Common Fitness Mistakes And How To Correct Them

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Submitted by the Baylor College of Medicine….

stretchRegular exercise or sports participation is a great way to sustain a healthy lifestyle, but mistakes in your training could lead to injury or keep you from achieving your fitness goals. A sports medicine expert at Baylor College of Medicine discusses common mistakes that can result in injury.

Repetitive Stress Injuries

“Repetitive stress injuries are common when you are doing the same activity, such as running, swimming, throwing and lifting repeatedly, particularly without supportive cross-training, core conditioning and rest days,” said Dr. Theodore Shybut, associate professor in the Joseph Barnhart Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor.

Often when people experience pain during their preferred activity, they try to push through it or rest for a minimal amount of time and resume the activity as soon as it starts to feel slightly improved. Shybut advises stepping back and looking at the big picture.

“It doesn’t make any sense to push back to activity too fast. If the stresses of a sport or exercise have resulted in injury, returning to that same activity too quickly may not allow for proper healing and recovery,” he said.

It’s important to identify issues early on, he said. For example, speaking from his own personal experience as a Boston and New York Marathon runner, people training for a marathon generally start training 15 to 24 weeks ahead of time. They can get too focused on their day-to-day workout goals, pushing through pain to complete a day of training, and lose sight of the overall goal of finishing the race.

But according to Shybut, people training for a marathon should identify pain early and take a few days to a few weeks off to cross-train, work on corrective rehabilitation and let the issue resolve before pushing back into hard training. Evaluation by a sports medicine specialist and rehabilitation with a good physical therapist also may be beneficial and is recommended for any pain that persists.

The same is true for repetitive upper extremity workouts, such as swimming, throwing, Olympic lifting, rowing, etc. Shoulder pain can indicate rotator cuff injury, muscle strain, an impingement syndrome, and evaluation with an experienced sports medicine specialist can help diagnose the problem and optimal treatment.

Muscle pulls and tennis elbow also are common with repetitive workouts. Keep in mind tennis elbow does not only occur during tennis. It can be the result of any repetitive stress, including lifting weights, rowing, other racquet sports and may even occur in some professions such as butchers, plumbers and carpenters whose work involves repetitive wrist and forearm activities.

seniorjoggerIt is fine to rest for a few days and modify training to pain-free activities to see how your injury responds. Some training aches such as delayed onset muscle soreness will improve, and athletes may quickly resume high intensity training. If pain persists, see a sports medicine physician or physical therapist.

“It’s important to remember that when you see world-class or elite-level athletes, they have done a lot of extra work in training to get where they are. This includes cross-training, proper dynamic warmups, strengthening and flexibility work, preventative exercises, core fitness and corrective exercises focused on the weakest elements of their kinetic chains,” Shybut said.

It’s also important to understand your fitness program may have relative deficiencies, Shybut said. Common deficient areas include core strength, postural and small muscle groups, endurance and eccentric tolerances. The goal of a good corrective program is to find a way to strengthen the deficient muscles in a way that replicates the activity without the extreme level of stress and build the muscles up so that they are strong enough to handle the actual sport or movement, for example throwers performing a PEP (Prevent Injury and Enhance Performance) program or runners doing eccentric single leg squats.

Proper Technique

Understanding the proper technique for different workouts is key in injury prevention. Using bad form during activities such as squatting can aggravate your knees or strain your back if the body is not properly aligned.

Shybut suggested engaging with a fitness trainer with a strong rehabilitation background when starting a new workout routine.

Too Much To Soon

Shybut said that he often sees injuries when people do too much too soon in a new exercise routine. For example, if you’re starting high-intensity interval training that involves Olympic lifts and sprints, where muscles are maximally engaged, be aware of your baseline fitness first. If you haven’t been working out, start with basic cardiovascular fitness exercises, including walking, biking or swimming. Start weight training with light-resistance exercises to get comfortable with the proper form before you “max out.” Seek out coaching guidance.

“It’s important to know when to stop, and severe pain should be a red flag. While some soreness is normal, the amount of soreness you experience with workouts should decreases as your body adapts. See a sports medicine specialist for evaluation if you experience joint pain, swelling, painful popping or catching, or instability,” Shybut said. “Exercise is medicine, so do exercise and have fun.”

