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Jul • 5 • 2022

6 Questions You're Too Afraid to Ask Your Doctor

Although you hopefully like and trust your doctor, sometimes it can be embarrassing to ask really personal questions. Yet keeping secrets could lead to worse health problems in the end.

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Jun • 30 • 2022

5 Different Types of Childbirth and Delivery Methods You Should Know

Few things in life are more exciting than the birth of a new baby. This has been the case throughout human history, but childbirth options for new mothers have advanced to make the experience more...

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May • 18 • 2022

What to Know About Becoming a Patient Care Tech (CNA)

Are you a high school graduate seeking a job that doesn't involve stacking boxes in a warehouse or serving fast food through a window? Have you ever wondered about a career in healthcare? If so,...

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May • 13 • 2022

Wound Care Matters: Get The Care You Need To Heal

Across the United States, there are nearly 7 million people who live with either a chronic wound or one that stubbornly won’t heal. These wounds need proper care, and the longer they go without, the...

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May • 12 • 2022

Types and Signs of Vein Disease

Vein disease is a common occurrence. It is relatively easy to treat and, when managed with careful treatment, it is usually not a life-threatening condition.

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May • 2 • 2022

Tips to Maintain Your Child's Healthy Weight

The alarms are sounding – and not the ones heard on your child’s video game. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past 30 years, according to the Center for Disease Control.

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May • 2 • 2022

Preventing 5 Common Childhood Health Issues

As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is certainly true with many common childhood illnesses. Things as simple as handwashing and drinking fluids can go a long...

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Apr • 11 • 2022

What You Need to Know About a Heart Scan

Though we see great advances in prevention and treatment, heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States. One person dies every 36 seconds within our country's...

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Mar • 13 • 2022

The Importance of Getting a Colonoscopy Starting at 45

Men and women over the age of 45 are at the highest risk of developing colorectal cancer, which is cancer that begins in the colon or rectum. Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer...

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Mar • 8 • 2022

This We Know About Walking and Your Health

Getting back to a normal life post-COVID requires getting vaccinated and still taking precautions if you have health risks. Going for a long walk (or a brisk jog if your joints can take it) also can...

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Mar • 6 • 2022

What You Need to Know About Sepsis

Sepsis is the leading cause of death following an infection, but with early detection and proper treatment, deadly consequences can be diminished.

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Feb • 24 • 2022

How to Return to Your Workout After Covid

Covid-19 has taken so much from us. If you were among the unfortunate to contract it,  recovery can be a challenge. And if you are an athlete or active person who caught it, you should be patient and...

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Feb • 15 • 2022

The Difference Between an Internal Medicine and a Family Care Provider

When it comes to Internal Medicine and Family Care providers, the titles can be a little confusing. When you are not feeling well, you may not know which to call.

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Feb • 9 • 2022

Why Do I Have Urinary Incontinence and What Can I Do About It?

Whether it’s a minor inconvenience or a larger problem, urinary incontinence has many different causes and can present many different symptoms. But there’s one aspect that’s truly universal: Most...

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Jan • 31 • 2022

Be Careful Shoveling Snow After a Winter Storm

When Mother Nature unleashes her winter furry of snow and ice, the scenery can be beautiful - if you are enjoying the view from inside your warm home.

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Jan • 24 • 2022

6 Easy Ways to Improve Your Heart’s Health During Pandemic

It’s February, and if you already feel a little guilty about the New Year’s Resolutions you’ve let slip, you are not alone.

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Jan • 24 • 2022

Planning a Heart Healthy Diet for Your Family

Eating a heart-healthy diet can significantly reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke and many other health problems.

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Jan • 17 • 2022

Even in the Midst of a Pandemic, Get Your Flu Shot

Even though efforts are focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, influenza remains a real danger in Central Indiana this winter.

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Jan • 17 • 2022

How to Avoid, Treat Frostbite

When subzero temperatures arrive, it’s not time to enjoy the great outdoors. A windchill that dips well below 0°F is dangerous and deadly.

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Jan • 17 • 2022

How to Motivate Your Kids to Be Active During the Winter

While your children may be confined indoors for long stretches this winter, there are still a lot of ways you can encourage them to stay active for their physical and emotional well-being.

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Jan • 10 • 2022

What Are the Signs of Emotional Abuse?

When people think of abuse, they often picture battered women who have been physically assaulted, but abuse does not always include violence. Many men and women suffer from emotional abuse.

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Jan • 8 • 2022

What To Do If a Family Member Has COVID-19

As the percentage of Hoosiers testing positive for the COVID-19 Omicron variant continues to exceed record levels, chances are someone in your home will become infected.

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Dec • 1 • 2021

7 Healthy Habits to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

This time of year most people reflect on the past year and make resolutions or goals to make the new year even better. A lot of times, those new resolutions only last a few days or weeks, and they...

