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What is biceps tenodesis?

Biceps tenodesis is a surgical procedure used to reduce pain in the shoulder and surrounding area. It is an option when pain is caused by problems with the biceps tendon in the arm. In this article, learn about the types of procedure, who could benefit from it, possible complications, and alternative treatments.

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Dry needling vs. acupuncture: What the research says

Dry needling vs. acupuncture: What the research says

Dry needling and acupuncture involve puncturing the skin with thin needles for therapeutic purposes. While a shared aim is to provide relief from pain, the practices are otherwise very different. Practitioners of dry needling attempt to release tension from knots and pressure points in muscles. Acupuncturists insert needles to release endorphins and affect the nervous […]

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Common toothpaste ingredient may promote colon cancer

Common toothpaste ingredient may promote colon cancer

Researchers claim that there is an “urgent need” to test triclosan, a common chemical in household products. After preliminary studies, scientists conclude that it might cause colonic inflammation and promote colon cancer. Could a common toothpaste ingredient be causing more harm than good? Triclosan is not necessarily a household name, but the products that it […]

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Can these hormones provide the key to autism, schizophrenia?

Can these hormones provide the key to autism, schizophrenia?

People with neuropsychiatric disorders — such as schizophrenia and autism — often display, among other symptoms, impaired social behavior. To address this, researchers looked into the impact of two hormones on social attitudes. Can oxytocin and vasopressin help to regulate impaired social behavior? In a new study, investigators at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia […]

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What to know about hyperlordosis

What to know about hyperlordosis

Hyperlordosis is a condition in which there is an excessive spine curvature in the lower back. Hyperlordosis creates a characteristic C-shaped curve in the lower back, or lumbar region, where the spine curves inward just above the buttocks. It often occurs as a result of poor posture or a lack of exercise. In this article, […]

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What to know about Miller Fisher syndrome

What to know about Miller Fisher syndrome

Miller Fisher syndrome, also known as Fisher’s syndrome, is a neurological disorder characterized by sudden weakness in the face, loss of reflexes, and poor coordination. Miller Fisher syndrome (MFS) is a rare, autoimmune nerve condition. It is a less-severe form of Guillain-Barré syndrome. Read on for an overview of Miller Fisher syndrome, including symptoms, treatment, […]

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How to make and use a cold compress

How to make and use a cold compress

A cold compress is a frozen or chilled material, such as an ice pack or a cool, wet washcloth. When used correctly, they can help to relieve pain and swelling or cool a fever. Cold compresses take a variety of forms, including commercially available products and homemade solutions. A cold compress can aid in treating: […]

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What is Eagle syndrome?

Summary description Eagle syndrome is a form of nerve pain that causes people to experience a dull, throbbing ache around the face and throat. It can be caused by an unusually long bone below the ear and can often be treated successfully with surgery. We look at the symptoms and treatments of Eagle syndrome.

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How should you prepare for a colonoscopy?

How should you prepare for a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is a type of imaging study in which a doctor uses a particular scope called a colonoscope to examine the colon’s lining. A doctor may recommend a colonoscopy to evaluate the colon for cancerous lesions, identify areas of bleeding, or diagnose other gut-related disorders. Before the procedure, a doctor will prescribe a colonoscopy […]

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Causes and treatment of lower back spasms

Causes and treatment of lower back spasms

There are many possible causes for lower back spasms, including poor posture, muscle overuse, and sprains and strains. People who experience recurring or worsening spasms or pain should see a doctor for an assessment. A lower back spasm usually feels like a muscle is firmly contracting or moving. However, it might also feel like a […]