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New sleep guidelines: how much is enough for kids?

02/05/2015 | Treatments & ServicesSleep Disorders

Do you need a full nine hours of sleep each night? Or perhaps you’re the type who can get by on just six. Sleep needs vary from person to person – and our children are no different. This individual variability is what inspired the National Sleep Foundation to issue new recommendations for appropriate amounts of shut-eye. “The foundation is recognizing more individual variability in sleep needs – that some people require more or less sleep than others,” explains Dr. Sarah…

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Chickenpox

02/05/2015 | Primary Care

Varicella, also known as the chickenpox is an irritating, aggravating viral infection. Chickenpox causes an itchy, blister-like rash, which is highly contagious to people who haven't had the disease nor been vaccinated against it. Before the routine chickenpox vaccination, virtually all people had been infected by the time they reached adulthood, sometimes with serious complications. Today, the number of cases and hospitalizations is down dramatically. For most people, chickenpox is a mild disease.…

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Feeling flush and overheated? Is this menopause?

02/04/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Some women feel the onslaught of menopause years before their periods stop. Others don’t know they’ve gone through it until it has passed. While every woman will experience menopause differently, here are some basics you should know. Perimenopause, menopause, postmenopause. It’s a confusing brew of terms, but, simply put, menopause refers to the 12-month timeframe after a woman has had her last period. Perimenopause refers to the years leading up to the last period, and postmenopause…

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Two pink lines? Plus sign? It’s not too early to prepare

02/04/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

You just found out you’re pregnant. If this is your first, you’re probably asking, “Now what do I do?” The thought of bringing a baby into the world may be overwhelming, but there are a few important steps you can take now to help smooth the way. First and foremost: eliminate smoking and alcohol right away. I know it’s difficult, but the research is clear. Smoking during pregnancy causes birth defects and risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Drinking alcohol…

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When and how to fight germs

02/04/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Can there be too much of a good thing when it comes to fighting germs? Antibacterial products like soaps, hand gels, wipes and cleansers may not always be beneficial. In fact, studies show that exposing ourselves to germs keeps us from developing illnesses like asthma, allergies and other diseases. This is especially true for children early in life. Our bodies need exposure to germs to build up our immune systems. It’s also worth noting that the majority of bacteria and viruses we come in contact…

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Food choices: This or that?

02/04/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

We make food choices every day based on a variety of factors such as taste, calorie count, nutritional value and preference. Sometimes we think we’re making the healthier decision, when in fact we aren’t considering the whole picture. Here are a few examples: Fat free or regular – Some fat-free foods are also taste free. To compensate, food manufacturers often add other ingredients like sugar, flour, thickeners and salt to boost the flavor or enhance texture. So while we’re…

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How Cold Weather Affects Your Health

02/03/2015 | Wellness

It’s the middle of winter, and physically, you are probably feeling it. Cold weather, especially when it’s really frigid (think sub 20 degrees) can, quite literally, hurt. The cold can have a dramatic affect on your health and wellness. How, exactly, does cold weather impact your body?   The Winter Blues Changes in the weather can affect your mental health. Many people report experiencing a greater tendency towards depression when it’s cold outside. It should be noted that…

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African American Medical Pioneers

Celebrating Black History Month with African American Medical Pioneers

02/03/2015 | StoriesStories of Strength

History reserves special recognition for those who blazed new trails and brought advances that still resonate today. African Americans have practiced medicine in the way of healing and surgeries since the beginning of time. To break into mainstream medicine has been a different story. In honor of Black History Month, we look to a few of the many black trailblazers in the medical field who paved the way for others to follow. Dr. Daniel Hale Williams (1858–1931) Known as the physician to perform…

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How to Safely Warm Your Home

02/02/2015 | WellnessSafety

With snaps of frigid weather, people look for affordable ways to stay warm inside their homes and when they venture outdoors. As furnaces work overtime in the colder months and often beyond their capacity, some people turn to alternative heating methods. As temperatures drop, home fires increase. Our partners at MESH, Inc. reported that while space heaters, fireplaces and stoves provide supplementary heat in a cost-effective way, they also present a real danger to homes and offices. Citing the U.S.…

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Ask the Expert: Cervical Cancer Awareness

01/30/2015 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

Dr. Daniela Matei, medical oncologist at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Globally, it’s a common disease, ranking 7th among all cancers with over 500,000 women diagnosed ever year. In the United States, incidents are fewer—approximately 12,000 new cases diagnosed each year—but African American women are succumbing to the disease more often than any other minority. Dr. Daniela Matei, medical oncologist at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center, answers questions about the disease. What is cervical cancer? Cervical…

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