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National Senior Health & Fitness Day 


WANTED: individuals 50 years and older. Join us for two hours of fun activities at Fitness Plus for National Senior Health & Fitness Day. Get ready to kick up your heels and have some fun on Tuesday, May 5, from 10 am to noon. The ...
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Identify the Cause of Your Insomnia


While almost everyone has trouble sleeping occasionally, chronic insomnia can become a big problem. There are many possible causes of insomnia, including: Anxiety: Whether you have temporary anxiety or an anxiety disorder, it can seriously disrupt sleep. “Sometimes, simply worrying about whether you will fall asleep ...
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Migraines and Stroke


People who suffer from frequent migraines have a slightly increased risk of suffering a stroke – although researchers have not determined exactly why the two are related. “Only those who suffer from migraines with aura – headaches that are accompanied by other symptoms such as sensitivity ...
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Prevent Head Lice


Your child may catch more than a cold at school. Cooler weather is the perfect breeding ground for head lice, which can travel from person to person through head-to-head contact, hats or coats. “If you catch head lice, it does not mean you have poor hygiene,” ...
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Breast Cancer Treatments Abound


Nearly every woman who receives a breast cancer diagnosis will need to undergo surgery at some point in her treatment. However, nonsurgical treatment both before and after surgery has become extremely important for some types of breast cancer. “In recent years, there have been many exciting ...
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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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