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Five Healthy Replacements for Cigarettes

11/24/2014 | WellnessSafety

If you smoke, you’re probably well aware of the dangers. From anti-smoking television commercials to the Surgeon General’s Warning on cigarette packaging, you’ve heard how smoking negatively affects your body. Who needs another article telling you how horrible your habit is? Instead, how about one that helps you kick it? Smoking can be a difficult habit to overcome, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Replacement therapy is a great way to trick yourself into changing an unhealthy…

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3 Ways to Ease the Financial Cost of Caregiving

11/24/2014 | WellnessHome Care

Nearly half of caregivers spend more than $5,000 annually on care for their loved ones, according to a recent survey. Expenses from medications, medical bills, groceries and more, can add up quickly, putting a strain on a caregiver’s mind and budget. There are programs and options to help caregivers get the help they need with providing care and covering the cost. Try these resources to reduce the cost of caregiving. • Explore government programs. Some government programs, including…

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Lung Cancer Screenings

11/20/2014 | WellnessCancer

Why is it important to increase awareness for lung cancer? November is lung cancer awareness month, which is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States.  It is responsible for more deaths than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined.  In 2013, Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital treated nearly 160 cases of lung cancer.  The majority of these cases were advanced stage disease. Why lung cancer screening? The National Cancer Institute found the number of deaths…

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5 Things to Know About Caring for an Aging Parent

11/12/2014 | WellnessHome Care

As the baby-boomer generation ages, many adults face difficult decisions about how to care for aging parents and relatives. There are currently more than 50 million caregivers in the United States. When an aging parent can’t live independently, their adult children must consider several factors. If you are thinking about becoming a caregiver to an aging parent or elderly relative, here are five important considerations to help your prepare: If possible, start planning now. The best time to…

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Holiday Nutrition

11/10/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Turkey, eggnog, cookies, and candy. Holiday foods are delicious and not always good for you. While the average amount of weight gained over the holidays is less than a pound, most people never lose the holiday weight they gain. So, how can you stay healthy during the holidays? Did you know Indiana University Health is now offering same-day primary care appointments from Indiana’s most highly skilled doctors? Schedule an appointment today at 844.8.IUHEALTH or visit iuhealth.org/primarycare.

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Recognizing the Signs of Domestic Violence

10/21/2014 | WellnessSafety

No one should live in fear. But for one out of four women the threat of domestic violence means living in constant fear. According to he National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner every year. It’s important to recognize the signs of domestic abuse and violence, not only in October, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but all year round. Most women, or men, who are suffering from abuse will try to…

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Cold & Flu Myths and Facts

10/21/2014 | WellnessHome Care

It’s tough to stay healthy during cold and flu season. Should you starve a fever? Feed a cold? Drink more orange juice? Separate cold and flu facts from myths to keep from getting sick this year. Did you know Indiana University Health is now offering same-day primary care appointments from Indiana’s most highly skilled doctors? Schedule an appointment today at 844.8.IUHEALTH or visit iuhealth.org/primarycare.

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What to Eat or Avoid Before Bed

10/21/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

What you eat before bedtime can affect how well you sleep. As a rule of thumb, it’s best not to eat within an hour of going to sleep. A good bedtime snack, however, can help you relax and prepare for a night of rest. Depending on what you consume, food before bedtime can either help you sleep better or keep you from getting enough rest. Here’s what to avoid eating if you want to sleep: Caffeine: This may seem obvious since caffeine is a known stimulant, but most people don’t realize…

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Nutrition Myths & Facts

10/10/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Our understanding of nutrition has improved so much over time. So how can you eat to stay healthy? Separate nutrition fact from fiction to be as healthy as you can be. Did you know Indiana University Health is now offering same-day primary care appointments from Indiana’s most highly skilled doctors? Schedule an appointment today at 844.8.IUHEALTH or visit iuhealth.org/primarycare.

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The Importance of Sleep

10/03/2014 | WellnessSleep Disorders

Do you dread nighttime because you have a hard time falling asleep? If so, you’re not alone. An estimated 50-70 million Americans have some sort of sleep disorder. Getting enough sleep is important for optimal physical and emotional health. Less Sleep Equals More Problems Over time, inadequate sleep may cause physical, mental and emotional problems, including: Depression Diabetes Difficulty concentrating Heart disease Impaired logic or reasoning Irritability Memory loss Obesity Psychiatric…

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