bariatrics & weight & loss Articles

Burn More Calories While Walking: Expert Tips to Enhance Your Workout

10/20/2016 | Health & Wellness

Walking is potentially one of the easiest exercise routines to fit into your daily life. But learning to stride right can boost your workout benefits by a mile. “Walking with proper form will not only increase the amount of calories burned, but also prevent any strains, overuse, or fatigue injuries,” says Stacey Hall, a physical therapist for Indiana University Health.  “This is true with both walking for exercise and walking in daily life…the better your form when walking…

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Sandra Lee Discusses Her Battle with Breast Cancer

10/20/2016 | StoriesCancer

Food Network star and celebrity chef, Sandra Lee, had just completed a photo shoot for People magazine’s ‘Most Beautiful’ issue on March 27, 2015, when her telephone rang.  It was her doctor telling her she had breast cancer.  Lee was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a noninvasive cancer contained in the milk ducts after a routine mammogram.  She immediately opted to undergo a lumpectomy, “but then I was told they did not have clean margins,”…

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A Look at a Leader: Brandt Carter

10/20/2016 | Stories

In her role as an instructional designer, Carter creates the learning materials that help Indiana University Health staffers perfect their leadership skills. But people aren’t the ones who benefit from her gift for education. If you visit Brandt Carter at her office in the human resources department at Indiana University Health, you might find her with one of her star pupils by her side. No, it won’t be one of the many doctors and nurses who have attended the leadership training courses…

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Take a Digital Detox: Why You Need to Take a Break From Electronic Devices

10/20/2016 | Health & Wellness

It’s no secret that Americans are addicted to their screens. From smartphones to tablets, you name it and Americans are eating them up. Just how much? Adults consume almost 11 hours a day of electronic media, which includes TV, smartphones and computers, according to a Nielsen report.  Yet being too connected comes with serious consequences. Not only could it lead to physical problems like weight gain, sleep issues, headaches, backaches and carpal tunnel syndrome, you also risk experiencing…

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Good News: Not All Breast Lumps and Bumps Are Cancer

10/18/2016 | Cancer

It’s a moment all women fear—you’re in the shower or putting on a bra, and all of sudden you feel a bump in your breast that wasn’t there before. The first thing to keep in mind is that most breast lumps are benign (noncancerous). “It is very common for women to have small lumps and bumps within the breast tissue, especially premenopausal women,” says Kandice Ludwig, MD, a breast surgeon at Indiana University Health. “As you age and go through menopause,…

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Trying to Lose Weight? Here’s How to Decode a Restaurant Menu

10/18/2016 | Food & Diet

If you’re trying to lose weight or simply eat more healthfully by cutting back on ingredients like cholesterol or sugar, dining out has its hazards. One of those may be misinterpreting the menu, says Ashley Chambers, RD, CD, a registered dietitian at Indiana University Health —especially at higher-end restaurants. “At fast food places there are pictures of menu items so you can see that something is fried, for example,” she explains. “But it’s not so easy when…

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What Causes Your Skin to Scar? Common Triggers, Treatment and Prevention

10/18/2016 | Health & Wellness

It’s an unavoidable fact — you won’t make it through life without being scarred somehow. And this is not metaphorical. It’s literally the body’s primary repair mechanism for cuts, scrapes, or other skin injuries. “Scarring is one of those unfortunate realities of being human,” says William A. Wooden MD, FACS, a plastic surgeon at Indiana University Health. “It doesn’t matter how little or big the cut is, you can always go find evidence of that…

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Why You Are the Slimmest Now You’ll Be All Year—And How to Stay That Way This Winter

10/18/2016 | Food & DietHealth & Wellness News & Trends

Did you know that you are most likely to be at your skinniest in the fall, just before you usher in the holiday season with all its calorie-bomb temptations? Once Thanksgiving hits, Americans’ weight rises until it peaks around Christmas and New Year’s, according to new research from the New England Journal of Medicine, taking most of us about five months to shed those extra pounds. Another study in the same journal found Americans’ average holiday weight gain to be five pounds…

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Is it Psoriasis, Eczema, or Just Irritated Skin? How to Tell and What to Do

10/17/2016 | Conditions

When you can’t stop the urge to claw at your body’s covering, it’s important to figure out what is causing your condition. With that in mind, William A. Wooden, MD, FACS a plastic surgeon at Indiana University Health deciphers some common skin conditions and treatments.   Eczema Eczema refers to a condition that usually develops during infancy or childhood where the skin is not strong enough to do its job (i.e. protecting people from bacteria and allergic reactions), explains…

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Conquering Breast Cancer: How One Woman is Using Her Experience to Help Others

10/14/2016 | StoriesCancer

Ginger Shirrell was in a meeting when her doctor called with the results of her first mammogram. Though she was somewhat nervous—the office was two days late with the results—she wasn’t expecting the worst. Shirrell was 42 at the time, in good health and had no family history of breast cancer. But when she excused herself and listened to the voice mail, she heard an oddly cheerful-sounding woman from her doctor’s office telling her she had breast cancer. “I thought I…

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