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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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How to prepare for a day in the sun

07/22/2014 | WellnessSafety

You’ve been out in the staggering heat under the glaring sun before. This isn’t your first rodeo. You know you might get thirsty. You might get burnt. You might be sapped of your energy if you stay outside too long. Still, there are some things about your skin, UV rays and skin cancer that you may not know. To lower your risk of skin cancer and the damaging effects of the sun, be prepared by reviewing the following facts and recommendations.  Some of these facts may be alarming,…

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How to Manage Your Loved One’s Prescriptions

07/19/2014 | WellnessSafety

Managing multiple prescription medications can be complicated. Each one must be taken at the correct time and with the proper dosage, and requirements such as taking certain medications with food may provide an additional challenge. Fortunately, if you are helping a loved one manage his or her prescriptions, there are some easy ways to organize the process. Keep records Maintain a written record of each prescription to include the following:         The dosage        …

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How to know when to call your doctor

07/16/2014 | WellnessSafety

Everyone gets sick. Depending on your situation, deciding how to approach your illness can become a tricky personal issue. After all, you may have a stomach pain from lunch even if it feels like appendicitis. What about that headache? Is it a migraine from stress or something more serious? You may question the severity of your condition and whether or not you need immediate medical attention. You may even think you know the cure to alleviate your ailment if you have had the same or similar symptoms…

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Trauma center takes selfie to support safer community

07/14/2014 | CommunitySafety

With more than 70 homicides so far in 2014, Indianapolis is on pace to make this year the most violent the city has ever recorded. Such harsh realities are felt by the entire community, and especially by medical staff at the state’s largest trauma center. Violent injuries rank among the top three reasons why people are taken to the Level I Trauma Center at IU Health Methodist Hospital, which treats more than 3,600 patients with traumatic injuries each year. In fact, nearly 15 percent of cases…

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How to: Prepare and avoid common summer conditions

07/09/2014 | WellnessSafety

The allure of the summer sun can bring out the best in family and outdoor activities. Summertime is great for spending time with friends and family, enjoying time in the backyard, grilling out, swimming and many other activities! Keeping yourself active with outdoor activities during the summer is great for your body and mind. It allows you to stay in shape, soak up the sun and get your dose of vitamin D. It also provides you with a slew of new activities to do with your loved ones. While all of…

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When Too Much Sun is a Bad Thing

07/03/2014 | WellnessSafety

Soaking up the sun can be a favorite summer pastime. However, sun exposure can lead to sunburn or even sun poisoning (severe sunburn). Don’t panic. No need to give up your hiking, biking and other outdoor activities just yet. You can still enjoy the bright summer weather and protect yourself from the adverse effects of too much sun.  How to Avoid Sun Poisoning You know the basics, apply sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher and remember to reapply every two hours. Also, try covering…

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Practice Fireworks Safety This Fourth of July

07/02/2014 | Safety

According to the National Council of Fireworks Safety, thousands of Americans are injured each year by incidents involving fireworks. As expected, the majority of these injuries occur around the Fourth of July holiday. Most common firework injuries affect the fingers and hands. However, injuries can occur to any part of the body. More serious injuries such as loss of fingers, blindness and hearing loss also can occur. There are still ways to have fun and celebrate, but also reduce the risks of having…

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Seven Fireworks Safety Tips to Remember This Weekend

07/02/2014 | WellnessSafety

Fourth of July weekend is here again! Friends and families are gathering for barbecues and picnics, heading to the nearest body of water for swimming and boating and of course watching a traditional fireworks show when the sun goes down at the end of the day. As long as your state laws are permitting, having fun with fireworks is a great experience to share with your kids on this holiday weekend. Your children will be begging you to stock up on fireworks for the weekend. Firecrackers, snakes, sparklers…

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The Facts About Antibiotic Use

04/20/2014 | WellnessSafetyIU Health Physicians

We’ve read and heard about the serious healthcare issue of “antibiotic resistance” for years. What does it really mean, and what do we need to remember about antibiotics the next time a cold or sore throat strikes? First, it’s important to know what antibiotics treat – and what they don’t. Antibiotics kill bacteria and are effective in treating bacterial infections. They don’t kill viruses, which typically cause many common ailments, such as cold, flu and…

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