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March 2015 Baritric Support Groups

02/27/2015

IU Health Bariatrics offers free monthly support groups, in addition to the many support groups that are run by patients in other areas of Central Indiana. IU Health Bariatrics understands how important support is in accomplishing your health and weight loss goals. Everyone, from any program, including friends and family, is always welcome! Some may feel that they need extra support to stay on track. So if you have not attended a support group meeting in a long time (or ever!) - feel free to attend…

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Heart Valve Replacements and Repairs

02/27/2015 | Cardiovascular

What is the function of our heart valves? Our heart valves are what transfers our blood from chamber to chamber in the heart along with delivering blood to the larger arteries. The valves open and close in order to allow blood out but not to allow blood in. Over time the valves sometimes need repaired, or if severe enough, replaced. What is heart valve repair and replacement surgery? Heart valve repair is to repair dysfunctional valves. Heart valve replacement includes taking out the old valve and…

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Injury Report Insight: 2/26/2015

02/26/2015 | Injury Report InsightOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Another year, another knee injury for Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose. With torn meniscus in his right knee, will he be able to come back as the same player? Miami Heat star Chris Bosh was diagnosed with blood clots, what does this mean for his future? Listen to IU Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Robert Klitzman and certified athletic trainer, Brandon Spack analyze these injuries and more on Injury Report Insight. Dr. Klitzman provides an in-depth look at injuries that affect athletes…

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Nurses Face Racism

Nurses Face Persistent Problem: Racism

02/23/2015 | Community

Racism is as real today as it was when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. It may look slightly different today than in decades past, but it still cuts like a knife in the hearts and minds of countless individuals who confront prejudice and discrimination in their daily life. Nicole Johnson, a nurse and shift coordinator at IU Health Methodist Hospital, has been asked if she’s “half a nurse” when introducing herself,…

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5 tips for safer snow shoveling

02/21/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Bending, lifting and twisting—they’re the three most common ways to cause trauma to the back. And what activity better fits that description than shoveling snow? Even if you’re in great shape, snow shoveling is one of the easiest ways to hurt your back. Unfortunately, when the snow flies, someone has to make driveways, sidewalks and stairs passable. If you’re the “someone” in your family who handles snow removal, you can take steps to protect your back while you’re…

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Everyday drugs that increase Alzheimer’s risk

02/19/2015 | Treatments & ServicesNeuroscience

We often warn people about the side effects of medications on your liver, heart and kidney. But we don’t mention anything about your brain, which is arguably the most precious organ in the body.  Many people are not aware of the potential side effects on the brain from certain common medications, which are prescribed to at least half of patients. New Findings  A recent study found out that if you were taking certain types of prescription or over-the-counter medications,…

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Oscars Shine Light on Disease

Oscar Nominees Shine Light on Disease

02/19/2015 | Events

Movies tell stories to an audience. These stories can simply entertain us, but they can also educate and inspire. For complex or difficult subjects, films possess an ability to deliver an understanding, often at an emotional level, unlike most other media. This year’s Oscar-nominated films and actors tackle many diseases, disorders and the mental anguish that can accompany them. Here are ways Oscar nominees shine light on disease this year: ● “Still Alice” - Julianne Moore…

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The Importance of Allergy Diagnosis

02/19/2015 | Allergy & Asthma

Allergies are your body’s reaction to allergens entering the body. Allergens are foreign, and the body’s immune system feels the need to fight them off. Popular misunderstandings about allergies are that they are caused by the allergens themselves, when really, allergens are completely harmless. Instead, your body’s reaction to the allergens is at fault. Who gets allergies? Allergies rely mostly on your genetic predisposition, but not completely. For example, a parent allergic to…

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Can you be overweight and still be fit?

02/13/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you frequently visit a gym to stay in shape, you may have noticed a discouraging phenomenon. There are always a few people who work out faithfully and never slack off in a class, yet they are still overweight. Or maybe that’s your story. How can we exercise so much for so long and still be overweight? Is it possible to be overweight and still be physically fit? Yes and no, according to Scott Charland, a sports performance team leader at IU Health Sports Performance. “A lot depends…

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What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

02/13/2015 | Treatments & ServicesSenior Services

Aging can be challenging. As you get north of 50, your body just can’t do the same things it could do when you were 25. Many people begin to lose their eyesight as they age. One of the most common causes of loss of vision in older people is age-related macular degeneration. What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)? The macula is an area near the center of the human retina. As you age, your retina can gradually become damaged, causing a loss of vision in the center of your eye. This damage…

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