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Gratitude and forgiveness are good for your health


Exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet are the main components of good health. But well-being is tied to decisions beyond the gym and your refrigerator. Consider the following health benefits of gratitude and forgiveness, important choices you can make as you approach the holidays and reflect on the past year.

The diabetes-cancer connection


National Diabetes Awareness Month brings attention to a disease that affects nearly 30 million Americans, with another 86 million Americans at risk for developing the disease.

People with diabetes have an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, kidney failure, vision loss and nerve damage. Growing evidence also suggests that people with diabetes are at higher risk for developing certain cancers, including liver, pancreatic, endometrial, colorectal, breast and bladder.

Veterans with chronic pain need comprehensive treatment plans

Raed Rahman, DO

As a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves, I wanted to discuss the issue of chronic pain among enlisted men and women. Just a few months ago, a study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that nearly half of 2,597 soldiers surveyed had experienced chronic pain after tours in Afghanistan or Iraq. At 44 percent, the rate of chronic pain among soldiers is significantly higher than that of the civilian population, which is 26 percent.

Physical Therapy Month: Techniques to heal scar tissue


If surgery is part of your cancer treatment plan, you can expect scar tissue to develop at the incision site. It’s normal in the healing process. However, for some patients, scarring may restrict mobility if the scar tissue attaches to underlying structures. The good news is that physical therapy can help.

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