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New Study Says Processed Foods Are Addictive


Eat chips or cookies daily? You may be addicted—at least, that’s what a recent study reveals. Scientists found that foods that contain high levels of refined carbohydrates and fat (like French fries, ice cream, chips and pizza) could have the same addictive properties as a drug like cocaine. What’s the connection? Like drugs, carb and fat-laden foods are digested and broken down more swiftly by our body, and are ultimately more quickly absorbed into our bloodstream. This process…

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Your Brain and Music

Your Brain and Music - It’s a Catchy Thing

02/09/2015 | Neuroscience

Our favorite songs reach further than our ears – they speak to our brains and can affect our emotions. A catchy tune latches onto our mind, and we can’t get it out of our heads. Music casts a spell in many different ways, and scientists continually study the effects of music on the brain as a means to further understand overall brain function. Musical preferences vary, but it all means the same to our brains. Some scientists refer to the brain’s ability to consume and make sense…

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Stroke Awareness

06/08/2014 | Neuroscience

May is Stroke Awareness Month.Stroke is now the No. 4 cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States, but it can be preventable and treatable.We want people to be aware of the causes of stroke, their risk factors and the importance of early treatment. When a stroke occurs, a blood vessel in the brain is either blocked by a clot or may burst open. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get blood with oxygen that it needs, so the brain cells die. This can happen…

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A Healthy Brain Takes a Little Heart

12/15/2013 | IU Health PhysiciansSenior Services

There’s a lot of talk about ways to boost your brainpower. But it turns out that keeping your brain healthy entails many of the same good habits as keeping the rest of your body, especially your heart, in good shape. Although not everyone slows down cognitively with age, many of us become more likely to experience loss of memory and decline in thought processes as we grow older. While some of this is normal, it can also signal the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.…

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Saving Time, Saving Lives

05/28/2013 | Neuroscience

When it comes to a medical emergency, we all know that time is off the essence. IU Health is making the most of every patient’s time with lifesaving Telemedicine technology. This communication and information technology uses cameras, audio and other remote monitoring tools to provide healthcare to patients from long distances and in underserved geographic regions. Methodist Health Foundation, championing the mission of IU Health Methodist Hospital through gifts from donors, has been an integral…

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Depression Slows Stroke Recovery

05/02/2013 | Neuroscience

Many people who are battling through recovery after a stroke are slowed down by depression. They feel sad, hopeless, worthless or helpless, and these feelings keep them from making progress in regaining skills they lost. Other signs of depression may include: Loss of interest in hobbies or activities Decreased energy Changes in sleep habits Appetite or weight changes Thoughts of suicide Restlessness or irritability Depression in stroke patients can be caused by biochemical changes in the stroke-affected…

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Upcoming Support Groups at IU Health Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss

10/19/2012 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

October 23rd IU Health Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss 4:30 pm Open Office Group • Join Psychologist Bill Hilgendorf for this open discussion group regarding your progress both pre and post surgically 5:30 pm Total Body Fitness Cardio Class • Join our new Fitness Coach Bre Sprague for this group for pre op and post op patients! Fall in love with fitness! 6 pm On Track • Join Sarah Muntel, RD for this Open Discussion Group for those patients greater than 18 months post op. October…

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Brain Tumors 101

08/27/2012 | Treatments & ServicesNeuroscience

Few things are more devastating than receiving the news that you have a brain tumor. But what is a brain tumor? How can you find out if you have one? And, if one is found, what can you do about it? Stephanie Wagner, M.D., a neuro-oncologist with Indiana University Health Neuroscience, IU Health Physicians and the IU Simon Cancer Center has the answers to your questions. So, what is a brain tumor? A brain tumor is an abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells within the brain. How can you find out…

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Step Inside the New IU Health Neuroscience Center

08/22/2012 | Treatments & ServicesNeuroscience

“When we set out to build a new neuroscience center we knew it had to be more than just a building.”  More than a mantra, it’s a mission that Dr. Nicholas Barbaro and everyone else involved in the development of the new IU Health Neuroscience Center has taken to heart. “It was our goal to create a preeminent neuroscience program that completely revolutionizes the way clinicians, physicians and researcher work together,” said Nicholas Barbaro, Medical Director of…

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Common Questions about Stroke Care

08/20/2012 | Treatments & ServicesNeuroscience

While popular belief stands on only elderly adults being at risk for a stroke, a stroke can happen to a person of any age, gender, race/ethnicity, or medical history. However, it is true that older people are at a higher risk for stroke than the general population and that the risk for stroke increases with age. Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital is here to give you the information you need about lowering your risk for stroke. Q: How can I lower my risk for stroke? There are many risk…

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