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Can’t Sleep? 5 Surprising Reasons Why

04/19/2016

Adults should log at least seven hours of sleep each night, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than a third of Americans between 18 and 60 aren’t getting adequate shut-eye. Among the sleep-deprived? One of these surprising factors may be why. Your street is too bright. A new study found people whose neighborhoods are well-lit — particularly in urban areas — have more trouble falling asleep and sleeping…

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Three Playgrounds That Can Hurt Kids: Avoid These Hidden Health Hazards

04/19/2016

Their surfaces may be soft, but their risk of injury and illness still exists. Read on to learn how to protect your child today. Trampolines The risk of injury from trampolines is so great that the American Academy of Pediatrics discourages their use. Even safety measures like padding and netting don’t help. “Most trampoline injuries happen on the trampoline itself, not from falling off it,” says Mary McAteer, M.D., a pediatrician at Indiana University Heath. That’s partly…

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Healthy Cooking Shortcuts: Fast and Easy Ways to Make Your Favorite Foods Healthier

04/19/2016

Cooking tonight? Try these quick and simple, slimming tips from Indiana University Health dietitian Amy VanDeWielle, RD, CNSC. Pour in a puree in place of butter. Try replacing full-fat butter in a recipe with heart-healthier light butter or a butter and oil blend (you’ll save 50 calories and up to 6 grams of fat per tablespoon). Don’t use margarine, which often contains trans-fats. You also can try replacing half the butter, shortening, or oil called for with pureed fruit, such as applesauce,…

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Handling a Hernia: Tips and Treatment

04/19/2016

You’ve probably heard the phrase when someone is carrying heavy packages: “You’re going to give yourself a hernia!” But what exactly is this mysterious condition? A hernia is when a part of an organ or fatty tissue pushes through a weak spot in the muscle wall surrounding it. Some hernias are barely noticeable, while others can cause severe pain and need to be treated right away. Here are three common hernia types adults might experience. Hiatal hernia: A hiatal hernia occurs…

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Breaking News: More Kids are Being Diagnosed with Adult Diseases

04/19/2016

Forget the measles and mumps, growing research reveals that more American children are developing diseases commonly seen in adults. Culprits include diabetes, elevated blood pressure and other ailments that typically emerge in middle-age. Here's what you need to know to protect your kids today. 

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The Truth About Sociopaths and Psychopaths

04/19/2016

They can be confident, charming, successful—and incredibly dangerous. Our expert reveals their true nature and how you can protect yourself. Sociopaths and psychopaths aren’t always easy to spot. When you hear the word “sociopath” or “psychopath,” you probably think of monstrous criminals such as Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, and Jeffrey Dahmer. But the reality is that many sociopaths and psychopaths—who are clinically diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder—aren’t…

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Do You Know Alcohol First Aid? Why You Need To Learn It This Spring—And How it Saves Lives

04/19/2016

Spring: A time for budding blooms, warmer weather—and a new health hazard. To help you keep your family safe this season, we talked with Taylor Duncan, M.D. and Adam Dunstone, M.D., emergency physicians at Indiana University Health.      Beware of Binge Drinking Spring break tends to inspire partying and drinking—especially in college students and individuals who have limited experience with alcohol. And while it may seem to be fun in the moment, excess drinking can lead…

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Postpartum Depression: What You Don’t Know But Really Need To Read

04/19/2016

Having a new baby is usually thought of as one of life’s happiest occasions. But for a significant percentage of new mothers, it’s the beginning of a period that can range from mild sadness to severe depression. Maternal depression affects up to 40 percent of mothers with young children, according to research published in the Journal of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics. And about 1 out of 10 women go beyond the “baby blues” to have frequent postpartum depressive symptoms,…

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IU Health Team Member Paints Portraits of Professional Athletes

04/19/2016

As a clinical pharmacy specialist at Indiana University Health, Alexander Ansara, PharmD, must be unfailingly precise. He spends his days working closely with doctors to determine the proper medications and dosages for patients and identify any interactions. “In my job, there’s no room for error,” says Ansara. Fortunately, he has a hobby-turned-side-gig that’s anything but rigid: painting portraits of professional athletes. Though Ansara has found painting “sportraits”…

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