Common Disabilities That Qualify For SSDI And SSI Benefits

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By Katherine Smith

doctorImproving quality of life is a huge component of our overall health. That can be difficult to do if you have a disability. In addition to overcoming the day-to-day limitations of a disability, it can be difficult to find work. Being unable to earn a living only adds to the stress, which negatively impacts health on many levels.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are federal programs that provide assistance to people in need. Only ailments listed on the Social Security Disability list of impairments (also called the blue book) are eligible. In some cases, conditions that are not listed may also qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits.

It should be noted that qualifying for disability benefits is often a complicated process. Simply having a disability often isn’t enough to qualify. It may be beneficial to get help from an SSD specialist. Organizations like Myler Disability can provide assistance during the application process to minimize the chance of being denied.

Data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) has shown roughly 50% of SSD applications are denied. However, you have the right to appeal the decision. If the wellbeing of your family hinges on the ability to get benefits, it’s a good idea to exercise this right.

Conditions That Qualify for SSDI and SSI Benefits

Generally speaking, you must have a medical condition that prevents you from being able to find and secure a job. Even after receiving benefits, recipients are encouraged to continue looking for employment and earning an independent income.

Musculoskeletal Problems

This is a fairly broad category that includes conditions affecting the joints, bones and back. Given that back pain is one of the most common medical problems in the U.S., it’s no surprise that musculoskeletal problems are the most common condition among benefit recipients.

Injuries to the spine that affect the ability to move are also included in this category. Amputation is another eligible condition, but typically only if it’s a double amputation.

Mental Disorders

In 2016, mental disorders were the second most common condition covered by disability benefits. In total, 26.3% of disabled workers receive benefits due to a mental disorder. Some of the most common eligible mental disorders include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia

Substance abuse disorders are another qualifying condition that has become more common. The effects of the opioid epidemic can clearly be seen in reports from the SSA. Many states with the highest percentage of workers who receive disability benefits also have the highest rates of drug overdose deaths.

Circulatory System Conditions

Circulatory system problems are also eligible for the disability programs. Conditions that affect the heart often come with a number of debilitating side effects. Cardiovascular impairment can also make physical activity difficult or even dangerous.

Chronic heart failure is a common circulatory system condition. Benefits are also awarded to those who have myocardial ischemia, syncope, central cyanosis, vein disorders and artery disorders.

Sense Organ Disability

A sense organ disability is a condition that impairs one or more senses. The most common conditions are:

  • Vision Loss
  • Hearing Loss
  • Loss of Speech

While those are three of the conditions covered, there are many more that may qualify and total loss is not always necessary.

Nervous System Conditions

A number of nervous system conditions are eligible for SSDI and SSI benefits. Some ailments make it difficult for people to concentrate and carry out cognitive tasks. Others like multiple sclerosis (MS) cause severe pain and fatigue.

Often these types of condition only qualify when they are advanced and producing significant side effects.


Some types of cancer also qualify for disability benefits. All cancers that are considered malignant neoplastic diseases fall into this category. When a person with cancer applies for benefits four things are considered:

  • The origin of the cancer
  • How widespread the cancer is
  • How aggressive the cancer is and response to anticancer therapy
  • Side effects of cancer treatment

Cancer patients need a lot of medical documentation to file an application. The analysts reviewing the application will want detailed information from the pathology report and documents on all treatments received to date.

Common Caregiver Injuries And How To Prevent Them

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By Monica Mendoza

grandparentchildCaregivers come from all walks of life. There are professional caregivers and family caregivers. They work hard to care for those who cannot care for themselves. And yet, too often, it is the caregivers themselves who forget their own well-being. Some caregivers even find themselves encumbered with their own health issues and injuries.

Studies show that in 2015, over 170,000 incidents of documented illness or injury happened in the private nursing and caregiver industry. This translates to roughly 6.8 incidents per 100 workers. Clearly, caregiver injuries have become common and affect a significant percentage of healthcare workers. The most common injuries recorded are sprains and strains, cuts and punctures, fractures, soreness or pain, bruises, and multiple trauma.

