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Mother saves daughter’s life with lung scan

11/26/2014 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

Debbie Kern (left) and her mother, Carol Roudebush Swaynie.

Deborah Kern has been a smoker for 44 years. The 61 year-old from Noblesville, Ind., had begun to develop a nagging cough that concerned her family – particularly her 82 year-old mother, Carol Roudebush Swaynie. “Debbie’s smoking has been a concern of mine for some time and although we’d talked about it, it was never resolved,” said Carol. “One day I picked up the newspaper and it changed our lives.” An avid reader, Carol saw an advertisement in the newspaper…

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3 ways to get a mental edge in your sport

11/26/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Survey the world’s most elite athletes in any given sport, and you’ll find a negligible difference in skill and fitness, from the best to the worst players who reach those ranks. The small gap between the top and bottom can only be attributed to the mental makeup of the players, according to Kevin Hanlon, a strength and conditioning coach at IU Health Sports Performance. At the high school and college level, Hanlon says mental stamina is probably less of a factor, but it still accounts…

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Six Tips to Deal with Stress This Thanksgiving

11/20/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Thanksgiving is a time when you are truly pressured to perform. As a host or hostess, you challenge yourself to have the perfect Thanksgiving, forgetting the difficulty of family holiday cooperation. However, stress is nothing short of normal; sometimes this holiday can seem to be more of a kin collision course than a time of familial thankfulness. Nonetheless, those who are prepared achieve Thanksgiving triumph. We have a few tips that you can use to be a little more thankful and a lot less stressed…

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What you should know before ACL reconstruction

11/19/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

If you have an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and it’s severe enough to need reconstructive surgery, your surgeon will do the procedure, but your body plays a big role in making the new ACL. “We don’t repair ACLs,” says Robert Klitzman, MD, a sports medicine surgeon at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. “We reconstruct them and the body does the work of making it yours.” That’s true because an ACL injury typically…

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Four Preventative Measures to Help Prevent a Cold This Season

11/17/2014 | Treatments & ServicesPrimary Care

Sneezing, runny nose, wheezing, headache, the chills –it’s that time again. Cold season. What we call a “cold” is typically classified by these symptoms that can be caused by one of 200 viruses, most often rhinovirus causing about 10 to 40 percent of cold occurrences. Colds are contagious and can be spread from person to person. Even when you think you’re doing your best to avoid individuals with colds, touching surfaces containing cold germs and then touching your eyes,…

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How to Tend to Your Loved One’s Mental Health

11/14/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Mental health disorders affect millions of U.S. adults each year. Some disorders are mild. Others are more disabling and require intensive management and care. If your loved one has a mental health disorder, it can require just as much of your attention and energy as a physical health problem. Here’s how you can make a difference in your loved one’s treatment and recovery: Get the facts. Learning about your loved one’s specific mental health problem, including the symptoms and treatment…

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3 ways to get earlier concussion diagnosis

11/12/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Indiana’s new concussion law may be keeping injured athletes off the field until they can safely return to sports, but there are still a few weak links in concussion treatment. Among them: players who won’t self-report their head injuries. Not all injuries are obvious to bystanders and coaches, according to Kevin Jones, MD, a physician at Indiana University Health. “Sometimes injuries are more subtle, and concussion isn’t necessarily the first thing you think of…

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3 Ways to Prepare for Cold Season

11/10/2014 | Treatments & ServicesPrimary Care

Cold season, and all the cough and sneezes that go with it, is coming soon. Get your family prepared with these tips: Practice good hygiene to avoid a cold. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash your hands regularly, especially after being around people. You can also use sanitizing wipes on grocery carts and other surfaces to reduce your exposure. Pack a cold readiness kit. Because it’s a virus, medicines don’t cure a cold. You can, however, can pack a kit to get relief from symptoms.…

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Five Things to Avoid if You Have Anxiety

11/06/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Whether you live with an anxiety disorder or only experience anxiety sporadically, you know how greatly this state of mind can affect your life. For many, anxiety can be reduced quickly if the correct actions are taken. However, most people who live with anxiety engage in activities that only increase the negative feeling, without even realizing what they’re doing. Though anxiety can seem difficult to overcome and may even be something you’re uncomfortable addressing, the best way to…

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Bone and soft tissue cancers are more treatable than ever

11/05/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

A few decades ago, it wasn’t rare for a bone cancer diagnosis to result in amputation. That’s no longer the case, according to Todd Bertrand, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine who specializes in treating sarcomas (a type of cancer) and other musculoskeletal diseases. Sarcomas today are very treatable. “Our cure rates depend upon whether it’s isolated to one location in the body or whether it has metastasized to other places,”…

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