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Do You Have Germaphobia? How to Tell and What to Do

08/22/2016 | Health & Wellness

We all try to steer clear of bacteria and grime, but for some people, cleanliness is an obsession. Natalie Dattilo, PhD, a clinical health psychologist at Indiana University Health, explains the difference between healthy avoidance and true germaphobia. Chances are you know at least one person who’s a little too worried about germs. Maybe it’s a friend who never goes anywhere without hand sanitizer or a coworker who winces any time someone leaves their fingerprints on his desk. But are…

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Locker Room Sickness: Unwanted Things You Can Bring Home After a Workout

08/19/2016 | Health & Wellness

Exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. However, it is possible to attract some unwanted elements if you go to a gym. “The human body is a reservoir for many germs and as a gym gets used, the germs can settle on the equipment and in the locker room area where they can then be picked up by the next person,” explains Dr. Elaine Cox, MD, medical director of infection prevention at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. To protect yourself, Dr. Cox stresses…

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Are You Suffering From “Smiling Depression”?

08/18/2016 | Health & Wellness

Social media has been busy lately hosting discussions about “smiling depression,” best described as the mask people wear to hide their feelings of sadness. Others have defined it as “appearing happy, literally smiling, while internally suffering.” As a clinical psychologist at Indiana University Health, depression is the most frequent diagnosis I make. So, how can you tell if what you’re experiencing is just a “case of the blues” or a full-blown clinical…

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Fall Skin Care

08/18/2016 | Health & Wellness

Transitioning your skin care regimen from the warm summer months to the crisp air filled fall and winter months can help to prepare your skin to be more balanced and healthy. The fall season offers the perfect time to ensure moisture levels of the skin are maintained in order to brace the skin for the harsh winter months ahead. The fall and winter also offer a great time to implement additional treatments into your regimen. Fall into a healthy skin care regimen with these tips. What are ideal skin…

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Smart, Simple Hacks For Happy Family Meals

08/17/2016 | Food & DietHealth & Wellness

The family that eats together, stays healthy together, research has found. For example, according to a study at Cornell University, kids who eat with their families are 12 percent less likely to be overweight, 24 percent more likely to eat healthy foods, and 35 percent less likely to develop an eating disorder than children who chow down alone. “Eating at home as a family is typically less expensive than eating out,” adds Indiana University dietitian Anna King, R.D., “and it’s…

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Stomach Virus or Food Poisoning? Experts Explain the Difference

08/15/2016 | ConditionsHealth & Wellness

You’re doubled over in pain and sprinting to the bathroom. Was it something you ate or are you fighting off a stomach virus? Christopher Magiera, MD, gastroenterologist at Indiana University Health, explains the difference:                     Causes Chalk up a stomach bug’s unsavory symptoms to one of several viruses that can run roughshod through your GI tract. The most common one is the norovirus, which affects children and adults.…

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The Best Ways to Soothe Itchy Mosquito Bites: Doctors Share Their Secrets

08/12/2016 | Health & Wellness

Summer is in full bloom and that means mosquito bites. We talked to Melanie Kingsley, MD, dermatologist at Indiana University Health on unique ways to combat and treat this common problem. Why are mosquito bites so itchy?  “The bump you have on your skin is actually a result of the mosquito’s saliva,” explains Dr. Kingsley. “While he’s biting you he’s injecting his saliva.” The insect’s saliva actually thins your blood, so he can draw out more…

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Refreshing Iced Tea: Two Tasty Recipes

08/12/2016 | Food & Diet

There are few summer beverages as refreshing—and healthy—as iced tea. As opposed to other sugary, caloric drinks, tea can be served unsweetened and is high in antioxidants so it not only tastes great, it’s also good for you. There are two methods of preparing iced tea: hot and cold brew. Either way you end up with a delicious pitcher of the perfect summer sipper. You can also use either tea bags or loose tea, and almost any kind of tea would be good cold so there is a lot of room…

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A Look at a Leader: Dr. Aaron Kay

08/10/2016 | Cardiovascular

As a third year medical student at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Dr. William Aaron Kay, MD, was struck by the number of adult survivors with congenital heart defects he would see. This observation pushed Dr. Kay enough to pursue what he calls an “uber subspecialty:” treating grown-up survivors of heart birth defects. “Heart defects are the most common birth defects,” says Dr. Kay, director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease at Indiana University…

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Zoodles: Two Simple Low Carb Recipes to Try

08/10/2016 | Food & Diet

Spiralizers, which cut fruits and vegetables into appealing ribbons, are quickly becoming a commonplace and even indispensible tool in the kitchen. While most commonly used to make low-carb vegetable substitutes for spaghetti, you can also use the spiralizer to make gorgeous salads and more. However you decide to put your spiralizer to use, the results are sure to be tasty—and healthy! Zoodles Zucchini noodles, also known as zoodles, are one of the most popular applications of the spiralizer.…

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