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Cervical Spine Anatomy

Each of the five remaining vertebrae has a weight-bearing body. Surrounding these vertebrae are muscles, ligaments, blood vessels, and nerves. In addition, intervertebral discs between the vertebrae act as shock absorbers for the spine. The design of the cervical vertebrae provides structural...


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Ways to Save Your Knees

  • Exercise regularly to strengthen and increase flexibility of muscles around the knee and to improve your overall strength and fitness.

  • Control your weight. When you walk, each extra pound adds four pounds of pressure to the kneecap. Climbing steps, that pound adds 20 pounds of pressure.

  • Buy sturdy shoes made for your activity, and replace them when the inner or outer soles appear worn.

  • Stretch daily. If you have tight muscles, you are more likely to strain them.

  • Strengthen your legs, especially your hamstrings and quadriceps. Try hamstring curls: Lying on your abdomen, draw your lower legs upward. Use weights equal to about 10 percent of your body weight to add resistance. Do a few sets of 10 to 15 repetitions; hold them a second or two. For the quads, lie on your back, with one leg straight and the other bent. Using an ankle weight on the straight leg, lift your leg 12 inches off the ground. Do a few sets of 10 repetitions; hold them for a second or two.

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Your mental health is just as important to your overall well being as your physical health. Here's information on a range of mental health topics, plus ideas on how to cope when your life hits an emotional bump.

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a name given to a group of diseases that limit the flow of air in and out of your lungs. COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Long-time cigarette smoking is the most common cause of COPD.

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Stay healthy and vigorous into old age by eating right, getting plenty of exercise and following recommended disease prevention practices.

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