Equipment Tips for Arthritis Pain

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While even Wikipedia lists some simple treatment options, sometimes a small equipment or environment change can make a big difference in helping to manage your joint pain. Here are a few simple ones: For backs, hips and knees: raise your toilet height with either bought or modified put a cushion in the chair or car seat to raise the surface keep most commonly used items placed at waist height, including dishes, pots,…

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Care Coordinators and Disease Management Specialists

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Over the past few years more and more insurance companies and doctor’s offices are using care coordinators that help bridge the gap between the patient and the doctor, providing ongoing monitoring and education.   Often skilled nurses, these specialists in chronic disease management, help patients navigate the maze of their multiple illnesses, doctor appointments, medications, and other clinicians to keep them well.  By sharing the information among all the participants involved,…

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New Study Shows A Personalized Program of Physical Exercise Is Effective in Reversing Functional Decline in the Elderly

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Data from a study posted in Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine shows that a personalized physical exercise program is effective in reversing cognitive and functional decline associated with the hospitalization of the elderly and can improve the quality of life.  For 3 years 370 hospitalized people over 75 years of age participated in a twice daily 20 min controlled and individualized program of strength, balance and gait…

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Just Breathe

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Breathing. It seems a simple task.  Yet so often we hold our breath when we need it most.  Try this test: Sit in a chair and get up.  Were you breathing when you got up or did you hold your breath until you were standing?  Chances are you were holding your breath.  If you are, you are depriving your body of oxygen when it most needs it.  It’s not much…

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Can You Say Vestibular?

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Falling or unsteady? It may be your vestibular system.  Maintaining balance relies on your eyes, muscles, joints, sensory system and vestibular system providing accurate and adequate sensory information to the brain and the brain providing an appropriate motor response.  The Vestibular System, found in the inner ear, works with the visual system to keep objects in focus when the head is moving.  An analogy I like to use is a gyroscope.  The…

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Chronic Pain Now Affects 50 Million US Adults

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September is Pain Awareness Month.  A new article of federal data indicates that chronic pain affects about 50 million US adults.  Around 20 million of these adults have chronic pain that interferes with life or work activities.  While the article discusses the financial cost of chronic pain it does not address the emotional, psychological, associated medical, and lost dollars the patient suffers. Pain is an invisible disease yet it affects more Americans…

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Senolytic Therapies Seem To Stop Alzheimer’s Disease ‘In Its Tracks’

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Scientists at the University of Texas have implicated a type of cellular stress for the first time as a player in Alzheimer’s disease. And their discovery could lead to treatments for more than 20 human brain diseases including Alzheimer’s and traumatic brain injury. http://flip.it/RJTDdv

Matching Patients with Chronic Illnesses to Medical and Wellness Practitioners

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There is a new innovative platform launching next week: Wellacopia (www.Wellacopia.com), which matches patients with chronic illnesses to their most compatible medical and wellness practitioners. Wellacopia’s mission is to create help patients, esp those with chronic illnesses find the best practitioner to meet their medical and personal needs, and ultimately forge better practitioner/client relationships and outcomes. This free and very easy to sign up (~3 minutes) website might be “just what the…

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Why Breathing In Through Your Nose Relaxes You

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From anxiety, stress, COPD, and more everyone always says breathe in through your nose, but do you know why it helps calm you?  The Vagus Nerve plays a pivotal role. Learn more here

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