Arthritis, injuries, inflammation; any of these can cause pain or stiffness in the hands which could make even the simplest tasks a painful ordeal. Here are 5 exercises to help maintain strength and flexibility in your hands http://view.mail.health.harvard.edu/?j=fe56177073670174731d&m=febb15747d630d7a&ls=fde91c74776606747c13727c&l=fe57157677630c7b7217&s=fe591c797661077c7317&jb=ffcf14&ju=fe271776776201787d1170&r=0
Topic Archive: Pain Relief
If your hands hurt, even simple tasks can become a painful ordeal.
Putting your best feet forward
Take good care of your feet and they will carry you far. Left untreated, foot problems could interfere with your ability to do even the most basic things like walking up stairs or down the street. If pain alters the way you walk, it can lead to pain in your knees, hips and back as [...]
Studies have found links between bacteria and some cases of chronic back pain
Researchers’ hypothesize that chronic back pain from herniated discs, where the soft inner cartilage between the vertebral bones in the spine bulges out through the tougher outer coat, is prolonged by bacterial infection. MRI scans show swelling of the vertebrae and disruptions to the architecture of the bone could cause chronic pain. Those given a 100-day [...]
Exercise: myths and science
Scientists are increasingly finding that many of the “common truths” we hold about exercise and the human body are in fact pretty inaccurate. Here are some common myths and the common sense behind the science http://greatist.com/fitness/gretchen-reynolds-fitness-myths
A Calcium Primer for men. FYI
Calcium is important for bone and general health–and most of us don’t get enough of it. Ideally, we’d get what we need from food. If that’s not possible, supplements are available–but we can’t say confidently that these are 100% safe for everyone or that they are a fix for fragile bones. http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/high-calcium-intake-from-supplements-linked-to-heart-disease-in-men-201302065861
Depressed older adults more then twice as likely to develop dementia
Evidence suggests that depression contributes to chronic inflammation that damages blood vessels and impedes blood flow in the brain, leading to the deterioration of neural networks. “If chronic inflammatory changes are a common feature of depression, that could predispose depressed patients to neurodegenerative changes in later life,” according to a 2007 article in Neurochemical Research. http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/01/does-depression-contribute-to-dementia/?src=recg
Exercise and diet keys to kidney stone prevention in women
“While we know diet is one of several factors that can promote or inhibit kidney stone development, this study shows lifestyle changes such as exercise can also help prevent stones from forming in postmenopausal women. Further research is needed to understand if this observation is accurate for other demographics” Dr. Kevin McVary http://www.healthfinder.gov/News/Article.aspx?id=676023&source=govdelivery
How should health apps be regulated?
There are many simple apps that help people with their fitness or remind them to take their pill prescriptions already that are widely popular. But new device applications are taking mobile health — or mHealth as practitioners are calling it — to a new level. Three days of hearings were recently held to debate what [...]
Exploring the culture of “more” in healthcare
A doctor who want his patients to see as few doctors as possible , be sick as infrequently, and be on as few drugs as possible. Who is hoping to wage an all-out assault on “more.” http://thehealthcareblog.com/blog/2013/05/05/testing-wisely/
What you DON’T say to your doctor could kill you
Advice from a doctor on how to talk to doctors and tell them ; in that initial 12 – 20 seconds when they are listening, what your concerns and symptoms are in the best way it can be understood medically. http://www.bottomlinepublications.com/content/article/health-a-healing/the-misdiagnosis-epidemic-how-to-answer-the-doctors-questions?utm_source=email&utm_medium=SilverpopMailing&utm_campaign=2013-05-05%20BLS%20NL%20CID-0000001004%20C&utm_content=&spMailingID=41439963&spUserID=NTE4NTc5MDUxOTIS1&spJobID=186924877&spReportId=MTg2OTI0ODc3S0
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