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Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?


Decisions, decisions — they are a daily part of life and making so many — both as a parent and a professional — can be exhausting. In fact, so exhausting, that psychologists define this as decision fatigue, the loss of mental energy after making repeated decisions. Here, Dr. Leslie Hulvershorn, Child Psychiatrist at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, offers tips on how to relieve it. Ponder and prep in advance. Take some time to pinpoint areas that need to be better organized…

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How to Handle ‘Hanger’


This amalgam of hungry + angry isn't just for laughs. For many people, experts say, it’s a real emotion. So, how does hunger lead to "hanger"? By the time a person feels hunger pangs, their blood sugar levels (also known as blood glucose) have dropped, say experts. And when blood glucose levels decrease, the brain is impacted because it’s dependent on blood sugar to function properly. "Often a person can become angry or irritable during prolonged periods of fasting. This is because…

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Give Your Brain a Boost: Easy Ways to Increase Memory and Focus


About 50 percent of people have memory problems by the time they reach age 85, shares Dr. Martin Farlow, a neurologist at Indiana University Health. How can you save your brain from this fate? Try these smart strategies. Create an information station. “I advise patients to keep a large calendar in a central location in their home,” suggests Dr. Jared Brosch, a neurologist at Indiana University Health. “This is where a person can write down appointments and reminders for the day.…

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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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