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Of dollars signs and back pain: Getting what we pay for in pain relief

“Back pain is so common that almost anyone can hang out a shingle, claim to have a cure, and make a living,” Richard A. Deyo writes in “Watch Your Back! How the Back Pain Industry Is Costing Us More and Giving Us Less – and What You Can Do to Inform and Empower Yourself in Seeking Treatment.” You don’t have to read much more than his supersized subtitle to understand where Deyo, a physician and a professor at Oregon Health and Science University, is headed in this book.

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Five treadmill tips for better running form

Getting to the gym isn’t always an easy task, so it’s critical to make sure that once you’re in fitness mode you’re making your time investment worthwhile. While it’s super easy to step onto a treadmill, amp up the incline a few notches and walk while watching “Real Housewives” for an hour or so, it’s not exactly effective. Ready to take lace up, turn up the speed and take your treadmill workout to the next level? These running tips courtesy of “The Runner’s World Big Book of Running for Beginners” will help you avoid injury and have you striding in style in no time.

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Compulsions that cannot be ignored

In the 1997 film “As Good As It Gets,” Jack Nicholson portrays Melvin Udall, a middle-aged man with obsessive-compulsive disorder who avoids stepping on cracks, locks doors and flips light switches exactly five times, and washes his hands repeatedly, each time tossing out the new bar of soap he used. He brings wrapped plastic utensils to the diner where he eats breakfast at the same table every day.

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