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Win With Winter Produce

02/12/2016

Brighten up dull winter days with a rainbow of seasonal produce. From orange sweet potatoes to ruby red pomegranates to bright green Brussels sprouts, winter fruits and vegetables are packed with powerful nutrients and delicious flavors. We talked to Maureen Kilfoil, a registered dietitian at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, to find out more on why winter fruits and vegetables are nutritional, budget-friendly rock stars. They are more affordable. "When it comes to quality, taste and cost…

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What You Need To Know About E-Cigarettes

02/12/2016

These smoke-free alternatives to traditional cigarettes allow users to inhale an aerosol, or vapor, containing nicotine or other substances (also known as vaping). But are e-cigarettes a safe, viable alternative to traditional tobacco or just another addiction waiting to happen? “For those with serious addictions, e-cigarettes offer a non-combustible way to introduce nicotine,” notes Tim Ellender, M.D., a doctor of emergency medicine at Indiana University Health. That said, there’s…

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Stomach Doctors Share Their Top Secrets

02/12/2016

Reduce bloat, indigestion and tummy troubles with these easy strategies from top GI experts. Eat like your (caveman) ancestors. Fast foods chains and overly processed ingredients weren’t a thing back in the very old days, and your body just wasn’t built to handle some of the artificial additives. So keep those early hunter-gatherers in mind when you’re doing your own shopping, notes Dr. Sashidhar Sagi, a gastroenterologist with IU Health Physicians Digestive & Liver Disorders.…

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Decode Your Runny Nose

02/11/2016

Mucus moistens the air we breathe and prevent allergens and germs from settling into our respiratory tract. But a change in consistency, color and amount can also be a sign that our bodies are fighting allergies or illness. Here, David Pletzner, M.D., a family medicine doctor at Indiana University Health, offers insights. Your mucus is: Clear and thin What that means: Your mucus is healthy. “This is what mucus is supposed to look like,” he says. Your mucus is: White What that means: Allergies…

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Healthy Habits That Aren’t So Healthy

02/11/2016

Living a healthy life isn’t always easy, especially when there is so much conflicting medical information out there. Even with the best of intentions, it can be difficult to figure out which habits are healthy and which are not. And let’s face it, sometimes we miss the mark. That’s why we asked Elizabeth von der Lohe, M.D., a cardiologist and director of the Women’s Heart Program at Indiana University Health, to tell us about some common mistakes people make in their attempts…

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Naps: Get Winks at Work?

02/11/2016

According to a National Sleep Foundation’s recent  Sleep in America poll, 34 percent of the individual’s surveyed said their employer allowed them to nap during lunch breaks — and 16 percent said there were designated nap areas at their jobs. For more fun facts, check out this info graphic below: 

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Diagnosing Autism in Children

02/11/2016

About one in 88 children in the U.S. have an autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Autism, which is considered to be a neurological and developmental disorder, affects four to five times as many boys as girls and usually first appears during the first three years of life. A child with autism appears to live in his or her own world, showing little interest in others, and a lack of social awareness. The focus of an autistic child is a consistent routine and…

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Women and Heart Disease

02/11/2016

In honor of American Heart Month, here are some important things to keep in mind. 1. Heart disease kills more women than breast cancer. Though heart disease is often thought of as a man’s disease, it’s actually the leading cause of death for women in America each year, responsible for 1 in 4 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control, which is more than the total for all cancers. Though word is getting out about this risk, there is still a bit of a disconnect, says Elisabeth…

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Surprise: Messy Kitchens Can Derail Your Diet

02/11/2016

Just one more reason to keep your kitchen clean: New research shows that people with messy kitchens consume more calories. The study, posted in the journal Environment and Behavior and conducted at Cornell Food and Brand Lab, evaluated the food choices of 98 women. Half of the women in the study were asked to wait for a short time in a cluttered kitchen and the other half waited in a clean kitchen. Both kitchens had access to chips, cookies, and other junk food, and the study participants were told…

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The healing power of — the right — food.

02/10/2016 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Feed a cold, starve a fever? Turns out, neither. While there are certain foods that can alleviate specific symptoms, common nutritional sense always applies. The first thing to know is that, no matter what common illness you have, there’s almost never a reason to starve. In fact, certain conditions, like infections, actually burn calories that need replenished so you can heal. The risk of dehydration is also common with many illnesses; that’s why you should eat nutritious foods and drink…

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