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Keep Off the Winter Weight


As the snow falls and the fireplace cracks, you’re snuggled up on the couch with a hot cup of cocoa.  While this feels great, the extra pounds you’re starting to pack on don’t give you the same feeling.  When the outside temperature is below freezing, the last thing you want to do is exercise and passing up the fresh batch of cookies can be harder than you anticipated.  With all of this, how can you keep off that winter weight?  What are some exercise options…

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Living With Diabetes


Diabetes is about more than what you can and cannot eat to maintain a proper diet.  This disease affects your entire body and, unless taken care of properly, could result in bigger health problems. How do I maintain my internal health with diabetes? Anyone with diabetes must be aware of the certain precautionary measures to remain healthy.  People with diabetes can easily develop other health problems. Here are some key things to remember: Keep up-to-date on vaccinations Do not smoke Have…

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Prostate Cancer Screening


You are amongst many men if you are unsure of what prostate cancer is and the associated risks. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. Approximately, 1 man in 36 will die of prostate cancer. I’ve heard about it, but what exactly is the prostate and how does it function? The prostate is a gland that is found only in males. Its job is to make some of the fluid that protects and nourishes sperm…

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Dizzy & Balance Resources Available Locally


What can I do about my frequent dizzy spells? Anyone troubled with symptoms of dizziness or imbalance should first be evaluated by a physician. The symptoms and treatment options are often unique to each person. A physical therapy evaluation for dizziness and balance disorders typically includes an assessment of how your head and body movements affect your equilibrium along with musculoskeletal and visual exams. Once the assessment is completed, the physical therapist can develop your individual…

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Cervical and Breast Screening


Which cancer can be detected with a pap test? A pap test (or pap smear) is a screening for cervical cancer.  A pap test can help prevent cervical cancer or at least find it early when it is easiest to treat.  A pap test is recommended for women age 21-65 who have not had a total hysterectomy.  A pap test is one of the most reliable and effective cancer screening tests available. I have always gotten a pap test every year.  Do I need to continue doing this? Not necessarily. …

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Head Lice


A Small Pest that Can Cause Big Problems. Since grade school we have heard about head lice.  Each year before school starts our heads get checked for this pest.  As the fine tooth comb brushes through our hair, the only thought we have is, “What if I have head lice?” What are head lice? Pediculus humanus capitis, more commonly known as, head lice, is a parasite.  This small insect feeds off the blood from a person’s scalp and measures 2.1-3.3 millimeters in length. …

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Automated External Defibrillator


Automated External Defibrillator / Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. Each year approximately 715,000 Americans have a heart attack and roughly 600,000 people die from heart disease. Many of these victims die due to sudden cardiac arrest. With Automated External Defibrillator (AED) /Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification, you could be the 1 person that saves their life. What is AED/CPR? An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the…

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Diabetes prevention


Diabetes prevention, it's never too late to start. Diabetes prevention is as basic as eating more healthfully, becoming more physically active and losing a few extra pounds — and it's never too late to start. Am I at risk? Are you overweight?  Does it run in your family?  Are you of African American; American Indian; Asian American; Pacific Islander; or Hispanic American/Latino decent?  Do you have a history of gestational diabetes?  Did you give birth to at least…

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Proper Care of Chronic Wounds

08/01/2013 | Diabetes & Endocrinology

What is wound healing? Wound healing begins following an injury.  The process is complex and requires treatments to ensure proper healing.   At Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital 97 percent of sores treated are healed in 12 to 16 weeks. What are causes of chronic wounds? Diabetes, immobilization, chronic swelling and circulatory problems are the most common causes of chronic, non-healing wounds.  2 ½ million patients with chronic wounds have pressure ulcers,…

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Taking Therapy Outside


Garden ceremony scheduled for August 6....learn more: When people say 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 therapy is another option.   What is a therapy garden? In this particular situation, the therapeutic garden at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Center is used as a compliment to the therapy…

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