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Butt Out: Why Third-Hand Smoke is So Bad for Us

08/29/2014 | WellnessSafety

We’ve known for decades that smoking is bad. It causes cancer, negatively affects asthma and is especially harmful to children, babies, the elderly and those who have compromised immune systems. Cigarette smoke is a mix of more than 4,000 chemicals. The Surgeon General has asserted there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke and the long-term indoor effects of smoking are now being classified as "third-hand-smoking." Third-hand smoke is residual tobacco smoke contamination, including…

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Keep the Itchy Away and Avoid Poison Ivy This Summer

08/22/2014 | WellnessSafety

If you want to keep from getting an itchy rash this summer, get the facts on poison ivy with the expert physicians from Indiana University Health. 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) or visit iuhealth.org/primarycare.

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5 Tips for a Better Night’s Rest

08/19/2014 | WellnessSleep Disorders

If you find yourself tossing and turning at night or yawning all day at work, you may not be practicing good sleep hygiene. Sleep problems can lead to a higher risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Protect your health and rest easier each night by following these tips for a better night of sleep: Create an environment to promote sleep. You sleep better in a cool, dark and quiet room. Use a fan or white noise machine to help drown out other distracting noises. You can also try blackout…

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Do You Know How Alcohol Affects Your Body?

08/19/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

After a long week at work many people kick back with friends to relax and enjoy an alcoholic drink. However, alcohol can have harmful physical effects. It is important, if you do drink alcohol, that you always drink responsibly. While it is often overlooked, alcohol is a drug and can be harmful and addictive if not drank responsibly and in moderation. A common misconception is that alcohol only damages the liver. While it is true that liver damage may occur from heavy drinking, it is not the only…

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Is Napping Helpful or Harmful?

08/16/2014 | WellnessSleep Disorders

After a busy day at work or running weekend errands, a quick power nap may seem like just the thing you need to get through the day. By catching a few minutes of shuteye, you can relieve daytime sleepiness, reduce fatigue and face the day with greater energy. With so many benefits associated with napping, it may be hard to believe that there are also downsides to a midday rest. However, depending on your sleep patterns and routine, napping may be more harmful than helpful to your overall health.…

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Quick Exercises to Help You Unwind After Work

08/13/2014 | WellnessExercise

Many types of exercise help ease stress and improve your mood. You may be surprised at how easy it is to fit in relaxing exercises between work and chores at home. Try these exercises after work to promote relaxation: Repetitive motion exercises like jogging or swimming get you into a rhythm and a mental state similar to meditation. Even a brisk 20-minute walk can have this benefit. These aerobic exercises also release chemicals in your brain that improve mood, ability to sleep and reduce stress.…

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Get the Facts on Sunburns this Summer

08/12/2014 | WellnessSafety

Long term, the sun can age your skin and even cause cancer. Indiana University Health primary care physicians can help keep you from getting burned this summer with true facts about sunburns. Did you know IU Health is now offering same-day primary care appointments from Indiana’s most highly skilled doctors? Schedule an appointment today at 844-8-IUHEALTH (844-848-4325) or visit iuhealth.org/primarycare.

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Four Surprising Ways Sleep Affects Your Health

08/08/2014 | WellnessSleep Disorders

The difference between a good night’s rest and a night where you toss and turn constantly can mean a higher level of productivity at work, less stress and a clearer head to aid learning and memory. Despite the clear importance of a full night’s sleep, it can be difficult to get the rest you need. You may go through your routine running on four or five hours of moderate sleep every night, but what you don’t know is how a lack of sleep can affect your health. To help you understand…

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Understanding Heartburn, Acid Reflux and GERD

08/08/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansWellness

Heartburn, a burning sensation behind the breastbone, is often considered merely an uncomfortable nuisance. People are sometimes surprised to learn that heartburn is not a disease. It’s actually a symptom of acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid splashes back up into the esophagus, causing irritation and often heartburn. GERD is a more severe and chronic form of acid reflux that can lead to serious health problems. Common causes of acid…

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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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