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The Scientific Case for Childhood Vaccination

08/08/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesPediatrics

There are many opinions floating around on television and the Internet about vaccine safety. Unfortunately, much of what you may be hearing is not rooted in scientific principles. As a mother, I’ll be the first to take any threat to my children’s health and wellbeing very seriously. So I understand the confusion and fear caused by the “anti-vaccine” movement. However, vaccines are not the threat — the threat exists in NOT getting vaccinated. The background behind the…

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Understanding Heartburn, Acid Reflux and GERD

08/08/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansWellness

Heartburn, a burning sensation behind the breastbone, is often considered merely an uncomfortable nuisance. People are sometimes surprised to learn that heartburn is not a disease. It’s actually a symptom of acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid splashes back up into the esophagus, causing irritation and often heartburn. GERD is a more severe and chronic form of acid reflux that can lead to serious health problems. Common causes of acid…

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Turning Family Time into Healthy Fun

08/08/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesPrimary CareWellnessExercise

Engaging in fun activities is part of the joy of being a family. When the fun involves physical activity, the benefits of spending time together extend to improving your family’s health. As a parent, you play a powerful role in encouraging a healthy lifestyle. And when exercise is a regular part of your family’s routine, it’s more likely your children will grow up to be active adults.   For both adults and children, the benefits of physical activity are well documented. In…

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From baseball to bee stings: what you need to know about summer injuries.

07/22/2014 | WellnessSafetyIU Health Physicians

Injuries can occur at any time throughout the year, but summer is rife with possibilities for mishap. While it’s nearly impossible to predict every scenario, this list provides a few basics of first aid you should keep on hand. Bites and Stings Remove stinger and apply ice. If reaction is mild, take an antihistamine. This helps decrease the body’s immune response. If there is tightness in the throat, swollen lips, or shortness of breath, seek emergency help.  More bites and sting information.…

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Lighten up your backyard barbecue

07/22/2014 | WellnessHealthy EatingIU Health Physicians

We wait all year to savor summertime foods – grilled burgers and hot dogs, cold salads and delicious desserts. While foods synonymous with summer taste great, these staples of the backyard barbecue can spoil our efforts to eat healthy. With some pre-planning, there are ways to enjoy seasonal “cookout” foods and maintain a healthy diet. Look for lower-calorie alternatives – The grocery store snack aisle is full of reduced-fat and lower-calorie potato chips, tortilla chips and…

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Simple facts about dehydration

07/22/2014 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

With more opportunities to be outside during the summer, dehydration is a concern for some people – especially older adults, young children and those who exercise or work outdoors. Dehydration means the body doesn’t have the fluids necessary to keep its systems working properly. Fluids are important to nearly every bodily function, including maintaining the right body temperature and flushing waste. It’s easy to tell if you are getting enough fluids by looking at the color of your…

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Understanding Depression in Men

06/22/2014 | IU Health PhysiciansMental Wellness

Clinical depression is a disease that affects both women and men. In fact, it’s estimated that more than six million men in the United States suffer from depression. For both males and females, symptoms of depression include loss of interest in enjoyable activities, fatigue, appetite changes, difficulty sleeping and apathy. When it comes to depression, the difference between men and women is often observed in how males and females express the symptoms. While women may tend to feel sad when…

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The HPV Vaccine: Safeguard Your Daughters and Sons from Certain Cancers.

06/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesCancerIU Health Physicians

When all children and young adults are vaccinated, we can eradicate certain forms of cancer caused by HPV, or human papillomavirus. Yet some parents are not availing themselves of this medical advancement to protect their children. Some sobering statistics. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that affects more than six million people in the United States every year. It is the most common STI and is responsible for over 70 percent of cervical cancers in women and more than half of other…

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How Relationships Influence Our Health

06/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental WellnessIU Health Physicians

Relationships are an important part of life. We continually work to develop strong, healthy relationships with spouses, significant others, children, parents and friends. Maintaining good relationships requires time and effort, but the investment is worth it, especially when it comes to our health and well-being. In fact, happy, fulfilling relationships benefit us in a number of ways: Support and encouragement – Whether we need someone to listen or offer encouragement, it’s important…

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How to Cope When Medications Affect Your Weight

05/20/2014 | WellnessHealthy EatingIU Health Physicians

It seems ironic that the remedies for many chronic illnesses may actually cause you to gain weight. There’s no question that weight management is an essential component of overall health; however, you may feel trapped in a catch-22. The most common culprits for weight gain are antidepressants. These include SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) such as Zoloft, Paxil and Lexapro, as well as tricyclics and MAO (monoamine oxidase) inhibitors. Antipsychotics that treat schizophrenia and…

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