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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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Heart Healthy: What You Need to Do to Take Care of Your Heart

01/30/2015 | Cardiovascular

Many people are aware that heart disease is a serious issue, but you might not realize just how serious it is. Heart disease kills 600,000 people in the United States each year, more than any other cause of death. Fortunately, heart disease is preventable. Here’s what you can do to become a heart healthy Hoosier.   Quit Smoking. Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your lungs. It’s also bad for your heart. To have a healthy heart, you absolutely need to quit smoking as soon as…

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February 2015 Bariatric Support Groups

01/30/2015 | Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss

IU Health Bariatrics offers free monthly support groups, in addition to the many support groups that are run by patients in other areas of Central Indiana. IU Health Bariatrics understands how important support is in accomplishing your health and weight loss goals. Everyone, from any program, including friends and family, is always welcome! With the holidays approaching, some may feel that they need extra support to stay on track. So if you have not attended a support group meeting in a long time…

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Injury Report Insight: 1/29/2015

01/29/2015 | Injury Report InsightOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

With a torn rotator cuff, is Kobe Bryant's career over? Will injuries to Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas hold the Seattle Seahawks back in the upcoming Super Bowl? Listen to IU Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Robert Klitzman and certified athletic trainer, Brandon Spack breakdown recent and relevant sports injuries. Dr. Klitzman provides an in-depth look at injuries that affect athletes of all ages, what causes them and the recovery process. This episode, Dr. Klitzman and…

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