nephrology & kidney diseases Articles

How topical over-the-counter treatments can help arthritis pain

04/24/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you have deep joint pain due to arthritis, you’ve probably tried everything to subdue it, but have you considered topical treatments? For the right person, over-the-counter creams and gels may give some relief when combined with a larger plan for managing joint pain, according to Stacey Hall, PT, MS, a physical therapist at IU Health Rehabilitation Services. Research on their effectiveness is scant, but some people find topical over-the-counter treatments helpful for knees, hands, fingers,…

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How Do Our Lungs Work? [Infographic]

How Do Our Lungs Work? [Infographic]

04/24/2015 | Pulmonology & Respiratory Care

Lung disease can affect more than just smokers. While it’s true that smokers are at a greater risk, other factors influence lung health. Lifestyle choices, environmental impacts and even some factors out of our control all play a part in risks for lung disease. We often take our respiratory system for granted. Until you become winded from activity or struggle with respiratory infection you may barely notice that you're breathing. Those facing lung disease are acutely aware of each inhale…

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Portion Control

04/23/2015 | Bariatric & Medical Weight LossHealthy Eating

When eating at many restaurants, it's hard to miss that portion sizes have gotten larger in the last few years. The trend has also spilled over into the grocery store and vending machines, where a bagel has become a BAGEL and an "individual" bag of chips can easily feed more than one. Research shows that people unintentionally consume more calories when faced with larger portions. This can mean significant excess calorie intake, especially when eating high-calorie foods. Here are some tips to…

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Kidney Health: Keeping Your Body’s Cleaning Service Happy

04/22/2015 | Nephrology & Kidney Diseases

Your kidneys are the unsung heroes of your body. While the heart, brains, and even the lungs get all of the glory, your kidneys quietly do a job that is absolutely essential for your body: they keep your blood clean. Each day, your kidneys filter your blood, and produce urine and other waste. When your kidneys don’t work, it’s your whole body suffers. Waste builds up, and regular body functions become impossible. So, to keep your body healthy, you need to make sure that your kidneys stay…

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Human Body and the Earth

Similarities between the Human Body and the Earth

04/22/2015 | Wellness

April is Earth Month, an opportunity to call attention to ways to improve the environment and the health of the planet. The earth’s environment, including air and water quality, greatly impacts human health. Also, the human body resembles the earth in its complexity and adaptability. The physiology of the earth even compares to that of the human body. What are the similarities between the human body and Earth? Watered down. Water covers about 70 percent of the earth’s surface. Also, water…

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Challenging the Stigma Building Colorectal Cancer Awareness

04/16/2015 | Digestive Diseases

Colorectal cancer, in comparison to other fatal diseases, is often not publicly discussed. Colorectal cancer is the third deadliest cancer in the United States.  Many people afflicted with this disease feel embarrassed to discuss their affliction. It is essential, however, to know what colorectal cancer is, who it affects, how to prevent it, and what to do if you have it. What is Colorectal Cancer? Colorectal Cancer is cancer that affects the colon, or rectum that are both sections of the large…

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Injury Report Insight: 4/16/2015

04/16/2015 | Injury Report InsightOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

With baseball season starting, our sports medicine experts discuss rotator cuff injuries. Listen to this week's episode of Injury Report Insight where IU Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Robert Klitzman and certified athletic trainer Brandon Spack breakdown this common injury, why baseball players are more prone to it and how young athletes can prevent it. Previous Episodes Injury Report Insight: 4/2/2015 Injury Report Insight: 3/12//2015 Injury Report Insight: 2/26/2015 Injury Report…

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Local Breakfast: Have a Healthy Breakfast with Ingredients from Indiana

04/14/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Indiana is one of America’s largest providers of livestock, grains and produce. As Hoosiers, we should all start the day with the fresh bounty from our state’s farms. According to the Indiana Department of Agriculture, over 37 thousand acres of vegetables were harvested last year. There are plenty of varieties to choose from and add to your breakfast plate. Tomatoes. More and more tomato farms are popping up in Indiana, which is all the more reason for you to make it part of your morning…

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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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