These injuries are classified as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). They affect the body’s joints, muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons, particularly the bone structures that support limbs, which are the back and the neck. In order to address these injuries, The Hospital Patient and Healthcare Worker Injury Protection Act was created. It requires healthcare facilities to adopt practices that will reduce the injuries of healthcare workers, especially for those who have to move and lift patients.

Employers of healthcare workers need to make sure that they create measures to avoid injuries. These are some of the activities and situations caregivers should try to steer clear from:

1. Doing Heavy Lifting

Caregivers need to support heavy weights whenever transferring supplies or moving a resident. MSDs occur when caregivers pull or strain their muscles or injure their tendons, ligaments, cartilage, or joints. Employers should make sure that caregivers are equipped with proper gear, like a back brace or weight belt to assist them with the load. Often, healthcare workers are discouraged from wearing these items because putting them on and taking them off can take up a bit of time and effort. However, employers can reinforce this policy to make sure that caregivers follow this rule. Employers can also provide the facility with patient lifts and slings to help lessen the impact of transferring patients or changing their position.

Another precaution that can be employed is to give caregivers the proper training and techniques for lifting. If the caregiver needs to bend down to assist a senior when eating or bathing, advise them to place themselves in a more comfortable position, such as squatting or sitting. They can also be taught to stretch every day to relieve muscle tightness and to make them more flexible.

2. Contact with Illness

Those that need care are often sick or weak. Caregivers often risk constant exposure to bacteria and viruses that may make them more susceptible to contracting illnesses. Also, exposure to blood and other bodily fluids increases a caregiver’s risk of getting sick.

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of diseases is to practice frequent hand washing. Microbes and bacteria may be minimized, if not eliminated, through proper hand hygiene practices such as washing with water and soap and using hand sanitizer. Also, to prevent viruses from entering their bodies, workers may be required to wear surgical masks. Make sure that all staff are vaccinated regularly. And see to it that they get shots for common illnesses such as flu to prevent the occurrence of these diseases.

3. Overworking

It is a reality that communities or homes that provide care may be understaffed due to limited budget. This means caregivers are often overworked — a state that could lead to health issues and illnesses caused by stress. These issues can take a toll on the employees’ physical and mental health, which could then result to lack of sleep, poor eating habits, and increased vulnerability to illnesses.

If it is not at all possible to increase the number of caregivers, one way to avoid overworking the employees is to provide them with regular breaks to rejuvenate themselves. They should be working regular shifts of 8 to 10 hours, and should not be required to be on call outside of the residence. If the caregiver works for over 10 hours, they may make more mistakes since they are too tired. When this happens, employees and residents become susceptible to injury or harm. Make sure that the caregivers are well-rested and ready for their shift.

Choosing a career in the healthcare industry may entail health risks. However, issues that come from heavy lifting, exposure to illnesses, and understaffing can be addressed to prevent further complications and burn outs. Policy enforcement, proper training and equipment, and care for caregivers can go a long way in preventing these common injuries.

Common Sports Surgeries: How Orthopedics Help Sports And Fitness Related Injuries

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By Steve Barker

doctorSports stars commonly have orthopedic surgeries to fix injuries they receive during practice & games, like Oakland A’s catcher, Josh Phegley’s recent knee surgery. While most of us are aware of the importance of taking steps to avoid injury during physical activity, reading about these celebrity surgeries makes you wonder what sort of injuries sports stars (and us regular folk that just like to stay active) rely on surgeons at Orthopedic Associates to treat. There are a good number of injuries, but we’ve picked out a few of the most common to discuss the importance of orthopedics in helping with sports/fitness related injuries.

Common Injuries Sustained from Sports

Most injuries related to sports have something to do with joints, sprains, tears, and breaks, but do you know where? And what methods are commonly used to treat them?

Shoulder joint tear – About 20% of all sports injuries involve the shoulder, and that includes things like shoulder joint tears. Any of the three bones involved with the shoulder joint (scapula, clavicle, humerus) can become disturbed in such a way that injures the joint. One could sustain a severe fall which pulls the shoulder suddenly, or tear the joint while attempting a throwing motion incorrectly. The result is a typical one for joint problems: pain, reduced movement, and an overwhelming loss of strength in the joint. The treatment? Commonly, anti-inflammatory medicines, rest, and rehabilitative exercises can relieve symptoms. In other cases, though, a surgeon may have to perform an arthroscopic surgery to correct the issues within the shoulder, after which a period of rest and rehab will be necessary to regain full use of the joint.