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Dec • 1 • 2021

How to Cope With Loss During the Holidays

Holidays just aren’t the same when you have lost a loved one. Though coping with the emptiness is challenging every day, the grief can be perplexing and overwhelming during this time of year.

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Oct • 26 • 2021

6 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Did you know 8 out of 10 women who get breast cancer have no family history? Despite recent publicity about genetic testing and the breast cancer gene, your genetics aren’t a reliable predictor of...

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Oct • 22 • 2021

Urinary Incontinence: Frequently Asked Questions

Patients should start a dialogue if experiencing symptoms of urinary incontinence sooner rather than later, so that your physician can help you better understand the causes.

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Oct • 20 • 2021

Dealing With the Most Stressful Time of the Year

Happy Holidays? Yeah, right. Unreasonable expectations can turn you into a real Grouchy Grinch during the holiday season.

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Aug • 12 • 2021

Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas l Johnson Memorial Health

Starting a new school year is the perfect time to start healthy eating habits. Focusing on promoting healthy lunches and snacks are a great way to instill good eating habits in your children.

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Jul • 1 • 2021

Stay Cool During Your Summer Pregnancy

Summer means fun in the sun, frolicking in a pool and eating hot dogs and potato salad at family picnics – unless you are pregnant.

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Jun • 30 • 2021

Celebrate the Fourth of July...Safely

The Fourth of July holiday is a special time in every community. A good time is had by all  until an accident happens.

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May • 31 • 2021

Sun Safety: Tips for Healthy Summer Skin

Summer has arrived! With all the outdoor activities you will be doing in the coming weeks, it's important that you take care of your skin.

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May • 27 • 2021

How to Keep Your Child Safer This Summer

More than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger in the United States are injured in playground-related accidents during the summer.

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Jan • 2 • 2021

What You Need to Know About Children and COVID-19

We have been worried about impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our older population. A significant percentage of people who have become seriously ill or died are seniors with other health issues.

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Nov • 19 • 2020

What We Know About Smoking and Covid-19

Maybe you are taking all precautions possible to prevent the infection of Covid-19. Maybe you are wearing a mask while in the public, staying socially distant from others and washing your hands often.

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Nov • 17 • 2020

What You Should Do to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus

The Coronavirus COVID-19 infection continues to rapidly spread locally, nationally and internationally. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Indiana State Department of ...

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Nov • 15 • 2020

The Whys and Hows of Wearing a Mask During the Pandemic

While the benefits of wearing a mask during the Covid-19 outbreak has been politically controversial, the science is clear.

The mask, when worn by everyone while in the public, is an important tool...

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Nov • 5 • 2020

How to Cope With Your Picky Eater

One of the most common frustrations for parents is when they have a picky eater on their hands. How common is it for a child to be considered a picky eater? In a study of 120 children who were...

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Nov • 4 • 2020

Tips for Helping Your Kids Sleep Better

Everyone knows that getting adequate sleep is essential for good health no matter your age. However, it’s especially important for children to get enough good, quality sleep for their growth and...

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Nov • 4 • 2020

How to Help Your Child’s Mental Health During the Pandemic

Being a parent is difficult on the best of days. However, during a pandemic, it might be one of the most overwhelming jobs you have. Many parents are struggling with figuring out the new territory of...

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Oct • 23 • 2020

My Child Has a Big Bruise. Should We See a Doctor?

Most bruises aren’t a big deal. They’re the body’s natural reaction to an impact. Blood cells from deep within the skin collect near the surface, becoming visible as a red, purple, blue, or black...

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Oct • 23 • 2020

Fevers Actually Help Sick Children Get Better

When a child's fever spikes, so does a parent's worrying.

New parents especially become alarmed and tend to panic a bit when their child's forehead feels hot and a quick check of the thermometer...

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Sep • 27 • 2020

Six Ways to Reduce Your Risk of a Stroke

The evening news shares lots of great information about preventing cancer and heart disease.

Yet, the third leading cause of death does not get as much attention - until it strikes and devastates the...

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Sep • 25 • 2020

How Clot-Busting Drugs Combat Strokes

Every moment is critical when you’re having a stroke. In fact, the severity of 8 out of 10 strokes can be limited by fast action. If a stroke patient reaches emergency help within 3 hours, a stroke...

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Sep • 25 • 2020

8 Facts About Flu and What To Do If You Get Sick

Influenza (the flu) is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by influenza viruses.

There are many different influenza viruses that are constantly changing. They cause illness, hospital...

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Sep • 20 • 2020

Post-Stroke Care at Home

Stroke recovery is a lifelong process. Although there’s a persistent myth that all recovery happens within the first few months after a stroke, that doesn’t match the facts. Most stroke patients make...

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Sep • 20 • 2020

Mammogram Myths: 5 Common Misunderstandings

Despite decades of public health awareness about the importance of mammograms, many women are still resistant to getting them. Fear and opposition may be due to persistent myths about mammograms.

