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Vertebral Fusion

After vertebral fusion, it is important to follow up with physical therapy. Patients who have undergone vertebral fusion should not attempt to lift anything weighing more than 10 lbs (4.5 kg), and should not squat or twist until the spine is completely healed. There are risks and complications to...


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Ways to Relieve Airborne Allergy Discomfort

  • Keep your home heating and cooling system clean.

  • Try a duct-cleaning service to clean dust mites, dust and dirt from your air duct system.

  • Update your vacuum cleaner. Look into the newer "closed system" models; some deposit dust directly into a water-filled canister.

  • Cover your pillows and mattresses with plastic to eliminate dust mites.

  • Rid your house of cockroaches; their body parts and waste products also are a major household allergen.

  • Avoid smoke and other irritating fumes -- they can aggravate your allergies.

  • Limit alcohol consumption. Nasal passages swell and secrete more mucus when you've been drinking.

  • Limit outdoor activities. During allergy season, be sure to avoid the flowers, trees and grasses that bother you. Although they are not exact, the local weather report's pollen count can be helpful when planning outdoor activities.

  • Reduce mold exposure. Clean bathrooms frequently and run the exhaust fan during and after showering.

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Millions of Americans suffer from back pain every year. The reasons for the pain are many, including bad posture, accidents, improper lifting, obesity, and weak muscles. Practice prevention to minimize your risk for back pain — get regular exercise, lose any excess weight, and learn good posture.

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Are you all too familiar with the coughing and wheezing that remind you that you have asthma? Asthma can be a serious problem, but it doesn’t have to stop you in your tracks. With the help of your health care team, you can keep your asthma under control.

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