Achilles tendon rupture – It’s the largest tendon in the body, so injury can occur in a number of ways. The actual structure of the tendon may become separated above the heel, but the tendon can also break away from the spot where it is connected to the heel bone. Ouch. It can be brought about in just about any sort of sport since a rupture of this nature can be induced from even simple actions like running. An achilles rupture can be treated by immobilizing the area with a cast (or something similar) and allowing the tendon to repair itself. Surgery can also suture the tendon back together, followed by a period of immobilization and then physical therapy.

joggerAnkle sprain – Almost everyone has seen one of these. The ligaments in the ankle are pushed too far and then tear apart. Perhaps you were walking on an uneven surface and fell? Or you were attempting a sports technique and twisted your foot? Sprains may even result from a blow to the foot. If the injury is minor enough, it can be treated at home with basic rest and application of ice. If it is a more severe injury, however, the type that causes intense pain and swelling, the doctor might need to intervene. They might have to do some X-Rays, and examine your ankle to assess the level of pain and range of motion. After this, the severity of the sprain will be graded. It could be a mild, grade 1 sprain, or it could be a very severe grade 3 sprain. The remedy? Most involve a combination of rest, compression, elevation of the ankle, and icing it down. If the injury is severe enough, you may also need to use crutches or an ankle brace for a period, and perhaps even undergo physical therapy.

Meniscus tear – One of the most common of all injuries to the knee. The cartilage in the knee, which serves to cushion it and keep it stable, can become torn through athletic activity. A bad squat, direct contact, and many other regular sports occurrences can bring about meniscus tears. Tears can limit mobility and should be treated correctly, depending on their size and location. Some meniscus tears can heal on their own. Others will need to be dealt with surgically. Knee arthroscopy is one of the most widely used procedures and involves trimming away damaged parts of the meniscus or suturing torn pieces back together. As with many procedures, therapy is often recommended afterwards to complete the healing process.

In Summary

Injuries happen, especially when engaging in strenuous physical activity! Thankfully, orthopedic procedures are an excellent way to correct many of the most common sports-related injuries. Orthopedics procedures are also a good option for treating joint injuries sustained through day-to-day activity. If you’ve experienced an injury, orthopedic consultation might be the way to begin your road to recovery.

The Ins And Outs Of Tennis Elbow: Common Causes

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newsAt Santa Rosa Orthopaedics, The Hand Center Dr. Mintalucci and Dr. Mazur lead an experienced team of physical and occupational therapists and together they bring the best outcomes to patients suffering from an array of hand and upper extremity conditions including Tennis Elbow.

Athletes are not the only people who get tennis elbow. Many people who suffer from tennis elbow work or participate in activities that require repetitive and vigorous use of the forearm muscle. Lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow affects the tendons that are attached to the bone on the outside (lateral) part of the elbow. In this case, the tendon’s attachment deteriorates and weakens at the anchor site causing stress on the area. This in turn causes pain when lifting, gripping, and/or grasping. While tennis is commonly associated with this, the problem can occur with many different types of activities. Painters, plumbers, and carpenters are also highly prone to developing tennis elbow. Studies have shown that even auto workers, cooks and butchers are more likely to get tennis elbow than people in other professions. The consensus among experts is that the repetition and weight lifting required in these occupations leads to injury.

Recent studies show that tennis elbow happens when damage to a specific forearm muscle called the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) muscle occurs. This muscle is designed to stabilize the wrist when the elbow is held in a straight position. When the ECRB is weakened from overuse, microscopic tears form in the tendon where it attaches to the lateral epicondyle, leading to pain and inflammation.

SRO’s Hand Center responds with the latest in orthopaedic technology and a collaborative relationship between the patient, physicians, therapists and professional staff in order to ensure the best treatment and outcome for patients suffering from tennis elbow. The Hand Center at SRO, led by Dr. Kai-Uwe Mazur and Dr. Mintalucci is also the only hand center in the North Bay that has orthopaedic surgeons who are fellowship trained in hand and upper body extremity surgery.


