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Shadow Diseases: 5 Health Conditions That Have a Secret Twin


Could itchy skin put you at higher risk for heart disease? Yes--researchers are finding more and more about the connections between seemingly unrelated health conditions. Called “shadow diseases,” these are health problems that go hand-in-hand: If you have one, your risk increases for developing the other.  “The connection may come from your genetic makeup, or as a reaction to your environment and lifestyle, so both nature and nurture play a part,” says Alicia Almeida…

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New Study Says Premature Death is on the Decline


Good news: Fewer people are dying at an early age. At least that’s what a groundbreaking new study has found. The report reveals that people are less likely to die premature deaths due to heart attack, stroke, and other health complications. The study, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association analyzed data from 1969 to 2013, which showed that the rate of premature death had decreased by nearly 43 percent. Premature death was defined as any death under the age…

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Brain Aneurysm: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

09/05/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesNeuroscience

Approximately six million Americans, or one in 50, live with an unruptured brain aneurysm, and a rupture occurs every 18 minutes in the U.S. Unfortunately, the early warning signs are few and often dismissed or attributed to other causes. A brain aneurysm is a weak area in the blood vessel that balloons out, filling with blood. Aneurysms can take months or even years to form, and they can range from 1/8 to over one inch in size. Smaller aneurysms (accounting for 50 to 80 percent) may never rupture,…

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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 guide to exercise after a stroke

04/22/2014 | Treatments & ServicesNeuroscienceOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & RehabilitationWellnessExercise

Free movement is something we all take for granted until we’re immobilized by a health event. For stroke patients, limited mobility is usually more than a temporary problem. Like many health issues, stroke recovery requires exercise. The earlier it begins, the more strength patients have to recover an independent lifestyle. “For so many reasons, we want to get them moving either actively or passively as soon as possible while they recover from the acute stage of a stroke,” says…

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Be Stroke Savvy

10/23/2013 | Neuroscience

We all know when it comes to a heart attack, we need to act quickly in order to save lives. A stroke is really a ‘brain attack’ and requires the same quick action. “If you’re witnessing someone having stroke like symptoms, the goal is to call 911 and get them help fast,” says Dr. James Fleck, Neurologist at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital. There are two main types of stroke, explains Dr. Fleck: Ischemic stroke: the most common type of stroke, this occurs…

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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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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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Get Moving!

08/24/2012 | Treatments & ServicesCardiovascular

Get Moving! Our bodies were made to move. And while it may be funny to joke about being a couch potato, living a sedentary lifestyle is no laughing matter. Those who don’t exercise put themselves at greater risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. You can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke through good cardiovascular fitness. A cardiovascular workout is defined as any exercise that gets your heart pumping and raises your heart rate. Experts…

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