nephrology & kidney diseases Articles

Sprains and strains: how to tell the difference

09/27/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Now that summer is officially over, students who play fall sports such as football and soccer are back on the field. For athletes who didn’t condition themselves adequately over the summer, the switch to a robust training schedule may prime them for strains and sprains, according to Arnold Henry, MD, a physician who specializes in sports medicine at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.  Once injured, pain may tell you something is wrong, but you may not know what…

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Nine Ways to Love Your Lungs

09/26/2014 | Treatments & ServicesPulmonology & Respiratory Care

It’s true that the majority of people with lung cancer have it as a result of years of smoking. But it’s not just a disease of smokers. It’s been proven that non-smokers suffering from lung cancer generally have it due to second-hand smoke, although their tumors are genetically different than those who have smoked. Regardless of the cause, lung cancer can be devastating. Your lungs are like a carburetor for your body, taking in carbon dioxide and exchanging it for the oxygen that…

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Injury Report Weekly โ€“ Week 4

09/25/2014 | Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Need an edge in your Fantasy Football league? Listen to this week's episode of Injury Report Weekly, featuring IU Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Robert Klitzman and certified athletic trainer Brandon Spack. Injury Report Weekly is a sports medicine conversation with a fantasy football twist. Listen to Dr. Klitzman and Brandon discuss key sports injuries from the NFL injury report and make recommendations for your fantasy football lineups.  This week’s report and analysis…

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness, Time to Start the Conversation

09/25/2014 | CancerUrology

How many men does prostate cancer affect each year? In 2014, there will be roughly 233,000 cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in the US.  Prostate cancer is more common in older men – most often diagnosed in men over 65.  Prostate cancer can be very a serious illness; however, most men do not die from prostate cancer.  In fact, it is estimated there are more than 2.5 million men diagnosed with prostate cancer still alive today. What does a prostate screening entail? National…

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Three Questions to Ask Yourself Before Open Enrollment

09/24/2014 | Community

Open enrollment for plans offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace starts on October 1. As you prepare to enroll in insurance through healthcare.gov, ask yourself a few questions to guide your decision on what plan to select. 1. How much can I afford to pay each month? Your premium is how much money you pay each month for insurance. Many people choose the lowest premium plan, but that could end up costing more in the long run depending on your health needs. Assess your monthly budget and…

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13 ways to cope with arthritis

09/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Staying active and managing pain can make a big difference in overall health for people who have osteoarthritis, according to Barbara Carusillo, PT, OCS, COMT, a physical therapist at IU Health Rehabilitation Services. “If your pain is so bad that you can only walk for five to ten minutes at a time, your cardiovascular health is going to decline,” says Carusillo. “We once thought rest was better than exercise for arthritis, but we’ve learned that moderate exercise can…

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National Falls Prevention Awareness Week/Day

09/22/2014 | WellnessSafety

Falls are Indiana’s leading cause of emergency department visits and most common for adults over the age of 65. According to the National Council on Aging, every 15 seconds an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. To help raise awareness on the subject, National Falls Prevention Awareness Week is September 22-28, and National Falls Prevention Day is September 23.   Falls can cause serious injuries to both body and finances. Injuries such as hip fractures,…

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How to Prepare for Open Enrollment

09/19/2014 | Community

It’s that time of year again: open enrollment season – the once-a-year opportunity to update your benefits plan to fit your ever-changing needs. If your current plan no longer fits your lifestyle and you’re reviewing other options, you may feel overwhelmed with all the considerations that come with selecting a new plan. What are my wellness benefits? Can I still visit my preferred physician? Will my prescriptions be covered? These factors – and many others – are important…

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Need an edge in your Fantasy Football League?

09/18/2014 | Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Calling all fantasy football fans! Do you want to achieve a competitive edge in your Fantasy Football league? Listen to this week’s episode of IU Health's “Injury Report Weekly,” a sports medicine conversation with a fantasy football twist, featuring IU Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Robert Klitzman and certified athletic trainer Brandon Spack. This week’s episode includes expert analysis of key NFL injuries, including recommendations for your fantasy football…

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Sickle Cell Anemia

09/18/2014 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

The exact number of people living with sickle cell disease in the United States is unknown, but it is estimated that it affects 90,000 to 100,000 Americans, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What is sickle cell anemia? Sickle cell anemia is a form of anemia, which is a condition where there are not enough healthy red blood cells to carry enough oxygen throughout the body. Normally, red blood cells move easily through the blood vessels. In sickle cell anemia, the red blood cells…

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