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Stretching Before Exercise


Stretching before exercise can help you move better and keep you more flexible as you age. While static stretching (stretching a muscle and holding it) can loosen your muscles, dynamic stretching (incorporating movement) can often be even more effective. “Some studies have shown that static stretches ...
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Black River Named No. 1


Black River Medical Center has been nationally recognized for the high quality of care it provides to Medicare patients. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has named Black River the No. 1 hospital in the country for its commitment to the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) ...
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Quick Reactions Help Patient Find Treatment for Emergency


If Stephen Friar had not had an appointment with his neurosurgeon, he would have stayed at home – even though he was experiencing uncontrollable shaking and nausea, and redness and severe pain in his upper leg. If he had stayed put, he might never have ...
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Communicate With Your Doctor


When you are determining the best treatment for an orthopedic problem, it is important to have open communication with your physician. “You should be able to trust your doctor,” says Patrick R. Knight, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Saint Francis Medical Center. “You need to feel ...
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Erectile Dysfunction


Erectile dysfunction (ED) occurs when a man has difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection long enough for sexual intercourse. ED has a physical cause 90 percent of the time and is usually due to a problem with blood flow. Physical causes may include diabetes, obesity, high ...
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When You Might Need ACL Reconstruction


One of the most common injuries to athletes is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. The ACL is a ligament located in the center of the knee that is vital to the joint’s stability. “Whenever a young athlete tears his or her ACL, we usually recommend ...
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Fitness Plus Swim Lessons


Get ready for summer dips in the pool with children’s swim lessons at Fitness Plus for ages 6 months and older. All Fitness Plus swim lessons follow the American Red Cross guidelines, with progression levels as defined by the Red Cross’ Learn-to-Swim program. Fitness Plus offers ...
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Treat Cold Sores


A cold sore is a small sore on the face or inside the mouth that is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). While you cannot cure a cold sore, you can ease the pain while you wait for it to heal. Apply ice. If your ...
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Combat Bloating During Pregnancy


When you are pregnant, you are likely to experience uncomfortable bloating and gas. This is due to the hormone progesterone, which causes your gastrointestinal tract to relax and slow down digestion. “When digestion slows, this gives the nutrients from the food you eat more time to ...
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Men and Colon Cancer


Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, killing one person every 9.3 minutes. Men have about the same risk of developing colon cancer as women, although some studies show that men develop colon cancer at a younger age ...
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