Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD

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  • Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD - Dunwoody, GA - Healthcare

    What is rheumatoid arthritis?

    Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system goes haywire and in, an inflammatory reaction, attacks the linings of the joints. This type of arthritis causes pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints of the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, knees, ankles, and feet. The exact trigger, whether...Read More
  • Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD - Dunwoody, GA - Healthcare

    What are the health benefits of exercise?

    The benefits of exercise include: 

    • increases metabolism to burn more calories
    • improves the quality of sleep
    • boosts brain power
    • fights against aging
    • reduces body fat
    • helps to protect against cancer
    • strengthens your bones
    • boosts endorphins, improving mood and helping to relieve depression
    • cuts your risk for
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  • Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD - Dunwoody, GA - Healthcare

    What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

    Because fibromyalgia can cause signs and feelings similar to osteoarthritis, bursitis and tendinitis, some experts include it in this group of arthritis and related disorders.  But unlike the usual bursitis or tendinitis that is localized to a single area, the feelings of pain and stiffness with

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  • Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD - Dunwoody, GA - Healthcare

    What are the benefits of the Alexander Technique?

    The Alexander Technique (AT), a hands-on teaching method that encourages all the body's processes to work more efficiently, can be very helpful for people dealing with chronic pain, excessive stress, or injury, and is also used at many conservatories by performing artists to enhance performing...Read More
  • Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD - Dunwoody, GA - Healthcare

    How can I get help for my depression?

    If you feel depression is a concern, see a qualified mental health specialist. Studies show that up to 85 percent of patients will find relief through treatment with antidepressant medications, psychotherapy, or with electroshock therapy. Again, if you are having suicidal thoughts, take these seriously

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  • Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD - Dunwoody, GA - Healthcare

    What are the different kinds of anesthesia?

    Anesthesia is used during surgery so you will feel no pain or discomfort. Three types of anesthesia are generally used: local, regional, or general. Each type usually attempts to block the process through which pain sensors are sent from the affected nerves to the spinal cord and to the brain....Read More
  • Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD - Dunwoody, GA - Healthcare

    What are the risk factors for developing osteoarthritis (OA)?

    Common risk factors for osteoarthritis include:
    • increased age
    • injury
    • heavy, constant joint use
    • athletes
    • overweight
    • knee surgery
    • abnormal joint positions
    • changing forces or positions of joints
    • joint injury by other types of arthritis
    • lack of exercise
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  • Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD - Dunwoody, GA - Healthcare

    What is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

    With OSA, your lungs do not get enough fresh air so the brain wakes you up just enough to catch your breath and unblock the air passage. You may experience frequent sleep interruptions, along with choking or gasping spells upon waking.
     
    OSA is so subtle that you may not even realize that you were...Read More
  • Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD - Dunwoody, GA - Healthcare

    What is aerobic exercise?

    An aerobic or conditioning activity is any exercise that increases the heart rate and keeps it higher for a certain period of time. This type of exercise helps your heart and muscles use oxygen more efficiently, and muscles that frequently receive oxygen-rich blood stay healthier. But remember to...Read More
  • Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD - Dunwoody, GA - Healthcare

    How does exercise help reduce abdominal fat?

    A revealing study from Duke University evaluated the effects of varying amounts and intensities of exercise in sedentary overweight men and women. Duke researchers found that in study participants who did not exercise, visceral fat rapidly accumulated deep in the subjects’ abdomens and their waist...Read More
  • Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD - Dunwoody, GA - Healthcare

    What is osteopathic medicine?

    Osteopathic medicine, the combination of the words "bone" and "suffer,” literally requires the "laying on of hands," during which the osteopathic physician performs manual maneuvers and techniques to relieve tight joints and muscles and increase optimal health. Some osteopathic doctors describe how they are...Read More
  • Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD - Dunwoody, GA - Healthcare

    What is osteoporosis?

    Osteoporosis is thinning of the bones, or a decrease in the density of the bone. As your bones become thinner, they become easier to fracture or break. For millions of older adults, mostly women, such daily activities as standing, walking, and bending may be enough to cause a broken bone. These...Read More
  • Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD - Dunwoody, GA - Healthcare

    What is fibromyalgia?

    Fibromyalgia is an arthritis-like ailment that causes intense pain everywhere—the back, neck, arms, and legs. In fact, if there are not many areas of pain involved, then it is not typical fibromyalgia.

    The severity of the pain may vary from day to day. However, in most causes, the pain is rel...Read More
  • Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD - Dunwoody, GA - Healthcare

    What causes fibromyalgia?

    While there are many theories on what causes fibromyalgia, the truth remains that scientists do not know.  For many years it was thought that the disease was caused by a disorder of the muscles or was a psychological problem.  Some researchers believe that this mystery syndrome may have a genetic disposition

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  • Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD - Dunwoody, GA - Healthcare

    How are uterine fibroids diagnosed?

    Your doctor may suspect a fibroid tumor during a pelvic examination. Ultrasound scan is an excellent diagnostic tool for fibroids. In select cases, more extensive imaging with MRI may be necessary. Read More