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Five ways to avoid back injuries

07/31/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineWellnessExercise

Back injuries often result from weakness and instability while performing routine chores. In today’s post, Mike Morrison, a sports performance coach at IU Health Sports Performance, shares five hints for protecting your body during daily tasks.  Keep a neutral spine when lifting. Whenever you lift, your spine should be as straight as if you were standing upright. Imagine yourself standing at attention as you bend over and reach for something below. Most people let their bellies go soft.…

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From baseball to bee stings: what you need to know about summer injuries.

07/22/2014 | WellnessSafetyIU Health Physicians

Injuries can occur at any time throughout the year, but summer is rife with possibilities for mishap. While it’s nearly impossible to predict every scenario, this list provides a few basics of first aid you should keep on hand. Bites and Stings Remove stinger and apply ice. If reaction is mild, take an antihistamine. This helps decrease the body’s immune response. If there is tightness in the throat, swollen lips, or shortness of breath, seek emergency help.  More bites and sting information.…

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Lighten up your backyard barbecue

07/22/2014 | WellnessHealthy EatingIU Health Physicians

We wait all year to savor summertime foods – grilled burgers and hot dogs, cold salads and delicious desserts. While foods synonymous with summer taste great, these staples of the backyard barbecue can spoil our efforts to eat healthy. With some pre-planning, there are ways to enjoy seasonal “cookout” foods and maintain a healthy diet. Look for lower-calorie alternatives – The grocery store snack aisle is full of reduced-fat and lower-calorie potato chips, tortilla chips and…

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Simple facts about dehydration

07/22/2014 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

With more opportunities to be outside during the summer, dehydration is a concern for some people – especially older adults, young children and those who exercise or work outdoors. Dehydration means the body doesn’t have the fluids necessary to keep its systems working properly. Fluids are important to nearly every bodily function, including maintaining the right body temperature and flushing waste. It’s easy to tell if you are getting enough fluids by looking at the color of your…

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How to prepare for a day in the sun

07/22/2014 | WellnessSafety

You’ve been out in the staggering heat under the glaring sun before. This isn’t your first rodeo. You know you might get thirsty. You might get burnt. You might be sapped of your energy if you stay outside too long. Still, there are some things about your skin, UV rays and skin cancer that you may not know. To lower your risk of skin cancer and the damaging effects of the sun, be prepared by reviewing the following facts and recommendations.  Some of these facts may be alarming,…

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Fun Outdoor Activities to Do While Caring for a Loved One

07/20/2014 | WellnessHome Care

Caring for a loved one can involve a great deal of responsibility. As a caregiver, you must help your loved one manage the ins and outs of daily life: Getting in and out of bed, getting dressed, getting to the restroom and so on. But in addition to handling life’s logistical details, it’s also important to take care of your loved one’s emotional and social needs. Summer is a fun and exciting time for all ages to get outdoors and enjoy these great activities: Go on a picnic. Grab…

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How to Manage Your Loved One’s Prescriptions

07/19/2014 | WellnessSafety

Managing multiple prescription medications can be complicated. Each one must be taken at the correct time and with the proper dosage, and requirements such as taking certain medications with food may provide an additional challenge. Fortunately, if you are helping a loved one manage his or her prescriptions, there are some easy ways to organize the process. Keep records Maintain a written record of each prescription to include the following:         The dosage        …

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Avoid Overheating in the Summer Sun

07/19/2014 | WellnessExercise

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors, but only if you do so wisely. Too much time in the sun can lead to heat-related illnesses, such as dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke can cause brain damage or even be deadly in some cases.  You are especially at risk for a heat related illness if your activities involve a lot of physical exertion. It’s important to pay attention to the weather forecast and decide if it’s too hot…

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How to know when to call your doctor

07/16/2014 | WellnessSafety

Everyone gets sick. Depending on your situation, deciding how to approach your illness can become a tricky personal issue. After all, you may have a stomach pain from lunch even if it feels like appendicitis. What about that headache? Is it a migraine from stress or something more serious? You may question the severity of your condition and whether or not you need immediate medical attention. You may even think you know the cure to alleviate your ailment if you have had the same or similar symptoms…

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How to: Prepare and avoid common summer conditions

07/09/2014 | WellnessSafety

The allure of the summer sun can bring out the best in family and outdoor activities. Summertime is great for spending time with friends and family, enjoying time in the backyard, grilling out, swimming and many other activities! Keeping yourself active with outdoor activities during the summer is great for your body and mind. It allows you to stay in shape, soak up the sun and get your dose of vitamin D. It also provides you with a slew of new activities to do with your loved ones. While all of…

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