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Spotlight on Health – October

October has finally brought cooler temperatures that we have been longing for after a dry, hot summer here in the Natural State. So while you’re enjoying the weather and beauty of the fall season, we want you to fall into better health.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is estimated that breast cancer will affect one in eight women in the U.S. Chances are that you know someone who has been diagnosed and fought breast cancer. Get involved in the fight against breast cancer and join a 2012 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure team. You can even join the UAMS Cancer Institute team.

October is also National Physical Therapy Month. It is estimated that 31 million Americans experience back pain at any given time. Back pain can turn into a serious condition if left untreated. At UAMS, our physical therapists, physiatrists and pain management specialists can help patients avoid the need for surgery. And if you do need surgery, our surgeons offer the best in medical care.

What is the difference between physical and occupational therapy?

Health Tips

Breast Cancer

The thought of having breast cancer is frightening to everyone and especially devastating to women. However, ignoring the possibility that you may develop breast cancer or avoiding the processes to detect cancer can be dangerous.

Although there are some women who are at higher risk, the fact is that all women are at risk for breast cancer. That is why it is so important to follow this three-step plan for preventive care.

Although breast cancer cannot be prevented at the present time, early detection of problems provides the greatest possibility of successful treatment.

To make sure your breasts stay healthy, UAMS encourages women to follow the three-step plan:

For more information, visit our page on breast health in the UAMS health library.

Living Healthy Newsletters

In our Living Healthy Newsletters we want to provide plenty of healthy tips and advice for whatever situation or condition you may be facing.

Do you want to receive nutrition, fitness and healthy living tips targeted for you and your busy lifestyle? Our Living Healthy Newsletters are the perfect thing for you. They are free and signing up is easy! Subscribe today to receive Living Healthy newsletters each month.

Check out September’s Women’s Health Newsletter: The Lowdown on High Blood Pressure

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Recipes

Tailgating Treats

It’s the time of year when friends and family get together to watch football. Whether you tailgate and then go to the game or simply gather in the comforts of home, food is an important part of your experience. So we have recipes for you to make healthy dishes for your family and friends. Try making a party mix or this layered bean dip. Or you can try barbecued chicken pizzamini burgers or tortilla pizzas for the kids.

Looking for more healthy recipes? Visit our health library, which will provide you with recipes to prepare many full meals that meet most dietary needs.

See our healthy recipe archive

Medical Myth

Can you sweat toxins out of your body?

Did you know your body has its own air conditioning system when it becomes too hot? It’s called sweating. Your body releases water on your skin, which then evaporates in order to cool down to the normal temperature of 98.6 degrees. Sweat is 99% water combined with a small amount of salt, proteins, carbohydrates and urea, says UAMS family medicine physician Dr. Charles Smith.

Find out the full truth behind this medical myth.

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Patient Story

A Healthy New Attitude

When John and Kim Lazarich returned from a trip to Europe, they didn’t like what they saw in their pictures. They loved looking at the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, but they weren’t happy with their appearance. When Kim saw the pictures, she decided she needed to make changes. She considered having weight loss surgery, but John learned that his business associates had success with the UAMS weight loss program. John didn’t think that a surgical procedure was the answer, so they decided to look further into UAMS’ program.

Read their full story

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Here’s to Your Health

Diabetes

From our Here’s to Your Health archives, Dr. T. Glenn Pait provides information and tips for your health and a variety of different health condition such as diabetes. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder, which refers to the way the body uses food for energy and growth. An estimated 25.8 million people in this country, that’s 8.3 percent of the population, have diabetes. Diabetes cost the state of Arkansas alone $1.4 billion in medical costs and lost productivity in 2006. Learn more.

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