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Transform Job Stress Into Productive Energy

08/12/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Stress in life is inevitable. The effects of stress on the body can include headaches, sleeping problems, upset stomach, high blood pressure, lower resistance to disease and depression, among other problems. Long-term chronic stress can even increase your risk for heart disease and weaken your immune system. Stress can be caused by many factors, but one of the most common causes is work related. Whether you’re in a fast-paced job or stuck in a monotonous one, job related stress can make…

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How to care for a sprained ankle

08/11/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

A sprained ankle is one of the most common injuries to people of all ages. Whether you step in a hole walking across the yard, or turn an ankle playing soccer, even the mildest ankle sprain may require six weeks to heal, according to Jeff Wu, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle surgery. For the most part, Wu says healing a sprained ankle requires some patience and active therapy and treatment.  Here are some tips for care and treatment of a sprained ankle. Seek a medical…

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Four Surprising Ways Sleep Affects Your Health

08/08/2014 | WellnessSleep Disorders

The difference between a good night’s rest and a night where you toss and turn constantly can mean a higher level of productivity at work, less stress and a clearer head to aid learning and memory. Despite the clear importance of a full night’s sleep, it can be difficult to get the rest you need. You may go through your routine running on four or five hours of moderate sleep every night, but what you don’t know is how a lack of sleep can affect your health. To help you understand…

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The Scientific Case for Childhood Vaccination

08/08/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesPediatrics

There are many opinions floating around on television and the Internet about vaccine safety. Unfortunately, much of what you may be hearing is not rooted in scientific principles. As a mother, I’ll be the first to take any threat to my children’s health and wellbeing very seriously. So I understand the confusion and fear caused by the “anti-vaccine” movement. However, vaccines are not the threat — the threat exists in NOT getting vaccinated. The background behind the…

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Understanding Heartburn, Acid Reflux and GERD

08/08/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansWellness

Heartburn, a burning sensation behind the breastbone, is often considered merely an uncomfortable nuisance. People are sometimes surprised to learn that heartburn is not a disease. It’s actually a symptom of acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid splashes back up into the esophagus, causing irritation and often heartburn. GERD is a more severe and chronic form of acid reflux that can lead to serious health problems. Common causes of acid…

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Turning Family Time into Healthy Fun

08/08/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesPrimary CareWellnessExercise

Engaging in fun activities is part of the joy of being a family. When the fun involves physical activity, the benefits of spending time together extend to improving your family’s health. As a parent, you play a powerful role in encouraging a healthy lifestyle. And when exercise is a regular part of your family’s routine, it’s more likely your children will grow up to be active adults.   For both adults and children, the benefits of physical activity are well documented. In…

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Joint Pain

08/07/2014

Most, if not all, who suffer from joint pain are faced with much discomfort throughout their day. Joint pain can be mild, causing some soreness each time you move your joint. Or joint pain can be severe, making it impossible to use your joint altogether. This medical condition is rarely an emergency and most mild cases can be successfully managed at home. What Causes Joint Pain? There are many causes someone may develop joint pain. The two most frequent cause of joint pain are osteoarthritis and…

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Double knee replacement: your questions answered

08/06/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationSenior Services

Whenever anyone reaches the point that both knees need joint replacement, an obvious question surfaces: why not have them both done at once? Bilateral knee replacement is tempting to many patients who dread recovering from two surgeries. Nevertheless, physicians are still appraising the risks and benefits of double knee replacement, and it’s not an option for everyone. In today’s post, Jonathan Surdam, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Indiana University Health Southern Indiana Physicians…

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Do you think your loved one is an addict?

08/06/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

When you are clean and sober, it can be hard to understand the power of addiction. It is especially hard when addiction affects someone you love. Most often, substance abuse involves alcohol, illegal drugs, such as cocaine or prescription drugs. Many factors contribute to whether or not a person is likely to become addicted, including genetic vulnerability, stress levels, personality and mental health problems. The stages of substance abuse can be subtle and difficult to identify. So how do…

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Supporting Your Loved One Through Substance Abuse Recovery

08/05/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

When a loved one suffers from substance abuse or addiction, it not only affects their own physical and mental health but that of their friends and family as well. Of course the first step is to get help, including finding the right rehab program. During rehab, your loved one will learn skills to combat a long-term struggle with addiction. But what happens after rehabilitation? Once a person leaves treatment, they continue to face challenges. They are expected to apply the skills they learned during…

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