bariatrics & weight & loss Articles

Four Ways With Salt

07/29/2016 | Health & Wellness

From eliminating stains to creative culinary applications, there’s more to salt than seasoning. 1. Cleaning Salt is a natural yet gentle abrasive, which makes it an incredible, all natural cleaning product. It’s the best way to get stubborn bits off of your cast iron pans without damaging them. Simply sprinkle coarse salt in the pan and use a paper towel dipped in a bit of oil to scrub. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Salt is also great for shining brass and copper without scratching the…

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Tasty, Grilled Veggies: Two Simple Recipes to Try at Your Next BBQ

07/28/2016 | Food & Diet

Take advantage of the hot grill to whip up some tasty veggie sides that everyone is sure to devour. It’s a great way to increase your vegetable intake and make your next cook-out that much healthier (while adding plenty of fiber to the meal). As always, you can use a grill pan over a hot stove if you don’t have a grill. Grilled Corn on the Cob There are two schools of thought when it comes to grilling corn on the cob—husks on or husks off. If you prefer a simpler, steamed flavor,…

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Being Bullied at Work? Here’s How to Fight Back

07/28/2016 | Health & Wellness

Statistics show 1 in 4 American workers have been bullied on the job, and countless others have witnessed abusive behavior in the workplace. “Workplace bullying can be overt or subtle,” explains Anne Gilbert, a psychiatrist with Indiana University Health. Usually, it’s not a physical threat. “It tends to largely be verbal, and can revolve around taking credit for what you do, or putting your performance down,” says Gilbert. Workplace bullying is typically considered…

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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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