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Taking Therapy Outside

07/24/2014

When someone says they are receiving physical or occupational therapy, the typical thought is that they are inside using exercise balls; bikes; parallel bars and other equipment.  Can you imagine it a different way?  Experiencing outside therapy is another option.     What is a therapy garden? In this particular situation, the therapeutic garden at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Center is used as a compliment to the therapy performed inside…

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Warning Signs: When to Take Your Child to the ER

07/23/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

As a parent, you want to do everything you can to keep your children safe and healthy. Even healthy children get sick or hurt sometimes, but it can be difficult as a parent to know when to make the decision to take your child to the emergency room. You should take your child to the emergency room in the following circumstances: Sudden change in mental status – confusion, disorientation, sleepiness or difficulty waking Seizure, convulsion, fainting or loss of consciousness Sudden changes in…

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What to pack for your child’s surgery

07/22/2014 | Family Care

Whether your child is having an inpatient or outpatient surgery, you and your child may have anxiety about the experience. It is important to keep your child calm, and let him or her know that the surgery is important for their current and future health. Answer any questions your child may have about the surgery, and let him or her know step by step how to prepare before the day of surgery. Also, let your child know that they will have to follow special doctor’s orders, such as not eating any…

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From baseball to bee stings: what you need to know about summer injuries.

07/22/2014 | WellnessSafetyIU Health Physicians

Injuries can occur at any time throughout the year, but summer is rife with possibilities for mishap. While it’s nearly impossible to predict every scenario, this list provides a few basics of first aid you should keep on hand. Bites and Stings Remove stinger and apply ice. If reaction is mild, take an antihistamine. This helps decrease the body’s immune response. If there is tightness in the throat, swollen lips, or shortness of breath, seek emergency help.  More bites and sting information.…

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Lighten up your backyard barbecue

07/22/2014 | WellnessHealthy EatingIU Health Physicians

We wait all year to savor summertime foods – grilled burgers and hot dogs, cold salads and delicious desserts. While foods synonymous with summer taste great, these staples of the backyard barbecue can spoil our efforts to eat healthy. With some pre-planning, there are ways to enjoy seasonal “cookout” foods and maintain a healthy diet. Look for lower-calorie alternatives – The grocery store snack aisle is full of reduced-fat and lower-calorie potato chips, tortilla chips and…

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