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According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 500,000 basketball-related injuries are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year.

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Laura C. Reese, D.O. Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgeon The fast-paced action of basketball can cause a wide range of injuries, most often to the foot, ankle, and knee. Sprained ankles and knee ligament tears are common. Basketball players are also at risk for jammed fingers and stress fractures in the foot and lower leg. Several strategies can help to prevent …

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Heart Surgeon now at home in Ashland

Heart Surgeon now at home in Ashland

King’s Daughters cardiothoracic surgeon Juan Bastidas, M.D., has traveled a long way to achieve his dreams. Literally. A native of Pasto, in southern Colombia, Dr. Bastidas earned his medical degree from the University of Rosario in Colombia and completed a master’s in public health at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Training took him to Massachusetts, Louisiana and California, where …

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Let the YMCA Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

Let the YMCA Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year’s resolution is something of a ritual. Every January, we make promises to ourselves and our loved ones about things we hope to achieve in the new year, most of which relate to personal goals, such as learning something new, finding a new job, being happy, getting into shape, losing weight, eating right, reducing stress, and so on. Although …

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Resolve to Improve Your Vascular Health This Year

Resolve to Improve Your Vascular Health This Year

By Alexander H. Hou MD, FACS, Vascular disease is one of the most common causes of death worldwide, and for many people prolonged sitting is a contributing factor, but there is a way to reverse vascular dysfunction if you have a sedentary lifestyle. Vascular health focuses on keeping your heart and lungs in good condition so they can perform at a …

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Being Proactive, Not Reactive Choosing a Long Term Life Care Facility

Being Proactive, Not Reactive Choosing a Long Term Life Care Facility

One of the hardest things a caregiver will ever have to do is to know when it’s time for their loved one to go into a long-term care facility. Often, caregivers will go long past the point of when they should have incorporated help from the outside. Sometimes, it’s their own fear of failing as a caregiver and the fear …

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Compression Devices: Effective Treatment for Limb Swelling

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By Alyssa Parker Many individuals attempt to manage their limb swelling through various treatments such as compression stockings, exercise, diuretics, and elevation with little or no results. Limb swelling, also known as edema, may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Some of the most common conditions where limb swelling is the first symptom include venous insufficiency, post operative …

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Tips to Avoid Hidden Sugars Around the Holidays

Tips to Avoid Hidden Sugars Around the Holidays

Kellie McKinney, MS | Healthy Lifestyle columnist | Co-Founder of Two Nutrition Nuts Low-fat and ‘diet’ foods often contain extra sugar to help improve their taste and palatability and to add bulk and texture in the place of fat. Even savoury foods, like ready-made soups and sauces may contain added sugar. A can of soft drink, on average, contains the equivalent …

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Weight Loss Surgery

Weight Loss Surgery

Are you overweight? Are you suffering from health effects that are related to being considerably overweight, such as diabetes or heart problems? Have you attempted to lose weight, but just can’t shed the pounds? Then gastric bypass surgery might be right for you. Bariatric surgery can help you lose weight and reduce your risk for several serious medical conditions including …

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This year, resolve to get the most out of your healthcare dollars

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One of the most important things you can do for your health (besides eating healthy foods and exercising), is to seek credible knowledge and use that information to be your own advocate. So often, patients don’t realize that they have choices when it comes to healthcare and that those choices can – and do – make a difference. Take diagnostic …

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Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

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Lose weight? Check. Start exercising? Check. Stop smoking? Check. It can be daunting when your list of New Year’s Resolutions is as long as your holiday shopping list. In addition to the post-holiday slump, not being able to keep your resolutions by February, March or even late January may increase your anxiety. When your holiday decorations are packed up and …

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Don’t Pursue Your Passion

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By Alex Anderson There is a danger in pursuing your passion… it assumes that you can only have one. This drove me nuts in a reversed kind of way. I knew what my passion or calling was…to be a minister. The only problem was…so was being an entrepreneur, musician, writer, father and husband. The pressure to excel and become the …

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Routine Screenings Prevent Cervical Cancer Death

Routine Screenings Prevent Cervical Cancer Death

Medical science has made some rapid advances in recent years and none more so than the ability to be able to prevent and treat cervical cancers in adult women. Cervical cancer is cancer of the cervix (the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina). Cervical cancer usually forms slowly over many years, but occasionally it happens faster. …

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Strike before a stroke

Strike before a stroke

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a major cause of adult disability. It occurs when blood supply to the brain is disrupted, causing brain tissue to die. What many may not realize is that stroke and heart disease are two sides of the same coin – vascular disease. “Vascular disease isn’t selective … the …

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Body Weight and Joint Pain

Body Weight and Joint Pain

Laura C. Reese, D.O. Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgeon If you were to ask people to name a health problem related to obesity, odds are good they’d say “heart disease” or “diabetes.” And they’d be right; those two chronic diseases have a very strong relationship to excess weight. They are the safe bets. But if you like long odds, put your …

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Comprehensive Eye Care for the New Year

Each year many people lose vision due to progressive diseases or conditions of the eye. Often there are no symptoms indicating something is wrong, or vision loss occurs so gradually that it is not readily noticeable to a patient. Consequently, it is important to regularly schedule a comprehensive eye exam with an experienced, knowledgeable Ophthalmologist. In general, periodic eye exams …

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