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Do you feel younger or older than your age?

In the comments, please tell me why you feel that way: Is it due to your diet, work, active lifestyle, cultural heritage, your mother, or something else? How does this affect your life view and ambition? Your relationship with others?

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Best Way to Treat Achilles Tendonitis: Stretching & Moderation

graphic pic of Achilles tendon anatomy

If you are active in sports, you may have experienced discomfort or soreness in your Achilles (uh-KIL-eez) tendon at one time or another, or you may have heard one of your friends complain about Achilles tendonitis. The Achilles tendon connects the large calf muscles to the back of your heel. If you trace your finger […]

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A Patient Guide to Total Shoulder Replacement

cross-posted from Aches & Joints.org Patients with severe shoulder arthritis are unable to move their arms through the full range of motion and thus are unable to perform many activities of daily living. For these patients, total shoulder replacement is a proven surgical procedure relieving their pain, recovering their range of motion and allowing them […]

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Beet Red Juice with Apples, Carrots, Cilantro, Lemon and Ginger

pics of vegetables carrots, beet, apples ginger and lemon in Blood Red Juice by Arun Shanbhag

Now that M & Meera are in Boston, I worry less (about the house, yard or anything else) and explore culinary creations. Here is an all-natural Red Juice loaded with important nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants.

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Steel toe work boots reduce foot injuries

Steel toed shoes can prevent serious injuries of the forefoot

In this simple study, researchers demonstrated that steel toe capped work boots can prevent serious injury to the forefoot. The researchers fitted regular or steel toe work boots on cadaver feet and dropped 150 lbs on each foot. Ouch! Steel toe capped work boots (pic right) reduced the number of fractures in the foot by […]

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Hands-only CPR: Save a Life

post on Hand only CPR on Arun Shanbhag

How To: Call 911 Push hard and fast in the center of the chest, without interrupting Push deeply, about 100 times per minute. That’s faster than three times every two seconds Do NOT be afraid, your actions can only help Look around and invite your friends or other onlookers to help Continue until trained Emergency […]

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Fighting Cervical Cancer with Vinegar

In developed countries, pap smears are used to detect cervical cancers, but these tests are not available for poor women in developing countries. Brushing the cervix with household vinegar turns cancerous and precancerous lesions pale white within a few minutes. The lesions can then be immediately frozen using metal rod cooled by a tank of […]

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The Plank: Strengthening the Core

The Plank is one of my favorite exercises in the Gym. Here’s my write-up cross-posted from Aches & Joints. The core is commonly thought of as only your abs, but consists of multiple muscle groups in your abdomen, back and pelvis. Core muscles are engaged during all activities requiring a coordinated movement of the upper […]

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What to do with Bunions?

cross-posted from Aches & Joints What to do with Bunions? Better to leave them alone. A bunion is a characteristically large bony bump at the base of the big toe. This alters the alignment of the bones, causing the base of the big toe to angle out and crowding the tops towards the smaller toes. […]

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Video: How to do a Pec Fly & Chest Press

I don’t do weights! But my trainer friends urge me to build muscle tone. “It will help your running,” they argue. I do anything which helps my running.

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Heel, Calf, Hamstring Stretch for Plantar Fasciitis

very effective and simple stretches for heel pain plantar fasciitis by Arun Shanbhag

If you are a runner, sooner or later you will encounter heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis. While there is no cure, simple exercises can take care of it. Plantar fascia is the tissue band running along the bottom of the foot. Excessive walking, running, or irritation can inflame the tissues, causing severe heel pain. […]

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Embrace Infant Incubators

A global partnership for children, including the WHO and UNICEF, report that annually, 4 million babies die within the first 30 days of birth. Why are 4 million babies dying? Concise 2 and 1/2 page article. The common causes are infection, birth asphyxia and premature (including low birth weight) births. Premature and low-weight babies are […]

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Face of Swine Flu in Mumbai

No, he was not trying to hijack the BEST bus in Mumbai; he was terrified about the nasty virus causing swine flu! But that makeshift mask in a crowded bus surely got me panicky. Should I be around Mumbai using public transportation, where the buses and trains are stuffed tighter than, … than, … mumbaikars […]

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Abs Express: Aphrodisiac Abs in 15 minutes

Here’s the Abs Express Class at our health club (Clubs at Charles River Park, Boston, MA). Its a quick 15 min class, once a week. But what a workout. Fast and tough! Give it a try and see if you can keep up with Certified Trainer, Pete ‘Rock’ Reynolds. Pete entertains you during the entire […]

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Turmeric Milk: Soothing Elixir

Turmeric is an ubiquitous indian spice and a common ingredient of pre-mixed curry or masala powders. Turmeric (haldi, Konkani; haridra, Sanskrit) is also an essential component of fish marinade. While I take for granted the turmeric used in cooking, I distinctly remember my grandma preparing scalding hot, turmeric milk whenever we had a sore throat […]

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Vitamin D Prevents Fractures

A recent clinical review reported in the NY Times provides great news for older adults. A meta-analysis of 12 randomized clinical trials, together representing over 65,000 subjects suggests that Vitamin D reduces the risk for non-vertebral fractures by 20 % and hip fractures by 18%.

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Your Brain on Google

Googling for information on the internet can improve brain health! In a recent study, patterns of brain activation were recorded in individuals performing various computer-related tasks. In net savvy individuals, internet searching was associated with increased blood flow in regions of the brain controlling decision making, complex reasoning, and in the visual cortex. Compare the […]

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Scapular Exercises for Stronger Shoulders

Exercises for Strong and Healthy Shoulders Shoulders permit our arms to move in a wide arc and perform elaborate activities. This mobility is due to superb coordination of muscles and soft tissues around the shoulder and shoulder blades (scapula, SKA-pew-la), and is essential for performing activities in a pain- and injury-free manner. See related article […]

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Rotator Cuff Disease

A drawback of traveling is carrying your suitcase everywhere, particularly lifting it into overhead compartments on planes, trains and buses. This really hurts my shoulder. Apparently, I am straining my rotator cuff muscles and tendons. As we age, these soft tissues surrounding the shoulder tend to weaken and are easily injured. Here is short summary […]

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Marine Corps Marathon 2008: The Long Slog!

Marine Corps Marathon 2008 time: 4:33:10 My Slowest Marathon! Its been two weeks and now I can write about my slowest marathon. The Course and the Run: I loved the first ten miles of this course. Leaving the Pentagon, the course works its way through the narrow streets of Arlington, VA. The mass of runners […]

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Lumps & Bumps

benign fat tumor lipoma in thigh

Not a pleasant topic, but things you should know; Download the PDF (220 KB), as it appears in the print edition. Lumps & Bumps: Things to consider when you notice a lump on your body Over the course of a day, we all poke, rub, and scratch. Usually it’s an itch or a sore. Occasionally […]