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Women’s psychological health: adolescence through early adulthood

03/10/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

This three-part series is devoted to the specific challenges women face throughout their lifetimes. While no two women will experience the same problems, there are predictable risks that can develop at each stage of life. Part one focuses on the teenage years through early 20s. Girls’ bodies go through much physiological change during adolescence. From the greater risk of urinary tract infections, to breast development, to the onset of menses, it’s not always fun being a girl. Regular…

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Effective ways to manage weight

03/10/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Weight management is a health concern for many adults. Since being overweight and obesity are linked to a number of chronic diseases, including heart disease and diabetes, controlling weight—especially as you grow older—is an important health priority. Here are some tips for effective weight management: Eliminate “comfort foods” and foods that cause temptation. In addition to purging your pantry and refrigerator of junk foods that offer no nutritional value, consider which…

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Feeling flush and overheated? Is this menopause?

02/04/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Some women feel the onslaught of menopause years before their periods stop. Others don’t know they’ve gone through it until it has passed. While every woman will experience menopause differently, here are some basics you should know. Perimenopause, menopause, postmenopause. It’s a confusing brew of terms, but, simply put, menopause refers to the 12-month timeframe after a woman has had her last period. Perimenopause refers to the years leading up to the last period, and postmenopause…

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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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If you could change just one (or two) things…

01/13/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

This time of year, we’re overwhelmed with gym membership advertising, diet schemes, and New Year’s resolutions, causing us to feel defeated before we even begin. But if you can incorporate a few simple habits now, you could add years — and quality — to your life. While I’d love to see us all lead perfectly healthy lifestyles, I want to stress that when it comes to your wellbeing, something is better than nothing. What I mean by that is very few people have the bodies…

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When fear and doubt prevent you from seeking help

01/13/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

The reality is that life is hard. Our bodies get older every day, we lose jobs, and we lose loved ones. How we approach that reality defines how we shape its outcome. Professional counseling can make a positive difference, if we give it a chance. Whether you’re facing a situational challenge, such as job loss or divorce, or the physical symptoms of disease or chronic illness, psychological counseling can provide powerful healing. And yet, a 2004 Harris Interactive poll states that “37…

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Outsmart germs this winter

01/13/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

There are things to like about winter, but the prevalence of illness isn’t one of them. Preventing germs from spreading is even more important during winter because colds, flu and other diseases tend to be more common during this time of year. And if one member of your family becomes ill, taking preventive steps at home to help ensure others don’t “catch it” can be challenging. Here are some tips for battling germs this season: Be diligent about hand washing. Thorough and…

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Offset Those Holiday Treats With Holiday Fun

12/12/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

It wouldn’t be the holidays without gingerbread men, hot cocoa, and extra helpings. But you don’t have to let that derail your health; an extra holiday activity can be the excuse to indulge in an extra treat. Every action has a reaction, so just make sure to offset each indulgence with an additional activity — with the emphasis on additional. If you are currently maintaining your weight with an exercise routine, you’ll need to increase your activity level. A few words…

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