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Keep the Itchy Away and Avoid Poison Ivy This Summer

08/22/2014 | WellnessSafety

If you want to keep from getting an itchy rash this summer, get the facts on poison ivy with the expert physicians from Indiana University Health. Did you know Indiana University Health is now offering Same-Day primary care appointments from Indiana’s most highly skilled doctors? With more highly skilled primary care physicians across the state, IU Health is your everyday partner for staying healthy. Schedule an appointment today at 844-8-IUHEALTH (844-848-4325) or visit iuhealth.org/primarycare.

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Get the Facts on Sunburns this Summer

08/12/2014 | WellnessSafety

Long term, the sun can age your skin and even cause cancer. Indiana University Health primary care physicians can help keep you from getting burned this summer with true facts about sunburns. Did you know IU Health is now offering same-day primary care appointments from Indiana’s most highly skilled doctors? Schedule an appointment today at 844-8-IUHEALTH (844-848-4325) or visit iuhealth.org/primarycare.

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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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