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

10 Tips For Starting a Core Strengthening Program

Before you begin an exercise program, you should be aware of guidelines that will make your workouts productive and safe. The suggestions that follow come from weight training experts, hospitals, universities, and organizations, including the American College of Sports Medicine. Get the approval of your doctor before beginning an exercise … Read More

Recognizing Heart Failure Symptoms

Heart failure—the disease—is gradual, progressive, and chronic. Heart failure symptoms can be described with the same three words. Symptoms of heart failure develop gradually—sometimes they are not even noticeable to the person. Heart failure is not a sudden, traumatic event. Neither are the symptoms. Heart failure is progressive. Its symptoms … Read More

Hypertension And Your Risk Of Stroke

There are risk factors that make some people more likely to have a stroke, and there are underlying causes and pre-existing conditions that could actually trigger a stroke. Sometimes, the line between a risk factor and a cause is blurred. A risk factor like high blood pressure, for example, turns … Read More

Bones Creaking: Joints Are Noisy… Get Used to It

The older we get, the more likely we are to hear sounds often described as creaking bones or creaking joints. The medical term is crepitus. If it’s just noise, don’t be alarmed. Noise accompanied by pain or swelling, however, is a problem. What Causes Crepitus? Several things can cause noise … Read More

How to Quickly Identify Stroke

Stroke is an emergency situation. The degree of brain function lost depends on the type of stroke, its location, and in most cases, how quickly it is treated. Yet, only 40 percent of Americans can recognize the major symptoms of a stroke. The other 60 percent may have a vague … Read More
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