Physical therapy for focal hand dystonia

Alison McKenzie, Ph.D., a professor of physical therapy at Chapman University, demonstrates the therapies she uses to treat patients with focal hand dystonia, a movement disorder.

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Are energy drinks safe?

How much is too much? Larry Santora, M.D., reviews the ingredients in the various energy drinks on the market and explains whether or not they are harmful.

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Are sugar substitutes healthy?

There’s a number of sugar substitutes on the market now — some are “natural,” and others are well-known chemical stand-ins. Are they a safe alternative to real sugar? Larry Santora, M.D., reviews the brands available on store shelves now.

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How-to: Public defibrillation machines

Defibrillation machines, often labeled “AED” — automated external defibrillation — have become more available in public spaces. Regina Faison, founder of the Derrick Faison Foundation, reviews the use of these machines, a device that might have saved the life of her husband, pro football player Derrick Faison. Anthony Chang, M.D., also examines the alarming rise in sudden cardiac death among student-athletes.

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Solutions to childhood obesity

Deborah Proctor, president and CEO of St. Joseph Health, explores childhood obesity and fitness programs for kids, including Healthy For Life.

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The colors of the rainbow can help create tasty and nutritious meals for kids

Erin Macdonald, R.D., a nutrition and fitness coach at Complete Wellness NOW! in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and fourth-grader Laurenz Dodge use colors to plan nutritious meals for children.

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Don’t spend a lot to get your antioxidants from fruit juice

Budget-friendly orange juice is just as good a source of antioxidants as the more expensive fruit juices. Larry Santora, M.D., breaks it down.

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When to get professional help for severe anxiety

Georg Eifert, Ph.D., psychology professor at Chapman University, defines severe anxiety and explains when and how patients should seek treatment. Eifert is the author of several books on mental health, including The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety.

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Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women

Shalizeh Shokooh, M.D., co-medical director of the Women’s Heart Center at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., illuminates the risk factors of heart disease in women and what patients can do now to avoid a life-threatening heart attack.

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Re-enactment of emergency room procedure for heart attack

Larry Santora, M.D., and his emergency room team re-enact the day patient Carol Stedman had a heart attack. They re-examine every step of the event — from her emergency-room arrival through Dr. Santora’s insertion of a balloon stent into Stedman’s heart.

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