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Cervical Cancer Screening – Update on New Guidelines

04/02/2015 | CancerWomen's HealthEvents

What is the biggest risk factor for cervical cancer? The most important risk factor for cervical cancer is infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV).  There are over 100 different types of HPV; however, most types of HPV do not cause cancer.  Typically our body’s immune system gets rid of the virus before it does harm.  It is estimated, 80 percent of women are exposed to the HPV virus during their lifetime. How could I be exposed to HPV (human papillomavirus)? It is important…

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Foot Screenings can play a vital role in your health.

03/26/2015 | Events

How important is it to undergo foot screenings? Having your feet properly screened can be vitally important for individuals who suffer from poor circulation in their lower limbs. Those who are at increased risk include people with hypertension, diabetes as well as those who are obese or those who smoke. People in these risk groups face a much higher risk of circulation problems that can lead to amputation and further health problems. By taking advantage of local resources and having your feet checked…

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Running and Its Transformative Features

03/19/2015 | Orthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationEvents

Running is a simple exercise with several benefits. Behind cross-country skiing, running comes second for burning the most calories in one mile. On average, an individual burns 100 calories per mile they run. It is a cheap, high-intensity work out that requires little equipment that can be done at any time of the day. What happens to your body when you run? Running might not be enjoyable at first, and here’s why! The initial burst of energy you feel is adenosine triphosphate, or the energy…

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Oscars Shine Light on Disease

Oscar Nominees Shine Light on Disease

02/19/2015 | Events

Movies tell stories to an audience. These stories can simply entertain us, but they can also educate and inspire. For complex or difficult subjects, films possess an ability to deliver an understanding, often at an emotional level, unlike most other media. This year’s Oscar-nominated films and actors tackle many diseases, disorders and the mental anguish that can accompany them. Here are ways Oscar nominees shine light on disease this year: ● “Still Alice” - Julianne Moore…

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Joint Pain

08/07/2014 | Orthopedics & Sports MedicineEvents

Most, if not all, who suffer from joint pain are faced with much discomfort throughout their day. Joint pain can be mild, causing some soreness each time you move your joint. Or joint pain can be severe, making it impossible to use your joint altogether. This medical condition is rarely an emergency and most mild cases can be successfully managed at home. What Causes Joint Pain? There are many causes someone may develop joint pain. The two most frequent cause of joint pain are osteoarthritis and…

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Fight shoulder pain this summer

06/19/2014 | Orthopedics & Sports MedicineEvents

The shoulder is the body’s most mobile joint and enables the arm to have a wide range of motion.   What makes up the shoulder? The shoulder consists of: The upper arm bone Collarbone Shoulder blade Muscles, ligaments Tendons, nerves Blood vessels Shoulder pain results when any of these structures become irritated, injured or inflamed.  Minor muscle strains, repetitive use injuries and repeated overhead motions, such as swinging a tennis racket, can lead to shoulder pain. What are…

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Skin Cancer

05/08/2014 | CancerEvents

What is skin cancer and how do I get it?  Skin cancer is like any other cancer, a cell that becomes damaged and begins to rapidly reproduce abnormally.  We develop non-melanoma skin cancers because we have damaged our skin with excessive sun exposure.  Melanoma cannot only be caused by UV light exposure such as natural sunlight and tanning bed use but can be hereditary.  The majority of skin cancers that are treated are caused by sun damage. How did I damage my skin with sun when…

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Don’t Let Joint Pain Stop You

04/17/2014 | Orthopedics & Sports MedicineEvents

What is joint pain? There are many types of joints in the human body – fixed, hinge, ball, socket and pivot.  Joint pain is a discomfort that arises from any joint, the point where two bones meet.   Within each joint is surrounded by a fluid filled pocket known as bursae; the bones have a protective lining made of cartilage that help the bones move over each other easily.  If any part of the joint is compromised through trauma, injury or inflammation, you will experience…

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Lily’s Lemonade for Cancer Caregivers

12/24/2013 | CancerEvents

On the day before Christmas Eve, the infusion (chemotherapy) area of the IU Health Simon Cancer Center is very busy as patients receive their last treatment before the holidays. A seven-year-old girl name Lily Snyder pulls a red wagon around the infusion unit. “Hi. My name is Lily. I raised money through a lemonade stand to buy care packages for caregivers.” A first-grader at Kitley Elementary School in Franklin Township, Lily is spending the first day of her Christmas vacation handing…

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Team Up for Diabetes

06/05/2013 | Diabetes & EndocrinologyEvents

Cycle at the Indiana Motor Speedway for a Great Cause This year, for the first time, IU Health has fielded a team for the Tour de Cure, a cycling event to benefit the American Diabetes Association. IU Health employees can join up to ride with their co-workers while helping to raise critical funds for research, education and advocacy to stop diabetes. Tour de Cure takes place on June 8, 2013 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track. It’s not a race, so all ability levels are welcome.  Matt…

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