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Nine things that put seniors at risk for a fall

10/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

One of the most noticeable effects of aging is a decline in the body’s natural ability to stand upright and balanced. There are as many reasons for poor balance as there are medical conditions, from heart arrhythmia and vestibular problems (parts of the inner ear and brain that control balance), to low blood pressure and dehydration. Reactions to drugs can also cause dizziness that affects balance. All these factors explain why falls are the leading cause of death in people over 75. “By…

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Recognizing the Signs of Domestic Violence

10/21/2014 | WellnessSafety

No one should live in fear. But for one out of four women the threat of domestic violence means living in constant fear. According to he National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner every year. It’s important to recognize the signs of domestic abuse and violence, not only in October, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but all year round. Most women, or men, who are suffering from abuse will try to…

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Cold & Flu Myths and Facts

10/21/2014 | WellnessHome Care

It’s tough to stay healthy during cold and flu season. Should you starve a fever? Feed a cold? Drink more orange juice? Separate cold and flu facts from myths to keep from getting sick this year. Did you know Indiana University Health is now offering same-day primary care appointments from Indiana’s most highly skilled doctors? Schedule an appointment today at 844.8.IUHEALTH or visit iuhealth.org/primarycare.

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What to Eat or Avoid Before Bed

10/21/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

What you eat before bedtime can affect how well you sleep. As a rule of thumb, it’s best not to eat within an hour of going to sleep. A good bedtime snack, however, can help you relax and prepare for a night of rest. Depending on what you consume, food before bedtime can either help you sleep better or keep you from getting enough rest. Here’s what to avoid eating if you want to sleep: Caffeine: This may seem obvious since caffeine is a known stimulant, but most people don’t realize…

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John’s Breast Cancer Journey

10/20/2014 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

John & Cathy Danyluk

When John Danyluk noticed a lump on the left side of his chest while showering, he didn’t think much of it. Like many people, he wrote it off as a harmless mole or cyst, which usually turned out to be benign. He ignored the lump for two years. After encouragement from his wife Cathy, he asked his physician about it. The doctor immediately ordered a mammography and biopsy, which determined that John had invasive ductal carcinoma, the most common type of breast cancer. And in the two years he…

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Injury Report Weekly – Week 7

10/16/2014 | Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Are injuries affecting your fantasy football team? Get the latest insights from this week's episode of Injury Report Weekly where IU Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Robert Klitzman and certified athletic trainer Brandon Spack analyze key NFL injuries and make recommendations for your fantasy football lineups. This week’s report and analysis includes: Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots…

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

10/16/2014 | Mental Wellness

There are more than 2.3 million American veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and at least 20 percent of these veterans are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Veterans are not the only sufferers of PTSD, anyone who has been through a traumatic event may suffer from the condition. What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? A mental health condition that is triggered by a traumatizing event with symptoms including severe anxiety, nightmare and flashbacks is categorized as…

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Health Insurance: Your Questions Answered

10/16/2014 | Community

The Affordable Care Act went into effect in March 2010. Since then, there have been sweeping health insurance changes across the nation, leaving many people with questions about their health plans. Some people have lost their former health plans; some people’s plans have undergone changes; and some people have been able to purchase completely new plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the open enrollment period. Perhaps you have been placed in a similar situation with your…

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What “comprehensive” certification could mean to you

10/15/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesNeuroscience

Recently, Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital was certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission in partnership with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. “Big deal,” you say? It sure is, and here’s why. Comprehensive Stroke Center is the highest designation awarded by the leading accreditation organizations in stroke. From the Joint Commission website: “The goal of establishing this new level of certification is to recognize…

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Surviving (and thriving) through the teen years

10/15/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Parenting at every stage of a child’s life has trials, but parenting during adolescence poses unique challenges. To help make the teenage years more enjoyable for you and your teen, plan ahead and be informed about adolescent issues so you can begin thinking about how you’ll address them when the time comes. Setting expectations early means there will be fewer surprises – and hopefully less conflict – during the teen years. Other suggestions: Be a good role model. Teenagers…

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