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Dealing with Death on Paper: How to Get Affairs in Order

02/08/2016

When families are going through end-of-life stages with their loved ones, it can be a traumatic process. This, coupled with getting affairs in order, make the situation even more complex and stressful. But knowing the right tips to help navigate through this process can help manage the burden. Lauran Canady, clinical manager of social work at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, shares her insights. Try to plan in advance. “Planning affairs (medical decisions, financial trusts, wills,…

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Brittany Dorton: Advocating for Fellow Nurses

02/08/2016

It’s easy to point out the people who have truly found their calling. What they all have in common is an underlying and unwavering ideal that guides the way they live their lives. Brittany Dorton says that from a young age she felt called to help people, and it’s an ideal that guides her in everything she does. What sets Dorton apart from other nurses is that she does not exclusively help the patients within her hospital. Ten years ago when she began her career as a student nurse at IU…

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Can Electronic Toys Delay a Child’s Speech Development?

02/08/2016

You buy toys with bells and whistles to help your child get ahead. But, could this strategy actually backfire? Is it possible that the educational electronic picks, the ones so trendy today with young kids, can actually negatively affect their language development? In a recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics, researchers moved forward to find out. Their findings? In the study, when children (ages 10 to 16 months) played with electronic toys, both…

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Discovering Who’s Who in Your Doctor’s Office

02/05/2016

A medical practice can be a busy place. But your doctor isn’t the only one who helps you stay in good health. A number of different health professionals often work together. Here, a peek at some common personnel. The Job: Nursing Assistant (NA) Primary Responsibilities: Also known as nurses’ aides, NAs work in a variety of places, including hospitals, assisted living, hospice and other long-term care settings. NAs work under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN) and help to interact…

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When You Should Go to the Doctor for Strep

02/05/2016

Sore throats are one of the most common symptoms of various illnesses, including fairly benign diseases like the common cold. Most of the time, sore throats will get better on their own with no treatment beyond rest and staying hydrated. However, sometimes, a sore throat may indicate a more severe illness like strep throat. If you have strep throat, you should contact a doctor to get medication to treat the disease. Here are signs that your sore throat may actually be strep. Sore throat that causes…

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RECIPES: Healthier Super Bowl Dips

02/05/2016

Everyone knows one of the best parts about the Super Bowl has nothing to do with football: it’s all about the food! But typical game day food is notoriously heavy and unhealthy. Try these lightened up dips that still hit the spot and are super easy to make. Both are great with your favorite sliced vegetables and chips (try whole grain pita chips). Buffalo Black Bean Dip Deep fried wings coated in buffalo sauce are delicious but also heart burn-inducing, not to mention terrible for the waistline.…

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Do You Need A New Knee?

02/05/2016

If simple activities such as walking or climbing stairs or even just sitting in place or lying down causes knee pain—and medications, exercise and other remedies aren’t providing any relief, it may be time to consider total knee replacement surgery. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 600,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the United States. Total knee replacements are one of the most successful procedures in all of medicine, according…

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Injury Report Insight: 2/4/2016

02/04/2016 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineWellnessInjury Report Insight

Listen in to a special Super Bowl edition of Injury Report Insight. This week Dr. Robert Klitzman, Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon at Indiana University Health previews Super Bowl 50 and three player injuries that may impact the game. This week's report and injury analysis includes: Thomas Davis, LB, Carolina Panthers Jared Allen, DE, Carolina Panthers Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos Previous Episodes Injury Report Insight: Concussions Injury Report Insight: Hydration & Heat Stroke…

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Why You Should Talk to Your Doctor About Smoking Cessation

02/04/2016

According to the Center for Disease Control, 17.8% of all Americans smoke. Smoking is one of the number one sources of preventable death in the United States. Unfortunately, cigarettes made with tobacco also contain nicotine, a highly addictive drug. Tobacco users are more likely to get heart disease, lung cancer, and many other deadly diseases than people who do not smoke, Quitting cigarettes on your own can be incredibly, incredibly difficult. People who try to quit smoking often start again because…

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Pain Relief Secrets from a Physical Therapist

02/04/2016

Go for the cold — right away. Applying cold to an injured area helps control swelling, inflammation and pain, says Patricia Stackhouse, physical therapist at Indiana University Health. The trick is to be quick, though. Even though you can’t yet see a bruise (because it takes a while for broken blood vessels under the skin to show up, especially if they’re deep), start icing an injured area immediately. An ice pack is the best option, but not everyone has one of those handy, says…

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