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Advances in outpatient rehabilitation services and techniques have made it a must for returning to your best functioning after an acute event such as a stroke, joint replacement, or fracture repair.

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Diabetes affects several parts of the body, but when it comes to managing their disease, people sometimes focus too closely on controlling their blood sugar without looking at their health as a whole.

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You came into the emergency room last evening. Now it is 5 p.m. the following day and you’re in a hospital room occupying a hospital bed. You’ve seen doctors and nurses. You’ve had medicines and treatments. So you’re officially a hospital inpatient, right?

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The American Medical Association estimates that family caregivers provide about 80% of the unpaid care needed for their loved ones who have chronic or terminal illnesses. In many instances, it’s an around-the-clock job with few if any breaks.

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No matter which kind of therapy you’re participating in, outpatient rehabilitation is hard work. If you’ve had a joint replacement, your physical therapist might take you through some repeated exercises to strengthen your muscles. If you’ve had a stroke, your occupational therapist might have you practice new ways to cook, bathe, or eat.  

fingernail health

“Your nails are a window to what’s going on in your body,” says Eliot M. Mostow, M.D., chief of dermatology at Akron General Medical Center in Akron, Ohio. “You can’t assume that a change in your nail’s appearance is just a local problem, such as a fungal infection.

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Sodium has a number of functions in your body, including maintaining fluid balance, transmitting nerve impulses, and helping muscles work properly. It seems as if you’d need a hefty amount, but in fact the human body needs very little to perform all of those functions. 

How much is too much?

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When the new year comes, many people resolve to be in better health. If you have arthritis, improving your health might mean making the tough decision to undergo a joint replacement. 

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Making decisions about your health care is something you’ve done throughout your adulthood, but what if you became ill and couldn’t communicate your wishes? According to the National Institute on Aging, more than 25% of older Americans face medical treatment questions near the end of life but are incapable of making those decisions.