About the Author

Jim Brown, PhD

Jim Brown, PhD

As a former educator, Jim brings a unique perspective to health and medical writing. He has authored 14 books on health, medicine, fitness, and sports. For more than a decade he has written articles, newsletters, and special reports through Belvoir Media Group for the Cleveland Clinic, Duke University Medical Center, UCLA Health, and Weill Cornell Medicine. Over the past two decades, he served as the executive editor of the Penn State Sports Medicine Newsletter, the Georgia Tech Sports Medicine and Performance Newsletter, and 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 in South America for two years, he received a MEd from McNeese State University and a PhD in college teaching/health education from the University of North Texas. His interest in writing developed during his tenure as a college professor, and journalism ultimately became his second career. Jim resides in Atlanta with his wife, Arlene.

Articles by Jim Brown, PhD

Shoe Fitting: A Key Step Toward Foot Health

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Shoe Fitting: A Key Step Toward Foot Health

One of your feet may be larger than the other. Both of them change size during the day. And your feet will get bigger with age. Want to know how to handle those and related problems? Here are the answers to 10 frequently asked questions about shoe fitting.
 Shoe Fitting Q&A
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What Is Spinal Stenosis?

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What Is Spinal Stenosis?

What is spinal stenosis? It’s a condition in which the spinal canal narrows due to:
A herniated disc that encroaches on the spinal canal from the front
Thickened ligaments that encroach on the canal from both sides.

A narrowed spinal canal impedes the blood supply to the nerves, causing pain. Bending forward increases

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6. Healthy Skin Workbook

This chapter is about taking action. It includes seven ways you can evaluate your skin’s health and do something about it, and a quiz to test your skin care knowledge.

Skin Care Assessment: Grade Yourself is a 10-item list of things you do or don’t do to cleanse, moisturize, or protect

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5. Skin Cancer

Nearly half of all Americans who live to the age of 65 will develop some type of skin cancer. Almost all of them, if diagnosed and treated early, will be cured. If not, all three types of skin cancer—melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma—can be disfiguring and/or deadly.
Melanoma
Melanoma

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4. Noncancerous Skin Conditions

Among the infinite number of conditions that could do harm to your skin are the 30+ discussed in this chapter. They range (alphabetically) from athlete’s foot to wrinkles.
Athlete’s Foot
Bacterial and fungal infections (including athlete’s foot) develop because feet spend a lot of time in the perfect breeding ground of warm,

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3. Skin Types, Common Problems

Regardless of skin type, we all have three main layers that comprise our skin—the epidermis, dermis, and subcutis—plus many more sublayers that have multiple functions. The obvious function of the skin is protection. But the skin also stores water and fat, and it interacts with sunlight to ensure the production