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Opioids Largely Ineffective for Low Back Pain

People with chronic low back pain might get "modest, short-term pain relief" from opioids. But when it comes to long-term treatment, evidence to support the effectiveness of opioids is "lacking." That's the conclusion of an analysis by JAMA Internal Medicine ("" - May 23, 2016), after reviewing the r...

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5 Surprising Facts About High Blood Pressure

What you don’t know about high blood pressure could hurt you. High blood pressure affects one in three Americans,1 yet many people with the condition don’t know they have it. Uncontrolled raises the risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the Un...

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May is High Blood Pressure Month

What Is High Blood Pressure? What is high blood pressure and why is it dangerous? Get the answers to your blood pressure FAQs here. At each doctor visit, one of the first things the nurse does is check your blood pressure. Why is this measurement so important? Here are the facts. What is blo...

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Occupational Therapy and Prevention of Falls

Slips, trips, and falls in and around the home are frequently the cause of injuries to older adults. In 2012, an estimated 3.2 million older adults received medical treatment for injuries related to falls, with many of these injuries resulting in decreased independence, a need for long-term-care support, and increased risk for early death. There we...

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Managing Chronic Pain With Occupational Therapy

Persons with chronic pain face more than their fair share of obstacles. In addition to continual discomfort, they may also confront a lot of frustration, difficulty obtaining proper medications, and in some cases, the skepticism and suspicion of others. Pain is infinitely complex, and occupational therapy practitioners understand its many dimens...

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How Much Protein do You Need Every Day?

Protein is essential to good health. The very origin of the word — from the Greek protos, meaning “first” — reflects protein’s top-shelf status in human nutrition. You need it to put meat on your bones and to make hair, blood, connective tissue, antibodies, enzymes, and more. It’s common for athletes and bodybuilders to wolf do...

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Exercising in Cold Weather

A common question asked as the temperatures start dropping is, when is it too cold to exercise*? It’s already snowed, the wind will pick up, and the last thing most people want to do is exercise outside. Don’t let the cold weather become another excuse, get out and get active. As long as you take the proper precautions and stay safe, the cold s...

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