“If someone feels that there is a potential threat they should not open the mail,” Frey advised. “That person should place it in a plastic bag–preferably one that has those zipper locks on it–wash their hands with warm soap and water, and then call the local law enforcement agency and ask for the hazardous material team. They will take over at that point.” Continue reading “Post Office Urges Caution, Calm Amid Anthrax Scare. Part 2”
In the midst of a public panic over anthrax delivered in the mail, experts at the US Postal Service (USPS) stress that the vast majority of mail is harmless–and that simple precautions can help individuals stay safe. Continue reading “Post Office Urges Caution, Calm Amid Anthrax Scare. Part 1”
Q.I would like your insights on low back pain. I have a manual labor job in which I use my back most of the time. I am not overweight and I am only 42, but I have worked for 23 years and do a lot of repetitive-motion jobs. What is the outlook for this? Continue reading “Low Back Pain from Manual Labor”
Tandem riders are often couples ages 35 and over whose enthusiasm for bicycling was sidetracked by career and family, says the Pavlats. Once they find the time to cycle together again, husband and wife may find their skill levels are no longer equal. Continue reading “Tandems Level the Playing Field”
We can join our children and recruit them in creating metaphors that help them identify, investigate and “unmask” anxiety. Using the language of personification and action verbs, we can map anxiety’s sphere of influence on the child.
What effects does anxiety (which the child can rename) have on the child’s behavior, her emotions, how she feels physically, and her attitude toward herself, her abilities and her life?
Years ago, in a dream, I was standing in front of an audience, about to give a lecture, when I realized I had forgotten my notes. In a panic, my mind went blank. I couldn’t speak. Suddenly, I saw my brother and his family in the audience. Continue reading “Conquering Test Anxiety. Part 1”
In 1984, I took care of my first pregnant patient who was infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Having virtually no experience with HIV or AIDS, I called several of the leading AIDS experts in the country to ask how I should care for her.
The response I got was: “You mean a woman can get this disease?” Continue reading “HIV Testing Necessary During Pregnancy”
New findings reveal another reason why health clubs need to reach out to the sedentary population: The national rate of physician counseling about exercise is low. The study, which was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (Oct. 27, 1999), found that the rate of physician exercise counseling is only 34 percent among patients who saw a physician in the previous year. Continue reading “Physician Counseling About Exercise Low”
British researchers have found that cigarette smoking does not offer protection against dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
This finding, published in the April 22 issue of the British Medical Journal, contradicts reports from a handful of earlier studies.
The medical fitness market is one of the most important segments of the health/fitness industry. Hospital fitness centers attract many of the populations — older adults, the obese, rehab patients — that for various reasons opt not to frequent commercial fitness centers. Continue reading “The Medical Fitness Frontier”