The symptoms of tennis elbow develop gradually in most people. In some cases, the pain begins as mild and slowly worsens over time, and there is usually no specific injury associated with the onset of symptoms. Common signs and symptoms of tennis elbow include:

* Pain or burning on the outer part of the elbow

* Weak grip strength

The symptoms are often worsened with forearm activity, such as holding a racquet, turning a wrench, or shaking hands, usually affecting the dominant arm (although both arms can be affected).


There is an assortment of treatment options for tennis elbow which involves a team approach; primary doctors, physical therapists, and sometimes surgeons, all work together to provide the most effective care for tennis elbow. Up to 95 percent of all patients experience success with prescribed nonsurgical treatments. These may include; rest, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy and perhaps the use of a brace to help relieve symptoms.

Having sports equipment checked by an expert for contributing factors can often help to identify issues that can cause strain and injury. In racquet sports such as tennis, both improper stroke technique and improper equipment may be risk factors. Sometimes something as simple as using an oversized racquet or changing to a smaller head can help to prevent symptoms from recurring.

Other treatments may include steroid injections and shockwave treatment. Surgery is generally only considered when the pain has become incapacitating and has not responded to nonsurgical treatments, and when symptoms have persisted for more than six months.

Getting the Help You Need

When you lose mobility due to injury or disease, you want and deserve the best possible care. Specialized attention must be given to all of the physical elements that work together to create healthy function of the hand and arm possible. Surgeons and ortheopeadic specialists at Santa Rosa Ortheopeadics are specifically trained to provide just that care, tailored to fit your needs.

The Hand Center at SRO provides patients with state-of-the-art medical care in a comprehensive and supportive environment. At SRO, Dr. Mintalucci and Dr. Mazur each play an integral role in a team of 9 multi-specialist orthopedic surgeons, and experienced physical and occupational therapists all working together to bring the best outcome to patients.

For more information on Dr. Mintalucci, or Dr. Mazur, the SRO Hand Center or the other centers of excellence,visit our website or call (707) 546-1922 to schedule an appointment.

– Courtesy of PRWeb

What Are The Common Causes Of Acne In Teenagers?

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By Terrie Dawson

WomanCreamI often wondered why some people have acnes and others don’t? Even dermatologists don’t have a gratifying answer to this. Nonetheless, my quest for knowing the reason behind this troublesome skin condition-acne forced me to do some study on this subject. I came across many startling facts which helped me burry many myths as well that I have been living with hitherto.

Acne is a skin condition which comprises of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, or cysts. Acne usually starts in the teenage. Teenage is a transitional stage of physical and psychological human development that generally occurs during the period from puberty to adulthood.

Common Causes of Acne in Teenagers

Hormonal change

At puberty, hormone levels change severely as this a phase that eventually culminates into sexual maturity. Androgens, the hormone increases in both girls and boys in puberty. Androgens play a significant role in acne formation as the sebaceous glands are particularly sensitive to hormones. People susceptible to acne are sensitive to normal blood levels of testosterone – a natural hormone found in males and females. Androgens cause the skin’s oil glands (sebaceous glands) to expand and produce more sebum. At this point, bacteria get trapped inside the pores and multiply, causing swelling and redness —initiating acne formation. Good acne creams can be applied to get rid of acnes at the prescription of a doctor. It is often genetic, which means that if your parents had it, chances are that you may also have them. Alas! Unfortunate!


The hair follicles, or pores, in skin contain sebaceous glands or oil glands. As the body starts maturing, the sebaceous glands become more active than usual. The increased levels of hormones stimulate the oil glands to produce more sebum. Due to lack of hygiene (if cleanliness is not taken care of), then the skin pores may become blocked due to excess sebum and dead skin call accumulation. The bottom-line is that skin care should start from teenage itself. There is a myth that washing your face too many times can help avert acne if you have oily skin. No. doing this can aggravate the condition.

