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Pain Management: Sorting Out Sciatica

Pain Management: Sorting Out Sciatica

“My sciatica is acting up.” This commonly uttered statement refers to pain that starts in the lower back and radiates down the leg. It’s mostly annoying, but it can be debilitating, making effective pain management an important pursuit.

Sciatica isn’t so much a diagnosis as it is a group of symptoms.

Diabetes: What Are Normal Glucose Levels?

Diabetes: What Are Normal Glucose Levels?

Diabetes, also known as diabetes mellitus, is the name of a group of diseases in which the body is unable to properly utilize blood sugar (glucose) for energy. There are three primary forms of diabetes—type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes—and, in each case, the body is unable

Exercise Can Benefit People with Asthma

The belief that exercise is bad, even dangerous, for asthma patients is a long-standing misconception. Nine-teen million Americans have asthma, and too many of them needlessly avoid exercise.

In most cases, exercise is not harmful, and evidence shows that exercise programs can provide valuable benefits to people who have asthma. The

Some Medications and Conditions May Inhibit Calcium Absorption

You know that calcium is important for bone health, but you may not be aware that certain medications and medical conditions can affect calcium absorption. So, while getting calcium from dietary sources is optimum, taking calcium supplements may be crucial for women with a calcium deficiency.

Corticosteroids, heartburn medications, and certain

Looking for Sinus Pressure Relief? Try These Remedies

Looking for Sinus Pressure Relief? Try These Remedies

Anyone who’s ever had a sinus infection and felt the miserable pain it causes typically has one thought in mind: sinus pressure relief.
Fortunately, there are medications as well as simple home remedies that can ease the inflammation and infection of the sinuses associated with sinusitis. These solutions can be effective

COPD Exacerbations: These Lung Condition Flare-Ups Can Be Serious

COPD Exacerbations: These Lung Condition Flare-Ups Can Be Serious

If you battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, you may already be aware of COPD exacerbations—sudden flare-ups of COPD signs and symptoms beyond normal day-to-day variations.

Increased breathlessness along with wheezing, chest tightness, increased cough and sputum, change of the color of sputum, and fever are common features of COPD

Osteoporosis -3.0? What Your T-Score Means for Your Bone Health

Osteoporosis -3.0? What Your T-Score Means for Your Bone Health

What is osteoporosis? Think of it this way: Healthy bones are in a state of continuous breakdown and rebuilding. This process, called remodeling, is performed by specialized cells called osteoclasts, which resorb (break down) old bone, and osteoblasts, which form new bone.
In young adults, remodeling happens in a balanced fashion

Osteoporosis Screening Guidelines Miss Many Women in the 50-64 Age Range

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is a panel of experts appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to review current medical practices and issue recommendations based on their findings. But their recommendations regarding osteoporosis screenings have been a subject of

How to Make Sure You’re Getting the Right Amount of Nutrients

Research finds that half of seniors aren’t getting the recommended nutrients. Revamping your diet and taking supplements can put you back on track. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most older adults are able to consume all of the nutrients they need via a healthy and varied

Cluster Headache: How It Happens, How to Treat It

Cluster Headache: How It Happens, How to Treat It

A cluster headache is the “most severe form of primary headache,” as the U.S. National Library of Medicine tells us. When you get one, you’ll know it, because of the onset of sudden—and painful—headache clusters usually at the same time of the day and night for several weeks. They typically

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