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Hormone Replacement Therapy And Endocrine Tumors: How To Proceed And Not Encourage Tumor Growth

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Jul 10, 2016

If you have reached midlife and are considering hormone replacement therapy to help you get through midlife changes, there are some concerns of which your doctor should make you aware. Issues erupt if your doctor discovers that you already have tumors or polyps growing on your endocrine glands. If that is the case, you will need to proceed with caution. Here is how you can proceed with hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) and not encourage tumor, polyp or nodule growths. Locating All of the Growths Your doctor will locate the growths you currently have throughout your body. If they are present, you may have pituitary microadenomas (tumors on the pituitary gland in your brain), nodules on your thyroid and parathyroid, tumors in your pancreas, liver, kidneys and ovaries/testes. They may be located in other organ tissues as well, in which case they have to be documented before your doctor will begin treatment.  All of these growths will need to be documented and monitored with some frequency to make sure the added hormones you are taking will not cause the growths to get bigger. Taking Smaller HRT Dosages to Start Your doctor will probably start you on the smallest dosages possible so that you can begin to feel some relief from your midlife symptoms but not antagonize your tumors, polyps and nodules. Some women and men report that even the smallest dosages provide enough relief from their symptoms that they do not have to increase the dosages and take additional risks...

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Target These Areas For Massage If You Play Baseball

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Jun 28, 2016

If your baseball season is in full swing this summer, you’re likely having a blast — but you also might have sore muscles to show for it. While a dedicated stretching regimen before each game can help limber up your muscles and relieve stiffness and soreness, there’s nothing better than scheduling a massage to reduce this discomfort. You don’t have to wait until the end of the season to book an appointment with a local massage therapist. By getting this treatment during the season, you can often experience more range of motion and less pain, which will help you succeed on the baseball diamond. Here are some areas to ask to have massaged. Glutes When you swing the bat at the plate, much of your power comes from your glutes. If they’re tight and sore, your power will be limited — which could mean that you’re hitting singles instead of home runs. Ask your massage therapist to apply some deep pressure to your glutes. He or she will likely be able to find some restrictions in the muscle and concentrate on loosening them, which will free up these muscles to help you deliver when it’s your turn at bat. Pectorals The pectoral muscles in your chest are engaged regularly throughout the game of baseball. They play a role when you swing, when you throw and when you catch. When your pecs are sore, you’ll often have trouble putting much power behind your throws, which is detrimental regardless of the...

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Man Vs Machine: Choosing The Right Wheelchair For You

Posted by Peter Gunnison on May 27, 2016

For whatever the reason — recent diagnosis of a disability, or a broken limb (or broken limbs), you’re now on a mission to purchase your first wheelchair. And it’s easy to think that all wheelchairs are created equal — they all have chairs, and wheels, and armrests, so it doesn’t really matter which one you choose, right? However, wheelchairs are a bit more complex than that, especially when it comes down to choosing a manual wheelchair versus an electric one; after all, choosing the right one the first time can save you aches, pains, and a lot of money. So if you’re looking for tips on choosing the right wheelchair for you, then here’s what you need to know. Manpower Manual wheelchairs, pushed either by your hands on the wheels or by someone standing behind you, are cheaper than their electric cousins, and are perfect if you want to keep your arm tone up, as it takes some strength (and a lot of energy) to push yourself around continually, even though manual wheel chairs are a lot lighter than they used to be. They’re also good if you’re not going to be using a wheelchair permanently or for an extended period of time, given their lower price tag. Do note, however, that you’ll have to take care of your hands — buying a set of fingerless gloves is a good idea, so your hands don’t get scraped up by the wheels- — and that you may find yourself stuck...

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Things To Consider When Choosing Health Insurance Through Your Employer

Posted by Peter Gunnison on May 27, 2016

Many employers offer their employees health insurance coverage they can purchase for themselves and their families. This health coverage is often more affordable than purchasing it directly from health insurance companies because the employer may pay for all or a portion of the employees health care coverage. However, there is often more than one type of health insurance coverage that employees have to choose from. Each type of insurance varies, depending on what coverage you want, how much flexibility you need and how much you want to pay for your co-pays or deductibles. If you are deciding which type of health insurance you should purchase from your employer, these are some things you should consider. Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)  A Health Maintenance Organization, also known as an HMO, restricts which physicians, specialists and medical facilities members can seek care from. Members normally have a list of health care providers they can receive that are in the network of the HMO. A Health Maintenance Organization type of insurance will not cover visits to health care providers that are out of their network unless it is an emergency and an in-network provider cannot be seen. However, since the choices are limited for the member, HMO insurance is sometimes less expensive than other types of health insurance. Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)  A Preferred Provider Organization is commonly called a PPO. With this type of insurance coverage, members have more flexibility with which doctors and medical care facilities they receive care from. There are...

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Rotator Cuff Injuries: A Primer

Posted by Peter Gunnison on May 11, 2016

Athletes such as basketball players need healthy arms, shoulders and hands in order to effectively play the game and score points. When in action, you spend plenty of time passing the ball to teammates while running. There is a lot of motion going on at odd angles as tendons, muscles and your rotator cuff move in sync to complete basketball moves. Over time, wear and tear occurs, and you could suffer a serious rotator cuff injury. Your sports medicine physician will thoroughly examine and run tests to determine the exact nature of your injury. Later, treatment will be designed for your specific rotator cuff injury. Rotator Cuff Description Your rotator cuff is a supporting structure of your shoulder. It consists of tendons and muscles that attach your arm to the shoulder joint. This enables your arm to move freely. The cuff, when injured, causes severe pain, and restriction of movement is limited. If you’re in the middle of a game, timeout will be required so that the injury area can be treated with ice therapy. That’s just a temporary treatment. In all likelihood, you will be pulled from the game if icing the injured area does not offer you relief. Impingement Of Your Rotator Cuff Stability and shoulder strength is maintained when your arm is above your head and leaning away from your body. Muscles and tendons control your arm when you point your hands upward. You suffer a rotator cuff impingement when a small bone spur touches the...

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Eight Great Benefits Of Strength Training

Posted by Peter Gunnison on Apr 27, 2016

While endurance training, such as walking, running and swimming is important to overall good health, fitness and weight control, it’s important not to forget about the other part of a good work out–strength training. Strength training isn’t just about sculpting your body and increasing your muscle definition. This type of training offers a number of health benefits for all ages and body types. What is strength training? Strength training is a broad term that refers to exercises that concentrate on one area of the body, such as push-ups, sit-ups, crunches and squats and resistance training as with bands or tubes. Strength training also includes working with barbells and free weights as well as exercise machines like an elliptical or rowing machine. Benefits of strength training 1. Helps to keep weight off. Adding strength training to your workout at least three times a week helps to burn extra calories and makes keeping those extra pounds at bay a lot easier. 2. Promotes overall good health. Strength training isn’t just good for your muscles and bones. A regular strength training regime can help to lower your blood pressure and increases the body’s need for glucose, something that can help ward off the onset of diabetes. 3. Increases strength. As the name would imply, strength training makes you stronger and helps to make everyday tasks easier. Stronger muscles also help to reduce the likelihood of muscle strains and tendon damage when you do use your muscles. Toned muscles also help increase a...

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Chair Ramps

If the only access to a building is stairs, that building is completely closed off to those in wheelchairs. Ramps can also help those with bad knees.
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Lift Chairs

A more high-tech version, lift chairs are perfect for installation in a home or other building that needs to be wheelchair accessible but can't be completely remodeled to fit requirements.
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Other Technology

Recent advances in technology and the computer world have helped make great leaps in the land of wheelchair accessibility, such as special controls or motors.