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Ask Well: Exercises to Strengthen Bones

By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS In general, activities that involve impacts with the earth, such as running and jumping, are the most effective way to improve bone health, according to Dr. Jon Tobias, a professor of rheumatology at the University of Bristol who studies bone health. They create ground-reaction forces that move through your bones and stimulate them to “remodel” themselves and add …

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Ask Well: Squats for Aging Knees

Ask Well: Squats for Aging Knees By GRETCHEN REYNOLDS Ask Well I’m looking for exercises to strengthen aging knees. I’m in my late 60s, and I take part in dancing, weightlifting and yoga. All this makes me feel good, gives me plenty of energy and helps me control my weight. But my knees hurt enough to make me wonder how …

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A Cancer Patient’s Best Friend

  By SULEIKA JAOUAD When I was growing up, my dream was to one day become a veterinarian. In fourth and fifth grade, I volunteered every day after school at a veterinarian’s clinic. I didn’t view it as an “internship” — in my mind, I was apprenticing for a certain future in the field. When I was 10, I asked …

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Myofascial Release. Is it for me?

Kristen Pitts, MSPT May 7, 2012 Have you asked yourself the following questions? “Why do my muscles still feel tight after I have stretched? Why does my massage only provide temporary relief from my pain and tightness?” While the human body is a very complex system with many factors contributing to pain and stiffness, one area of soft tissue restriction …

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How Massage Heals Sore Muscles

    HEALTH   | February 06, 2012 By NICHOLAS BAKALAR  A massage after vigorous exercise unquestionably feels good, and it seems to reduce pain and help muscles recover. Many people — both athletes and health professionals – have long contended it eases inflammation, improves blood flow and reduces muscle tightness. But until now no one has understood why massage …

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How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body

By WILLIAM J. BROAD The New York Times January 5, 2012 On a cold Saturday in early 2009, Glenn Black, a yoga teacher of nearly four decades, whose devoted clientele includes a number of celebrities and prominent gurus, was giving a master class at Sankalpah Yoga in Manhattan. Black is, in many ways, a classic yogi: he studied in Pune, …

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PERSONAL HEALTH: Ancient Moves for Orthopedic Problems

By JANE E. BRODY Published: August 1, 2011 New York Times With the costs of medical care spiraling out of control and an ever-growing shortage of doctors to treat an aging population, it pays to know about methods of prevention and treatment for orthopedic problems that are low-cost and rely almost entirely on self-care. As certain methods of alternative medicine …

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Consumer Reports: Overuse of pain relievers can be hazardous

Washington Post NationalPublished: July 18,2011 Aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, are good at fighting fevers and relieving pain from arthritis, injuries and other causes. But many people who take the drugs are putting themselves at risk by taking too much or taking them too long or too often. In a 2005 study, one in four …

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Army on brink of new ways to fight pain

By Michelle Tan – Staff writerwww.armytimes.com SAN ANTONIO — The Army is reinventing the way it treats pain. Based on 109 recommendations from an Army-led Pain Management Task Force, the Army is seeking to move away from merely dispensing pain medication to embracing a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to caring for soldiers. This approach could include traditional medications coupled with more …

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Still Counting Calories? Your Weight-Loss Plan May Be Outdated

By JANE E. BRODYPublished: July 18, 2011 It’s no secret that Americans are fatter today than ever before, and not just those unlucky people who are genetically inclined to gain weight or have been overweight all their lives. Many who were lean as young adults have put on lots of unhealthy pounds as they pass into middle age and beyond. …

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