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When heartburn is esophageal cancer

07/31/2014 | Cancer

Jay Renberger used to frequently wake up throughout the night to pop antacid tablets. His heartburn and stomach issues were constant. Like many people, he thought he simply suffered from nagging heartburn. The 48-year-old father of two from Walkerton, Ind., didn’t realize that what he was experiencing was far more serious than acid reflux: he was diagnosed with early stage esophageal cancer. Jay was given about five years to live if he didn’t take action. “The diagnosis was overwhelming,”…

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Five ways to avoid back injuries

07/31/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineWellnessExercise

Back injuries often result from weakness and instability while performing routine chores. In today’s post, Mike Morrison, a sports performance coach at IU Health Sports Performance, shares five hints for protecting your body during daily tasks.  Keep a neutral spine when lifting. Whenever you lift, your spine should be as straight as if you were standing upright. Imagine yourself standing at attention as you bend over and reach for something below. Most people let their bellies go soft.…

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It’s Back to School Time, so what about School Physicals

07/31/2014

Regardless of your child’s age, yearly physicals are an important part of your child’s healthcare.  The back-to-school season is a convenient time for putting the exam on your family’s schedule. Where can my child receive a school physical? Although school physicals can be done many places, the review of your child’s health and concerns should take place with your regular doctor who sees your child each year.  This complete checkup should address not only their physical…

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August Bariatric Support Groups

07/29/2014 | Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss

In-Person Support Group Meetings Monday, Aug. 4 • IU Health Bariatrics Support Group at 6 pm in K130 at IU Health North Hospital • IU Health Ball Memorial Muncie Support Group at 6 pm Thursday, Aug. 14 • IU Health Ball Memorial Muncie Support Group from 9-10 am • IU Health Arnett - Lafayette Support Group at 6 pm Saturday, Aug. 16 • North East Group at IU Health Saxony Hospital from 10-11 am in the Cafeteria Thursday, Aug. 21 • IU Health Ball Memorial Muncie Support…

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Three reasons to add strength training to your routine

07/29/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineExercise

Even the most devoted fitness fans have a tendency to overemphasize cardiovascular exercise. That practice can have adverse health effects when it excludes training for strength, according to Mike Morrison, a sports performance coach at IU Health Sport Performance. “I wish I could get everyone to look at strength training as a legitimate means of staying healthy,” says Morrison. Whether you’re a young athlete playing basketball several nights a week or a middle-aged grandparent,…

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Expecting Moms: How to Keep Your Sanity During Bed Rest

07/27/2014 | Family CareExpecting Mothers

If you are at risk for complications during pregnancy, your healthcare provider may prescribe bed rest. This can mean different things in different situations. For some pregnancies, bed rest may simply mean that you must decrease your overall activity level, but it can also mean that mom must stay sitting or lying down—you may even be advised to not get up to shower or go to the bathroom. Staying at home with a decreased activity level can be difficult for many women during pregnancy, and you…

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Ertl procedure gives amputees better limb function

07/25/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Mike Sweeny, a patient who recently had the Ertl procedure.

Helping amputees recover an active lifestyle that doesn’t revolve around their limb loss is more than a calling for Janos Ertl, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Indiana University Health Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. It’s part of a family tradition that began with his grandfather, Janos Ertl, Sr., MD, a Hungarian physician. “After World War II, there were all these amputees in Germany and Hungary who weren’t able to work,” Ertl says. “It became a social…

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Taking Therapy Outside

07/24/2014

When someone says they are receiving physical or occupational therapy, the typical thought is that they are inside using exercise balls; bikes; parallel bars and other equipment.  Can you imagine it a different way?  Experiencing outside therapy is another option.     What is a therapy garden? In this particular situation, the therapeutic garden at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Center is used as a compliment to the therapy performed inside…

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Warning Signs: When to Take Your Child to the ER

07/23/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

As a parent, you want to do everything you can to keep your children safe and healthy. Even healthy children get sick or hurt sometimes, but it can be difficult as a parent to know when to make the decision to take your child to the emergency room. You should take your child to the emergency room in the following circumstances: Sudden change in mental status – confusion, disorientation, sleepiness or difficulty waking Seizure, convulsion, fainting or loss of consciousness Sudden changes in…

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