bariatrics & weight & loss Articles

The Truth About Supplements

07/27/2016 | Food & DietHealth & Wellness

More than half of Americans take dietary supplements regularly, according to recent research. In fact, sales of supplements in the United States in 2014 were estimated at a whopping $36.7 billion, per the National Institutes of Health (NIH). But are these supplements beneficial for your health? Research continues to be mixed at best. That’s why we asked Terri Shelton, RPh, pharmacist at Indiana University Health, to give us some solid advice on five commonly used supplements. Multivitamins…

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Suffering From Stomach Pain?  How to Tell When it’s Serious

07/27/2016 | ConditionsHealth & Wellness

Stomach disorders can be serious, especially if they go untreated. “A proper diagnosis needs to be made by a doctor, preferable a GI doctor,” notes Monika Fischer, M.D. who specializes in gastroenterology, at Indiana University Health. To obtain a proper diagnosis, she notes that doctors will typically run tests (including testing your stool), take a family history and complete a thorough physical exam. Below, a breakdown of several, common stomach conditions: Irritable Bowel Syndrome…

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Breaking News: FDA Questions the Safety of Hand Sanitizers

07/27/2016 | News & TrendsResearch

In a press release, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested more information as to whether antiseptic rubs like hand sanitizers are safe and effective. The FDA has requested hand sanitizer manufacturers now provide data on key ingredients in hand sanitizer, including alcohol (ethanol or ethyl alcohol), isopropyl alcohol and benzalkonium chloride. According to the press release, the FDA has studied the effects of antiseptic rubs in the past (during the 1970s). Although they concluded at the…

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Conquer Insomnia: Strategies To Help Your Family Sleep Better Tonight

07/25/2016 | ConditionsHealth & Wellness

Whether it’s a short-term problem or a chronic one, lack of sleep can take a toll on mood, energy levels, and overall health, explains Stephanie Jackson, M.D., who specializes in sleep medicine at Indiana University Health. To help you or your loved ones stop tossing and turning and start sleeping soundly, Dr. Jackson offers these strategies. Develop good sleep hygiene Good sleep hygiene is a set of behaviors surrounding sleep that can help you snooze more effectively. Dr. Jackson suggests…

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Do You Suffer From Night Blindness? Learn Top Signs and Treatments

07/25/2016 | ConditionsHealth & Wellness

Do you ever have trouble finding your seat in a dark theatre or driving at night? If your ability to see goes down along with the lights, or the sun, then you may be experiencing night blindness. “Night blindness, also known as nyctalopia, is characterized by extremely poor vision at night or in dim light,” says Raj Maturi, MD, associate professor of ophthalmology at Indiana University and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). “While not everyone will experience…

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Miscarriage: Facts and Fiction

07/25/2016 | Women's Health

While it may seem that miscarriages are rare, they are actually more common than you think. “Ten to twenty percent of all pregnancies result in miscarriage,” explains Nicole Scott, MD, gynecologist at Indiana University Health. “For women under the age of 35 the rate is about 10 percent, for women ages 35 to 40, the rate is about 20 percent and for women over 40 the rate can be as high as 50 percent.” While many women tend to blame themselves in the aftermath of the news ,…

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Aspire Assist Device:  New Answer to Obesity or Surgically Supported Eating Disorder?

07/25/2016 | Food & DietNews & Trends

As a psychologist working for Indiana University Health’s Charis Center for Eating Disorders, I strive to stay abreast of developments in the world of weight management. That said, upon hearing of the Aspire Assist Device (an FDA-approved weight loss device approved in June), I was intrigued.  The Aspire Assist Device claims to assist patients in losing substantially more weight (12.1 percent vs. 3.6 percent in controls) than those not receiving the device by inserting a tube into the…

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Four Ways With Maple Syrup

07/21/2016 | Food & Diet

Recent research suggests that maple syrup is high in antioxidants, has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agents, and might even be able to help manage type 2 diabetes. Just be sure that you’re buying 100 percent pure syrup, not that colored corn syrup on supermarket shelves. Here are some creative ways to put this great ingredient to good use. 1. Consider it in coffee It might sound like a strange flavor pairing, but Vermonters know a thing or two about maple syrup, and using it to sweeten…

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A Look at a Leader: Dr. Larry Cripe

07/21/2016 | StoriesCancer

It was while Larry D. Cripe, M.D., was looking for new leukemia treatments and treating patients with the disease, that he had an epiphany. “I realized I was often taking care of people who were dying,” recalls the Indiana University Health oncologist, “but I didn’t know how to prepare them for what was the most likely outcome.” This revelation led Dr. Cripe, who has been with the hospital since 1995 and is also currently a professor at Indiana University School of Medicine,…

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Four Ways to Use Lemons

07/21/2016 | Food & DietHealth & Wellness

Lemon is a kitchen powerhouse, and there isn't much it doesn't do. It’s one of those rare ingredients that can be sweetened, or used to brighten savory dishes, or turned into a beverage. It’s even an amazing, natural household cleaner. Here are some versatile ways to put this incredible ingredient to good use: 1. Use the peel It’s common to squeeze the juice out of a lemon and toss the peel, but then you can miss out on the great potential of its peel. Use a zester…

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