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Latest by Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

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Fitness

10 Best Exercises for Back Pain

As long as your doctor says it’s OK, doing these exercises for back pain may actually help relieve your symptoms — building core strength is the key.

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Nutrition

10 Best Foods for Sciatica and Back Pain

Since back pain can be caused by inflammation, and certain foods help reduce inflammation, it makes sense to eat these foods that won’t stab you in the back.

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Risk Factors

Ulcerative Colitis and Smoking: 10 Things You Need to Know

While some research shows that smoking has a positive effect on UC, the story is not that straightforward. Here’s what you need to know about the risks.

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Myths

9 Things People with Psoriatic Arthritis Wish Others Knew

If you could have your friends and loved ones understand one aspect of psoriatic arthritis, what would it be? Start with this great list that sheds misconceptions about the condition.

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Recipe/Cooking

Things That Can Go Wrong With Food Substitutions

Going gluten free for your holiday recipes? Or just switching to coconut cooking oil? Make sure you watch out for these possible pitfalls.

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How-Tos

Psoriatic Arthritis: 9 Ways to Know if a Group Fitness Class Is Right for You

Living with psoriatic arthritis? Find out if a group fitness class is right for you.

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Treatment

Psoriasis: How Long Will It Take to Feel Better?

From ultraviolet therapy to creams, Tracy Davenport offers guidelines on how long it will take to feel better from psoriasis.

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Nutrition

Foods to Avoid With Ulcerative Colitis

Avoiding these foods are key to enjoying a balanced diet with UC.

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Risk Factors

10 Common Causes of Low Back Pain

Injuries, osteoporosis, and even fear can contribute to back pain. Learn these 10 common reasons why your back might be bothering you.

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Risk Factors

10 Surprising Reasons Your Back Hurts

Back pain isn't always the result of a serious injury. You might be surprised by some of these simple, everyday causes of back pain.