Nutritional Imbalances

milkIn some people, dairy products can cause acne. Reason: milk contains a biological product similar to insulin and alpha reduced sex hormones. These are good for growth and development of the calves, but if taken in excess can increase sebum and can clog pores of the skin. Again, some may have a breakout and others not for some inexplicable reasons.A low carbohydrate condition can worsen acnes. Researchers believe that a high protein diet can help in combating acne. Low carbohydrate diet combined with whole grains helps achieving even, smooth skin.

A diet minus these is not a good diet plan. Another dietary supplement useful in fighting is Omega-3- fatty-acids. Increased sebum production causes inflammation. Omega-3- fatty-acids stop excessive sebum productions. Junk food may also cause flare-ups. Teenagers indulge in these excessively which leads to acnes.Such nutritional imbalances are definitely bad for people who are prone to acnes.


Unfortunately, the teen life today is also not unscathed of stress. Stress hormones are believed to exacerbate acne. Some steroid hormones such as glucocorticoids and adrenal androgens get release during stress. They trigger the oil gland and clog the pores, the outcome is breakouts.

Acne can have great psychological effects on teenagers. They often feel ashamed and get depressed. The good news is that most people get out of this problem as they near adulthood. Cheer up! This is just a phase of life. Live it happily!

– Terrie Dawson is a freelance writer by profession and fitness enthusiast at heart. At present she is working for beauty care and mainly covers topics related to beauty, skincare, fitness and health. She prefers natural remedies for skin such as dermology skin care products, dermology skin brightener cream and dermology cellulite cream for natural glow and shine.

4 Most Common Child Sleep Problems

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By Rania Paula

stresssleepingPsychologists and physicians estimated that almost 30% of children are suffering with sleep problems at some point during their childhood.

Child sleep problems may affect both emotional and social behavior, which shows an effect on their school performance. Due to this it is very important for the parents and teachers to understand how important sleep is and how sleep disorders can affect teenagers and children.

Here are the common types of child sleep problems:

• Chronic Lung Disease
• Obstructive Sleep Apnea
• Central Apnea of Prematurity
• Central Hypoventilation Syndrome

Chronic Lung Disease:

Usually this is a result of the premature birth, however this may be secondary to lung injury following neonatal period like in sickle cell disease, aspiration syndrome, and neuromuscular disease like muscular dystrophy.

This disease can lead to low levels of oxygen and high carbon dioxide levels in the blood. Sleep study can determine the lung disease. This can be treated with non-invasive ventilator support, oxygen supply, or during severe conditions tracheostomy may be required.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA):

This is one of the most common child sleep problems, which is due to abnormalities in breathing when they are asleep. This condition occurs approximately in 2% of kids, and it is most common problem in preschool aged kids.

OSA diagnosis can be done by evaluating your child during his sleep in the sleep laboratory.

OSA diagnosis can be done by evaluating your child during his sleep in the sleep laboratory. Sleep study is also needed to identify the children of high risk of difficulties from surgery and anesthesia. If this is left untreated this may lead to poor academic performance, high blood count, and heart failure.

Central Apnea of Prematurity:

This is very common in newborn babies. This can be associated with the low heart rate and color changes and it is because of an immaturity of central respiratory drive.

Premature apnea can be evaluated by daytime sleep study or even by cardio-respiratory monitoring. Making your baby to sleep in head elevated tilt position and three-stair-position can help to reduce the problem during the initial stages only.

Central Hypoventilation Syndrome:

This is a problem to the central nervous system that induces signals to breathe. Frequently this can be worsened in the sleep and it is characterized by shallow or even slow breathing, which is inadequate to remove carbon dioxide from lungs.

This may occur while in birth or due to pressure on brainstem. Overnight sleep can be helped to diagnose this. Treatment will be required to relieve brainstem pressure based on the cause.

The support and advice of the health professional or in complex or severe situation a psychologist is necessary for a plan to be successful in dealing with child sleep problems. Sleep programs and educational materials can also be helpful.

– Guest Author, Rania Paula writes for A weblog providing information about various sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, sleep deprivation, etc. and there by helping you to have good night sleep.

