Exercise can shape up your brain, too

By: Sentara Therapy Services

Have you ever wondered whether exercise could do more than just help you stay in shape or improve your physical health? Research shows that exercising for as little as 20 minutes per day can actually boost mental performance. More specifically, engaging in an aerobic exercise such as cycling, swimming, or walking, at a moderate intensity followed by a cool down session has been shown to improve cognitive functions.

Concentration, memory and functional capacity which, refers to the ability to effectively complete activities, can all improve with exercise.


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Lower back pain ‘myths’

By: Winston Pearson
Sentara Therapy Services

Nearly everyone will experience some type of low back pain at least once in their lifetime. Low back pain is a common and costly condition. The costs consist of  medical expenses, lost productivity, changes in lifestyle, inability to sleep and disruption of interpersonal relationships at home and work. Researching how to prevent the onset of back pain can be overwhelming by the conflicting information available.

To help you sort through some of the misconceptions and gain a better understanding, review the following common myths and reality concerning back pain prevention.


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High-Risk Lung Cancer Screening saves lives

By: ExploreHealth Content Team

Lung cancer continues to be the number 1 cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States.  Although people who have never smoked cigarettes can get lung cancer, smoking remains the most preventable cause of this disease.

The Sentara Cancer Network offers High Risk Lung Cancer Screening. Lung Screenings with low-dose computerized tomography (CT) allows those individuals determined to be at high risk the opportunity to have lung cancer detected early, when it is most treatable.


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