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Ballerina dancing again after back surgery

Ballerina dancing again after back surgery

Aspiring ballerina Nikita Chidwick is back in the studio after enduring an eight hour back surgery to fix her curved spine. At 17-years old she was diagnosed with an s-shaped spine, a condition which caused her balance issues, astonishing pain, and a limp. Metal rods were fitted to straighten her spine during the procedure, and now Chidwick is finally back…

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Time to rethink that pre-dinner drink

Time to rethink that pre-dinner drink

Could that pre-dinner glass of wine really make you more hungry? That’s what a new study suggests as alcohol focuses on the brain’s attention on food aromas. Robert Considine, one of the study’s authors says, “The joke is, every restaurant knows that if they give you a drink first, you’ll eat more.” In his study, using MRI brain scans, they…

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Do girls have weaker backbones than boys?

Do girls have weaker backbones than boys?

A new study suggests that girls are born with smaller and weaker backbones than boys. Researchers took magnetic imaging studies of 70 healthy newborns, 35 of which were girls, and measured fat, muscles, and bone. Boys had slightly less fat and slightly more muscle than the girls, but there wasn’t a big enough statistical difference. There also was not a…

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Why some cultures don’t have back pain

Why some cultures don’t have back pain

Can it even be possible where back pain doesn’t exist anymore? Believe it or not, there are some cultures in this world where back pain hardly exists! One indigenous tribe in India reported essentially none, and the discs in those who have aged showed little signs of degeneration. How can this be? Esther Gokhale, an acupuncturist in Palo Alto, CA…

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