Tooth Grinding – A Common Dental Ailment

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By Dana Smith

toothTalking about bruxism, your family dentist will tell you it means the grinding or clenching of teeth, especially during sleep. Kids especially do this at night while for adults; they can do it anytime of the day or night. Over the last few years, there has been a considerable increase in the number of adults who exhibit symptoms of teeth clenching or grinding. This is mainly attributed to the increasing rise in job insecurity. Among the statistics are mostly those who work in the banking and information technology sectors. Also not left out are those who are always on business trips, especially if they work in companies that have huge competition as they are always under pressure.

Symptoms of tooth grinding

A visit to your dentist in will also broaden your knowledge of the symptoms of teeth grinding which includes worn tooth enamel, jaw pains, chipped teeth, ear, cheek and overall facial pains and severe headache. In more severe cases, it could result in loss of teeth and tooth fracture, facial distortions and hearing impediment.

Teeth grinding in kids

There are lots of reasons why kids grind or clench their teeth. It could be due to improper alignment of the upper and lower teeth. It could also be as a means of easing pains, especially those associated with teething. Stress is also known to be a causative agent in teeth grinding in kids. Some kids, when they are stressed about school work or troubles on the home front, they resort to teeth grinding or clenching to ease the stress. Finally, certain medical conditions like cerebral palsy are also known to lead to teeth grinding and clenching in kids.

Treatment for teeth grinding in kids

The major treatment option is regular visits to your family dentist in order to keep the habit in check.

Parental observation is also advised as it helps in minimizing how often the kid engages in the act of teeth grinding.

Use of special night guard from a dentist is also a form of treatment for teeth grinding. It helps in reduction or elimination of the jaw and face sore resulting from incessant teeth grinding.

Relaxation. If the kid takes time to relax prior to bedtime by taking a warm bath, listening to cool music or doing both, there are minimal chances of teeth grinding and clenching taking place.

It would also interest you to know that by the time the child loses his or her baby teeth, the teeth grinding habit would stop.

Treatment for tooth grinding in adults

The number one treatment in this case is eliminating the issues leading to the habit.

The number one treatment in this case is eliminating the issues leading to the habit. This could be stress or chronic sleep disorders. When these issues are taken care of, there are minimal chances of the adult engaging in teeth grinding.

The use of bite guard issued by a dentist is also a treatment option for adults.

Relaxing muscles by applying warm and wet cloth to the side of the face where the clenching or grinding usually takes place.

Minimizing the level of stress by listening to calming music, taking a warm bath and having walks.

In the case of damaged teeth, the use of prosthetic crown becomes an option.

– This post is created by Dana Smith. She is currently working for family dentist Anchorage. In this post, she is sharing the symptoms and treatment of teeth grinding to various age groups.

5 Most Common Types of Blood Disorders in Children To Look For

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humanbodyBlood is the life maintaining thing of body, which circulates through our heart, veins, capillaries, and arteries. Blood caries away the carbon dioxide and waste matter, and brings electrolytes, nourishment, vitamins, antibodies, oxygen, heat, and hormones to the body tissues.

As the functions of blood are complex and many, they are so many diseases that need proper care by physicians. So many blood disorders are taking place in children. The most common blood disorders in children include bleeding disorders, anaemia, blood cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Thalassemia, Haemophilia, leukaemia, and Thrombocytopenia.

1. Anaemia:

This is one of the most common blood disorders in children, which occurs if healthy red blood cells level in the body decreased to very low rate. This may cause serious health problems since red blood vessels contain the haemoglobin that carries oxygen to body organs. Anaemia may cause so many complications like stress and fatigue.

2. Thalassemia:

Thalassemia affects people of African, South Asian, and Mediterranean, who are marked by the short lived red blood cells. Thalassemia is two types one is major and other is minor. Major is also known as Cooley’s anaemia, which is a severe form of anaemia. This is one of deadly blood disorders in children.

Red blood cells can be rapidly destroyed and the iron will be deposited in vital organs and skin. Kids who have thalassemia are unable to make one of two main protein chains, which form oxygen-haemoglobin carrying substance in the red blood cells.

3. Hemophilia:

Children who are suffering with this condition are unable to produce factors or proteins that are needed for the blood clotting. Due to this, exceed bleeding can be possible even for minor injuries. Due to the defective genes located on X chromosome, many sufferers are male only.

