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The Truth About Sociopaths and Psychopaths

04/19/2016

They can be confident, charming, successful—and incredibly dangerous. Our expert reveals their true nature and how you can protect yourself. Sociopaths and psychopaths aren’t always easy to spot. When you hear the word “sociopath” or “psychopath,” you probably think of monstrous criminals such as Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, and Jeffrey Dahmer. But the reality is that many sociopaths and psychopaths—who are clinically diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder—aren’t…

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Do You Know Alcohol First Aid? Why You Need To Learn It This Spring—And How it Saves Lives

04/19/2016

Spring: A time for budding blooms, warmer weather—and a new health hazard. To help you keep your family safe this season, we talked with Taylor Duncan, M.D. and Adam Dunstone, M.D., emergency physicians at Indiana University Health.      Beware of Binge Drinking Spring break tends to inspire partying and drinking—especially in college students and individuals who have limited experience with alcohol. And while it may seem to be fun in the moment, excess drinking can lead…

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Postpartum Depression: What You Don’t Know But Really Need To Read

04/19/2016

Having a new baby is usually thought of as one of life’s happiest occasions. But for a significant percentage of new mothers, it’s the beginning of a period that can range from mild sadness to severe depression. Maternal depression affects up to 40 percent of mothers with young children, according to research published in the Journal of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics. And about 1 out of 10 women go beyond the “baby blues” to have frequent postpartum depressive symptoms,…

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IU Health Team Member Paints Portraits of Professional Athletes

04/19/2016

As a clinical pharmacy specialist at Indiana University Health, Alexander Ansara, PharmD, must be unfailingly precise. He spends his days working closely with doctors to determine the proper medications and dosages for patients and identify any interactions. “In my job, there’s no room for error,” says Ansara. Fortunately, he has a hobby-turned-side-gig that’s anything but rigid: painting portraits of professional athletes. Though Ansara has found painting “sportraits”…

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Surprise: Just Stepping Outside Can Make You Healthier

04/19/2016

Turns out, you can get some unexpected health perks just by stepping outdoors. Lena J. Franklin, M.D., family medicine physician at Indiana University Health, counts the ways in which Mother Nature can help you get healthier:  1) You’ll brighten your mood. Turn that frown upside down by going outdoors. Dr. Franklin will often take walking breaks during the day – 30 minutes is her target – when she’s had a stressful week, and she says comes back a different person. “My…

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Suffering From Knee or Hip Pain? Learn the Best Time For Joint Replacement Surgery

04/19/2016

More than seven million Americans are living with an artificial joint according to recent statistics from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. While hip and knee replacements continue to be the most common procedures, advancements in prosthetics for just about every joint are on the rise. Want to learn more? Check out this guide we’ve created with the help of Dr. Lucian C. Warth, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Indiana University Health. Why replace a joint? One word – arthritis. Arthritis…

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5 Things You Don’t Know About Spring Allergies

04/18/2016

Can’t stop sneezing?  Tired of that trickle? You’re not alone. The number of individuals who suffer from nasal allergies, including seasonal ones, is 50 million, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Yet seasonal allergies can be tricky to diagnose since their symptoms can mimic those of a cold. Even worse, your health care provider may not always have the answers. “There’s often a lack of understanding about them, even by some health care…

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Does Your Child Cling to You? Here’s How to Ease Separation Anxiety

04/18/2016

It’s normal for your baby or toddler to feel sad or scared when saying goodbye to you. It’s an appropriate developmental milestone and indicates that your child has developed a strong attachment to you. But parting doesn’t have to be full of sorrow. Follow this advice from Meagan O’Neill, M.D., pediatrician at Indiana University Health. Practice little separations Play games with your child that involve short separations and reunions to help her understand the idea that whenever…

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Are You a Hoarder? How to Tell and What to Do

04/15/2016

TV shows like Hoarders and Buried Alive don’t tell the whole story about this complicated mental illness. Learn when clutter crosses the line—and why we all have a little bit of a hoarder in us. While living in a house packed with years’ worth of newspapers, broken furniture, and clothing piled to the ceiling is incomprehensible to most of us, on an emotional level, the act of hoarding can be somewhat relatable. That’s because hoarding is an extreme version of a normal behavior…

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