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Simple facts about dehydration

07/22/2014 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

With more opportunities to be outside during the summer, dehydration is a concern for some people – especially older adults, young children and those who exercise or work outdoors. Dehydration means the body doesn’t have the fluids necessary to keep its systems working properly. Fluids are important to nearly every bodily function, including maintaining the right body temperature and flushing waste. It’s easy to tell if you are getting enough fluids by looking at the color of your…

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How to prepare for a day in the sun

07/22/2014 | WellnessSafety

You’ve been out in the staggering heat under the glaring sun before. This isn’t your first rodeo. You know you might get thirsty. You might get burnt. You might be sapped of your energy if you stay outside too long. Still, there are some things about your skin, UV rays and skin cancer that you may not know. To lower your risk of skin cancer and the damaging effects of the sun, be prepared by reviewing the following facts and recommendations.  Some of these facts may be alarming,…

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Hip replacement options for people with metal allergies

07/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you’re considering hip replacement and you have a metal allergy, you may have noticed reports in the news about how some joint replacement materials may interact with those allergies. Fortunately, there are implant options for people affected by metal allergies, according to J.A. Parr, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.  “It’s really a pretty rare phenomenon for people to have a significant amount of pain or problems…

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Fun Outdoor Activities to Do While Caring for a Loved One

07/20/2014 | WellnessHome Care

Caring for a loved one can involve a great deal of responsibility. As a caregiver, you must help your loved one manage the ins and outs of daily life: Getting in and out of bed, getting dressed, getting to the restroom and so on. But in addition to handling life’s logistical details, it’s also important to take care of your loved one’s emotional and social needs. Summer is a fun and exciting time for all ages to get outdoors and enjoy these great activities: Go on a picnic. Grab…

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10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Pediatrician

07/19/2014 | Everyday Wellness

Choosing a pediatrician is an important process. A pediatrician manages a child’s healthcare from birth to young adulthood, so finding a doctor who is a good fit both for you and your child is key for building a successful relationship. If you are looking for a new pediatrician for your child, the following suggestions can help. Consult your friends and family  Referrals can be a great way to find a new healthcare provider. Ask people you know – your friends, relatives, coworkers,…

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