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Surgery for low back pain … not so fast!

Only about 5 percent of cases of low back pain require surgery. The majority of cases can be treated with more conservative measures, such as physical therapy and exercise.

Low back pain

Low back pain is one of the leading causes of disability in this country. It is estimated that 80 percent of the population will experience low back pain at some point in their lives.

Reducing social, economic barriers to health equity in the local community

Poverty, past experience with trauma and even proximity to a supermarket can all impede a person’s health. To help our local community overcome these obstacles, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Center for Community Health and Health Equity (CCHHE) recently awarded ...

Winter squash and sage

This recipe that pairs butternut (winter) squash with shiitake mushrooms and sage is not only tasty it’s packed with vitamins and minerals, but low in sodium and fat.

Flu season is here

The 2016-2017 flu season is upon us. There’s no escaping that pesky virus. Like clockwork, it makes its appearance every fall. Generally, flu season starts in October and peaks between December and March, but can last as long as May, ...

Avocados: Not just guacamole

Avocados are considered a power food because of its high nutritional value. Each contains nearly 20 minerals and vitamins that the body needs to perform sufficiently.

Is your heart healthy?

High blood pressure (or “hypertension”) affects one in three adults in the United States! This is dangerous since hypertension can increase risk of heart disease and/or stroke. Hypertension often presents with no signs or symptoms – many people do not ...

Blacks closing the gap in life expectancy

Life expectancy in blacks has increased over the years largely due to lower death rates in cancer, heart disease and HIV. In addition, access to medical care has improved with the advent and expansion of Medicaid.

Exercise and high cholesterol

Regular exercise can not only prevent high cholesterol, it can often lower it. Thirty minutes of moderate-intensity exercise a day for five days a week is recommended.

South of the border beans and rice

This recipe from the American Institute for Cancer Research is a good source of fiber, protein and potassium. It contains no saturated fat and is low in sodium.

Buttons and bows pasta

This recipe from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute provides healthy nutrients but is low in fats, cholesterol and sodium. Each serving contains only 329 calories.

A change in dietary guidelines

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans has changed its stance on foods high in cholesterol. The new guidelines say that cholesterol-rich foods are no longer a food of concern, but should still be eaten in moderation.

Prevention of high cholesterol

Many cases of high cholesterol can be prevented just by following a healthy lifestyle. If the cholesterol is too high or it does not respond to healthy lifestyle alone, medication — in conjunction with behavioral changes — is warranted. Key ...

Metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome occurs if three or more medical conditions coexist at the same time. The conditions are high blood pressure, high triglycerides, elevated blood sugar, low HDL and large waist.

Peripheral arterial disease

Peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, is a common, but often undetected, condition that can result from excessive buildup of plaque in the arteries, particularly in the legs.