Tagged: pain

What causes kidney stones?

The biggest kidney stone on record weighed more than a kilogram and was 17 centimeters in diameter. The patient didn’t actually swallow a stone the size of a coconut; kidney stones form inside the...

Arthritis and exercise

If you have osteoarthritis, it need not limit your mobility—at least not if you exercise and keep moving. Half of the adults with OA report that they don’t participate in any physical activity. Thus,...

Osteoarthritis: causes and treatments

Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative joint disease, is the most common form of arthritis—the medical term for a wide variety of disorders that involve inflammation of a joint. OA is a process that...

Is Reiki healing for real?

Perhaps you’ve heard of Reiki, a type of “laying on of hands” energy practice that is being used in some hospitals and other mainstream medical settings. While proponents say it promotes relaxation and overall...

How does anesthesia work?

When under anesthesia, you can’t move, form memories, or — hopefully — feel pain. And while it might just seem like you are asleep for that time, you actually aren’t. What’s going on? Steven...

Should you try cupping?

If you watched the Summer Olympics in Rio this past August, you undoubtedly saw quite a few high-profile athletes—most famously Michael Phelps—sporting large purple circles on their backs, shoulders, and other body parts, the...

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Engineering design problem

My professional diagnosis is your back hurts. Well, what can I do about it? Nothing. Nothing? The problem is you’re using it wrong. The back isn’t done evolving yet. You see, the spine is a row of...