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Injury Report Weekly โ€“ Week 15

12/18/2014 | Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Will injuries to T.Y. Hilton and DeMarco Murray hinder your chances to win your fantasy football league? Listen to this week's episode of Injury Report Weekly where IU Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Robert Klitzman and certified athletic trainer Brandon Spack analyze key NFL injuries and make recommendations for your fantasy football lineups. This week’s report and analysis includes: T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (discussion starts at :55) Keenan…

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12/18/2014 | Bariatric & Medical Weight LossExerciseMaternity

This holiday season one should be aware of the risk of hernias; they can be caused by lifting heavy items, like presents and present bags. Globally, 20 million hernia repairs are preformed in hospitals each year. What is a hernia? The most common hernia, inguinal hernia, occurs when soft tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. The bulge can be painful especially when lifting or coughing. Nearly 75 percent of hernias are inguinal hernias. They are not life-threatening by themselves,…

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Healthy Gifts for the Holidays

12/18/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

As the holidays approach, you may find yourself searching for the perfect gift ideas for friends, family and neighbors. You can avoid the crowds and stress of last-minute holiday shopping this year. Add a personal touch to the gift-giving season by sharing your family’s favorite healthy treats and recipes. Whether you prepare your famous oatmeal cookies or try a new recipe, your holiday gifts are sure to spread love. Get in the spirit this year with these delicious and healthy desserts! 2 1/2…

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Do Flu Shots Get You Sick?

12/18/2014 | Family CarePrimary Care

Influenza (flu) is one of the most common and contagious illnesses of the winter season. While having the flu is often rough for adults, it can be much more severe in children. Fortunately, the flu vaccine can help children and adults avoid the flu. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a flu shot each year. Take a moment to read these common questions about the flu shot, and talk to your family doctor about getting your family vaccinated. Will the flu shot give me…

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How to Keep Your Children Active Over Winter Break

12/17/2014 | Everyday WellnessPlay and Exercise

Winter vacation should be a time of relaxation and freedom for your children. While a break from schoolwork is a good change of pace, keeping your kids mentally and physically active can be a challenge. Figuring out what to do with the extra down time often means more work for you. When the weather gets cold and it gets dark early, it takes some creativity to keep kids entertained and active. A mix of indoor and outdoor plans can keep your children active and prepare them for school after winter…

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Food Calorie Counter: Does Your Plate Measure Up?

12/17/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Feasting on turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and other favorites is part of the holiday tradition in most families. If you want to maintain or lose weight this season, don’t forget the high calorie content in many holiday foods. Here’s a list of popular holiday foods with serving sizes and calorie counts to help you and your family be accountable for fitness and diet goals during holiday gatherings. This handy calorie counter can help you stay on track through all your holiday…

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Stay Active at Home During the Cold Months

12/15/2014 | WellnessExercise

Staying physically active keeps your body healthy and boosts your immune system against seasonal illnesses like the flu and the common cold. For many people, physical activity is easy in the warmer months. Long walks, bike rides and other outdoor activities are fun -- and often free. Wintertime, however, can present more of a challenge. Joining a gym may not be an appealing or cost-effective option, and snow can put a damper on jogging or even walking outside. Fortunately, there are other ways to…

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4 Signs Your Teen is Smoking

12/15/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

Did you know: most adult smokers started smoking when they were kids? Kids may try smoking because it seems cool or they think it will make them look older. The danger of trying cigarettes at such a young age is that it leads to a lifelong bad habit. As a parent, you can help keep your teenager from picking up the habit by clearly communicating the dangers of smoking. But even if you explain the negative consequences of smoking, there is still a chance your teenager will try it. Here are 4 signs…

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The final countdown: Four ways to help your student survive finals

12/12/2014 | Family CarePrimary CareReady, Set, School

Ah, finals week. The time when stress is inevitable and showers are optional. As a veteran of 10 finals seasons, I consider myself somewhat of a professional test taker (I promise I took showers). What can you do as a parent to help your student through? Below are my top 4 experience-tested and science-proven (and, perhaps, my own parents’) tips.   1. Sleep on it: While an “all-nighter” of studying may logically seem like a good plan to increase study time, numerous studies…

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Offset Those Holiday Treats With Holiday Fun

12/12/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

It wouldn’t be the holidays without gingerbread men, hot cocoa, and extra helpings. But you don’t have to let that derail your health; an extra holiday activity can be the excuse to indulge in an extra treat. Every action has a reaction, so just make sure to offset each indulgence with an additional activity — with the emphasis on additional. If you are currently maintaining your weight with an exercise routine, you’ll need to increase your activity level. A few words…

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