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How to know when to call your doctor

07/16/2014 | WellnessSafety

Everyone gets sick. Depending on your situation, deciding how to approach your illness can become a tricky personal issue. After all, you may have a stomach pain from lunch even if it feels like appendicitis. What about that headache? Is it a migraine from stress or something more serious? You may question the severity of your condition and whether or not you need immediate medical attention. You may even think you know the cure to alleviate your ailment if you have had the same or similar symptoms…

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Three ways to bike your way to better health

07/15/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

There’s nothing like the fit body of a Tour de France athlete to make you think, “Hey, maybe I should give cycling a try.” It may not transform your body into that of an elite athlete, but cycling has health benefits for people of most ages and physical conditions, according to Elizabeth Blackburn, DPT, PT, a physical therapist at IU Health Rehabilitation Services. Here are three reasons to make cycling part of your exercise routine. Joint therapy. As a physical therapist,…

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How to Avoid Bug Bites This Summer

07/14/2014 | Exercise

Summer is a time for playing outdoors and for the most part, that time is enjoyable. There is one little pesky problem: bug bites. Most bug bites are harmless, however itchy they may leave us after. Others can be more dangerous, including those that spread Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and West Nile virus. Keeping the bug bites to a minimum may be as easy as taking a few precautions. Try the following tips to avoid getting bitten this summer: Avoid bug-infested areas. Check for insect…

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Trauma center takes selfie to support safer community

07/14/2014 | CommunitySafety

With more than 70 homicides so far in 2014, Indianapolis is on pace to make this year the most violent the city has ever recorded. Such harsh realities are felt by the entire community, and especially by medical staff at the state’s largest trauma center. Violent injuries rank among the top three reasons why people are taken to the Level I Trauma Center at IU Health Methodist Hospital, which treats more than 3,600 patients with traumatic injuries each year. In fact, nearly 15 percent of cases…

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Seven ways to make cycling to work part of your routine

07/10/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

A few years ago, Matt Hygema and one of his co-workers started riding bikes to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, where they both work as physical therapists. People ride for different reasons; theirs was fitness. “My ride is about five miles away from the hospital,” says Hygema. “It takes me 25 minutes to drive and 35 minutes to bike it. That’s too easy. For a net cost of 20 minutes out of my day, I get at least an hour of exercise.” Hygema and…

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Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis


Although we are unaware why, food allergies are on the rise in the United State. One in every 13 kids has a food allergy, which equals out to about two kids in every classroom across the United States. What is a food allergy? The body’s abnormal response to a certain food is a food allergy. For an unknown reason, the body thinks that the food is harmful and causes an allergic reaction to occur. The reaction can be mild or in some cases the reaction can be severe and cause anaphylaxis, this…

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How to: Prepare and avoid common summer conditions

07/09/2014 | WellnessSafety

The allure of the summer sun can bring out the best in family and outdoor activities. Summertime is great for spending time with friends and family, enjoying time in the backyard, grilling out, swimming and many other activities! Keeping yourself active with outdoor activities during the summer is great for your body and mind. It allows you to stay in shape, soak up the sun and get your dose of vitamin D. It also provides you with a slew of new activities to do with your loved ones. While all of…

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Bicycling without pain: the marriage of your body to your bike

07/08/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Over the past decade, biking to work has grown in popularity by 60 percent in the U.S. as cities like Indianapolis welcome transportation options. How friendly is the city to bikers? Friendly enough to land Indianapolis a place on Bicycling magazine’s list of America’s 50 best cities for bikers. The growing nationwide infrastructure for cycling makes it attractive form of fun, fitness and transportation for people of all ages and fitness levels. Few bikers, however, start with an awareness…

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Communicating with Your Doctor

07/08/2014 | Wellness

It’s true that you have a team of healthcare professionals to deliver preeminent care. But ultimately, only you and your family can decide what is best for you. As a vital part of your own care team, remember that you are in control of your health. Here are tips for communicating effectively with your doctor: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your doctor wants you to ask questions. Write your questions down before you go into the doctor’s office so you won’t forget. Also…

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Is Chest Pain the Same Thing As A Heart Attack?

07/08/2014 | Treatments & ServicesCardiovascular

When we think of chest pain, we most often associated it with having a heart attack. Although chest pain is one of the main warning signs of heart attack, it can also indicate other health problems. Sometimes chest pain is the sign of a life-threatening condition, but not always. Conditions such as hiatal hernia, indigestion and pneumonia may also cause chest pain.  Signs of a heart attack vary from person to person. However, if you know the early warning signs, you can be…

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