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Sprains and strains: how to tell the difference

09/27/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Now that summer is officially over, students who play fall sports such as football and soccer are back on the field. For athletes who didn’t condition themselves adequately over the summer, the switch to a robust training schedule may prime them for strains and sprains, according to Arnold Henry, MD, a physician who specializes in sports medicine at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.  Once injured, pain may tell you something is wrong, but you may not know what…

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Nine Ways to Love Your Lungs

09/26/2014 | Treatments & ServicesPulmonology & Respiratory Care

It’s true that the majority of people with lung cancer have it as a result of years of smoking. But it’s not just a disease of smokers. It’s been proven that non-smokers suffering from lung cancer generally have it due to second-hand smoke, although their tumors are genetically different than those who have smoked. Regardless of the cause, lung cancer can be devastating. Your lungs are like a carburetor for your body, taking in carbon dioxide and exchanging it for the oxygen that…

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Injury Report Weekly โ€“ Week 4

09/25/2014 | Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Need an edge in your Fantasy Football league? Listen to this week's episode of Injury Report Weekly, featuring IU Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Robert Klitzman and certified athletic trainer Brandon Spack. Injury Report Weekly is a sports medicine conversation with a fantasy football twist. Listen to Dr. Klitzman and Brandon discuss key sports injuries from the NFL injury report and make recommendations for your fantasy football lineups.  This week’s report and analysis…

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Family Emergency Plan: Back to School Edition

09/25/2014 | Family CareReady, Set, School

Accidents and emergencies never call ahead to warn you. For families with children in school, emergencies can be particularly stressful because you may not be with them when an emergency happens. That is why it is important to have a family emergency plan in place so everyone knows what to do, who to call and where to go in case of an emergency. The good news is that schools already have emergency plans in place to protect their students. Fire safety and tornado drills are practiced in schools.…

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness, Time to Start the Conversation

09/25/2014 | CancerUrology

How many men does prostate cancer affect each year? In 2014, there will be roughly 233,000 cases of prostate cancer diagnosed in the US.  Prostate cancer is more common in older men – most often diagnosed in men over 65.  Prostate cancer can be very a serious illness; however, most men do not die from prostate cancer.  In fact, it is estimated there are more than 2.5 million men diagnosed with prostate cancer still alive today. What does a prostate screening entail? National…

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Questions to Consider About Your Child’s Health to Prepare for Open Enrollment

09/24/2014 | Community

Open enrollment for plans offered through the Affordable Care Act starts on October 1. During this time, you can sign up your family, including your children, in a health insurance plan. To ensure you select the best insurance for your child’s needs, ask yourself a few questions. 1. What are my child’s health needs this year? If your child has a condition like diabetes or asthma, you probably visit the doctor often. It may be worth paying a higher monthly premium for insurance…

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Three Questions to Ask Yourself Before Open Enrollment

09/24/2014 | Community

Open enrollment for plans offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace starts on October 1. As you prepare to enroll in insurance through healthcare.gov, ask yourself a few questions to guide your decision on what plan to select. 1. How much can I afford to pay each month? Your premium is how much money you pay each month for insurance. Many people choose the lowest premium plan, but that could end up costing more in the long run depending on your health needs. Assess your monthly budget and…

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Helping Your Child: What You Should Ask The Doctor

09/22/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

It can be frustrating to have unanswered questions about a medical issue or health problem, especially when it comes to your child. At Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, your child’s safety is our top concern. We want to be your partner in providing the best possible care. As a member of your child’s healthcare team, you can help ensure a successful outcome when it comes to diagnosis and treatment plans by trying the following tips: Take notes on your child’s…

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Are Flu Shots Recommended and Safe for Children?

09/22/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

Yes, they are safe and highly encouraged for everyone 6 months and older. Our vaccines are highly regulated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) which works closely with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) among others to ensure the highest level of safety standards for the vaccine. It’s important for all kids to get flu vaccines, but especially those who suffer from asthma and other chronic conditions and those who reside in households with young infants. This way, the kids are vaccinated…

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13 ways to cope with arthritis

09/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Staying active and managing pain can make a big difference in overall health for people who have osteoarthritis, according to Barbara Carusillo, PT, OCS, COMT, a physical therapist at IU Health Rehabilitation Services. “If your pain is so bad that you can only walk for five to ten minutes at a time, your cardiovascular health is going to decline,” says Carusillo. “We once thought rest was better than exercise for arthritis, but we’ve learned that moderate exercise can…

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