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This Magnetic System Eases the Need for Scoliosis Surgery (Video)

Tags: children's health, scoliosis, spine health, treatment, video

This 6-year-old may not understand how the magnetic rod in his back treats his scoliosis. But he definitely looked forward to attending summer camp for the first time ever — instead of having surgery.


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When Back Pain Means More Than a Back Problem

Tags: back pain, Be Well e-News, Great Pretenders Series, naf1, neuropathy, peripheral arterial disease, spinal stenosis

Don’t assume pain in the lower back, cramping in the legs and that “pins and needles” feeling are the result of a problem with your spine. Symptoms of artery disease, arthritis and neuropathy often masquerade as spinal pain.


Roller Coasters: How to Avoid Neck and Back Pain

Roller Coasters: How to Avoid Neck and Back Pain

Tags: back pain, joint pain, neck pain, spine, summer, summer safety

Roller coasters and other rides can lead to back and neck pain, especially for people with a history of disc problems, arthritis or muscle spasms. Planning ahead and caring for yourself afterward can minimize discomfort.


6 Ways to Maintain Your Brain Health (Infographic)

6 Ways to Maintain Your Brain Health (Infographic)

Tags: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, dementia, Mediterranean diet, memory, mental health, sleep

You ask a lot of your brain. It thinks 70,000 thoughts each day. To help preserve this amazing organ's function, follow these 6 tips from our experts at Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.


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3 Ways You Can Refocus to Stay on Track at Work

Tags: mental health, psychology, stress, work, workplace health

The ability to maintain control of attention over time, known as sustained attention, is vital for many tasks performed every day. You can take action when you realize you need to refocus. Here are three expert strategies to staying on task.


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FDA Boosts Heart Attack, Stroke Warning for Pain Relievers

Tags: heart attack, ibuprofen, NSAIDs, stroke

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday strengthened warning label requirements for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which include pain relievers such as ibuprofen and naproxen.


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How Techy Tools Can Help You to Sleep Better

Tags: alcohol, caffeine, exercise, insomnia, sleep, sleep apnea, sleep disorders, sleep testing, sleepwalking

Sleep apps and online programs are becoming a popular way to combat sleep issues. Many find these techy tools can give you the feedback and instruction that can help you get back to sleep.


Is Your Shoulder Pain Actually Caused by a Neck Problem?

Is Your Shoulder Pain Actually a Neck Problem?

Tags: arthritis, Great Pretenders Series, joint pain, neck pain, pain relief, shoulder pain, spine

Neck pain may signal a shoulder problem, and shoulder pain may signal a neck problem. Symptoms can overlap, too. Learn how experts tell the difference, and steps you can take to feel better.


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4 Things You Should Know About Back Pain

Tags: back pain, chronic back pain, chronic pain, spine, spine surgery

Your spine is amazing. It holds you securely upright, while providing you with incredible flexibility that allows you to bend and twist. However, the spine is a common source of pain for many people.


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How Bonding With Your Children Helps Them Out in Life

Tags: child psychology, childbirth, family, growing pains of parenting, mental health, parenting

Sunday is Father’s Day, a time when many dads will be treated like kings – and rightfully so! A healthy and positive father-child relationship provides countless benefits for kids of all ages, from babies to teenagers.