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Four Ways the Affordable Care Act Affects Your Child’s Healthcare

09/19/2014 | Community

Your child’s well-being is of paramount importance, so getting the most out of your healthcare plan is essential. Sometimes, the health insurance industry can be difficult to navigate, especially with recent changes to healthcare laws in the United States. President Barack Obama signed The Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010. Since then, health insurance reforms have occurred across the nation, and beginning October 1, 2013, people were granted access to begin enrolling in the newly established…

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How to Prepare for Open Enrollment

09/19/2014 | Community

It’s that time of year again: open enrollment season – the once-a-year opportunity to update your benefits plan to fit your ever-changing needs. If your current plan no longer fits your lifestyle and you’re reviewing other options, you may feel overwhelmed with all the considerations that come with selecting a new plan. What are my wellness benefits? Can I still visit my preferred physician? Will my prescriptions be covered? These factors – and many others – are important…

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Need an edge in your Fantasy Football League?

09/18/2014 | Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Calling all fantasy football fans! Do you want to achieve a competitive edge in your Fantasy Football league? Listen to this week’s episode of IU Health's “Injury Report Weekly,” a sports medicine conversation with a fantasy football twist, featuring IU Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Robert Klitzman and certified athletic trainer Brandon Spack. This week’s episode includes expert analysis of key NFL injuries, including recommendations for your fantasy football…

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Sickle Cell Anemia

09/18/2014

The exact number of people living with sickle cell disease in the United States is unknown, but it is estimated that it affects 90,000 to 100,000 Americans, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What is sickle cell anemia? Sickle cell anemia is a form of anemia, which is a condition where there are not enough healthy red blood cells to carry enough oxygen throughout the body. Normally, red blood cells move easily through the blood vessels. In sickle cell anemia, the red blood cells…

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Ten Health Risks Associated with Smoking

09/18/2014 | WellnessSafety

Most people probably know that smoking cigarettes causes severe damage to your lungs and other vital organs, but many may not understand just how expansive the problems associated with smoking have become. According to the 2014 Surgeon General's Report: The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress, more than 10 times as many people in the United States have died prematurely from smoking than from all of the wars the country has fought throughout its history. The Centers for Disease…

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Teenagers and Smoking: Do They Know The Risks?

09/18/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

Do you have a teen living at home? If so, chances are he or she has or will be offered a cigarette during their teenage years. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, each day more than 3,200 people younger than 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette, and an estimated 2,100 youth and adults who have been occasional smokers become daily cigarette smokers. Teens often smoke due to peer pressure, lack of understanding the health risks or rebellion. Smoking, even occasionally,…

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5 Simple Things To Do At Work To Ease Anxiety

09/17/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Many people experience anxiety at work. From putting in extra hours to meet a deadline, to dealing with a new supervisor, to simply commuting to and from work each day, workplace stress is an incredibly common cause of anxiety in today’s busy world. Stress can have serious health consequences over time–heart disease, high blood pressure, depression and a weakened immune system are proven health effects of long-term stress. Fortunately, if you are experiencing stress at work, there are…

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Four Ways to Ease Your Child’s Separation Anxiety

09/16/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

If crying and tantrums are commonplace in your daily preschool drop-off, your child may have separation anxiety. Many children experience separation anxiety between one year and five years old. It is usually a phase that passes quickly. You can help your child feel more comfortable when away from you by following these tips. Follow a regular schedule. Part of separation anxiety is that your toddler is unsure when you are going to come back or if you are going to come back at all. By setting daily…

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How to Improve Your Child’s Mental Health

09/15/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

As a parent, you play a fundamental role in keeping your child healthy. Often, this includes preparing well-balanced meals, encouraging proper exercise and meeting regular doctor appointments. When your child is feeling under the weather, you explore treatment options with your family physician or visit your local pharmacy for a quick remedy. In doing this, you ensure your child is physically well, but what about the other factors that contribute to overall health, such as mental and emotional wellbeing?…

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Six Pet Problems and How to Solve Them

09/15/2014 | Treatments & ServicesMental Wellness

Pets can add an extra ounce of love to any home. Whether you are a dog, cat, lizard or gerbil lover, your pets are often seen as another member of the family. A dog, for example, can be a good friend for your children and can give you a reason to exercise and be active when you take your dog for a walk. Pets can also fill a special role in the lives of seniors by providing them with stress relief, nurture and unconditional love. While pets can be a very loving addition to any home, they also…

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