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5 tips for safer snow shoveling

02/21/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Bending, lifting and twisting—they’re the three most common ways to cause trauma to the back. And what activity better fits that description than shoveling snow? Even if you’re in great shape, snow shoveling is one of the easiest ways to hurt your back. Unfortunately, when the snow flies, someone has to make driveways, sidewalks and stairs passable. If you’re the “someone” in your family who handles snow removal, you can take steps to protect your back while you’re…

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Everyday drugs that increase Alzheimer’s risk

02/19/2015 | Treatments & ServicesNeuroscience

We often warn people about the side effects of medications on your liver, heart and kidney. But we don’t mention anything about your brain, which is arguably the most precious organ in the body.  Many people are not aware of the potential side effects on the brain from certain common medications, which are prescribed to at least half of patients. New Findings  A recent study found out that if you were taking certain types of prescription or over-the-counter medications,…

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Can you be overweight and still be fit?

02/13/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you frequently visit a gym to stay in shape, you may have noticed a discouraging phenomenon. There are always a few people who work out faithfully and never slack off in a class, yet they are still overweight. Or maybe that’s your story. How can we exercise so much for so long and still be overweight? Is it possible to be overweight and still be physically fit? Yes and no, according to Scott Charland, a sports performance team leader at IU Health Sports Performance. “A lot depends…

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What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

02/13/2015 | Treatments & ServicesSenior Services

Aging can be challenging. As you get north of 50, your body just can’t do the same things it could do when you were 25. Many people begin to lose their eyesight as they age. One of the most common causes of loss of vision in older people is age-related macular degeneration. What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)? The macula is an area near the center of the human retina. As you age, your retina can gradually become damaged, causing a loss of vision in the center of your eye. This damage…

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How do I choose a primary care doctor?

02/12/2015 | Treatments & ServicesPrimary Care

Dr. Scott Renshaw, family medicine physician at IU Health, answers common questions about how to choose a primary care physician and what to expect during that first visit.   Why do you need a family care doc? If you visit your primary care physician each year, it’s his or her job to keep you healthy. So maintaining good health is the top priority. Also, if you need referrals to specialists, your primary care physician can act as your advocate and help you get the resources you need, plus…

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After amputation: Ertl procedure helps patients stay active

02/06/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

By almost anyone’s standards, Mike Sweeny has led a rough-and-tumble sort of life. The 51-year-old stone setter from Sayville, New York grew up on Long Island’s South Shore, where he loved being outside, and participated in Boy Scouts, Motocross biking and other sports. His childhood was filled with opportunities for developing mental and physical toughness. Those are practical life skills for anyone, but they were especially relevant to Sweeny after 8 p.m., November 5, 2012, when he…

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New sleep guidelines: how much is enough for kids?

02/05/2015 | Treatments & ServicesSleep Disorders

Do you need a full nine hours of sleep each night? Or perhaps you’re the type who can get by on just six. Sleep needs vary from person to person – and our children are no different. This individual variability is what inspired the National Sleep Foundation to issue new recommendations for appropriate amounts of shut-eye. “The foundation is recognizing more individual variability in sleep needs – that some people require more or less sleep than others,” explains Dr. Sarah…

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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, lead to loss…

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