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May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Strokes are one of the leading causes of death in this country. Many cases are largely preventable by following a healthy lifestyle and properly managing high blood pressure and cholesterol and diabetes.

Prostate cancer screening now recommended

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has updated its guidelines for prostate cancer screening. They now take the position that screening offers a small potential benefit of reducing the chance of dying of prostate cancer.

Pesticides in produce

Twelve products have made the annual list of “dirty dozen” produce. These fruits and veggies in particular contain high contents of residues from pesticides, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group.

Sodium: an essential mineral

The body cannot survive without sodium, but the typical American diet contains more sodium than the body can handle. High amounts of the mineral can lead to heart and kidney disease.

The report card on cancer screening

Although screenings for breast, cervical and colon cancer are covered at no cost by the Affordable Care Act, the percentage of adults in this country that comply with the guidelines are lower than desired.

The psychology of supermarkets

Supermarkets are designed to pique your interest into purchasing more items than originally intended. The ideal way to prevent overspending is to make a list and stick to it.

Good health on a budget

Although food is one of the highest costs for consumers, it is possible to eat healthy while keeping an eye on one’s budget.

Prevention of low back pain

Although low back pain is very common, it may be possible to prevent it by practicing healthy lifestyles.

Exercise for low back pain

If low back pain does not go away within a week or so, often physical therapy and exercise are recommended. The goal is to strengthen the core and improve function.

A community approach to healing: The Cory Johnson Center for post-traumatic healing

On the morning of April 24, 2009, Shondell Davis watched her 18-year-old son walk out the front door on his way to a friend’s house. Less than 15 minutes later, as she was driving to work, she got a call ...

An alternative treatment for low back pain

There is a link between low back pain and depression, but the exact causes of the link are unclear.

Acupuncture: A common remedy for low back pain

Acupuncture, an age-old form of traditional Chinese medicine, is growing in popularity in this country. Although originally used for pain reduction, the World Health Organization has determined that it can be effective in the treatment of several illnesses.

Sciatica – a real pain in the butt

Herniated discs are one of the most common causes of low back pain. The pain starts in the back, but radiates to the buttocks and down the leg.

Surgery for low back pain … not so fast!

Only about 5 percent of cases of low back pain require surgery. The majority of cases can be treated with more conservative measures, such as physical therapy and exercise.

Low back pain

Low back pain is one of the leading causes of disability in this country. It is estimated that 80 percent of the population will experience low back pain at some point in their lives.

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