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Is Third-Hand Smoke a Real Health Threat?

Posted on 07-30-2014

When it comes to the dangers caused by the smoking of cigarettes, there seems to be a correlation between proximity and risk. Those at highest risk, of course, are those who smoke, and thus inhale fir...

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The Pros and Cons of Posture Aids

Posted on 07-28-2014

Posture aids (often called posture braces) are very common, temporary treatments for neck, shoulder, and back pain as well as neck, shoulder, and lower back injuries. Each affected or injured area has...

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Summer Water Safety for Kids

Posted on 07-24-2014

For lots of kids, there aren’t many activities in the summer that are more fun than swimming, whether it’s in a pool, lake, or ocean. And while it’s great exercise for your children ...

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Good Posture: The “800-Pound Gorilla” of Health and Wellness

Posted on 07-22-2014

Good posture isn’t exactly a high priority for many Americans. For millions of us, the number-one priority is working to provide for our families—and sitting all day at a desk is how we ac...

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Going to the Hospital? Here’s How to Protect Your Health While You’re There

Posted on 07-16-2014

Going to a hospital can prove dangerous to your health. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 225,000 deaths per year are iatrogenic (attributable to doctors or healthcare prof...

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What Is a Hyperextension Injury?

Posted on 07-14-2014

Joints in the human body normally have a fixed range of motion that involves both flexion (for example, folding your arm to your shoulder to create a zero-degree angle at the elbow) and extension (ext...

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Fear or Phobia: What’s the Difference?

Posted on 07-10-2014

It’s normal to have fears. Fear is a useful emotion that keeps us from doing things that may be harmful or dangerous. Our species continues to exist today because our earlier ancestors had a hea...

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What is Supination?

Posted on 07-08-2014

The term “supination” refers to a position of the arm or foot that is different than the normal, at-rest position. This is the opposite of “pronation”. In most cases, supinatio...

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Good Workplace Ergonomics Matter! Lessons from Medical Lab Technicians

Posted on 07-03-2014

Are the bad ergonomics of your workplace causing you chronic back or neck pain? If so, you're not alone. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) are one of the leading causes of occupation...

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Where Does Good Balance and Coordination Come From? Introduction to Your Proprioceptive System

Posted on 07-03-2014

Proprioception is a complex system of anatomical checks and balances, neural impulses, and brain functions that controls our sense of balance, coordination, and agility. Put most simply, proprioceptio...

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Young Children Pay a High Price for Screen Time

Posted on 06-26-2014

Many parents are occasionally thankful for the television—after all, it can serve as a low-cost, short-term babysitter while they cook or do housework. At the same time, however, many parent...

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In Your 30s or 40s? Why a Balance Test Makes Good Sense

Posted on 06-23-2014

Falls are serious business. In fact, they’re the leading cause of injury for those over the age of 65. Every year, one in three adults age 65 and older slips and falls, sustaining injuries such ...

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The Hygiene Hypothesis: Are We Too Clean for Our Own Good?

Posted on 06-18-2014

Our ancestors would almost certainly be shocked by our obsession with hygiene and cleanliness: our compulsive washing with antibacterial soaps, our airtight doors and windows, our vacuum cleaners with...

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Chiropractic Care for Herniated Disks in the Lower Back: The Latest Research

Posted on 06-16-2014

One of the most common causes of lower back pain occurs when the spinal disks in the lumbar area become herniated. A herniated disk happens when the bone of the disk itself has crumbled or fractured a...

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Have a Cold? Top Ten Tips for Getting Better Faster

Posted on 06-11-2014

The common cold: Even though Americans have over a billion colds per year, there's nothing "common" about it when you’ve got one. The sneezing, the scratchy throat, the runny nose,...

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