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13 ways to cope with arthritis

09/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Staying active and managing pain can make a big difference in overall health for people who have osteoarthritis, according to Barbara Carusillo, PT, OCS, COMT, a physical therapist at IU Health Rehabilitation Services. “If your pain is so bad that you can only walk for five to ten minutes at a time, your cardiovascular health is going to decline,” says Carusillo. “We once thought rest was better than exercise for arthritis, but we’ve learned that moderate exercise can…

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National Falls Prevention Awareness Week/Day

09/22/2014 | WellnessSafety

Falls are Indiana’s leading cause of emergency department visits and most common for adults over the age of 65. According to the National Council on Aging, every 15 seconds an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. To help raise awareness on the subject, National Falls Prevention Awareness Week is September 22-28, and National Falls Prevention Day is September 23.   Falls can cause serious injuries to both body and finances. Injuries such as hip fractures,…

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How to Prepare for Open Enrollment

09/19/2014 | Community

It’s that time of year again: open enrollment season – the once-a-year opportunity to update your benefits plan to fit your ever-changing needs. If your current plan no longer fits your lifestyle and you’re reviewing other options, you may feel overwhelmed with all the considerations that come with selecting a new plan. What are my wellness benefits? Can I still visit my preferred physician? Will my prescriptions be covered? These factors – and many others – are important…

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Need an edge in your Fantasy Football League?

09/18/2014 | Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Calling all fantasy football fans! Do you want to achieve a competitive edge in your Fantasy Football league? Listen to this week’s episode of IU Health's “Injury Report Weekly,” a sports medicine conversation with a fantasy football twist, featuring IU Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Robert Klitzman and certified athletic trainer Brandon Spack. This week’s episode includes expert analysis of key NFL injuries, including recommendations for your fantasy football…

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Sickle Cell Anemia

09/18/2014 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

The exact number of people living with sickle cell disease in the United States is unknown, but it is estimated that it affects 90,000 to 100,000 Americans, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What is sickle cell anemia? Sickle cell anemia is a form of anemia, which is a condition where there are not enough healthy red blood cells to carry enough oxygen throughout the body. Normally, red blood cells move easily through the blood vessels. In sickle cell anemia, the red blood cells…

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Ten Health Risks Associated with Smoking

09/18/2014 | WellnessSafety

Most people probably know that smoking cigarettes causes severe damage to your lungs and other vital organs, but many may not understand just how expansive the problems associated with smoking have become. According to the 2014 Surgeon General's Report: The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress, more than 10 times as many people in the United States have died prematurely from smoking than from all of the wars the country has fought throughout its history. The Centers for Disease…

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5 Simple Things To Do At Work To Ease Anxiety

09/17/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Many people experience anxiety at work. From putting in extra hours to meet a deadline, to dealing with a new supervisor, to simply commuting to and from work each day, workplace stress is an incredibly common cause of anxiety in today’s busy world. Stress can have serious health consequences over time–heart disease, high blood pressure, depression and a weakened immune system are proven health effects of long-term stress. Fortunately, if you are experiencing stress at work, there are…

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Six Pet Problems and How to Solve Them

09/15/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Pets can add an extra ounce of love to any home. Whether you are a dog, cat, lizard or gerbil lover, your pets are often seen as another member of the family. A dog, for example, can be a good friend for your children and can give you a reason to exercise and be active when you take your dog for a walk. Pets can also fill a special role in the lives of seniors by providing them with stress relief, nurture and unconditional love. While pets can be a very loving addition to any home, they also…

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Three ways to maintain healthy joints

09/15/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

It’s easy to succumb to the idea that nothing can be done about osteoarthritis. Learning to live with it may seem like the only alternative, but that’s just not so, according to Barbara Carusillo, PT, OCS, a physical therapist at IU Health Rehabilitation Services. “Most of the time, osteoarthritis doesn’t just fall from the sky and land in the joint,” she says. “Much of it is due to some kind of injury or biomechanical issue where people lack proper alignment or…

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National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

09/12/2014 | Treatments & ServicesUrology

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, about 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and about 29,480 men will die of prostate cancer in 2014. About 1 man in 7 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. The statistics don’t lie; prostate cancer is a concern and it’s happening to men like you or men you know.  September is Prostate Cancer Awareness…

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