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From shoes to shapewear — when fashion hurts.

07/14/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Our bodies are created in a certain way, and when fashion forces unnatural and unrealistic standards on us, it can really hurt, whether we’re aware of it or not. The desire to be attractive is understandable, but not at the risk of our health.  Even for women who are physically in shape, the hourglass figure may not be attainable. Nor are a host of other beauty standards we are exposed to from media and entertainment. (For an interesting look at notoriously Photoshopped celebrities, check…

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Children grown, retirement near. Now what?

07/14/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

You’ve devoted your life to your education, career, family, and community. But at some point, those commitments begin to wind down, and you may wonder what’s next. Now is the time to focus on yourself. First things first — your health. Even though the media and entertainment industries present the “golden years” as being healthy and full of activity, I understand that real life doesn’t always mirror art. You may be starting to experience health problems, or you…

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3-D mammograms promote early detection

07/14/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Mammograms are even more valuable in detecting early breast cancer thanks to the latest advancement in digital mammography—3-D breast tomosynthesis. Unlike traditional two-dimensional mammograms, 3-D tomosynthesis acquires multiple, low-dose images of the breast at different angles. A computer program then consolidates the images to produce a series of “slices” that can be viewed as a 3-D construction of the breast. While the patient’s experience with 3-D tomosynthesis is…

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Fatherhood today — “you’ve come a long way, baby.”

06/10/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Gone are the days when anxious dads commiserated in the hospital waiting room during delivery. Rare is the expectation that moms fulfill the role of nurturer alone. And yet, literature on motherhood abounds. What can a first-time father expect in his new role?   The role of fatherhood has indeed changed over the past several generations. More and more women have entered the workforce not merely to bring in a second income, but to follow a professional career path. So fewer women are putting…

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Women, is it time to talk about menopause?

06/10/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Do you feel suddenly hot, flushed, unpredictably angry, or tearful? Are you having night sweats, moodiness, mental fogginess, and decreased sex drive? Has sex become uncomfortable? If so, you may be one of the 60 million women in the U.S. who have entered the hormonal transition into menopause. What is menopause? While the average age for menopause is around 51, anywhere from age 45 to 55 is normal. The hormonal fluctuation that precedes menopause by two to seven years (perimenopause) can be associated…

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New symptoms? When to call the doctor

06/10/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

When aches, pains or other health symptoms develop, it’s natural to ask the question, “should I call the doctor?” It’s often difficult to know which symptoms warrant a visit to your primary care physician. Generally, in non-emergency cases, if a new symptom persists for more than two weeks—and especially if it worsens—it’s advisable to call a physician for guidance. Below are some symptoms that should be evaluated promptly by a primary care doctor: Wheezing;…

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Women’s psychological health: the age when we refine and redefine

05/07/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

The years after age 50 are often looked upon with a degree of trepidation. On the one hand, you may feel that you’ve “arrived;” on the other, you may be wondering, “what’s next?” Life’s changes can leave us with opportunities as well as mixed feelings. Loss and change. Let’s face it — life is not static, and we begin to experience change or loss at a more profound level and even greater frequency in our older years. Significant life adjustments…

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It’s never too late to change a bad habit

05/07/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

If you’re over the age of 45, you should be aware that health issues can start cropping up at a much faster rate than when you were younger. Even the smallest bad habits can have a profound impact on your wellbeing. We all know to avoid smoking, a high fat diet, and sedentary lifestyle. But there are other habits you may not have thought of that you should consider changing now, especially if you are over the age of 45. Not getting enough sleep. Studies show that insomnia is a common problem…

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Little things you may be doing now can add up

05/07/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

A seemingly insignificant action early on can result in a dramatic change later. It’s called the butterfly effect, and it’s just as applicable to wellness as it is to weather patterns. The habits formed in our younger years can greatly affect our health as we age. We all know to avoid smoking, a high fat diet, and sedentary lifestyle. But there are other habits you may not have thought of that you should consider changing now, especially if you are under the age of 45. Too much sun (yes,…

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Healthy options for meals on the go

05/07/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Busy spring schedules can jeopardize routines for families on the go—especially when it comes to healthy eating. With kids and parents running from school and work to sports practices and events, healthy dinners often take a backseat when time is tight. If you find yourself resorting to drive-thru and quick meal options this season, here are some tips to keep healthy choices on the menu: Avoid fried foods. While drive-thrus are convenient, fast food can be high in calories and fat. Steer clear…

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