About the Author

Jim Brown, PhD

As a former college professor of health education, Jim Brown brings a unique perspective to health and medical writing. He has authored 14 books on health, medicine, fitness, and sports. His Tennis: Steps to Success (Human Kinetics) is in its 4th edition and has been translated into 13 languages. Over the past two decades, Jim has written articles, newsletters, and special reports for Cleveland Clinic (Pain Management) Duke University Medical Center (Duke Medicine Health News), UCLA Health (The Stay Fit Series, Skin Care), and Weill Cornell Medicine (Women’s Health Advisor). He has also served as the executive editor of the Penn State Sports Medicine Newsletter/Georgia Tech Sports Medicine and Performance Newsletter, and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute News. Jim is a native of Louisiana and received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University. After serving in the Peace Corps, he received a MEd from McNeese State University and a PhD in college teaching/health education from the University of North Texas.

Articles by Jim Brown, PhD

“Threw Out My Back!” What Can You Do About It?

No one seems to know how the phrase “throwing your back out” originated, but almost everyone knows what it means: You’ve injured your back and it really hurts. When you yell out "threw out my back!” you’ll know the pain immediately. There will be a sharp, severe pain, usually in … Read More

Kidney Stones: How to Manage the Pain

The first thing most people think about kidney stones is that passing one can be very painful. But a number of factors determine if you are going to have a kidney stone, how it will make its way out of the urinary tract, and what you can do to minimize … Read More

What Causes Back Spasms?

You’ll know it when it happens. You might be doing something physically challenging, like playing a sport or lifting a heavy object. Or you might be doing something completely routine, like bending over to tie a shoe. In either case, it’s a sharp, sudden pain triggered by an involuntary muscle … Read More

High Blood Pressure: One Heart Failure Risk Factor

Almost half of Americans have high blood pressure (HTN), and one in five adults don’t know they even have it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Taking medications as prescribed is a problem for many patients, and it’s estimated that nearly 30 percent of patients who have … Read More

Preserve Nutrients in the Kitchen

Fresh is best, frozen is next. Fresh, ripe produce in season will usually be highest in nutrients—but you need to eat fruits and vegetables year-round, even in the middle of winter. Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates that freezing produce immediately after harvesting retains 95 to 100 percent of … Read More
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