Health Tip: Avoiding Shin Splints
Shin splints are fairly common among athletes and people engaging in other forms of strenuous exercise. The injury is characterized by pain and soreness running down the large bone in the lower leg.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers this list of common risk factors for shin splints:
Health Tip: Clogged Ears On a Plane?
Changes in altitude, such as those you experience when flying, can cause an uncomfortable "clogged" feeling in your ears.
If you try to relieve the pressure by blowing your nose too hard, you could perforate the eardrum or force bacteria into the deeper parts of the ear.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers these suggestions to help you safely relieve pressure in the ears when flying: