Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D., Health Writer

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D., is a freelance health writer and the C.E.O. of Tracy’s Smoothie Place. She serves as the expert on a weekly radio show about health and wellness and is the author of Making Life Better for a Baby with Acid Reflux and multiple articles about the cost of caregiving. Learn more about Tracy and what healthy living services and products she can offer on her website. She can also be found on Twitter and Instagram @drinksmoothies.

What Causes Wrist Pain?

Credit: Thinkstock Your wrists and hands do a lot of work each day. Because they are made up of many small joints and tendons, they are prone to pain and injury. Wrist pain can happen for a variety of reasons, but mostly as the result of trauma, repe...
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What Causes Finger Pain and Stiffness?

Credit: Thinkstock The use of our fingers has been important all the way back to the days of throwing stones and gripping clubs for hunting. Today, our fingers are just as valuable to us as they were in the days of the caveman. Pain and stiffness in ...
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Don't Forget Teeth When School Starts

Credit: Thinkstock New fall schedules can mean less time for dental hygiene. However, if your child has acid reflux, it is important to continue to make dental care a priority. While results from a 2011 study found that children with acid reflux are ...
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Can Gas Cause Back Pain?

Gas normally enters your digestive tract either when you swallow air or when bacteria in your large intestine break down certain foods.
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Could TV Worsen Your Pain?

Credit: Thinkstock Many of us think of watching television as a way to relax and unwind. However, recent studies indicate that watching stressful events on TV could actually add to our stress levels and therefore to our levels of pain. For example, t...
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Your Expectations Matter

Credit: Thinkstock The connection between mind and body is becoming increasingly clear. Research tells us that our expectations of treatment success can influence our health outcomes. In one recent study, more than 2,000 patients who were treated in ...
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5 Ways a Support Group Helps Pain

Credit: Thinkstock If you are living with chronic pain, you might sometimes feel like no one understands what you’re going through. But rest assured, there are people out there going through similar experiences. Here are five reasons to reach out and ...
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Could Reflux Be Waking You Up?

Credit: Thinkstock If you find yourself struggling to get a good night’s sleep, it may be because of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). According to a recent study, GERD is strongly associated with sleep disturbances. In fact, more than half of ...
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Acid Reflux Surgery Vs. PPI Therapy: A Five-Year Study

Credit: Thinkstock Acid reflux is the result of stomach acid coming back up from the stomach and into the esophagus, often causing a burning sensation. Lifestyle changes are most often the first line of treatment. However, if lifestyle modifications ...
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5 Lifestyle Interventions to Reduce Reflux

Medications to treat reflux can may have side effects for some and be expensive over time. For these reasons, lifestyle modifications are the first-line therapy usually recommended for individuals with acid reflux symptoms. The five interventions in ...
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