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Good Cholesterol, Bad Cholesterol and Everything In Between

02/10/2015 | WellnessHealthy EatingWomen's Health

If you try to eat healthy, nutritional trends can be confusing. Fat was bad for you. Now it’s good for you, but only if it’s the right kind of fat. Are carbs bad for you? What about gluten? One of the most confusing topics to many in regards to nutrition is cholesterol. It seems like every article you read about cholesterol says something different. So what are the facts? Let’s examine: What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in every part of your body. It is…

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Your Brain and Music

Your Brain and Music - It’s a Catchy Thing

02/09/2015 | Neuroscience

Our favorite songs reach further than our ears – they speak to our brains and can affect our emotions. A catchy tune latches onto our mind, and we can’t get it out of our heads. Music casts a spell in many different ways, and scientists continually study the effects of music on the brain as a means to further understand overall brain function. Musical preferences vary, but it all means the same to our brains. Some scientists refer to the brain’s ability to consume and make sense…

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Great Resources to Get In Shape in Indiana

02/06/2015 | WellnessExerciseGarden on the Go

Was your New Year’s Resolution to finally get fit or lose a few pounds? Well it’s time for a New Year’s Resolution check-in. If you have stuck to your resolution so far: great. If not, we are here to help. We have assembled some resources to help Hoosiers achieve their fitness resolutions and get in shape. Whether you want to lose weight, clean up your diet, build strength, or just be more active, here are some of the best places in Indiana to make your resolution a reality. IU…

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After amputation: Ertl procedure helps patients stay active

02/06/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

By almost anyone’s standards, Mike Sweeny has led a rough-and-tumble sort of life. The 51-year-old stone setter from Sayville, New York grew up on Long Island’s South Shore, where he loved being outside, and participated in Boy Scouts, Motocross biking and other sports. His childhood was filled with opportunities for developing mental and physical toughness. Those are practical life skills for anyone, but they were especially relevant to Sweeny after 8 p.m., November 5, 2012, when he…

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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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