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Health Highlights: July 27, 2014
 
Millions of Americans suffer from back pain every year. The reasons for the pain are many, including bad posture, accidents, improper lifting, obesity, and weak muscles. Practice prevention to minimize your risk for back pain — get regular exercise, lose any excess weight, and learn good posture.
 
Learn how to become a proactive patient. Understand your treatment choices. Get the latest news on advances in cancer. If you or a loved one is facing cancer, you’ll want to explore the Cancer Knowledgebase, with separate sections on more than 60 types of the disease.
 
Enjoy good health at every age: know your body and how it works, eat well and stay active, and follow a plan for disease prevention.
 
Health Tip of the Day

Tips for Safer Street Hockey

  • Wear hockey-style shin guards, elbow pads, hip pads, groin protectors and gloves. The gloves should be long enough to overlap the elbow pads.

  • Wear a hockey-style helmet with a full face mask and mouth guard.

  • Drink plenty of water, both before and during play.

  • Keep your head up in a collision. Players who duck their heads in collisions are more likely to suffer potentially paralyzing spinal cord injuries than those who keep their necks straight.

  • Play on a smooth, clean surface like a fenced parking lot or basketball court, never in an alley or street. Place cushions against posts and curbs.