4. Sickle Cell Disease:

This is an inherited disease which is caused due to an abnormal form of the oxygen-haemoglobin carrying substance in the red blood cells. If the red blood cells contain abnormal haemoglobin, then it releases oxygen, and the haemoglobin becomes distorted and causes normally round blood cell in order to assume the sickle shape.

These types of sickle shaped blood cells will obstruct the blood flow in the small capillaries and the defective cells destruction can lead to anaemia in kids. Kids who are born with this blood disorder suffer from so many symptoms like stroke, pain, and increased infections.

5. Iron Deficiency:

Iron is the important mineral that is needed for the good health and proper functionality of the body. Each and every red blood cell of body contain iron its haemoglobin. But a lack of this mineral in blood cells can cause iron deficiency in children. This is very common form of blood disorders in children who are with nutritional deficiency.

Victoria Armstrong, Author of this article writes for E Healthy Blog provides you the complete information, latest news, and tips on Health. Also provides information on various diseases like Blood Disorders, Cancers, Diabetes, Heart Diseases, Allergies, Skin Diseases, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Child Health, and many more.

The Most Common Ways Of Scar Removal

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By Lana Wilde

womanarmupVery few of us are that fortunate not to have a single scar we would like to hide and make disappear, and only a handful of those are testimonials of a playful childhood. However, the highly advanced medicine offers various solutions for scar reduction and removal. There are many different types of scars and the treatment depends on the scar nature and size.

Corticosteroid injections

Corticosteroids come in the form of an injections and these can be used to treat any keloid or hypertrophic scars. This type of treatment obviously implies the form of little injections put into the scar. Their role is to help reduce any inflammation or swelling, which results in making the scar flatter in appearance. Usually the injections are done on 3 separate times at monthly intervals and the scarred area is checked regularly to see how well the tissue is responding. Sometimes the treatment may have to be carried on for a few months until there is significant improvement. Please bear in mind this is not a complete removal of the scar, but it can improve it greatly.

Silicone sheets

Silicone sheets can be bought in a pharmacy and their use is quite straightforward. They will help to reduce redness and so will minimize a hypertrophic or keloid scar. The silicone sheets need to be put over the scar for around 12 hours a day and the treatment should last for at least 3 months.


Surgery sometimes has to be done to help with removing larger scars. However, this can change the position of the scar, as well as the size and shape of the scar. In cases when the scarring tissue has grown so much that it hinders a person’s movement or comfort, the surgery is a good solution because it releases the scar that has become tight. Sometimes though, surgery can leave you with a different scar that can take up to 2 years to heal. In some cases, the surgery is supported by corticosteroid injections.

There are also other types of treatments that can be used for scaring. One is an X-Ray treatment along with antibiotics, which minimises a keloid scar that has been treated. In cases of a pitted scars, then laser surgery can be used, where the laser removes the top layers of the skin, which in turn stimulates the collagen in the deeper layers, making the scar flatter and less visible.

Pressure Dressings

Pressure dressings will soften and flatten any scar. They are usually used for large burns or skin grafts.They are sometimes used with the silicone sheeting to give extra improvement.

Camouflage makeup

Camouflage makeup can be particularly useful for any scars that are on the face or neck. With a waterproof camouflage cover, the scars stay covered for 2 days at a time. As handy as it is, with camouflage make up the most important thing is to get the exact colour match for the specific skin tone.

Other treatments for scars

Light therapy is a laser which throws out pulses of light at the blood vessels in the scar. This results in the reduction of redness in the scar.

There are also dermal filler injections which plump up pitted scars. However, repeated treatments will be needed though in order to maintain the effect.

As scary as it may sound, skin needling is a small device that has hundreds of little needles that roll across the skin. This helps to reduce the thickness of the skin.

To sum up, there are many ways to treat a scar and there are many scars that can be treated. Certainly, it is advised you consult a professional and follow their advice. Scar removal can be a lengthy experience but in the end, it is comforting to know it is not impossible.

– Lana Wilde, a healthy life aficionado, occasionally blogs about topics related to skin care, beauty and healthy food.