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Put a Stop to Summer Colds

08/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesPrimary Care

Even though it isn’t cold outside anymore, it’s still possible to catch a cold. Get the facts on summer cold from Indiana University Health primary care physicians. 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)…

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Shoulder dislocation and the young athlete

08/21/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Youth often has its advantages, and recovering from injuries with conservative treatment is one of them. That benefit may elude at least one group of people—young athletes who sustain a dislocated shoulder in a contact sport. “In the young, athletic population of people in their teens and early 20s, a shoulder dislocation or subluxation (instability that causes the ball to slip out of the socket) puts them at a high risk for developing instability or recurring issues with their shoulder,…

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Four Resources To Help A Loved One Struggling With Substance Abuse

08/21/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Drug and alcohol abuse can have serious consequences, including addiction. Addiction means losing control over whether you are going to use the drug, or losing insight into knowing how, or when, to stop. Addiction can be physical, meaning a person's body becomes dependent on the drug, nee substance-abuse-resourceding more and more of it to get the same effect. When a person with a physical dependency stops using the drug, he or she may develop withdrawal symptoms. Addiction may also be psychological,…

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Make Your Break Count: 5 Ways to De-stress During Lunch

08/17/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Even if you love what you do, some degree of workplace stress is inevitable. Whether you struggle occasionally with the acute stress of an impending deadline or you have to constantly deal with frustrating clients, job-related stress goes along with any and every job. When dealing with stress at work, a lunch break can sometimes seem like a mixed blessing. Lunch provides an opportunity to take a mental break between tasks, but it can be frustrating to break your work flow if you’re accomplishing…

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How lupus patients differ in joint replacement

08/16/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

There's good news for lupus patients who suffer from painful inflammatory arthritis. You’re probably no more likely than anyone else to have osteoarthritis—the kind of bony overgrowth that destroys joints and leads to joint replacement. It’s true that there are complications and consequences from lupus that can lead to joint replacement, but that’s not the norm, according to David Batt, MD, a rheumatologist at Indiana University Health Physicians. “In my practice,…

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Transform Job Stress Into Productive Energy

08/12/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Stress in life is inevitable. The effects of stress on the body can include headaches, sleeping problems, upset stomach, high blood pressure, lower resistance to disease and depression, among other problems. Long-term chronic stress can even increase your risk for heart disease and weaken your immune system. Stress can be caused by many factors, but one of the most common causes is work related. Whether you’re in a fast-paced job or stuck in a monotonous one, job related stress can make…

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How to care for a sprained ankle

08/11/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

A sprained ankle is one of the most common injuries to people of all ages. Whether you step in a hole walking across the yard, or turn an ankle playing soccer, even the mildest ankle sprain may require six weeks to heal, according to Jeff Wu, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle surgery. For the most part, Wu says healing a sprained ankle requires some patience and active therapy and treatment.  Here are some tips for care and treatment of a sprained ankle. Seek a medical…

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The Scientific Case for Childhood Vaccination

08/08/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesPediatrics

There are many opinions floating around on television and the Internet about vaccine safety. Unfortunately, much of what you may be hearing is not rooted in scientific principles. As a mother, I’ll be the first to take any threat to my children’s health and wellbeing very seriously. So I understand the confusion and fear caused by the “anti-vaccine” movement. However, vaccines are not the threat — the threat exists in NOT getting vaccinated. The background behind the…

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Turning Family Time into Healthy Fun

08/08/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesPrimary CareWellnessExercise

Engaging in fun activities is part of the joy of being a family. When the fun involves physical activity, the benefits of spending time together extend to improving your family’s health. As a parent, you play a powerful role in encouraging a healthy lifestyle. And when exercise is a regular part of your family’s routine, it’s more likely your children will grow up to be active adults.   For both adults and children, the benefits of physical activity are well documented. In…

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Double knee replacement: your questions answered

08/06/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationSenior Services

Whenever anyone reaches the point that both knees need joint replacement, an obvious question surfaces: why not have them both done at once? Bilateral knee replacement is tempting to many patients who dread recovering from two surgeries. Nevertheless, physicians are still appraising the risks and benefits of double knee replacement, and it’s not an option for everyone. In today’s post, Jonathan Surdam, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Indiana University Health Southern Indiana Physicians…

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