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Dec
21
2012

Learning about Chronic Pain

Sufferers of chronic pain no doubt cringe as the seasons change and the temperatures cool. Why? Chronic painful conditions get more intense and widespread in the cold months because nerves become more sensitive in the cold. Additionally, painful conditions feel worse in the winter because of the muscle and ligament stiffness that result from lower temperatures.

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Dec
07
2012

Tips for a Healthy & Safe Winter

Even when the weather turns cold, there is a still a lot of fun to be enjoyed outdoors for you and your family. However, just as summertime brings its own share of hazards to be cautious of, winter does as well, from sledding to ice skating to skiing. But these potential injuries can be navigated with some simple precautions.

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Nov
16
2012

The importance of diabetes awareness

Each year the importance of diabetes education prevention grows in magnitude. It is estimated that 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, which is approximately 8.3 percent of the population. Of those numbers, about seven million are undiagnosed cases. In addition, experts estimate that there are approximately 79 million Americans suffering from pre-diabetes, meaning they have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

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Nov
02
2012

Have Fun and Stay Safe This Fall

With fall approaching, it is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the benefits of cooler weather before the winter months, and freezing temperatures, begin. Fun autumn activities are ideal for luring your kids away from computer or television screens and breathing some fresh air.

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Oct
19
2012

Importance of Women Caring for Themselves

Most women will take the time and effort to do almost anything if they believe it will benefit their family or career, but few women will spend time on just themselves. Whether it is a perceived lack of time, lack of worth, or lack of support, many women feel it is almost impossible to concentrate on taking care of themselves, in addition to everyone else around them. Mothers and grandmothers have an especially difficult time feeling generous toward themselves, often caring for others to the detriment of their own personal health.

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Oct
05
2012

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For many individuals, October and breast cancer awareness go hand-in-hand. The 25-year-old health observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month promotes breast cancer issues through a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies — all working together to share information on the disease and provide greater access to services.

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Sep
18
2012

Observing National Rehabilitation Awareness Week

This year the National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation (NRAF) is observing National Rehabilitation Awareness Week during the week of September 16-22. The foundation’s mission is to educate people about the benefits and impact of rehabilitation; develop programs which aim to increase opportunities for the nearly 50 million Americans with disabilities; and help those who are disabled live up to their fullest potential.

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Sep
07
2012

Get Healthy in September

Each September, the America On the Move Foundation Inc. hosts STEPember, a month-long celebration highlighting how easy it is to be active and eat healthfully. America On the Move is an evidence-based not-for-profit organization helping individuals, families, communities, work sites and more to make positive changes to improve their health and quality of life. During the month of September, America On the Move challenges Americans to try its small-changes approach to healthier living.

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Aug
31
2012

Back to School Means Back to Sports

August signals the start of the school year and fall sports season for many students. In recognition, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) has focused its annual Neurosurgery Outreach Month on injury prevention in football and cheerleading. In recent years, potentially devastating head and spinal cord injuries have been associated with these all-American sports.


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Aug
24
2012

Prepare for the School Year with Up-to-Date Vaccines

Getting your children ready for a new school year can be stressful. From stocking up on school supplies to finding the perfect back-to-school wardrobe leaves most parents wishing summer would never end. However, while school supplies and clothes are important, none of those things matter if your child is not able to learn in a healthy environment.

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Jul
27
2012

Preventing Swimmer’s Ear

With summertime upon us, many Americans are seeking relief from the heat by taking to the water and diving into the nearest pool or other natural offerings, like lakes, oceans or rivers. For this reason, a common summertime malady is swimmer’s ear, which is an infection of the outer ear canal that can cause pain and discomfort for swimmers of all ages.

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