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Ask the Expert: Cervical Cancer Awareness

01/30/2015 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

Dr. Daniela Matei, medical oncologist at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Globally, it’s a common disease, ranking 7th among all cancers with over 500,000 women diagnosed ever year. In the United States, incidents are fewer—approximately 12,000 new cases diagnosed each year—but African American women are succumbing to the disease more often than any other minority. Dr. Daniela Matei, medical oncologist at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center, answers questions about the disease. What is cervical cancer? Cervical…

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10 healthy travel hints for student athletes

01/28/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Reaching the height of athletic competition might sound glamorous from the outside looking in, but in real life, elite athletes often face challenges that aren’t obvious to the casual observer. Health risks and consequences stemming from travel are part of that package, according to Stephen Hartsock, MD, a sports medicine physician with Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.  As a team physician with USA Swimming, Hartsock has dealt with his share of travel-related…

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Early Detection: Spotting Glaucoma Before it Becomes a Problem

01/27/2015 | Treatments & Services

If you asked people what their most important sense was, they’d probably tell you that it was their vision. The prospect of losing sight is very scary. There are many causes of vision loss, one of the most common being glaucoma.   What is Glaucoma?   Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the optic nerve through a gradual build up of pressure in the eye. Glaucoma has a number of causes including poor blood flow, and damage to the nerves in the eye. This pressure can, over time,…

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8 tips for choosing the right health club

01/16/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you’ve lost your enthusiasm for exercising regularly, it’s probably because you aren’t doing what you enjoy, or you don’t look forward to going to the gym. The start of a new year is a great time to start searching for a new gym or health club that can help you renew your commitment to fitness and start exercising regularly again. The fitness world is a competitive business, full of consumer choices. How do you find the right gym or health club? Scott Charland, a sports…

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5 tips for working with a personal trainer

01/09/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you’re someone who has made better fitness one of your goals for the new year, you may want to consider hiring a personal trainer. For the right person, a trainer may be the catalyst for a noticeable change in fitness. Personal trainers aren’t just for the rich and famous, according to Scott Charland, a sports performance team leader at IU Health Sports Performance. “A trainer can help anyone who has experienced a lack of motivation in training, whether it’s because…

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01/08/2015 | Treatments & ServicesDermatology

Affecting close to 7.5 million Americans, Psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the country. What is Psoriasis and what causes it? Psoriasis is a persistent, chronic skin disease that is autoimmune in nature. It causes skin cells to build up quickly on the surface of the skin forming thick silvery scales that are itchy, dry red patches that can sometimes be painful. Although the cause is unknown for Psoriasis, researchers know it is directly linked to the immune system and an environmental…

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How you can help (or hurt) your recovery from spinal fusion

01/02/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Minimally-invasive surgeries for spinal stenosis are a draw for people who want to avoid open procedures for decompressing the spine by removing osteoarthritis. For the right candidate, there are reasons to consider these techniques, including quicker recovery time, less blood loss, better preservation of muscles and ligaments around the spine and less risk of future instability in the spine.   Many of these methods, however, are not yet supported by years of research, and they aren’t…

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Who gets spinal stenosis and how it’s treated

12/26/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineSenior ServicesWellnessArthritis & Rheumatology

One of the more common conditions linked to aging is acquired spinal stenosis—a narrowing of the space in the spine that puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. It’s a common diagnosis in seniors who have degenerative arthritis, especially for women. The narrowing happens in one or all of three places: the space at the spine’s center, the canals where the nerves are spread, or the area between the stacked vertebrae.  “Most people who develop spinal stenosis…

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What to expect if you dislocate a knee playing soccer

12/19/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

It’s common knowledge that girls who play soccer are prone to lower extremity injuries. Next to ACL injuries, these female athletes are most likely to dislocate their knees, according Steve Hartsock, MD, a sports medicine physician at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Soccer’s forces are similar in both genders, but the muscles that stabilize the hips and knees are generally weaker in girls than they are in boys of the same age. Although the kneecap can be easily…

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When to Call: Sore Throat

12/11/2014 | Treatments & ServicesPrimary Care

It starts as a little tickle or perhaps some irritation. Then your throat starts to feel a little thicker and soon it hurts to swallow. Sure, it could just be a side effect of an upper respiratory infection, or the common cold. But a sore throat can also indicate a more serious illness, such as strep throat. You can help relieve minor sore throat pain with over-the-counter pain relievers. Warm liquids, such as chicken noodle soup, may also help. In most cases, sore throat symptoms go away when the…

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