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Bicycling without pain: the marriage of your body to your bike

07/08/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Over the past decade, biking to work has grown in popularity by 60 percent in the U.S. as cities like Indianapolis welcome transportation options. How friendly is the city to bikers? Friendly enough to land Indianapolis a place on Bicycling magazine’s list of America’s 50 best cities for bikers. The growing nationwide infrastructure for cycling makes it attractive form of fun, fitness and transportation for people of all ages and fitness levels. Few bikers, however, start with an awareness…

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Communicating with Your Doctor

07/08/2014 | Wellness

It’s true that you have a team of healthcare professionals to deliver preeminent care. But ultimately, only you and your family can decide what is best for you. As a vital part of your own care team, remember that you are in control of your health. Here are tips for communicating effectively with your doctor: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your doctor wants you to ask questions. Write your questions down before you go into the doctor’s office so you won’t forget. Also…

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Is Chest Pain the Same Thing As A Heart Attack?

07/08/2014 | Treatments & ServicesCardiovascular

When we think of chest pain, we most often associated it with having a heart attack. Although chest pain is one of the main warning signs of heart attack, it can also indicate other health problems. Sometimes chest pain is the sign of a life-threatening condition, but not always. Conditions such as hiatal hernia, indigestion and pneumonia may also cause chest pain.  Signs of a heart attack vary from person to person. However, if you know the early warning signs, you can be…

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Preparing for Your Doctor’s Appointment

07/07/2014 | Wellness

Whether it’s a yearly physical, or you’re sick or injured, you want to get the most of any visit to your doctor. To avoid wasting valuable time, be prepared for every visit to your doctor, using the following pointers. Before the appointment: Review your symptoms. Identify your symptoms or the reason for your visit. Writing them down may help you give a more thorough description of your illness. Be prepared to describe your symptoms, when they began and how often they happen.…

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Six questions to ask about your prescription

07/05/2014 | Wellness

Being prescribed a new medication from your doctor can spark many questions and concerns. Even if you feel foolish or uncertain, it is important not to let those questions go unanswered. Incorrectly taking medication can lead to severe and even dangerous side effects. Your appointment with your doctor is your time to bring up any health concerns you may be having. Your doctor is there to listen, answer questions and provide you with any information you may need. You should feel comfortable asking…

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Six ways to stay healthy at the gym

07/03/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

In 2006, defensive lineman Brandon Noble almost lost a leg because of an infection from methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which can spread through locker room contact. Locker rooms are one of the most overlooked health risks for high school, college and even professional athletes, not to mention fitness enthusiasts who use public or private gyms. Good locker room habits lower the risk of infections that pass from one person to the next, according to Tavio Henson, a strength and…

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Fireworks Safety

07/03/2014

Celebrating the fourth of July can be fun with pool parties, cook outs and spending time with friends and family. Make sure you and your loved ones are taking precautions when it is time to set off fireworks. About 7,000 people each year are injured or killed by fireworks in the United States due to the festive holiday. How can I keep my children safe around fireworks? Taking precautions around fireworks is important. Never let children handle fireworks alone or without adult supervision. Even sparklers…

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When Too Much Sun is a Bad Thing

07/03/2014 | WellnessSafety

Soaking up the sun can be a favorite summer pastime. However, sun exposure can lead to sunburn or even sun poisoning (severe sunburn). Don’t panic. No need to give up your hiking, biking and other outdoor activities just yet. You can still enjoy the bright summer weather and protect yourself from the adverse effects of too much sun.  How to Avoid Sun Poisoning You know the basics, apply sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher and remember to reapply every two hours. Also, try covering…

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Practice Fireworks Safety This Fourth of July

07/02/2014 | Safety

According to the National Council of Fireworks Safety, thousands of Americans are injured each year by incidents involving fireworks. As expected, the majority of these injuries occur around the Fourth of July holiday. Most common firework injuries affect the fingers and hands. However, injuries can occur to any part of the body. More serious injuries such as loss of fingers, blindness and hearing loss also can occur. There are still ways to have fun and celebrate, but also reduce the risks of having…

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Seven Fireworks Safety Tips to Remember This Weekend

07/02/2014 | WellnessSafety

Fourth of July weekend is here again! Friends and families are gathering for barbecues and picnics, heading to the nearest body of water for swimming and boating and of course watching a traditional fireworks show when the sun goes down at the end of the day. As long as your state laws are permitting, having fun with fireworks is a great experience to share with your kids on this holiday weekend. Your children will be begging you to stock up on fireworks for the weekend. Firecrackers, snakes, sparklers…

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