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The important role played by physical therapists

An injury or illness can impact a person's mobility and ability to perform everyday activities. While medicine and other treatments can help the situation, physical therapists are often sought to help individuals get back on track.
 
The American Physical Therapy Association says physical therapists examine each individual patient and develop plans using treatment techniques to promote mobility, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent further disability. In addition, physical therapists work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

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Put pep in your pet's step

It's clear that we all want what is best for our pets. The big question is: do we really know what best means when it comes to feeding them?

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How to find the right oncologist for you

The day a person is diagnosed with cancer is a life-altering moment. Many people rely on support networks made up of family and friends to help them during their cancer treatments, and such support networks can extend to patients' choice of oncologists as well.
 
 
Oncology is a branch of medicine involved in the diagnosis and treatment of tumors. The term "oncology" is derived from the Greek word "onco," meaning bulk or mass. Upon diagnosing patients with cancer, oncologists explain the type of cancer patients have and explain the various treatment options available to patients. Oncologists also are on call to answer any questions and are often the first people patients turn to when they have questions about their disease.
 
Taking an active role in their cancer treatment can help patients feel more in control of their situations, and patients' choice of oncologist is one of the first big decisions they must make.
  • Start with a referral. Begin by speaking with your primary care physician. He or she may have a list of recommended oncologists or ones affiliated with nearby hospitals. If a loved one has battled cancer in the past, ask him or her for a recommendation.
  • Do your research. The goal is to find an oncologist who specializes in your form of cancer and has a good treatment success rate. Do not be afraid to ask about success statistics and ask for prior patients' names so you can get their opinions on the care they received. Look up the doctor's credentials as well. For example, HealthGrades.com provides information on malpractice and disciplinary history.
  • Consider a group practice. As with other medical providers, some oncologists work together in full partnerships with other oncologists. Choosing this type of provider may enable you to gain the benefit of the doctors' collaborative experience.
  • Judge communication style and compassion levels. Does the doctor answer your questions in a manner that fits with your personality? Do you feel supported by the doctor and that he or she exudes empathy? Oncologists need to walk the fine line between qualified medical provider and friend.
  • Look into insurance coverage. While you may want to go with one particular doctor, you must investigate if your insurance covers that particular oncologist. Otherwise, out-of-pocket expenses may be considerably high.
  • Look into the hospital. Consider the quality of care at the hospital where the oncologist will treat you as a patient. Hospital quality can matter based on the type of care given, proximity to the patient's home and reputation.
A qualified, compassionate oncologist can make it easier to navigate a cancer diagnosis.

Understanding thyroid cancer

Many people have detected lumps or swelling in their neck, only to visit their physicians and learn they have thyroid cancer. Though thyroid cancer is uncommon, the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 62,000 new cases of thyroid cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2015. And while the death rate from thyroid cancer is low compared with most other cancers, it is the most rapidly increasing cancer in United States.

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How to avoid risk factors and reduce your cancer risk

No one is immune to cancer, a disease so prevalent the World Health Organization estimates it will claim more than eight million lives across the globe in 2015 alone. While even the healthiest man, woman or child can get cancer, there are steps everyone can take to lower their risk of developing the disease.

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