Whiplash Injury

  What is whiplash? Whiplash is pain and stiffness in the neck after an injury that has caused the neck to move suddenly or beyond its normal range. It occurs when the head is suddenly forced backward or forward and is then snapped in the other direction. This kind of motion most often happens to people in a car that is hit from behind. Less commonly, it might happen in ...
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Getting started with healthy eating

Healthy eating starts with learning new ways to eat, such as adding more fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and cutting back on foods that have a lot of fat, salt, and sugar. A change to healthier eating also includes learning about balance, variety, and moderation. Aim for balance. Ensure you are eating from each food group—grains, protein foods, vegetables a...
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Urinary Tract Infections

What is a urinary tract infection? Your urinary tract is the system that makes urine and carries it out of your body. It includes your bladder and kidneys and the tubes that connect them. When germs get into this system, they can cause an infection. Most urinary tract infections (UTIs) are bladder infections. A bladder infection usually is not serious if it is treated righ...
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Hip Problems

Hip pain can make it hard to walk, go up and down stairs, squat, or sleep on the side that hurts. A clicking or snapping feeling or sound around your hip joint (snapping hip) may bother you or cause you to worry. But if your hip is not painful, in many cases the click or snap is nothing to worry about. Home treatment may be all that is needed for minor hip symptoms. To bet...
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How does Diabetes cause foot problems and what can you do to better care for your feet?

Many things work together to cause foot problems in people who have diabetes, especially poor circulation and nerve disease (neuropathy). Neuropathy significantly dulls awareness of your feet, making you more susceptible to extensive injury-related damage. Also, diabetes can impair your ability to heal by both damaging your immune system and decreasing the blood flow in your ...
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Acute Lower Back Pain

  Acute lower back pain is an episode of lower back pain for less than six weeks. The lower back bears most of your weight. Because of this, it is easily injured when you lift, reach, or twist. The good news is that most low back pain goes away within several weeks with some basic self-care.  If your pain is very bad or lasts more than a couple of weeks, then conta...
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Managing your COPD

Staying in control of your condition involves being able to identify your symptoms, knowing all you can about your condition and your medications and how to cope with flare-ups. A flare up or an exacerbation is the worsening of your symptoms from its usual and outside of what is normal for you or a flare up may take place for no apparent reason. It may also be triggered b...
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Undestanding and Preventing Accidental Falls

Understanding falls Falls are one of the main causes of injury and loss of independence in people ages 65 and older. There are many reasons why people fall. Experts agree that some falls in older adults can be prevented. These are some of the causes and ways to help avoid falls from them: Joint degeneration One of the most common causes of falls, particularly as we ge...
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Sciatica

  Sciatica is pain, tingling, or numbness produced by an irritation of the nerve roots that lead to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is formed by the nerve roots coming out of the spinal cord into the lower back. It goes down through the buttock, then its branches extend down the back of the leg to the ankle and foot. What causes sciatica? The most common ca...
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What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

COPD is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. It is caused by damage to the lungs over many years, usually from smoking. COPD is often a mix of two diseases: Chronic bronchitis. In chronic bronchitis, the airways that carry air to the lungs (bronchial tubes) get inflamed and make a lot of mucus. This can narrow or block the airways, making it hard for you to b...
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