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Signs of a Stroke: How to Escape This Silent Killer

05/05/2016

Stroke currently ranks number five when it comes to leading causes of deaths in the United States, according to the American Stroke Association (ASA). A stroke occurs when a blood vessel to the brain gets blocked by a clot or bursts and deprives the brain of oxygen. This causes brain cells to die and can disrupt bodily functioning. Even though about 795,000 Americans each year suffer from a stroke (that’s a stroke an average of every 40 seconds), many people don’t know how to recognize…

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Sad, Angry, Anxious: When Should You Consider Taking Meds for Mental Health

05/05/2016

Have you ever found yourself wondering if you should be taking something to temper your moods? If so, you’re not alone. Nearly one in ten Americans over the age of 12 are on some type of antidepressant medication for anxiety or depression, reports the Centers for Disease Control. But are drugs really the answer? “It can be a complicated and highly individual decision for some people,” says Natalie Dattilo, PhD, a clinical psychologist with Indiana University Health. Here are some…

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An Aspirin a Day, Can Save Your Life (Or Can It?)

05/04/2016

The use of aspirin, and who should be taking it, has long since been a hot topic of discussion among physicians. While taking low-dose aspirin daily can help prevent heart attacks and cancer, it also increases the risk of serious harms, particularly risk of bleeding in the stomach and intestines, and strokes caused by bleeding in the brain. So it’s important to know who benefits from taking aspirin, and who does not. A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and conducted…

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5 Things IU Health Doctors Pack For Vacation—And You Should Too

05/04/2016

When it comes time to pack their bags, there are a few things IU Health doctors always carry and would recommend you include to help you safeguard your health. #1:  Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes “Traveling will expose you to germs and planes are one of the top offenders,” says David Pletzer, MD, a physician at Indiana University Health. “I always have a bottle handy.” He also carries sanitizing wipes. “I’d wipe down the food tray, armrest and anywhere…

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Don’t Just Say ‘I’m Sorry’ : 5 Ways to Truly Support a Friend With Cancer

05/04/2016

It can be difficult to know what’s the right thing to say or do when a friend gets a life-changing diagnosis of cancer. But reaching out can be even more important than you think: Research has shown that having a strong support group can lead to a more positive outlook and a better quality of life for the patient. Here are some tips on how you can best step in with your support. • Don’t be afraid to call. “When you hear a friend has cancer, you can become overwhelmed in the…

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Elder Abuse – Spot the Signs and Stop the Hurt For Seniors

05/04/2016

Thanks to advances in modern medicine, people are living longer now than ever before and experts say these numbers will continue to climb. But with this senior spike comes a new set of concerns. “We want caring for elders to go well but often that hope doesn’t meet reality,” says Anne Montero, PhD, a psychologist with Indiana University Health. “Given the increasing population of today’s elderly citizens it’s important that we be proactive when it comes to preventing…

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Spring Health Horrors: What Parents Need To Know This Season

05/04/2016

Spring is almost here bringing along the anticipation of proms, graduation parties, and warmer weather. Here at the hospital we are also gearing up for “trauma season” which begins in early spring and ends in late fall. This is the window when we get the most patients in our trauma ward. Why do we see more patients in the spring? Warmer weather naturally nudges more people to go out, which inevitably increases the number of individuals involved and injured in car, bicycle and motorcycle…

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Have a Pacemaker? Protect Yourself From These Surprising Risks

04/28/2016

Thousands of Americans currently rely on pacemakers to protect their hearts. These small, battery-operated implants help the heart beat in a regular rhythm by emitting a series of electric pulses. But, as the technology surrounding us changes at a rapid pace, there are some risks you should know about. Cell phones: Experts say these phones have the potential to interfere with a pacemaker’s function when carried too close to the heart. “Cell phones can result in electromagnetic interference…

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Orthexia: When “Clean Eating” Becomes a Problem

04/28/2016

These days, many people are making the decision to improve their eating habits by choosing more “whole” foods like produce, and avoiding processed foods. But for some, this type of “clean eating” can be taken to an unhealthy extreme. The result is an eating disorder commonly known as “orthexia,” which involves becoming fixated on and obsessed with the quality and purity of food. “We’re seeing more and more of this eating disorder,” says Dr. Anne…

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Jason Gilbert is Nurse Leader by Day, Symphonic Choir Singer by Night

04/28/2016

Who knew that IU Health Methodist Hospital Associate Chief Nursing Officer Jason Gilbert has the voice of an angel?  Those close to him will quickly raise their hands in acknowledgment, but others might be surprised to learn that the guy heading up 24-hour operations at IU Health's largest and busiest hospital ALSO makes time each week to sing. Beautifully. With the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.  "I find it to be a great stress relief," Gilbert says of his passion for voice practice…

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