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6 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

6 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

04/30/2015 | Sleep Disorders

Approximately one-third of the population struggles to get a good night’s sleep and suffers from sleep deprivation. Because sleep is vital to physical and emotional health, over time sleep deprivation can lead to serious health concerns. Sleep “hygiene,” a variety of necessary practices for quality nighttime sleep and daytime alertness, plays a large part in an individual’s sleep. For example, poor sleep hygiene such as staying up too late, watching TV in bed or looking at…

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Why a Cleanse Might Be Bad For Your Health

04/30/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Right now, juice cleanses are all the rage. Cleanses claim to, help you lose weight, remove toxins from the body, and feel better overall. The idea is that you replace 1-3 meals a day with blended or cold-pressed juice for a period of weeks. After this period, your body has been cleansed and is supposedly healthier. But is it really? How healthy are juice cleanses? Let’s take a look at the health impacts of juice cleanses. “Consumers are definitely becoming more aware of environmental…

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Be Well Aquatic Exercise

04/30/2015 | ExercisePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

If you enjoy swimming and exercising, aquatic exercise is something you may like to try. Why exercise in warm water? Warm water helps to decrease pain and increase ease of movement.  Clients can work on strength, balance, stretching, posture and ambulation.  The buoyancy of water decreases the loading on joints, so it is less painful to exercise.  What is the pool like? The water is 93 degrees for therapeutic benefit.  The depth of the pool ranges from 3 to 7 feet for differing…

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Injury Report Insight: 4/29/2015

04/29/2015 | Injury Report InsightOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Listen to this week's episode of Injury Report Insight where our experts discuss dislocated shoulder injuries. Using NBA star Kevin Love's recent shoulder injury as reference, IU Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Robert Klitzman breaks down this common injury and how young athletes can prevent against it. Previous Episodes Injury Report Insight: 4/16/2015 Injury Report Insight: 4/2/2015 Injury Report Insight: 3/12//2015 Injury Report Insight: 2/26/2015 Injury Report Insight: 2/12/2015…

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Eat Green. Eat Local. Top Hoosier Crops.

04/28/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

If you live in Indiana, a healthy, local food is never very far away. Find out what delicious green foods you can find grown right here in Indianapolis. Then, stop in at your local grocer or farmer's market and look for the "Grown in Indiana" label. To stay healthy, schedule an appointment with one of the highly skilled physicians of IU Health. Call 844.8.IUHEALTH to schedule a Same-Day primary care appointment.

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How topical over-the-counter treatments can help arthritis pain

04/24/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you have deep joint pain due to arthritis, you’ve probably tried everything to subdue it, but have you considered topical treatments? For the right person, over-the-counter creams and gels may give some relief when combined with a larger plan for managing joint pain, according to Stacey Hall, PT, MS, a physical therapist at IU Health Rehabilitation Services. Research on their effectiveness is scant, but some people find topical over-the-counter treatments helpful for knees, hands, fingers,…

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How Do Our Lungs Work? [Infographic]

How Do Our Lungs Work? [Infographic]

04/24/2015 | Pulmonology & Respiratory Care

Lung disease can affect more than just smokers. While it’s true that smokers are at a greater risk, other factors influence lung health. Lifestyle choices, environmental impacts and even some factors out of our control all play a part in risks for lung disease. We often take our respiratory system for granted. Until you become winded from activity or struggle with respiratory infection you may barely notice that you're breathing. Those facing lung disease are acutely aware of each inhale…

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Portion Control

04/23/2015 | Bariatric & Medical Weight LossHealthy Eating

When eating at many restaurants, it's hard to miss that portion sizes have gotten larger in the last few years. The trend has also spilled over into the grocery store and vending machines, where a bagel has become a BAGEL and an "individual" bag of chips can easily feed more than one. Research shows that people unintentionally consume more calories when faced with larger portions. This can mean significant excess calorie intake, especially when eating high-calorie foods. Here are some tips to…

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Kidney Health: Keeping Your Body’s Cleaning Service Happy

04/22/2015 | Nephrology & Kidney Diseases

Your kidneys are the unsung heroes of your body. While the heart, brains, and even the lungs get all of the glory, your kidneys quietly do a job that is absolutely essential for your body: they keep your blood clean. Each day, your kidneys filter your blood, and produce urine and other waste. When your kidneys don’t work, it’s your whole body suffers. Waste builds up, and regular body functions become impossible. So, to keep your body healthy, you need to make sure that your kidneys stay…

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Human Body and the Earth

Similarities between the Human Body and the Earth

04/22/2015 | Wellness

April is Earth Month, an opportunity to call attention to ways to improve the environment and the health of the planet. The earth’s environment, including air and water quality, greatly impacts human health. Also, the human body resembles the earth in its complexity and adaptability. The physiology of the earth even compares to that of the human body. What are the similarities between the human body and Earth? Watered down. Water covers about 70 percent of the earth’s surface. Also, water…

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