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She Gives Hope To The Helpless

05/25/2017 | Stories

Domestic violence. Child abuse. Sex trafficking. The words echo through the room like mortar spraying through a combat zone. Barbra Bachmeier has experienced both – mortar spraying through a combat zone and unthinkable acts of violence and abuse. A nurse practitioner at IU Health Methodist Hospital, Bachmeier served nearly three decades with the U.S. Army National Guard and was called into active duty three times with tours in Kosovo, Bosnia, and Iraq. She was in the middle of obtaining a law…

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Would You Ignore a “Warning Stroke?”

05/25/2017 | Health & Wellness Neuroscience

Fact: As many as 1 in 3 Americans experience signs of a “mini-stroke”—symptoms that may warn of an approaching, full-blown stroke. Sadly, only 3 percent of people having those symptoms take the recommended action, according to a new survey from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). It’s not like the signs are easy to ignore: they come on suddenly and may include severe headaches, trouble walking, dizziness, and loss of balance or coordination.…

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It’s A Family Thing

05/25/2017 | Stories

His greatest fear:  Going inside a burning building. His greatest adrenaline rush: Going inside a burning building. Colin Campbell, 23, never knows if he’s going to survive his workday. Like most emergency medical service workers, he sits and waits for the next call. Going into the fog of the unknown is all in day’s work. He never leaves the house without three things: His dog tags, a cross, and “the fireman’s prayer” tucked inside his helmet. During this EMS Week,…

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Achy Joints? Prevent Pain with These Expert Tips

05/25/2017 | Health & Wellness Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Have achy joints? Though some discomfort is natural due to age, in many cases, it may also be a case of move it or lose it when it comes to joint mobility. “Keep joints moving on a consistent basis enhances cartilage health and nutrition to minimize degenerative changes,” says Lucian C. Warth, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Indiana University Health. “Stretching is important to maintain motion and ensure that the joint is functioning optimally; this will minimize stress transferred…

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UFE: an effective, less invasive treatment for uterine fibroids

05/23/2017

COMMENTARY by Ramon G. Halum, MD – IU Health Physicians Radiology  Uterine fibroids, benign lumps that form on the uterus, can cause a variety of symptoms for women, including debilitating cramping and heavy menstrual periods, painful intercourse, and the urge to urinate. For premenopausal women experiencing symptoms and who do not plan to have children, uterine fibroid embolization is an effective minimally invasive treatment to help women regain quality of life. A non-surgical treatment,…

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Should you be concerned about your sleep patterns?

05/23/2017

When patients come to me with sleep issues, I usually start out by determining what the underlying problem could be. Everything from sleep apnea, to anxiety, to medications can affect the ability to get a good night’s sleep. Trouble falling asleep.  For those who stay asleep but have trouble falling asleep, the most common culprit is mild everyday anxiety, such as worrying about the myriad of things you have to accomplish the following day. Your mind and body might not be prepared to rest,…

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BMI — not the final word on healthy weight

05/23/2017

BMI has its limitations because it calculates body mass index based merely on height and weight. It does not take into consideration age, gender, frame size, or muscle mass. For instance, adult BMI calculators should not be used for children under 19 years of age because the percentage of body fat changes throughout childhood and adolescence. Men often have larger body frames than women, so their BMI might skew higher. An athlete’s BMI could be misleadingly high due to increased muscle mass,…

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Fiddler Climbed a Mountain, Came Down the Other Side

05/19/2017 | StoriesCancer

“There's always gonna be another mountain I'm always gonna wanna make it move Always gonna be an uphill battle Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose.” Flat on her back on her bed in IU Health Simon Cancer Center, Charlette Jones sings the words to Miley Cyrus’ country pop ballad, “The Climb.” The song describes a difficult journey. And by Jones’ side sits someone who knows about that journey, someone who has climbed that mountain and is headed down the other…

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Managing Sexual Concerns After Breast Cancer

05/19/2017 | Health & Wellness

Battling breast cancer can change a woman’s body in myriad ways. One change that many women are hesitant to discuss is how certain breast cancer treatments can trigger the onset of menopause and affect libido, intimacy, and sex. That’s why we asked Valerie A. Omicioli, M.D., gynecologist at Indiana University Health and a certified menopause practitioner with the North American Menopause Society, to demystify and address the sexual concerns that breast cancer survivors have. Handling…

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Brothers/Fathers Learn from Tragedy

05/18/2017 | Stories

They lived in the country and like most young boys, they saw the open land as a place to run and be carefree. It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary to hop on a four-wheeler and race across the fields. But the ordinary turned catastrophic when the young Jeremy Kinsler and his little brother, Blaine crossed a Frankfort, Ind. country road and into the path of an oncoming pick-up truck. Jeremy Kinsler, 36, an IU Health HR Senior Consultant, remains a little fuzzy about the details today. That…

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