The Doctors: Prevent Ankle & IT Band Injuries + Death By Hickey?

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The Doctors: Moves To Prevent Common Injuries

Dr Travis Stork welcomed Pop Sugar fitness expert Anna Renderer to the show, to explain what simple moves you can perform regularly to prevent common injuries. She specifically wanted to target the IT band and the ankles. The IT band runs from the top of the hip all the way down to the knee and a lot of people suffer from IT band syndrome, whether because of sitting for too long or something else. To prevent IT band syndrome, get down on all fours and draw circles in the air with your knee, while keeping your leg bent and balancing on the other leg and your hands.

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You can also do the “figure four” stretch by laying on your back with your knees bent. Cross one ankle over the opposite knee and pull your legs toward you to stretch your hip. The same stretch in a seated position provides even more of a stretch. While on your back, keep your knees bent and press through your heels to lift your hips off the ground, firing up your glutes.

The Doctors: Prevent Ankle & IT Band Injuries + Death By Hickey?

A Pop Sugar fitness expert joined The Doctors to share some go-to exercises to help you avoid injuries to your ankles and IT band. (fitapproach / Flickr)

For your ankles, you want to stabilize the muscles around your ankle, while keeping it mobile. Think about moving your foot around in circles or writing the alphabet in the air to fire up your ankle muscles. Also, while standing, rock back and forth from your heel to your toes, working your calves and shins.

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The Doctors: Quitting Smoking Myths Debunked

Speaking of improving your health, it was time for The Doctors to debunk some common myths about quitting smoking. First, many smokers believe that if they quit, they’ll become depressed. The truth is that the brain makes less of the “feel good hormone” when smoking, so in as little as a few months you could actually feel much happier! Second, if you stop smoking, it won’t keep you awake. It can actually help you sleep better, because cigarettes often interrupt sleep! Finally, no, you won’t lose friends if you stop smoking! You’ll likely actually have more friends just one year after quitting!

Skin was the word of the day and you can use the word skin on The Doctors’ website to enter for a chance to win a 6-month subscription to BioClarity skin care products.

The Doctors: Death From Hickey?

A 17-year-old recently died after receiving a hickey. The Doctors explained that when you give someone a hickey, you’re basically damaging their blood vessel, and once a vessel is damaged, it increases the chances of a clot to form. If the clot forms and breaks off, it can lead to a stroke or death. It’s very rare for that to happen, but it is possible, especially considering how thin the skin is on the neck and the number of vascular structures in the neck.

The Doctors: Tattoo Ink Risks

For The Doctors’ News in 2:00, it was reported that the FDA just released updated warnings about the risks associated with tattooing. Particularly regarding the pigments in many of the inks that contain industrial-grade colors used in automobile paint and printers. It was reported that the ink can cause “inflammatory reactions and even skin cancer.”

Since 2004, the FDA has had several voluntary recalls of tattoo inks following reports of people contracting serious infections from contaminated ink. By 2020, the tattooing industry could become a billion dollar business.

The Doctors: Adele Taking A Break From Touring?

Award-winning performer Adele is wrapping up her sold-out world tour. Now, a recent report is hinting that the singer may take a 10-year break from touring to raise her 3-year-old son. In 2011, she had a vocal hemorrhage that required surgery, but she recovered quickly and got back to performing.

The Doctors: Ruling Against Nick Gordon

An Atlanta judge has ruled against Bobbi Kristini Brown’s partner Nick Gordon, in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by her estate. A jury trial will be set to determine how much Gordon will have to pay in damages. The autopsy report showed that Brown passed away from pneumonia as a result of being face-down in water, “complicating mixed drug intoxication.”

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