Sciatica: Symptoms and Possible Causes

The term sciatica is commonly used to describe pain traveling in the distribution of the sciatic nerve, so it's more accurate to say that it's a symptom of a spinal disorder not a spinal disorder itself. Common symptoms of sciatica include: Sciatica usually affects one side of the body. Pain from sciatic nerve compression may …

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22 Fast Facts About Exercise and Your Heart

You may think you know all there is to know about your heart and exercise. But myths abound about how much — and what kind of — physical activity you need. Here, Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Director Erik Van Iterson, PhD, shares 22 key facts about heart-healthy exercise: Physical activity is an important way to prevent heart disease – the …

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Facts Every Young Professional Should Know About Back Pain

What do you do when it becomes recurrent or severe? Do you rush to the hospital? Take painkillers and retire early or assume and carry on with your daily activities? What really causes back pain? The same way people don’t go to the hospital when infected with the common cold is the same way people …

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8 Fun Indoor Activities to Beat the Winter Blues

If winter is your least favorite season, maybe you’re just not taking full advantage of all the fun activities you can do while you’re inside hibernating. Let’s face it: sitting inside all winter, counting the days down until spring arrives is depressing. Here are indoor activities and tips for crushing the winter blues and actually having some …

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7 Tips to Avoid Overspending on Gifts This Holiday Season

The Winter holiday season in America has become a monthslong shopping extravaganza. And as the ever-expanding Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales indicate, Americans continue to plan their holidays around their wallets. While it's not uncommon for Americans to rack up some amount of debt during the holiday season, they can use these tips to avoid complications because of …

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Diabetes and Spine Surgery: What You Need to Know

If you have diabetes and will undergo spine surgery, you need to make special accommodations to ensure a successful surgery and recovery. People with diabetes are at a higher risk for certain issues, such as infection and slower healing. Fortunately, you can take steps before and after spine surgery to reduce the potential for these …

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Don’t Let Pregnancy Be a Pain in Your Back

Back pain during pregnancy is no laughing matter, as any mom-to-be with back pain can attest. Many pregnant women are told not to worry and that the pain will eventually pass, which it sometimes does without intervention. However, while it may be common to have low back pain during pregnancy, it doesn’t mean it should …

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How to Help Your Baby or Toddler Clear a Stuffy Nose

When your child’s too young to blow his or her nose, the job of getting out excess mucus from allergies or illness falls to you. (Lucky you!) So it’s time to — ahem —  suck it up and become a mucus removal expert. It’s not a pretty process, but a job well done will help your child breathe easier …

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Cyber Safety over the Holiday Season

With under a month now to Christmas, many people are starting to attend company Christmas parties and social events. As the date gets closer we all start to wind down for a well-deserved break with our families, so we can come back next year to do it all again. However, there is a lurking threat …

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Healthy Eating During the Holidays

One of the biggest challenges we face during the holidays is eating healthy. We are more likely to indulge at this time of year at holiday parties, family meals and Christmas markets. Many of the typical holiday foods and beverages provide us with minimal essential nutrients and are high in added sugar, butter and salt. …

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