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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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Your Food Guide to Creating Healthy Sleep Habits

08/02/2014 | WellnessSleep Disorders

Getting a good night sleep is crucial for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Sleep is important for allowing your nervous system to function properly. This is why when you don’t get enough sleep at night, you feel drowsy and have a hard time concentrating the next day. Sleep allows you to relax from your day and rejuvenate yourself for the start of the next. And as an added bonus getting a good night’s rest will help motivate you to make other healthy choices throughout the rest of your…

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Why the motto “Sleep when you’re dead” is harmful to your health

08/02/2014 | Wellness

In today’s fast-paced world, it can be challenging to find the time to do everything you need to accomplish in a single day. Between working, commuting, making time for family and friends, exercising, eating healthy, and still squeezing in time for fun and relaxation, it’s easy to start cutting out sleep as a time management technique. While depriving yourself of sleep may give you the time to catch up on your favorite TV shows, it can also have negative effects on your overall health.…

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When heartburn is esophageal cancer

07/31/2014 | Cancer

Jay Renberger used to frequently wake up throughout the night to pop antacid tablets. His heartburn and stomach issues were constant. Like many people, he thought he simply suffered from nagging heartburn. The 48-year-old father of two from Walkerton, Ind., didn’t realize that what he was experiencing was far more serious than acid reflux: he was diagnosed with early stage esophageal cancer. Jay was given about five years to live if he didn’t take action. “The diagnosis was overwhelming,”…

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Five ways to avoid back injuries

07/31/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineWellnessExercise

Back injuries often result from weakness and instability while performing routine chores. In today’s post, Mike Morrison, a sports performance coach at IU Health Sports Performance, shares five hints for protecting your body during daily tasks.  Keep a neutral spine when lifting. Whenever you lift, your spine should be as straight as if you were standing upright. Imagine yourself standing at attention as you bend over and reach for something below. Most people let their bellies go soft.…

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It’s Back to School Time, so what about School Physicals


Regardless of your child’s age, yearly physicals are an important part of your child’s healthcare.  The back-to-school season is a convenient time for putting the exam on your family’s schedule. Where can my child receive a school physical? Although school physicals can be done many places, the review of your child’s health and concerns should take place with your regular doctor who sees your child each year.  This complete checkup should address not only their physical…

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August Bariatric Support Groups

07/29/2014 | Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss

In-Person Support Group Meetings Monday, Aug. 4 • IU Health Bariatrics Support Group at 6 pm in K130 at IU Health North Hospital • IU Health Ball Memorial Muncie Support Group at 6 pm Thursday, Aug. 14 • IU Health Ball Memorial Muncie Support Group from 9-10 am • IU Health Arnett - Lafayette Support Group at 6 pm Saturday, Aug. 16 • North East Group at IU Health Saxony Hospital from 10-11 am in the Cafeteria Thursday, Aug. 21 • IU Health Ball Memorial Muncie Support…

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Three reasons to add strength training to your routine

07/29/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineExercise

Even the most devoted fitness fans have a tendency to overemphasize cardiovascular exercise. That practice can have adverse health effects when it excludes training for strength, according to Mike Morrison, a sports performance coach at IU Health Sport Performance. “I wish I could get everyone to look at strength training as a legitimate means of staying healthy,” says Morrison. Whether you’re a young athlete playing basketball several nights a week or a middle-aged grandparent,…

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Ertl procedure gives amputees better limb function

07/25/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Mike Sweeny, a patient who recently had the Ertl procedure.

Helping amputees recover an active lifestyle that doesn’t revolve around their limb loss is more than a calling for Janos Ertl, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Indiana University Health Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. It’s part of a family tradition that began with his grandfather, Janos Ertl, Sr., MD, a Hungarian physician. “After World War II, there were all these amputees in Germany and Hungary who weren’t able to work,” Ertl says. “It became a social…

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