What You Need to Know About Benzodiazepines

What is a benzodiazepine? Benzodiazepines (ben-zoh-die-az-uh-peens) or “benzos” are a type of sedative. They are often used for sleep, or to treat anxiety or muscle spasms. They have other, less common uses too. Are benzodiazepines safe? Like all medications, benzos have risks. These risks include: • Feeling sleepy, dizzy, clumsy, or confused; this can cause…

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Tips for Correct Use of Inhalers

Inhaler devices deliver medicine directly into the lungs. This is different from most pills or shots, which send medicine into the whole body. It is important for you to use your inhaler correctly so the medicine works best. Are all inhalers the same? There are different types of inhaler devices. One main type is called…

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Strategies for a Good Night’s Sleep

What Is Insomnia? Insomnia is a common problem. People with insomnia have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. A lack of sleep can cause people with insomnia to be sleepy during the day. Sometimes insomnia only lasts for a short time, or it can last for a long time. Insomnia can affect your work, school, social…

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How to Eat a Heart-Healthy Diet

Eating a heart-healthy diet can lower your risk of problems like heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes. Use the following tips as a guide for a heart-healthy diet. Remember not to get discouraged if you indulge in a favorite once in a while.   DO eat: • Fruits and veggies • Whole grains such as brown…

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Back Pain FAQs

Do I need an x-ray, CT, or MRI of my back? Most patients do not need images (x-rays, etc) taken of their back. These images are not often helpful for patients with acute low back pain. Additionally, they are costly and will expose you to radiation. Your prescriber will ask you questions and do an…

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What You Should Know About Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death. Colon cancer starts as a growth or “polyp” on the lining of the colon. If the polyp is removed, the cancer may be prevented. More than half of deaths from colon cancer could be prevented with screening; however, one out of every three adults is…

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Why Essential Oils?

The benefits of essential oils go well beyond their pleasant aroma—–they can help you sleep, improve your skin, and aid digestion. Certain oils can also have mental, physical, and emotional healing effects. You can use essential oils by rubbing them on your skin, inhaling, or using a diffuser. A top 5 list of essential oils:…

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Sports & Energy Drinks for Kids

Sports and energy drinks both contain ingredients usually best avoided in children:  large amounts of sugar and high doses of caffeine.  The American Academy of Pediatrics says they aren’t a good idea for most kids.  Plain water is still the best option for all except extreme circumstances.  The extra sugar intake increases the risk of…

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Patch for Tennis Elbow

Some sports medicine experts are using part of a nitroglycerin patch for chronic tendinopathy such as tennis elbow.  Meds should be used in addition to rehab but not instead of it.  Rehab is your best bet:  applying ice or heat, avoiding aggravating activities, stretching, strength exercises, and using braces or orthotics depending on the site…

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