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Physician Profile: A Life That Revolves Around Sports

08/06/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Bryan Mayol, MD, feels fortunate for the advantages he had when it came to making a career choice. He was able to attend a college prep school in Evansville, Indiana because his mother taught at the school. In early high school, students were encouraged to start thinking about careers. “I’m just one of those lucky people who knew early on what I wanted to do in life,” says Mayol, a sports medicine physician at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. “Science…

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The (good) news about naps

08/05/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Although American culture doesn't widely support the idea of siestas, have you ever wondered about the benefits of napping? While there are some do's and don'ts, daytime napping can have advantages for some people—especially when it comes to productivity and alertness. Research shows that even a 10-minute nap can improve performance on cognitive tests. Naps also increase daytime alertness for those who are normal sleepers, but get insufficient amounts of sleep. Additionally, naps…

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Screen time and your health

08/05/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Mobile technology puts the world at our fingertips—literally. While there are many benefits to having news, information, entertainment and social media on demand, studies now show that increasing amounts of “screen time” can have a negative impact on personal health. Research conducted by the National Institutes of Health reveals that extended exposure to screens of all types—TV, computers, smartphones, tablets and video games—increases the likelihood of weight gain…

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Adults Need Unstructured Free Time Too

08/04/2015 | Wellness

You’ve probably read articles about helicopter parents and tiger parents- parents who make sure that every waking hour of their children’s lives are filled with activities, lessons, and homework. You’ve probably also read articles denouncing these practices and advocating inclusion of unstructured free time for children- allowing time for them get creative as they play any way that they like. Well, adults and children aren’t necessarily all that different. Many adults spend…

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Fruits and Veggies That are in Season Right Now (and Delicious)

08/04/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Eating seasonal, local food is a good way to live a healthier lifestyle. It’s also a way to support your community by giving money directly to local farmers. The tricky part about eating local food is knowing which foods are in season where you live. If you live in Indiana, here are 4 fruits and veggies that are in season in the summer that are also delicious. Blueberries and Blackberries. As strawberry season winds down, blueberry and blackberry season starts up in the Midwest. Blueberries…

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Men’s Health: 4 Super Foods for Men

07/30/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

In many ways, men’s and women’s health is similar. Eliminating drugs (including tobacco) and alcohol, exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep and eating a healthy diet are all important factors in the health of men and women. However, with a healthy diet, there are certain things that men can eat that will help them with the unique health needs of their bodies. Here are 4 super foods for men: Shellfish. Shellfish contains high levels of zinc, which is good for testosterone production.…

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Pregnancy: Five Steps To Take Before You Conceive

07/30/2015 | Treatments & ServicesMaternity

When you make the decision to have a child, it’s a good idea to take steps to increase the likelihood that you will get pregnant. There are many ways to improve your conception chances. Here are 5 steps you can take before you start trying to conceive. Communicate with your partner. During this period of time, communication and coordination with your partner are essential. Staying on the same page and supporting each other is key to successful conception. Get an ovulation kit or an App. It’s…

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Back Pain.

07/30/2015 | Pain Management

Back pain affects nearly 80 percent of Americans and can be caused by a variety of problems with any parts of the complex, interconnected network of spinal muscles, nerves, bones, discs or tendons in the lumbar spine. Any back irritation can cause pain that radiates to other parts of the body, which is why it is so important to discuss your pain with your primary care physician. Q: What are the symptoms of back pain? A:  Back pain that lasts a few days to a few weeks is known as acute. Pain…

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What is Matcha Tea and is it Really Good For You?

07/29/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

When you wake up in the morning, and you’re still a little groggy, do you reach for coffee? Tea? Or matcha? You may not have heard of it before but in the last few years, matcha, a type of green tea, has become very popular among trendsetters.  What is Matcha? Matcha is a type of powdered green tea. The process of harvesting it is slightly different then traditional green tea. Advocates of matcha claim this gives it a different, stronger flavor (the taste is similar to green tea but earthier…

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When (and How) to Get a Second Opinion

07/29/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Deciding whether to have an elective orthopedic surgery is never easy—even when you have the hope of pain relief or the promise of functioning better. But every surgery carries risks, and if for no other reason than that, you may wonder whether you should get a second opinion about a proposed surgery. “I frequently encourage my patients to get another opinion whenever I get a sense they aren’t convinced what I’m telling them is what’s really going on,” says J.…

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