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Nurse Tip–December 2016, Body Awareness

In the holiday season, it’s easy to get distracted by everything that needs to get done, the lights, the music–even the Salvation Army bells that ring from every mall. And when we’re distracted, it’s easy to lose track of our bodies, how they feel and literally where they are in space. Many accidents happen when…

New Study–Medical Errors Named 3rd Leading Cause of Deaths in U.S.

A study published earlier this year in the journal BMJ claims that medical errors are this nation’s third leading cause of death, behind heart disease and cancer. Researchers from Johns Hopkins found that medical errors, defined as “preventable adverse effect[s] of care,” cause up to 250,000 deaths a year. They attributed these deaths to adverse…

Nurse Tip: Poison Ivy

You’re gonna need an ocean Of calamine lotion You’ll be scratchin’ like a hound The minute you start to mess around Poison iv-y-y-y-y, poison iv-y-y-y — “Poison Ivy” by The Coasters Now that Spring might finally be under way, we all need to be aware of a threat in our garden that is growing more common.…

Surgery for Back Pain? Think Twice…

Back pain can be an enormous obstacle to your daily life. Our spines are so central to every movement we make that any discomfort or pain can make ordinary activities unbearable. There are numerous causes of back pain, from muscle spasm to disc problems to bone deformities. And there are almost as many kinds of…

When to See Your Doctor for a Headache

Headaches are, sadly, fairly common occurrences for most people. Generally, we take an aspirin or ibuprofen and it goes away. But when is it time to seek treatment for a headache? Plan a trip to your doctor if: your headaches require you to take pain medication frequently or in high doses; your headaches are getting…