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A guide to exercise after a stroke

04/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesNeuroscienceOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationWellnessExercise

Free movement is something we all take for granted until we’re immobilized by a health event. For stroke patients, limited mobility is usually more than a temporary problem. Like many health issues, stroke recovery requires exercise. The earlier it begins, the more strength patients have to recover an independent lifestyle. “For so many reasons, we want to get them moving either actively or passively as soon as possible while they recover from the acute stage of a stroke,” says…

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The Facts About Antibiotic Use

04/20/2014 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

We’ve read and heard about the serious healthcare issue of “antibiotic resistance” for years. What does it really mean, and what do we need to remember about antibiotics the next time a cold or sore throat strikes? First, it’s important to know what antibiotics treat – and what they don’t. Antibiotics kill bacteria and are effective in treating bacterial infections. They don’t kill viruses, which typically cause many common ailments, such as cold, flu and…

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Your Questions About BMI, Answered

04/20/2014 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

There’s a lot of hype about BMI (body mass index), but what does it really mean in terms of determining a healthy weight? How is it calculated? Is it accurate? Does it have shortcomings? The answers might not be what you’d expect. What is BMI? BMI is a simple method for determining the health of an individual’s weight based on his or her height. The technical calculation is mass in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. However, there are easy-to-use BMI calculators on the…

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Use it or lose it: the science of aging and exercise

04/15/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationSenior ServicesWellnessExercise

It’s no secret that regular exercise offers numerous health benefits. Among its many selling points, exercise decreases your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and some cancers. It can also ease symptoms of depression and reduce inflammation. If that’s not enough to convince you, then perhaps the downside of a sedentary lifestyle will. Without exercise, our cells become weaker. A steady trickle of chemicals prod your body to decay, according to Trish Stackhouse, PT, a physical…

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Travel Tips for a Healthy Spring Break

03/23/2014 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

This month families begin heading to warmer climates for spring break. Whether you’re traveling by plane or car, here are some important things to remember to keep your family healthy on vacation. Tips for air travel Fight germs. Before settling into your seat, wipe the tray table and armrests with antibacterial wipes. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before eating. Don’t use airplane pillows or blankets unless they are delivered to you in plastic. Better yet, bring your own.   Stay…

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Simple Tips for Increasing Your Metabolism

02/23/2014 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

Whether people are trying to lose weight or want to prevent weight gain, metabolism is usually part of the discussion. The speed at which the body burns calories – called “metabolic rate” – is different for everyone and is based on a variety of factors, including age, gender and genetics. Patients often ask what they can do to boost their metabolic rate. Here are a few suggestions. Build muscle and stay active – The more muscle you have, the higher your metabolic rate…

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Got the Winter Blues? You Might Have SAD

02/23/2014 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

It may go by several euphemistic names, but seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a very real condition that can affect your mood, your concentration, and your health. However, there are a few things you can do to lift your spirits. As the name implies, seasonal affective disorder usually begins in the fall and continues throughout winter. While we can’t pin down the specific cause of SAD (genetics, age, and your body’s own chemical makeup can play a role), the medical community believes…

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Understanding Weight Loss Supplements

01/19/2014 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

If you resolve to shed some extra pounds in 2014, it’s important to know the steps you should take – and those to avoid – to help improve your chances of not only losing weight, but maintaining a more ideal weight over time. Fundamentally, the most effective way to lose weight – and keep it off – involves modifying your lifestyle to include regular physical activity and healthier dietary choices. In an attempt to jump start weight loss, some people turn to weight loss…

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Planning on Good Health in the New Year

12/23/2013 | Wellness

Reflecting back on the past year is essential to clearing the way for a healthy new year ahead. Whether you achieved your health goals in 2013, or you’d like to do better in the coming year, now is the time to look to the future and take charge of your health in 2014. Start by assessing your progress in the last year: What are you most proud of accomplishing? What are you most grateful for as you look back? What were some roadblocks to your health goals? What worked and what didn’t work?…

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What Ails You? A Guide to Winter Illnesses

12/15/2013 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

Some illnesses are more common during certain seasons of the year, and winter is no exception. Symptoms of wintertime ailments, such as the common cold, flu, bronchitis and pneumonia, can be similar, making it difficult to determine what illness you’re fighting, how to treat it and when to see your doctor. These basic guidelines may help. Cold – A sore throat is often the first sign, followed by a runny nose, congestion and cough. Adults don’t generally run a fever with a cold,…

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