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Breaking News: Listeria Risk Triggers Enormous Nationwide Frozen Food Recall

05/06/2016

Take a moment to look in your freezer today. The reason: On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Agency initiated a massive recall of frozen organic and nonorganic fruit and vegetables (about 358 food products) from grocery stores around the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a large Listeria contamination at the CRF Foods Washington packaging company has caused many health officials to pull thousands of products from stores all over the country. For a complete list of affected foods,…

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Child Life Corner: An Inside Look at Riley’s Child Life Zone

05/05/2016

As one of 24 Certified Child Life Specialists at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, I am often involved when a child is struggling with their illness.  My name is Kathleen Odinga and I am the Child Life Specialist for the Child Life Zone (CLZ). Currently, there are 11 Child Life Zones at children’s hospitals throughout the nation, and our CLZ is the newest.  Child Life Zones are therapeutic play spaces.  As a new parent myself, and someone who has worked…

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Signs of a Stroke: How to Escape This Silent Killer

05/05/2016

Stroke currently ranks number five when it comes to leading causes of deaths in the United States, according to the American Stroke Association (ASA). A stroke occurs when a blood vessel to the brain gets blocked by a clot or bursts and deprives the brain of oxygen. This causes brain cells to die and can disrupt bodily functioning. Even though about 795,000 Americans each year suffer from a stroke (that’s a stroke an average of every 40 seconds), many people don’t know how to recognize…

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Sad, Angry, Anxious: When Should You Consider Taking Meds for Mental Health

05/05/2016

Have you ever found yourself wondering if you should be taking something to temper your moods? If so, you’re not alone. Nearly one in ten Americans over the age of 12 are on some type of antidepressant medication for anxiety or depression, reports the Centers for Disease Control. But are drugs really the answer? “It can be a complicated and highly individual decision for some people,” says Natalie Dattilo, PhD, a clinical psychologist with Indiana University Health. Here are some…

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An Aspirin a Day, Can Save Your Life (Or Can It?)

05/04/2016

The use of aspirin, and who should be taking it, has long since been a hot topic of discussion among physicians. While taking low-dose aspirin daily can help prevent heart attacks and cancer, it also increases the risk of serious harms, particularly risk of bleeding in the stomach and intestines, and strokes caused by bleeding in the brain. So it’s important to know who benefits from taking aspirin, and who does not. A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and conducted…

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