Spine Injections: A Non-Surgical Solution for Back Pain

Anyone can experience back pain: high school athletes, parents who carry small children, people who were in car accidents, senior citizens and others. “It can happen to people at all levels of activity,” said Thomas Jackson, MD, a physiatrist with Sports Medicine & Injury Care at Carolinas HealthCare System.

When back […]

Red Wine and Chocolate: Are They Really Heart Healthy?

As it turns out, red wine and chocolate may not be as “heart healthy” as we thought. In a recent study published in the journal, JAMA Internal Medicine, an antioxidant known as resveratrol, found in high quantities in red wine, dark chocolate, peanuts and other foods, was shown not to effectively fight inflammation, cardiovascular […]

Six Ways to Reduce Mammogram Discomfort

OK, so maybe a mammogram isn’t your idea of fun. No procedure that involves flattening your breasts between two plastic plates could ever be described as enjoyable.

But consider the lifesaving potential of this test: A mammogram can detect breast cancer—the second-leading cause of cancer death in women—years before you’d ever feel a lump. And […]

Can Dry Needling Be Used for Pain Relief?

Dry needling involves inserting thin needles into the patient’s skin for muscular stimulation. Unlike acupuncture, which targets “meridians” within the body for pain relief, dry needling involves inserting a thicker needle deeper into the tissue to target “trigger points,” or knots, in the muscle. Inserting the needle directly into the trigger point will prompt […]

What Integrative Cancer Medicines are Right for You?

Researchers have found that many nontraditional therapies can help ease side effects of standard cancer treatments such as pain, nausea, weakness, stress, depression and anxiety. To benefit from the best of both worlds, follow these steps:

1. Do your research

Investigate a potential therapy and gather as much information as you can. Look beyond the product’s promotions […]

Understanding Suicide and How to Help Someone in Crisis

While discussing suicide is not as taboo of a subject today as it was 20 or 30 years ago, the rates of suicide are still on the rise. According to the American Association of Suicidology, someone commits suicide every 14 minutes and it is the leading cause of […]

Why Skipping Breakfast May Lead to Weight Gain

Bariatric_Blog_AdAsk anyone what the most important meal of the day is and they will likely say breakfast. So why do people tend to skip breakfast when trying to lose weight?

If you are skipping breakfast to restrict calories, you are actually depriving […]

7 Superfoods That Help Reverse the Risk of Diabetes

Is Endometriosis Hurting Your Sex Life?

Many women with endometriosis experience pain during intercourse. Usually described as an intolerable burning sensation, a sharp stabbing pain or a deep aching – painful sex can be an all too familiar reality for women living with endometriosis. Sometimes the pain lingers anywhere from 24 to 48 hours after intercourse and may be accompanied […]

What Parents Can Do to Ensure Their Young Driver’s Safety

It’s no secret that young drivers are at the greatest risk for a motor vehicle crash. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, young people ages 15-24 represent only 14 percent of the U.S. population, yet they account for 30 percent of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males, and […]