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Walking a New Path

“I feel like I got a second lease on life,” says Rita Ebert, 48, who three years ago was using a cane to walk short distances and felt such excruciating pain in her legs that she could barely walk. Trips to the mall with her daughter were no fun. “I would sit in the middle … Read More

When Kids Fall on the Playground (Video)

Bumps and bruises. Scratches and scrapes. They go hand-in-hand with kids and summertime fun. Elaine Schulte, MD, is a pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. Whether your kids are playing on the playground, beach or campground she says good shoes are your first line of defense. “Wearing closed-toed shoes is key. Flip flops or sandals … Read More

Too Stressed to Sleep?

People tend to bring their stress to bed — exactly the place it doesn’t belong. That’s not a practice that leads to a good night’s sleep, says sleep expert Nancy Foldvary-Schaefer, DO. Most people with insomnia caused by stress have trouble falling asleep; some have trouble staying asleep or find their sleep unrefreshing. Dr. Foldvary-Schaefer … Read More

Artificial SmartHeart Could Help Many

About 2,500 patients in the United States receive a heart transplant annually, and more than 25,000 people die every year while waiting for a donor heart. Cleveland Clinic Biomedical Engineer Leonard Golding, MD, talked to Channel 3 News about the development of the SmartHeart Total Artificial Heart. Designed for long-term, durable use, he says it … Read More

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Can We Prevent Hardening Arteries? (Video)

A molecule has been discovered that may help prevent plaque buildup inside your arteries. This finding emerged from a study led by Eugene Podrez, PhD, a Cleveland Clinic researcher. “We found that lack of this molecule in the body increases atherosclerosis,” Dr. Podrez says. Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, occurs when cholesterol and other … Read More

Psyching Out Kids’ Pain

It’s no secret that chronic pain during childhood can take a heavy toll on youngsters and their caregivers. But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Gerard Banez, PhD., Director of the Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. Pediatric psychologists can teach children to play a role in their own pain … Read More

What’s New in Pain Treatments

Treatment of pain, particularly headaches and back and cancer pain, has always been a challenge. Recent technological developments in pain management, as well as new variations on ancient methods, can help to eliminate or ease tough pain. Here are a few of these treatments that have shown success in pain management. Headache pain Occipital nerve … Read More

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September: Pain Awareness Month

September is Pain Awareness Month, a time to raise public awareness of issues relating to pain and managing it. Find expert advice about pain and painful conditions on Health Hub: Headache pain Attacking MigrainesVideo: Does Weather Trigger Migraine Headaches? Joint pain 6 Myths About Joint Pain and Arthritis Aching Knee? Try Acupuncture for Relief Treatment … Read More

Heart Health After Age 50

Many like to have a cardiac exam in their 50s and beyond. You will want to know your cholesterol levels and blood pressure. If you are otherwise healthy, it is not a good idea to do a stress test. Here’s why.