Bumping your funny bone isn’t so funny, so why is it called the “funny bone”? Some say the funny bone was given its name because it is so close to the humerus bone, so the name is really just a play on words. Others say it gets its name from the strange—or “funny”—feeling you get when that part of your arm takes a good whack.
Carpal tunnel syndrome causes numbness, tingling and pain in the hand, wrist and arm. It is a common, irritating and sometimes even painful condition. Early diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome may improve effectiveness of treatment.
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. That makes skin cancer the most common form of cancer in the United States. Nearly 13,000 people die from skin cancer in America every year. Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, will claim an estimated 10,000 lives this year.
Does your child complain of achy, throbbing legs, particularly at nighttime? Though any parent would be concerned when a child complains of pain, your child is most likely experiencing nothing more than “growing pains”—a common complaint affecting 25 to 40 percent of children.
Feeling the burn? That muscle burn you feel during an intense workout is due to the buildup of lactic acid in the muscles. Lactic acid is the cause of the temporary burn during an active workout; it is not (contrary to popular belief) the primary cause of your muscle soreness for the hours and days post-workout.
Doctors commonly use diagnostic imaging techniques to narrow down possible causes of pain or illness for a more accurate diagnosis. There are different types of diagnostic imaging, including X-rays, CT scans and MRI. The type of imaging used depends on the part of the body the doctor wants to see on an image, as well as the type of imaging that is readily available to the patient.
Dieting is rarely easy, but things get even more challenging when you lack motivation to stick to it. If you’ve ever had a hard time sticking to a diet or have a tendency to throw in the towel when the going gets tough, you aren’t alone.
Struggling to stick to a diet is a common problem, but it isn’t impossible to overcome. Here are a few tips to help you stay track.
Having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep at night? Try exercise—just don’t expect to see improvements overnight.
Research has long suggested the sleep benefits of exercise, but more recent studies reveal that you won’t see those benefits immediately. In a 16-week study, volunteers didn’t notice much improvement in their sleep patterns until the end of the 16 weeks. In the same way that getting good sleep depends on exercise, getting a good exercise in is often dependent on getting a good night’s sleep the night before.