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Breathe easier.

08/06/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Nasal breathing problems can be difficult to assess — you may not realize that you even have a problem other than minor exertion. But there are some telltale signs that can determine if you should see your doctor and get it treated. Do you have a nasal breathing problem? Think about how you breathe. If you have any the following symptoms, you may benefit from medical treatment: You breathe through your mouth at least part of the time.  You wear nasal strips at night to help you sleep better.…

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The (good) news about naps

08/05/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Although American culture doesn't widely support the idea of siestas, have you ever wondered about the benefits of napping? While there are some do's and don'ts, daytime napping can have advantages for some people—especially when it comes to productivity and alertness. Research shows that even a 10-minute nap can improve performance on cognitive tests. Naps also increase daytime alertness for those who are normal sleepers, but get insufficient amounts of sleep. Additionally, naps…

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Screen time and your health

08/05/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Mobile technology puts the world at our fingertips—literally. While there are many benefits to having news, information, entertainment and social media on demand, studies now show that increasing amounts of “screen time” can have a negative impact on personal health. Research conducted by the National Institutes of Health reveals that extended exposure to screens of all types—TV, computers, smartphones, tablets and video games—increases the likelihood of weight gain…

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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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