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How to get pregnant — beyond the obvious.

04/15/2016 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Many couples are able to conceive within the first year of trying. But if you’re struggling, there are some things you can do to increase your chance of pregnancy. For men. Smoking can affect the quality of sperm. So can too much heat from hot tubs or tight-fitting trousers. One study in the journal Fertility and Sterility showed that increased cell phone use resulted in poorer sperm quality. And another study in the journal Human Reproduction showed that men who eat a lot of soy-based foods…

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Common primary care questions

04/15/2016 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

While every person has unique health needs, patients often ask similar questions when visiting their primary care doctor. My patients often want to know how they can maintain their health and prevent disease. Diet and exercise are also common topics during routine primary care appointments. Here are my answers to some frequently asked questions: How often should I see you? I recommend that healthy adults see a primary care doctor for a physical and well exam at least once a year. Patients with chronic…

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Take time for yourself

04/15/2016 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Juggling life’s priorities can take a toll. That’s why it’s important to find time—even 15 minutes a day—to take a break, relax and do something you enjoy. Breaks from life’s hectic pace help decrease stress, increase energy and improve your outlook and well-being. Here are some tips for making the most of this time: Schedule it. Treat time for yourself as you would any other important appointment—mark it on your calendar. If booking the time is a challenge,…

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Total joint replacement — not what it used to be.

03/10/2016 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Many of us know friends or family members who’ve experienced pain and difficulties after total joint replacement. But advancements made over the past several years could change your perceptions. We often think of knee or hip replacement as resulting in a painful, lengthy, and restrictive recovery period. The fact is, today’s procedures are much better tolerated and offer significantly faster recovery times than those performed 10 to 15 years ago. Of course everyone is different, and each…

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Too sick for work?

03/10/2016 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

When illness strikes, one of the first questions we ask is “should I stay home?” The answer varies, depending on symptoms and discomfort. Sometimes we’re able to push through the day with a cold or sore throat, and other times even minor illnesses make us too weak to get out of bed. When the decision isn’t clear, keep these factors in mind to determine if it’s in your—and your co-workers—best interest to stay home. Fever – A fever indicates you’re…

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The healing power of — the right — food.

02/10/2016 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Feed a cold, starve a fever? Turns out, neither. While there are certain foods that can alleviate specific symptoms, common nutritional sense always applies. The first thing to know is that, no matter what common illness you have, there’s almost never a reason to starve. In fact, certain conditions, like infections, actually burn calories that need replenished so you can heal. The risk of dehydration is also common with many illnesses; that’s why you should eat nutritious foods and drink…

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Are your periods normal?

02/10/2016 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Menstruation is never fun, but many women are able to cope with mild symptoms. However, some of us can experience either occasional or chronic fluctuations and discomfort that may signal an underlying problem. What’s normal for one woman isn’t necessarily normal for another. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to the rhythms of your own body. While the first couple years of menstruation may be a bit unpredictable, you should soon see a pattern that establishes a…

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Self-image and your health

02/10/2016 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

The way we feel about ourselves—our self-image—has a lot to do with how healthy we are and our overall quality of life. Changes in self-image are to be expected during the course of our lives depending on circumstances; however, maintaining a consistent negative self-image can cause a number of side effects that can impact both physical and emotional health over time. People with poor self-image can experience anxiety and depression, and those who harbor a negative body image may turn…

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Learn about IR — minimally invasive, targeted treatment.

01/12/2016 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Interventional radiology, or IR, may not be a term you’re familiar with. But it is changing the way many surgical treatments are performed, resulting in lower risk, less pain, and reduced recovery time for the patient. Surgery without the surgery. IR is different from open surgery in that image-guided wires and catheters are used to internally diagnose and provide treatment at the source of the disease. Using X-ray, ultrasound, MRI, and other imaging methods, interventional radiologists can…

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Are you getting too much exercise?

01/12/2016 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

It’s that time of year when we’re bombarded by advertisements for gym memberships and training equipment. But there really is such a thing as over-doing it. While the harms of a sedentary lifestyle and the benefits of exercise are well publicized, what isn’t well known is that training too hard or too much may not be healthy. Most adults need approximately 150 minutes of moderate aerobic intensity exercise per week. In addition, you should also be getting strength and resistance…

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