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Helping your Child Manage Stress

09/05/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesPediatricsWellness

As adults, we know stress is part of life. And while childhood is often thought of as a carefree time, children of all ages – even toddlers and preschoolers – can experience stress. Causes vary based on age and other factors, and it may actually be a combination of issues that leads to stress in children. Stress-inducing situations at school or daycare, such as moving to a new school, adjusting to a new teacher and bullying, are most common. Teenagers may be stressed about peer relationships…

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Brain Aneurysm: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

09/05/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesNeuroscience

Approximately six million Americans, or one in 50, live with an unruptured brain aneurysm, and a rupture occurs every 18 minutes in the U.S. Unfortunately, the early warning signs are few and often dismissed or attributed to other causes. A brain aneurysm is a weak area in the blood vessel that balloons out, filling with blood. Aneurysms can take months or even years to form, and they can range from 1/8 to over one inch in size. Smaller aneurysms (accounting for 50 to 80 percent) may never rupture,…

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How Financial Worries Can Affect Your Physical Health

09/05/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

It’s no surprise that stress of any type can take its toll on your overall well-being, but financial stress has become especially prevalent in our recent economy. And the effects can be serious, from high blood pressure to thoughts of or attempts at suicide. Unlike other outside stressors, financial stress can impact every area of our lives, from routine choices to diminished self-worth, which can lead to a tangled web of unhealthy behaviors and outcomes. Physical effects. Taking a financial…

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E-Cigarettes: What You Need to Know

09/05/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansWellness

If you haven’t heard about the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), it’s likely you will. Designed to resemble a tobacco cigarette, e-cigarettes are battery-operated cartridges that turn nicotine, other chemicals (propylene glycol and glycerin) and flavorings into vapor, which is then inhaled. Some experts predict sales of e-cigarettes will surpass tobacco products within 10 years. E-cigarettes have become popular among adults trying to quit smoking and among teenagers…

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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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