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Occupational Therapy and Pain Rehabilitation

Chronic pain is a major public health problem in the United States. One in four Americans, or 116 million people, have some form of persistent pain. Chronic pain causes tremendous human suffering for its victims, their families, and society as a whole. The Institute of Medicine’s report (National Academies Press, 2011) estimated that costs of pro...

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Is It OK to Take Vitamin Supplements every day?

In our quest to stay healthy and live well, Americans exercise, eat right, see our doctors and take more than $25 billion worth of vitamins and supplements every year. But some research shows that downing these pills and powders isn't really making us healthier. A 2013 editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine says daily multivitamins don't pre...

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Ask An Expert: Why Do I Need Omega-3 Fat?

Omega-3 has been touted as one of the healthiest supplements, but something sounds a bit fishy. Is this fat too good to be true? We asked our resident biology expert Jason Edmonds to give us the need-to-know. Expert's Take , BS Biology, Olympic Weightlifter: Increasing omega-3 polyunsaturated fat intake– especia...

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15 Heart-Healthy Foods to Work into Your Diet

Boost nutrition, flavor and color in meals and snacks A healthy diet can be good for your heart as well as your waistline. “You can definitely reduce your risk of developing by eating certain foods every day,” says Julie Zumpano, RD, LD, a dietitian in the  at Cleveland Clinic. “There is a great variety of...

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Step-by-Step: Exercising With Heart Disease

Having coronary artery disease or another heart problem needn’t keep you from being fit. Find out why doctors advise exercise and learn the steps to work out safely. A monitored exercise program, such as cardiac rehab, is usually advised for someone who has severe heart disease, is recovering from a heart attack or has had heart surgery. B...

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Dehydration: Not just a summer thing

Most of us think of dehydration as a summer problem. The days are longer (and warmer!), and you're sweating more. To compensate, you drink more water and eat water-rich fruits and vegetables. You also go to the gym when it's too hot to complete an outdoor workout. ...

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Holidays Without Headaches

Does last-minute shopping in a hot, crowded mall make your head hurt? Read how to prevent holiday headaches. As enjoyable as holiday planning may be, does it ever give you a headache? Between the shopping, the wrapping, the cooking, and the decorating, does holiday stress make your head throb? According to a survey by the , over half of those...

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How Diabetes Affects Your Whole Body

Learn why controlling your blood sugar is so important to keeping your whole body healthy, from head to toe. Diabetes is a lifelong condition that requires constant care. If you do not manage your diabetes well, blood sugar can stay at unhealthy levels and can harm your body. There are two main types of diabetes. In both types, t...

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Should You Be Tested for Diabetes?

Nearly three out of 10 people who have diabetes don't even know they have the disease. Find out if you should get tested. Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. It is also the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure and lower limb amputations in adults. Having diabetes raises your risk for heart disease, strok...

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