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Head Injuries- Even Mild Ones Should Be Evaluated

Q:  Several weeks ago I was in a car accident and hit my head rather hard.  I felt groggy for about an hour, but I never lost consciousness.  I went to an emergency room, but I was not hospitalized.  Recently I’ve been having trouble concentrating at work and have been more absent-minded than usual.  I’ve ...

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Pressure Sores: Take Them Seriously – Learn to Prevent Them

Q. I just got back from a check-up with my physician. During the exam he discovered a small pressure sore. He explained how important it was to prevent them, but I’d like more information. A: If you have dark skin, it might be difficult to observe reactive hyperemia. You will need to watch your skin to ...

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Medical Issues & Disabilities – Answers To Reader’s Questions

Q. I hurt my back in a car accident two years ago and have been in pain ever since.  I have been to chiropractors and medical doctors, they all say there is nothing physically wrong with me.  I’m beginning to feel like I’m crazy.  Is there anything I can do? L.J. A. Dear L.J. You may be ...

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Medical Issues & Disabilities – Answers To Reader’s Questions

Members of the Minnesota state legislature are currently reviewing proposed legislation which would establish a trauma registry in the state of Minnesota. The proposed Minnesota Trauma Registry would document the number of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and spinal cord injuries (SCI) occurring in Minnesota each year. The Registry would also ensure that persons with traumatic ...

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Sister Kenny Institute: Medical Issues & Disabilities, Answers To Reader’s Questions

Q.  I am quadriplegic and have recently moved across town.   I would like to locate a physician near my home who is familiar with my disability.  Do you have any recommendations on how I might locate such a physician and questions I might want to ask a potential physician to determine how well he or ...

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Post-Polio Syndrome

Q. I had polio as a child and have recently been experiencing pain and noticeable weak¬ness in my legs. I have diffi¬culty walking any distance and tire easily. Could this have anything to do with my polio? A. Many of the people who had polio years ago, are now experiencing new problems and disabilities associated with ...

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Wellness – Easier said than understood

Wellness is often described as the absence of disease. But being "disease free" does not mean a person is healthy or well. There are many disease-free people who live life without purpose, joy or an appreciation of simple pleasures. They have self-defeating lifestyles, exercising very little, eating poorly and abusing various substances. They are the ...

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