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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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Shed Extra Pounds โ€“ The Right Way

05/20/2014 | WellnessHealthy EatingIU Health Physicians

If losing weight is one of your health goals, it’s important to know the best ways to shed unwanted pounds. As you might expect, fad diets are not the answer. In addition to depriving your body of the variety of nutrients you need to stay healthy, fad dieting is not sustainable, and many people eventually regain the weight. The best approach to weight loss – and maintaining an ideal weight – is to develop good eating habits and lifestyle behaviors that include regular physical activity.…

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The Truth About Mammograms

05/20/2014 | IU Health PhysiciansCancer

While regular mammograms are a recommended part of preventive healthcare, some women delay scheduling them for a variety of reasons. Understanding the facts – and dispelling the myths – of mammography can help relieve anxiety and shed light on why undergoing regular screening mammograms is so important. Family history – Most women diagnosed with breast cancer – nearly 85 percent – have no family history of the disease. If breast cancer does run in your family, you’re…

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The Facts About Antibiotic Use

04/20/2014 | WellnessSafetyIU Health Physicians

We’ve read and heard about the serious healthcare issue of “antibiotic resistance” for years. What does it really mean, and what do we need to remember about antibiotics the next time a cold or sore throat strikes? First, it’s important to know what antibiotics treat – and what they don’t. Antibiotics kill bacteria and are effective in treating bacterial infections. They don’t kill viruses, which typically cause many common ailments, such as cold, flu and…

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