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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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Four Things to Avoid if You Have Trouble Sleeping

10/02/2014 | WellnessSleep Disorders

Sleep is essential to your health, lowering your risk for many conditions including heart disease and diabetes. When you don’t get good sleep, your health and mood are affected, leaving you feeling less than your best. You can improve the quality of your sleep and rest easier by avoiding habits that keep you up at night, including: Drinking alcohol and/or caffeine before bed. Though alcohol may help you fall asleep, it keeps you from getting deep, restful sleep and may cause you to wake…

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When To Call the Doctor About A Cold or Flu

09/30/2014 | WellnessSafety

Cold and flu season is approaching fast. Many viruses can pack a powerful punch, causing you to miss work. The flu can be especially serious, causing thousands of deaths in the United States each year. In many cases, you can stay home and treat the symptoms of colds and flus yourself. However, if your symptoms become worse, you need to seek medical treatment. Call a physician if you have: Pre-existing conditions. Certain chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or kidney…

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National Falls Prevention Awareness Week/Day

09/22/2014 | WellnessSafety

Falls are Indiana’s leading cause of emergency department visits and most common for adults over the age of 65. According to the National Council on Aging, every 15 seconds an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. To help raise awareness on the subject, National Falls Prevention Awareness Week is September 22-28, and National Falls Prevention Day is September 23.   Falls can cause serious injuries to both body and finances. Injuries such as hip fractures,…

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Ten Health Risks Associated with Smoking

09/18/2014 | WellnessSafety

Most people probably know that smoking cigarettes causes severe damage to your lungs and other vital organs, but many may not understand just how expansive the problems associated with smoking have become. According to the 2014 Surgeon General's Report: The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress, more than 10 times as many people in the United States have died prematurely from smoking than from all of the wars the country has fought throughout its history. The Centers for Disease…

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Four Doctor-Recommended Ways to Kick Your Smoking Habit

09/05/2014 | WellnessSafety

Your physician is your teammate in stopping smoking. If you are ready to quit, your physician can help you make a plan for quitting that combines a variety of techniques to help ensure success. Your plan may use strategies such as: 1. Create a quit plan. Your plan should include who you can contact when you have the urge to smoke, what you will do if you want to smoke and what day you will quit. You can also write down all the reasons you are quitting to remind yourself on difficult days. 2.…

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