• What Makes Orson Mason Happy? ‘Open Hearts, Popcorn And Fast Cars’


    To get to the heart of who Orson Mason is, ask him two very simple questions. What makes you angry? “Unjust acts taken for selfish gains,” he says. What makes you happy? “Open minds and hearts, kindness, nature, fast cars and popcorn,”…  Read More

  • Doing a Skin Cancer Check? You May Not Be Looking in the Right Places


    You’ve heard about skin cancer, so you keep an eye on existing moles. You periodically monitor to see if they are becoming more bumpy, red, itchy or raised? Yes, this is important, say experts, however, according to a new study published in the…  Read More

  • Her Job’s Not Critical Care, But It’s Critical To Patient Care


    Vitals, medication, diagnosis, history – it’s all part of patient care and Ashley Koldus knows the importance of continuity. She travels north, south, east, and west to various IU Health locations offering technical support to some 40 clinics…  Read More

  • The Rise in Tattoo Removal


    For some, tattoos aren’t always for forever--and when it comes to erasing these once cherished symbols and signs removal may be tricky. Why? “At our office, we use lasers for removal,” explains Melanie Kingsley, MD, dermatologist at…  Read More

  • Meet Tina Ray: Organ Advocate


    There’s nothing off limits when Tina Ray calls a prospective transplant recipient. She gets to know a lot of personal information really fast. Sometimes in the first few minutes of a phone call. She may ask questions such as: “Do you urinate…  Read More

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Methodist’s Front Desk Man Michael Alexander Reveals He Has Cancer

09/20/2017 | Cancer

It’s tough to feel sad talking to Michael Alexander. Even if he is talking about cancer, about the prostate cancer doctors recently found in his body. “I’m not sad,” says Alexander, the front desk man who welcomes – and answer the questions for – everyone who walks into IU Health Methodist Hospital. “Sober. Sober in terms of the realization that I’m fortunate that I’ve made it this far in life. And I’m blessed to be surrounded by family…

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Psoriasis: Why it Gets Worse in Winter and Fall

09/20/2017 | ConditionsHealth & Wellness

Fall: It brings beautifully colored leaves, cooler, crisper air, festive holidays and all too often, itchy skin. Why? Experts say the season’s drier air and lower levels of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can worsen inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis (since ultraviolet light hinder the rapid growth of skin cells--a characteristic of the condition). The dry heat blared in most buildings during colder months can also sap the body of its natural stores of moisture, leading to dry, itching,…

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Mindy Mayes Walks & Dances Her Way From Obesity

09/20/2017 | ConditionsHealth & Wellness Stories

Mindy Mayes has a degree in public health so she knows about the risk factors associated with obesity - diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease, blood clots, and renal problems. She also knows how family history plays a role in those health hazards. A reality check came on April 19, 2016 when she had her initial consultation with Dr. Jennifer Choi of IU Health North Bariatric, stepped on the scales, and read the numbers: 385.9 pounds. “I was shocked.  . . my gosh, I was less…

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Organ Donor Chain Links Lives

09/19/2017 | ConditionsStories

For some, Dominos come to mind – one falls and causes another to fall and so on. Others describe the connection as something similar to those colorful construction paper chains students link together to decorate their elementary classrooms. And a few even talk about the famous Rube Goldberg machines – best known for accomplishing simple tasks through a chain reaction. In the case of kidney transplant, the task isn’t simple, but the chain can begin with one person through the Advanced…

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Fall Into Fitness: Creative Ways to Get a Workout This Season

09/19/2017 | Health & Wellness

Ever strive to exercise, but not sure what to do or where to begin? As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I work with bariatric patients at Indiana University Health, to help them lose weight in preparation for surgery. In addition to being followed by a team, patients also receive individualized nutrition counseling post-operatively. We work together to identify barriers and solutions throughout their weight loss journey, which often includes exercise. I also help people reach their health and…

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