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Ask the Expert: Cervical Cancer Awareness

01/30/2015 | Treatments & ServicesCancer

Dr. Daniela Matei, medical oncologist at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Globally, it’s a common disease, ranking 7th among all cancers with over 500,000 women diagnosed ever year. In the United States, incidents are fewer—approximately 12,000 new cases diagnosed each year—but African American women are succumbing to the disease more often than any other minority. Dr. Daniela Matei, medical oncologist at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center, answers questions about the disease. What is cervical cancer? Cervical…

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All About Your Thyroid: What is a Thyroid and What Does it Do?

01/30/2015 | Family CarePrimary Care

Many people experience health problems related to their thyroid. However, you may not know what your thyroid does, or what role it plays in your health. Let’s explore what a thyroid is, health problems that are associated with the thyroid, and what you can do about them.   What is a Thyroid?   A thyroid is a gland that is part of the endocrine system. It is located near the base of your neck near your throat. Like other glands in this system, the thyroid gland secretes hormones that…

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Heart Healthy: What You Need to Do to Take Care of Your Heart

01/30/2015 | Cardiovascular

Many people are aware that heart disease is a serious issue, but you might not realize just how serious it is. Heart disease kills 600,000 people in the United States each year, more than any other cause of death. Fortunately, heart disease is preventable. Here’s what you can do to become a heart healthy Hoosier.   Quit Smoking. Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your lungs. It’s also bad for your heart. To have a healthy heart, you absolutely need to quit smoking as soon as…

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February 2015 Bariatric Support Groups

01/30/2015 | Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss

IU Health Bariatrics offers free monthly support groups, in addition to the many support groups that are run by patients in other areas of Central Indiana. IU Health Bariatrics understands how important support is in accomplishing your health and weight loss goals. Everyone, from any program, including friends and family, is always welcome! With the holidays approaching, some may feel that they need extra support to stay on track. So if you have not attended a support group meeting in a long time…

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Injury Report Insight: 1/29/2015

01/29/2015 | Injury Report InsightOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

With a torn rotator cuff, is Kobe Bryant's career over? Will injuries to Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas hold the Seattle Seahawks back in the upcoming Super Bowl? Listen to IU Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Robert Klitzman and certified athletic trainer, Brandon Spack breakdown recent and relevant sports injuries. Dr. Klitzman provides an in-depth look at injuries that affect athletes of all ages, what causes them and the recovery process. This episode, Dr. Klitzman and…

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Big Game Fitness Test

The Big Game: Food Fest or Fitness Test?

01/29/2015 | WellnessExercise

As friends and families gather for the Big Game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, chip bowls and chicken wings will be on the menu. America’s favorite Sunday turns into the Football Festival of Food. All the resolve of a healthy New Year gets put on the sidelines. “People can plow through as many as 2,000 calories during the game,” says Anna King, registered dietitian at IU Health. “That’s more than some people should eat in one day!” King…

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Children and Coughs

01/29/2015 | PediatricsPrimary Care

Coughs are one of the most common symptoms of childhood illness. Although, a cough can sound awful, it’s not usually a sign of a serious condition. In fact, coughing is a healthy and important reflex that helps protect the airways in the throat and chest. However, your child’s cough can sometimes warrant a trip to the doctor. It is important to understand the different types of coughs children may get. What kinds of coughs is there that may affect your child?  There are different…

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10 healthy travel hints for student athletes

01/28/2015 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Reaching the height of athletic competition might sound glamorous from the outside looking in, but in real life, elite athletes often face challenges that aren’t obvious to the casual observer. Health risks and consequences stemming from travel are part of that package, according to Stephen Hartsock, MD, a sports medicine physician with Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.  As a team physician with USA Swimming, Hartsock has dealt with his share of travel-related…

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Early Detection: Spotting Glaucoma Before it Becomes a Problem

01/27/2015 | Treatments & Services

If you asked people what their most important sense was, they’d probably tell you that it was their vision. The prospect of losing sight is very scary. There are many causes of vision loss, one of the most common being glaucoma.   What is Glaucoma?   Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the optic nerve through a gradual build up of pressure in the eye. Glaucoma has a number of causes including poor blood flow, and damage to the nerves in the eye. This pressure can, over time,…

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Keeping Your Kids Cyber-Safe

01/27/2015 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

Stalking, the unwanted attention, following, and harassment of a person by another person, or a group of people, has been a problem as long as human beings have walked the earth. In the last few years, as social networks have exploded in popularity, stalking has evolved into cyber-stalking. Nowadays, many teens find themselves the targets of unwanted attention from their peers on social media. The internet gives stalkers a tool that allows them to harass their victims at all times, and can give them…

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