The FDA says some common over-the-counter medications could impair your driving. Dave Pylant will talk to Chris Okeke, director of pharmacy, respiratory therapy and sleep diagnostics at Via Christi Hospital, about what people need to look out for on medication labels.

Millions of Americans struggle with addiction. Tawnya Bach will talk to Dr. Jeffrey Burch, a clinical psychologist with Via Christi Hospital, about ways to fight an addiction and overcome life's obstacles.

 

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