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Lou Gehrig s Disease: An Introduction

Learn more about this condition, which strikes between 5,000 and 6,000 Americans every year. What Is Lou Gehrig’s Disease? Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a degenerative neurological condition more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, strikes between 5,000 and 6,000 Americans each year. The disease damages the brain and spinal cord cells that control muscle movement.

Affordable Care Act: An Overview

In this first installment of a two-part article, we provide the highlights of healthcare reform. Perhaps no other single piece of legislation in recent history has caused as much misunderstanding or controversy than the healthcare reform bill, aka Obamacare. Regardless of your position on the law, health care affects every citizen, so it's important to understand the basics.

Slippery When Wet: How to Make Showering Safer

Slippery, hard surfaces in the bath and shower can turn routine hygiene hazardous, especially for those with impaired mobility. Prevent accidents by making your washroom fall-proof. Here's how. Anyone can get hurt stepping in and out of the shower and lifting up and down in the tub but the elderly and people with impaired mobility are especially vulnerable. Falling on wet, hard, surfaces can cause real, physical damage that can sometimes be fatal.

Chiropractic Care: Benefits Beyond the Back

Spinal manipulation is a helpful element of ongoing pain treatment for many. Learn what to expect from your visit to the chiropractor. Pain is never easy to live with, but pain has an important place in our lives. It can be a warning that we're harming our bodies or a sign that something isn't right and needs investigating. As we age, improper lifting, sharp or sudden movements, or participating in sports can strain or injure the soft tissue areas surrounding the spine—often resulting in acute pain lasting a days or weeks.

6 Myths About Dwarfism

Dwarfism, or short stature, is a misunderstood condition. Read on to get the facts. Chances are, everything you know about little people you may have learned from television. As it turns out, there's a lot of myths, and a lot to understand about the condition. Myth #1: Dwarfism is a disease Dwarfism is not a disease, but a genetic anomaly that occurs during prenatal development.

4 Gentle Stretches to Kick-Start Your Day

These therapeutic movements will help minimize stiffness, reduce back and joint pain, and retain flexibility. Patrice Cahill, Massachusetts-based ISSA fitness trainer, senior fitness specialist, and founder/president of Generational Octane, Inc. Senior Fitness Company and Patrice's Personal Training Company, offers four gentle stretching moves, which can be great to incorporate into your mornings, when your stamina and strength will be highest.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Are You at Risk?

You may not realize that something as mundane as a car accident could put you at major risk for this disorder. Typically, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with soldiers who have returned from combat; however, new information has found that the most common cause of PTSD is car accidents. Car accidents are also the most frequent kind of trauma experienced by American men and the second most frequent trauma experienced by American women.

Dispelling the Top 5 Epilepsy Myths

Although much is still unknown about epilepsy, experts agree that these common myths are not true. Epilepsy--the mere word often conjures images that are either terribly frightening or simply inaccurate. And despite being first documented by Hippocrates in 400 B.C., the cause of this brain disorder, which is primarily characterized by recurrent seizures, is still largely a mystery.

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