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Life on Her Toes: From the Stage to the O.R.


Michelle Merrell has spent most of her life on her toes—from wowing crowds as a professional ballerina to saving lives as a skilled operating room nurse.  Merrell was first introduced to ‘the love of her life’ at age three, when she began taking dance classes at the Jordan College of the Arts at Butler University, which at the time was an Indianapolis-based incubator of highly skilled dancers. At 15 years old, while most teens her age were awkwardly adjusting to high school…

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Part II: Nine Things You Need to Know Before Knee Replacement

10/07/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

It’s been 20 years or more since Rocky Schuh’s father had a knee replacement, but she hasn’t forgotten what happened afterwards. “My Dad’s leg never was right,” she says. “It froze in a bend, and he always blamed the doctor and physical therapist, and would never go back to have the second knee done.” In hindsight, Schuh suspects the real problem was her father’s unwillingness to take responsibility for strengthening his own body after surgery.…

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What You Need to Know About Pregnancy and Exercise

10/06/2015 | Family CareExpecting MothersPlay and Exercise

Whether you are an avid exerciser already or just want to start getting in shape before your baby arrives, working out while pregnant presents some challenges. You want to make sure not to do anything that would hurt you, or your baby. You also want to keep fit and healthy. Here are 5 things you should know about pregnancy and exercise: 1. Exercising can make your pregnancy easier. Exercise can lessen the discomfort of pregnancy by making your body stronger and better able to deal with the pressures…

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Warning Signs- 5 Signs Your Child May Be Suffering from Depression

10/06/2015 | Mental Health

If your child has a cold, or the flu, you would treat it. If they have a more serious condition like asthma or juvenile arthritis, you would take them to a doctor and come up with a plan to deal with the disease. Depression in children, while it’s not always as visibly apparent as some other diseases, also needs to be treated. It can be difficult to determine if a child is suffering from depression. The signs aren’t exactly the same in kids as they are in adults. Here are 5 signs that…

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Bullying Prevention- 5 Tips to Help Kids Build Self-Confidence

10/06/2015 | Mental Health

It’s incredibly challenging as a parent when your child is being bullied at school. Bullying can be damaging to your child’s self esteem in ways that can seem impossible to recover from. You need to address the direct cause of bullying by working with teachers and school administrators. You also need to manage the mental effects of the child who has been the victim of bullying. Here are 5 ways to help bullied kids re-build their self-confidence: 1. Invest in something they love. If your…

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