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5 Health Benefits of Laughing

07/14/2015 | Wellness

Have you ever heard the phrase “laughter is the best medicine?” Well, it turns out that it does have real benefits for your health. Researchers don’t fully understand why it impacts wellbeing the way it does, but they do know laughing does have a positive impact. Laughter can help your short-term physical condition by reducing stress and help your long-term health- helping you live to an older age. Here are the health benefits of a good laugh. Reduces stress. Stress has many harmful…

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From shoes to shapewear — when fashion hurts.

07/14/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Our bodies are created in a certain way, and when fashion forces unnatural and unrealistic standards on us, it can really hurt, whether we’re aware of it or not. The desire to be attractive is understandable, but not at the risk of our health.  Even for women who are physically in shape, the hourglass figure may not be attainable. Nor are a host of other beauty standards we are exposed to from media and entertainment. (For an interesting look at notoriously Photoshopped celebrities, check…

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Children grown, retirement near. Now what?

07/14/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

You’ve devoted your life to your education, career, family, and community. But at some point, those commitments begin to wind down, and you may wonder what’s next. Now is the time to focus on yourself. First things first — your health. Even though the media and entertainment industries present the “golden years” as being healthy and full of activity, I understand that real life doesn’t always mirror art. You may be starting to experience health problems, or you…

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3-D mammograms promote early detection

07/14/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Mammograms are even more valuable in detecting early breast cancer thanks to the latest advancement in digital mammography—3-D breast tomosynthesis. Unlike traditional two-dimensional mammograms, 3-D tomosynthesis acquires multiple, low-dose images of the breast at different angles. A computer program then consolidates the images to produce a series of “slices” that can be viewed as a 3-D construction of the breast. While the patient’s experience with 3-D tomosynthesis is…

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Benefits of Walking

07/09/2015 | WellnessExercise

Walking is a low-impact form of exercise that is free and easy and suits people of all ages and most abilities. Regular physical activity has a direct effect on your blood’s HDL (good) cholesterol level. Walking can also help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol by helping you reduce your weight and stress. What are the benefits of walking? It strengthens your heart. Regular walking has proven to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. It affects your cholesterol levels. Regular physical activity…

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2015 Indy Moms Survey Results

07/06/2015 | WellnessExerciseHealthy EatingMental Wellness

Earlier this year, Indiana University Health conducted a survey of 280 Indianapolis area moms about health. Our goal was to learn what’s important to Indy moms in order to provide you with health and wellness advice that will improve your family’s daily lives. Here are the results of the 2015 Indy Moms Survey. 1: How do Indy moms grade their own health and the health of their kids? 53% of Indy moms give their families a B when it comes to health and wellness. 48% report that their kids…

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Beyond Salad: 5 Ways to Use the Superfood Kale in Your Next Recipe

07/06/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

There aren’t many vegetables that qualify as trendy. Kale is trendy with good reason. A single cup of kale has 2.9 grams of protein and it’s loaded with vitamins A and C. On top of that, kale has a crunchy texture and savory flavor that can make any meal even better. Getting kale into your diet is easy, even if you don’t want to have it in a salad. 1. Shakes and smoothies. Green smoothies are all the rage. By adding kale to a your fruit smoothies, you give them an extra nutritional…

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3 Types of Exercise for Prevention and Treatment of Arthritis

07/06/2015 | WellnessArthritis & Rheumatology

According to the CDC, 52.5 million Americans have been told by their doctors that they have arthritis. Arthritis is a painful inflammation of the joints that affects people ranging from juveniles to seniors. Living with arthritis can be painful, but performing certain types of physical exercise can alleviate your pain. A sedentary lifestyle leaves you far more susceptible to arthritis as you age.. If you suffer from arthritis, here are three types of exercises to help you get stronger and deal with…

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How to avoid golf injuries

07/02/2015 | Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Whether it’s the company golf outing or a tournament to raise money for a charity, all kinds of people who rarely play golf will be out on the links this summer. When golf isn’t part of your normal routine, it sometimes pays to temper your performance expectations. But there’s something else occasional golfers should be thinking about, according to Scott Charland, a sports performance team leader at IU Health Sports Performance: how to avoid getting hurt. “Golf is probably…

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Injury Report Insight: Meniscus Tears

07/02/2015 | Injury Report InsightOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Listen to this week's episode of Injury Report Insight where IU Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Robert Klitzman discusses meniscus tears injuries. Dr. Klitzman provides insight into what causes this common injury, the treatment options and how athletes of all ages can prevent against it. Previous Episodes Injury Report Insight: 6/11/2015 Injury Report Insight: 4/29/2015 Injury Report Insight: 4/16/2015 Injury Report Insight: 4/2/2015 Injury Report Insight: 3/12//2015 Injury Report…

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