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Are your periods normal?

02/10/2016 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Menstruation is never fun, but many women are able to cope with mild symptoms. However, some of us can experience either occasional or chronic fluctuations and discomfort that may signal an underlying problem. What’s normal for one woman isn’t necessarily normal for another. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to the rhythms of your own body. While the first couple years of menstruation may be a bit unpredictable, you should soon see a pattern that establishes a…

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Self-image and your health

02/10/2016 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

The way we feel about ourselves—our self-image—has a lot to do with how healthy we are and our overall quality of life. Changes in self-image are to be expected during the course of our lives depending on circumstances; however, maintaining a consistent negative self-image can cause a number of side effects that can impact both physical and emotional health over time. People with poor self-image can experience anxiety and depression, and those who harbor a negative body image may turn…

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5 Tips for Handling Dessert-Obsessed Kids

02/10/2016

If it feels like your kids are always clamoring for sweets, take heart: A preference for sweet foods is natural--and universal. But since a sugar-packed diet isn’t healthy, especially for growing bodies, it’s also important to set some sensible boundaries. After all, many kids’ lives include a surplus of sweets. Think about how often all those ‘special occasions’ occur—like birthday parties and classroom celebrations—and you can see how quickly it adds up,…

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A Sweet Surprise For Valentine’s Day: Love Can Help Your Health

02/10/2016

Good news for couples in time for Valentine's Day: Experts now say hugs, cuddles, and chocolate can actually boost a person’s health. The reason? These interactions spur the release of oxytocin and endorphins, both feel-good chemicals produced in a part of the brain called the hypothalamus. Oxytocin has been linked to many psychological benefits. Positive kinds of touch, like hugging or holding hands trigger the release of oxytocin. Studies have also shown that oxytocin may also lower levels…

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Pick the Perfect Produce

02/09/2016

From artichokes to zucchinis, and everything in between, it's good to know what to look for when picking out produce at your local supermarket.  Here's a guide showing you what's in season, what to look for and what to avoid when you stock up on nutrient rich veggies.

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Bullying: An American Epidemic?

02/09/2016

Think bullying among kids is harmless fun? Think again, say researchers at the University of Wisconsin – Madison (UWM). Their recent review has concluded that bullying in the United States has now become a widespread and multi-faceted problem with no easy solution. The researchers' review included over 20 years of studies on bullying, and their findings have recently been published in Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Dr. Michael McKenna, pediatrician at Indiana University…

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Zika Is Now in Indiana – What You Need to Know to Stay Safe

02/09/2016

The Indiana State Department of Health has announced its first case of the Zika virus.  The case was reported on Tuesday morning. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who confirmed the case, the individual was a non-pregnant Indiana resident, who had recently traveled to Haiti, but was not sick enough to be hospitalized for treatment.  Read the full ISDH news release here. The occurrence of this new case in Indiana has inspired a continued call to action for all…

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Dealing with a Child’s Health Crisis

02/08/2016

When a child is diagnosed with a critical health condition, it can be frightening for the entire family. However, to help alleviate this pain and worry, parents can take advantage of many hospital programs that can provide valuable resources. We interviewed Lauran Canady, clinical manager of social work at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, to learn more. What kind of support should parents and children seek if they receive a traumatic diagnosis? Seek out help with the entire picture of a…

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5 Ways to Keep Your Temper In Check

02/08/2016

Everyone gets angry on occasion, whether you’re pounding the steering wheel in a traffic jam, fighting with your spouse or feeling your blood start to boil when waiting in line. Anger is a fundamental human emotion—it’s actually part of our built-in “fight or flight” survival mechanism that helps us to defend ourselves when we feel threatened. But, too much anger isn’t good for you. The next time you feel your temperature rising, try some of these tips.   …

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How Kathleen Turner Copes With Rheumatoid Arthritis

02/08/2016

After Kathleen Turner made her film debut in 1981’s “Body Heat”, a movie which brought her huge success, the smoky-voiced actress went on to star in other feature films such as “Romancing The Stone” and “Prizzi’s Honor.” However, it was during the filming of “Serial Mom” soon after in 1994, that Turner’s health began to change.  “My feet became extremely painful and swollen,” she recalls.  “Shoes that I…

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