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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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It’s never too late to change a bad habit

05/07/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

If you’re over the age of 45, you should be aware that health issues can start cropping up at a much faster rate than when you were younger. Even the smallest bad habits can have a profound impact on your wellbeing. We all know to avoid smoking, a high fat diet, and sedentary lifestyle. But there are other habits you may not have thought of that you should consider changing now, especially if you are over the age of 45. Not getting enough sleep. Studies show that insomnia is a common problem…

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Little things you may be doing now can add up

05/07/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

A seemingly insignificant action early on can result in a dramatic change later. It’s called the butterfly effect, and it’s just as applicable to wellness as it is to weather patterns. The habits formed in our younger years can greatly affect our health as we age. We all know to avoid smoking, a high fat diet, and sedentary lifestyle. But there are other habits you may not have thought of that you should consider changing now, especially if you are under the age of 45. Too much sun (yes,…

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Healthy options for meals on the go

05/07/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Busy spring schedules can jeopardize routines for families on the go—especially when it comes to healthy eating. With kids and parents running from school and work to sports practices and events, healthy dinners often take a backseat when time is tight. If you find yourself resorting to drive-thru and quick meal options this season, here are some tips to keep healthy choices on the menu: Avoid fried foods. While drive-thrus are convenient, fast food can be high in calories and fat. Steer clear…

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Health tips for summer air travel

05/07/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

With summer travel season approaching, many families are planning air travel to favorite destinations. While traveling by plane is convenient, there are some health concerns to keep in mind for a more enjoyable trip. Keep germs at bay. You’re much more likely to catch a cold on an airplane than other places due to the close quarters and stale air. To help protect against germs, avoid grabbing seat backs when walking down the aisle, and use a paper towel when opening the plane’s bathroom…

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When alternative medicine meets traditional medicine

04/13/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

There are many alternative therapies readily available; some have existed for thousands of years. Yet the debate between traditional and alternative medicine persists. Here is a conventional perspective on when and why you might consider alternative therapy. What exactly is alternative medicine? Unfortunately, no concrete definition exists. I specialize in osteopathic manipulation therapies; even that can be considered alternative. Chiropractic therapy is perhaps the most popular alternative practice…

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Women’s psychological health: the “responsibility” years

04/13/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

While the early 20s to late 40s is often referred to as the “reproductive years,” childbirth is only one stressor women may face. Everything from building a career to caring for aging parents can result in emotional pressure that feels overwhelming. Perhaps a more appropriate description might be the responsibility years. Some difficult challenges. We’ve come a long way since the days women rarely worked outside the home. Educational opportunities and career paths have truly broadened…

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