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Relieve Pain Between Your Shoulder Blades

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If you sometimes feel pain or discomfort between your shoulder blades, your rhomboid muscles may be the culprits. The muscles are positioned diagonally between the six vertebrae in your upper back and your shoulder blades (scapulae). Their main function is to retract and rotate the scapulae, and they also assist  … Read More

Take Precautions to Avoid Overdosing on Acetaminophen

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Just as no winter is complete without cold and flu viruses circulating, research suggests that no cold and flu season is complete without an uptick in acetaminophen (Tylenol) overdoses. A recent study found that the odds of exceeding the recommended dose for the drug jumped significantly during the cold and  … Read More

Your Fabulous Feet

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As you may know, it’s best to try on shoes at the end of the day. That’s because walking around all day slightly enlarges and widens the feet. Feet (and shoe size) also change through the years.

“Understanding the changes feet undergo over time can help minimize age-related issues and pain,”  … Read More

MGH Study Discovers Brain Inflammation-Fibromyalgia Connection

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Fibromyalgia is a perplexing condition. It causes severe aches and pains, and can affect sleep, mood and memory. There is no simple diagnostic test and no cure. And treatments that help control symptoms in one person may not work for another with the same condition.

But researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital  … Read More

Options for Treating Degenerative Disc Disease

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Your intervertebral discs—the small, donut-shaped structures located between each of the vertebrae in your spine—are less than two inches in diameter, but they are essential to your mobility. Healthy discs provide cushioning between your vertebrae and allow your spine to move and bend. The discs also keep enough space open  … Read More

Editor’s Note: Lower Back Pain: A Common Complaint

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Lower back pain is among the most common reasons that patients see their doctors. There are many possible causes, from arthritis, spinal stenosis, and disc disease to the far more common muscular sprains and strains. But it can be difficult to know if the pain is due to a minor  … Read More

Ask the Doctor: Is Gout Hereditary; Post-Surgical Radiotherapy

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Q: Is gout hereditary? My father and several other relatives have gout, and I am hoping that my family history doesn’t raise my risk.

A: If other members of your family have had gout, you’re more likely to develop the disease. Researchers have identified several genes associated with gout, but it’s  … Read More

Steroid Drugs Ease Inflammation, but Use Them With Caution

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The first steroid medication, cortisone, earned the reputation of a “miracle drug” more than 60 years ago when it was found to be effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Since then, the number of steroid medications has grown, along with the number of diseases and disorders that are treated with them.  … Read More



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