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5 Tips for a Better Night’s Rest

08/19/2014 | WellnessSleep Disorders

If you find yourself tossing and turning at night or yawning all day at work, you may not be practicing good sleep hygiene. Sleep problems can lead to a higher risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Protect your health and rest easier each night by following these tips for a better night of sleep: Create an environment to promote sleep. You sleep better in a cool, dark and quiet room. Use a fan or white noise machine to help drown out other distracting noises. You can also try blackout…

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Do You Know How Alcohol Affects Your Body?

08/19/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

After a long week at work many people kick back with friends to relax and enjoy an alcoholic drink. However, alcohol can have harmful physical effects. It is important, if you do drink alcohol, that you always drink responsibly. While it is often overlooked, alcohol is a drug and can be harmful and addictive if not drank responsibly and in moderation. A common misconception is that alcohol only damages the liver. While it is true that liver damage may occur from heavy drinking, it is not the only…

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Make Your Break Count: 5 Ways to De-stress During Lunch

08/17/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Even if you love what you do, some degree of workplace stress is inevitable. Whether you struggle occasionally with the acute stress of an impending deadline or you have to constantly deal with frustrating clients, job-related stress goes along with any and every job. When dealing with stress at work, a lunch break can sometimes seem like a mixed blessing. Lunch provides an opportunity to take a mental break between tasks, but it can be frustrating to break your work flow if you’re accomplishing…

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How lupus patients differ in joint replacement

08/16/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

There's good news for lupus patients who suffer from painful inflammatory arthritis. You’re probably no more likely than anyone else to have osteoarthritis—the kind of bony overgrowth that destroys joints and leads to joint replacement. It’s true that there are complications and consequences from lupus that can lead to joint replacement, but that’s not the norm, according to David Batt, MD, a rheumatologist at Indiana University Health Physicians. “In my practice,…

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Is Napping Helpful or Harmful?

08/16/2014 | WellnessSleep Disorders

After a busy day at work or running weekend errands, a quick power nap may seem like just the thing you need to get through the day. By catching a few minutes of shuteye, you can relieve daytime sleepiness, reduce fatigue and face the day with greater energy. With so many benefits associated with napping, it may be hard to believe that there are also downsides to a midday rest. However, depending on your sleep patterns and routine, napping may be more harmful than helpful to your overall health.…

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Motivating Kids to do Well in School

08/14/2014

Summer is winding down and very soon the kids will be heading back to school for the year. In order for students to have a successful school year, parents and guardians must also prepare for the school year. Motivating your kids to do well in school can be challenging, but these tips will help set everyone up for success.   What are some ways that I, as a guardian or parent, can help my child prepare for school? As a parent or guardian, you play a huge role in the success of your child’s…

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Quick Exercises to Help You Unwind After Work

08/13/2014 | WellnessExercise

Many types of exercise help ease stress and improve your mood. You may be surprised at how easy it is to fit in relaxing exercises between work and chores at home. Try these exercises after work to promote relaxation: Repetitive motion exercises like jogging or swimming get you into a rhythm and a mental state similar to meditation. Even a brisk 20-minute walk can have this benefit. These aerobic exercises also release chemicals in your brain that improve mood, ability to sleep and reduce stress.…

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Get the Facts on Sunburns this Summer

08/12/2014 | WellnessSafety

Long term, the sun can age your skin and even cause cancer. Indiana University Health primary care physicians can help keep you from getting burned this summer with true facts about sunburns. Did you know IU Health is now offering same-day primary care appointments from Indiana’s most highly skilled doctors? Schedule an appointment today at 844-8-IUHEALTH (844-848-4325) or visit iuhealth.org/primarycare.

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Transform Job Stress Into Productive Energy

08/12/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Stress in life is inevitable. The effects of stress on the body can include headaches, sleeping problems, upset stomach, high blood pressure, lower resistance to disease and depression, among other problems. Long-term chronic stress can even increase your risk for heart disease and weaken your immune system. Stress can be caused by many factors, but one of the most common causes is work related. Whether you’re in a fast-paced job or stuck in a monotonous one, job related stress can make…

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How to care for a sprained ankle

08/11/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

A sprained ankle is one of the most common injuries to people of all ages. Whether you step in a hole walking across the yard, or turn an ankle playing soccer, even the mildest ankle sprain may require six weeks to heal, according to Jeff Wu, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle surgery. For the most part, Wu says healing a sprained ankle requires some patience and active therapy and treatment.  Here are some tips for care and treatment of a sprained ankle. Seek a medical…

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