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When fear and doubt prevent you from seeking help

01/13/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

The reality is that life is hard. Our bodies get older every day, we lose jobs, and we lose loved ones. How we approach that reality defines how we shape its outcome. Professional counseling can make a positive difference, if we give it a chance. Whether you’re facing a situational challenge, such as job loss or divorce, or the physical symptoms of disease or chronic illness, psychological counseling can provide powerful healing. And yet, a 2004 Harris Interactive poll states that “37…

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Outsmart germs this winter

01/13/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

There are things to like about winter, but the prevalence of illness isn’t one of them. Preventing germs from spreading is even more important during winter because colds, flu and other diseases tend to be more common during this time of year. And if one member of your family becomes ill, taking preventive steps at home to help ensure others don’t “catch it” can be challenging. Here are some tips for battling germs this season: Be diligent about hand washing. Thorough and…

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Try a daily serving of avocado

01/09/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

If you’re overweight and want to lower your “bad” cholesterol, this study from the Journal of the American Heart Association recommends eating an avocado a day. But wait…aren’t avocados high in fat? IU Health nutritionists say that even though avocados are high in fat, the majority of this fat is “good” fat (monounsaturated). This type of fat is known for helping you lower your “bad” cholesterol. The study surveyed 45 healthy people between…

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5 tips for working with a personal trainer

01/09/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you’re someone who has made better fitness one of your goals for the new year, you may want to consider hiring a personal trainer. For the right person, a trainer may be the catalyst for a noticeable change in fitness. Personal trainers aren’t just for the rich and famous, according to Scott Charland, a sports performance team leader at IU Health Sports Performance. “A trainer can help anyone who has experienced a lack of motivation in training, whether it’s because…

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The power of oatmeal

01/09/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

If you want to live a long life, skip the bagel with cream cheese or bacon and eggs. Your best bet will be grains. Harvard University researchers found this out by studying and quizzing 100,000 people for more than 14 years to find out how they lived and what they were eating. As it turns out, the people who lived the longest in this group were eating a bowl of oatmeal a day (about 33 grams). Compared to people who didn’t eat any whole grains, they cut their risk of premature death by…

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Psoriasis

01/08/2015 | Treatments & ServicesDermatology

Affecting close to 7.5 million Americans, Psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the country. What is Psoriasis and what causes it? Psoriasis is a persistent, chronic skin disease that is autoimmune in nature. It causes skin cells to build up quickly on the surface of the skin forming thick silvery scales that are itchy, dry red patches that can sometimes be painful. Although the cause is unknown for Psoriasis, researchers know it is directly linked to the immune system and an environmental…

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The Colts Prepare for the Broncos and High Altitude

01/08/2015 | CommunityWellnessSafety

The Indianapolis Colts head to Denver for what’s surely to be an epic post-season game. Andrew Luck has emerged from Peyton Manning’s shadow in the hearts of Indianapolis fans and demonstrated he’s ready meet #18 again. But what about a quieter threat Denver has been known to deliver? High altitude. Denver, otherwise known at the Mile High City, truly rises exactly one mile above sea level—5,280 feet. The higher altitude poses an invisible threat to athletes and fans alike…

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Injury Report Insights: 1/8/2015

01/08/2015 | Injury Report InsightOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

From Aaron Rodgers to LeBron James, listen to IU Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Robert Klitzman breakdown recent and relevant sports injuries. Dr. Klitzman provides an in-depth look at injuries that affect athletes of all ages, what causes them and the recovery process. This episode, Dr. Klitzman discusses injuries affecting the following athletes: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers Philly Brown, WR, Carolina Panthers LeBron James, F, Cleveland Cavaliers Dwyane Wade, G, Miami Heat…

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The Common Cold

01/08/2015 | WellnessPediatrics

One morning you wake up and notice you have a runny nose; sore throat; cough; congestion or maybe you are suffering from all of these symptoms. Your first reaction may be to take some medicine, wrap up in a warm blanket and lay back down. Let’s face it; we have all been there one time or another. How else do you think it got its name, “the common cold”? Luckily, with proper medicine, the common cold should not last longer than about a week or two and you should be back to your normal,…

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How you can help (or hurt) your recovery from spinal fusion

01/02/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Minimally-invasive surgeries for spinal stenosis are a draw for people who want to avoid open procedures for decompressing the spine by removing osteoarthritis. For the right candidate, there are reasons to consider these techniques, including quicker recovery time, less blood loss, better preservation of muscles and ligaments around the spine and less risk of future instability in the spine.   Many of these methods, however, are not yet supported by years of research, and they aren’t…

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