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A guide to exercise after a stroke

04/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesNeuroscienceOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationWellnessExercise

Free movement is something we all take for granted until we’re immobilized by a health event. For stroke patients, limited mobility is usually more than a temporary problem. Like many health issues, stroke recovery requires exercise. The earlier it begins, the more strength patients have to recover an independent lifestyle. “For so many reasons, we want to get them moving either actively or passively as soon as possible while they recover from the acute stage of a stroke,” says…

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The Facts About Antibiotic Use

04/20/2014 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

We’ve read and heard about the serious healthcare issue of “antibiotic resistance” for years. What does it really mean, and what do we need to remember about antibiotics the next time a cold or sore throat strikes? First, it’s important to know what antibiotics treat – and what they don’t. Antibiotics kill bacteria and are effective in treating bacterial infections. They don’t kill viruses, which typically cause many common ailments, such as cold, flu and…

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Your Questions About BMI, Answered

04/20/2014 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

There’s a lot of hype about BMI (body mass index), but what does it really mean in terms of determining a healthy weight? How is it calculated? Is it accurate? Does it have shortcomings? The answers might not be what you’d expect. What is BMI? BMI is a simple method for determining the health of an individual’s weight based on his or her height. The technical calculation is mass in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. However, there are easy-to-use BMI calculators on the…

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Conquering Food Cravings

04/20/2014 | IU Health PhysiciansHealthy Eating

Ever wonder what causes you to crave certain foods? Do your cravings seem to occur in similar situations, such as when you’re under stress? Research points to specific areas of the brain – those involved with memory and sensing pleasure – that are responsible for food cravings. Cravings also are linked to emotions. They may arise as a way of reducing anxiety or relieving stress. Studies show that a combination of fat and sugar can have a calming effect, and carbohydrates increase…

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Seniors with health conditions stay strong with physical therapy

04/17/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationSenior ServicesExercise

How can seniors with health conditions safely pursue exercise? “The best way is through a professional who takes into consideration all their co-morbid conditions,” says Trish Stackhouse, PT, a physical therapist at Indiana University Health Rehabilitation Services. “The medication history alone has an impact on what type of exercise endurance they have.”  To identify exercise parameters based on individual conditions, Stackhouse says it’s appropriate to ask a doctor…

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