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When is a Mole Not a Mole? 4 Warning Signs of Skin Cancer

07/01/2015 | Treatments & ServicesDermatology

Most people have moles on their bodies somewhere. Generally, you probably do not give your moles a second thought. They are a feature of your skin that maybe you have always had. Sometimes however, moles can be telltale signs that something is wrong. Here are 4 warning signs that a mole may actually melanoma, a form of skin cancer. 1. An oddly shaped mole. If you have a mole that has an asymmetrical shape, or an uneven outline, it could be a melanoma. 2. Cluster moles. Moles are usually…

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7 Tips for a Healthy Doctor-Patient Relationship โ€“ and a Healthier You

06/16/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

A good doctor-patient relationship is vital to good health. How can you build and maintain a partnership with your doctor? Arnold Henry, MD, a family and sports medicine physician at Indiana University Health, has a few suggestions. Ask questions. Some patients are afraid their questions will make them appear stupid. Asking questions shows engagement. Most doctors appreciate engaged patients because they are more likely to follow a recommended plan of care. Make a list. Prepare for your appointment…

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The Role of an Immunologist

06/11/2015 | Treatments & ServicesPrimary Care

What is immunology? Immunology is the very broad term for the study of how our bodies react to disease and foreign substances entering the body. It is a combination of several biological sciences to better understand the immune system. It is the immune system’s job to determine what should be in our bodies and what to destroy (bacteria, virus, etc.). So, what does an immunologist do?             An immunologist can work in several…

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4 Ways to Add Explosive Training to Your Fitness Routine

06/05/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Would you compare your life to an explosive sport? Not many of us would, but it’s an apt comparison when it comes to fitness. We may exercise at a gym to improve the way we function, but overlook how seldom our workouts prepare us for explosive daily activities like starting a lawn mower, swinging a golf club, lifting a piece of luggage from a carousel or scooping a grandchild up from the floor. “If everything we do in a gym is slow and controlled then our training doesn’t transfer…

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Skin Care for Sunny Days

06/03/2015 | Treatments & ServicesDermatology

Summer brings more people outside and it is important to review the consequences of extended exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. While skin cancer is on the rise, it can be prevented by limiting and avoiding exposure to the sun’s radiation and by monitoring changes in one’s own skin. It is also important to catch in early development. Some people are at a higher risk for sun damage than others. Risk factors include: Fair skin History of sunburns Excessive sun exposure Presence…

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Men, Pay Attention to Your Bodies

06/01/2015 | Treatments & ServicesUrology

It is no secret men need to pay attention to their bodies. It has been argued that simply being a male is bad for your health. Men tend to participate in occupations, sports and pastimes that are far riskier than those of women and the ramifications tend to show in terms of trauma and psychological distress. There are also health conditions that only affect men, such as prostate cancer and low testosterone. Many of the major health risks that men face – like colon cancer or heart disease -…

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Seven surprising risks for osteoporosis and what to do about them

05/20/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

You might imagine that broken bones are the natural consequence of any hard fall. Not true, according to Hannah Mies, NP, a nurse practitioner at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. “If a fall from a standing or sitting position causes a broken bone in an adult, it suggests that something isn’t normal,” Mies says. Over 54 million Americans have low bone density or osteoporosis. About one in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break…

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How can you prevent liver cirrhosis?

What Are the Causes of Liver Cirrhosis and How Can It Be Prevented?

05/12/2015 | Treatments & ServicesWellness

Liver cirrhosis occurs when chronic damage to the liver causes scar tissue to replace normal tissue, inhibiting blood flow and preventing the liver from doing it’s job removing toxins and poison from the body. Liver cirrhosis is the 12th most common cause of death in the United States, per the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases. Liver disease kills 1 in every 10,000 people in Indiana. Unlike many other common causes of death, liver cirrhosis is seldom discussed and…

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How to Tell if You Are at Risk for Diabetes (And What to Do About It)

05/07/2015 | Treatments & ServicesDiabetes & Endocrinology

Are you at risk for diabetes?

In 2012, 9.3% of all Americans had diabetes. That’s 29.1 million people total. Of those, 27.85 million have type II, or Adult Onset Diabetes. Diabetes is a disease that prevents the body from creating enough insulin, a hormone that regulates sugars in the blood. This causes significant health problems including eye complications, kidney problems, and increased risk of heart disease. While it’s possible to live a full and healthy life with diabetes, it is a very serious disease that kills…

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