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July is Juvenile Arthritis (JA) Awareness Month

Approximately 294,000 children under the age of 18 are affected by pediatric arthritis and rheumatologic conditions, commonly referred to as juvenile arthritis. Juvenile arthritis – or JA – refers to any form of arthritis or arthritis-related conditions that develop in children or teenagers. No known cause has been pinpointed for most forms of JA, nor […]

Protecting Against Headaches

Each year, the National Headache Foundation (NHF) recognizes Headache Awareness Week in June in order to bring attention to the nationwide problem of headaches and to encourage sufferers to recognize their headache patterns and seek help. According to the NHF, 29.5 million Americans suffer from migraine pain and associated symptoms, which is equivalent to 13% […]

Reminding Men to Remember Your Health!

Each year, Men’s Health Week is celebrated as the week leading up to and including Father’s Day (June 19). The purpose of this week is to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Over the years, those in the medical community have recognized a […]

Get Moving in May

Arthritis is our country’s most common cause of disability. For this reason, the Arthritis Foundation sponsors an Arthritis Walk each May. This annual nationwide event raises awareness and funds to fight arthritis, which affects 50 million men, women, and children. According to the Centers for Disease Control, arthritis and rheumatic conditions cost the U.S. economy […]

The Importance of Knowing Your Numbers

Chances are if you have been to the doctor recently, you’ve had your blood pressure taken. After removing the Velcro cuff from your arm, the nurse will tell you two numbers before jotting them down. Regardless of how familiar this process is to most Americans, many of us do not understand what those numbers mean […]

Is Laughter the Best Medicine?

Everyone has heard the phrase, “Laughter is the best medicine.”  But is this statement really true?  With April designated as National Humor Month, we look at the benefits of a cheerier outlook and if it really does make for good medicine. What exactly happens physically when we laugh?  Some researchers believe the effects of laugher and exercise […]

Imaging, At Your Service

Methodist Hospital for Surgery, the newest hospital in the Dallas, Texas, area, offers patients a multifaceted imaging department featuring the latest state-of-the-art technology as well as a superior clinical staff.  The hospital prides itself on providing unparalleled service to patients and physicians. “If a patient needs to undergo an imaging procedure at 9 p.m., we’ll make it happen,” […]

Building Healthy Habits

There is no doubt that healthy habits start at a young age, from eating a balanced diet to exercising regularly. However, children do not automatically or intuitively have these habits, so it is important that parents to teach their children how to choose healthy foods and to be physically active. The Centers for Disease Control […]

Aaacho! Spring Allergies

As you breathe a sigh of relief that winter is over and warmer weather is upon us, that sigh may quickly be followed by a sneeze.  It is estimated that 35 million Americans suffer each year from allergies in the springtime, triggered mostly by the release of pollen into the air.  While there is no […]