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Ten Health Risks Associated with Smoking

09/18/2014 | WellnessSafety

Most people probably know that smoking cigarettes causes severe damage to your lungs and other vital organs, but many may not understand just how expansive the problems associated with smoking have become. According to the 2014 Surgeon General's Report: The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress, more than 10 times as many people in the United States have died prematurely from smoking than from all of the wars the country has fought throughout its history. The Centers for Disease…

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Four Doctor-Recommended Ways to Kick Your Smoking Habit

09/05/2014 | WellnessSafety

Your physician is your teammate in stopping smoking. If you are ready to quit, your physician can help you make a plan for quitting that combines a variety of techniques to help ensure success. Your plan may use strategies such as: 1. Create a quit plan. Your plan should include who you can contact when you have the urge to smoke, what you will do if you want to smoke and what day you will quit. You can also write down all the reasons you are quitting to remind yourself on difficult days. 2.…

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Get The Facts About Bug Bites

09/02/2014 | Treatments & ServicesPrimary CareSafety

Pesky mosquitoes can ruin outdoor fun and spread disease. Separate fact from myth with Indiana University Health primary care physicians to cut back on bug bites. 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 or visit iuhealth.org/primarycare.

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Butt Out: Why Third-Hand Smoke is So Bad for Us

08/29/2014 | WellnessSafety

We’ve known for decades that smoking is bad. It causes cancer, negatively affects asthma and is especially harmful to children, babies, the elderly and those who have compromised immune systems. Cigarette smoke is a mix of more than 4,000 chemicals. The Surgeon General has asserted there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke and the long-term indoor effects of smoking are now being classified as "third-hand-smoking." Third-hand smoke is residual tobacco smoke contamination, including…

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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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