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Aug • 28 • 2020

There is Hope for Those Considering Suicide

Life's challenges are amplified these days. If you watch the news, there are real threats from a virus and lots of concerns about current events.

Sadly, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in...

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Aug • 24 • 2020

Important Items to Take to the Emergency Room

The decisions are quick, peppered with lots of stress and adrenaline.

When someone needs immediate care, it is difficult to think about anything other than getting them to the hospital. At best, you...

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Aug • 3 • 2020

5 Ways to Help Those Serving on the Front Lines of Pandemic

They are on the front lines of a war.

Healthcare providers, first responders and essential workers leave their homes each day to serve others impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. They are treating...

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May • 22 • 2020

EMS Professionals Provide Critical Services on Front Line of Healthcare

Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians are the first to assess someone who is ill or injured and provide treatment.

That is why these highly skilled providers are such an important part of the...

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May • 11 • 2020

Know the Causes and Signs of a Stroke

Nearly everyone knows someone who has had a stroke. It's the fifth leading cause of death among Americans, and a stroke can happen to anyone at anytime. A stroke is a serious medical emergency....

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May • 11 • 2020

Why Speed Matters When Someone is Having a Stroke

Act FAST. That’s the #1 thing to keep in mind if you suspect someone is having a stroke. Every moment counts, and quick action saves lives. Every 4 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies of stroke.

The...

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Apr • 13 • 2020

What to Do While in Isolation: Eat, Sleep, Exercise Right

You know you should stay at a distance to help avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus. You also know to wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water and to wear a mask when going to the...

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Apr • 3 • 2020

Take Care of Your Mental Health, Too, During This Outbreak

Part 2 of 2

Our routines are disrupted. We are worried about our health and finances while dealing with this COVID-19 outbreak.

Beyond taking precautions with our physical health, we need to care for...

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Apr • 3 • 2020

Signs That Isolation Is Impacting Your Mental Health

Part 1 of 2

The fear about your physical health and finances are overwhelming right now as you deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Your worries are real. That’s is why it is important to care for your...

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Feb • 3 • 2020

Mental Health First Aid Training Saves Lives Too

You know something is wrong with your family member, friend or co-worker. He or she seems depressed or is sometimes acting irrationally.

Though a physical ailment could be causing the behavioral...

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Jan • 12 • 2020

Effects of Social Media on Mental Health & Wellness

Social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, have become very popular. Up to 80 percent of people are using some sort of social media to interact with others. With the uprising of social media...

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Jan • 2 • 2020

How Do I Know If I Have the Flu or Just a Cold?

The common cold and flu can sometimes have similar symptoms, and it's not always easy to determine which one you have. When is it time to see a doctor?

Knowing the difference between cold and flu can...

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Dec • 26 • 2019

10 Healthy Meal Planning Tips for Working Moms

We have all felt and given in to the temptation of swinging by McDonald's or ordering a pizza for dinner after a long day of work. The kids are hungry, you have nothing prepared to eat, and you don't...

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Dec • 2 • 2019

How to Keep the Family Calm and Carrying On During the Holidays

Tis the season for celebrating our blessings, eating holiday delights and spending time with family.

Sometimes, that third part can be a bit of a challenge.

While we love our family members, we don’t...

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Dec • 1 • 2019

How to Combat Stress Around the Holidays

For some, the holidays can bring a lot of stress along with the festivities. The stress is no wonder since this time of year often brings extra demands like parties, shopping, baking, traveling, and...

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Nov • 8 • 2019

What is Hyperbaric Medicine?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a noninvasive, painless procedure that improves the body's natural healing process. The patient inhales 100% oxygen in a total body chamber where atmospheric...

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Nov • 8 • 2019

What Conditions Are Treated By Musculoskeletal Medicine?

In Musculoskeletal Medicine, problems arising from the musculoskeletal system are diagnosed and treated. Musculoskeletal disorders include injuries and diseases affecting the muscles, bones, spine, ...

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Nov • 8 • 2019

5 Ways An Internal Medicine Physician Helps Manage Your Diabetes

Internal medicine physicians, also called internists, do a variety of things, one of them being aiding patients in managing their diabetes. More than 100 million Americans live with diabetes or...

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Nov • 4 • 2019

‘Tis the Season for Stomach Bugs

Did you know “stomach flu” isn’t flu at all? Gastroenteritis, which affects the stomach and intestines, is not related to influenza, a virus of the respiratory system.

It goes by many names. Whether...

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Nov • 2 • 2019

How to Avoid That Holiday Weight Gain

Turkey. Ham. Dressing. Green Bean Casserole. Cookies. Cakes. Fudge… and the list goes on.

As if the abundance of food at your family holiday gatherings isn’t enough, the festive snacks offered at the...

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Nov • 1 • 2019

The Fight Against the Opioid Crisis

Opioids are powerful pain killers that can be highly addictive and dangerous. Opioids include illicit drugs such as heroin and carfentanil as well as prescription medications used to treat pain such...

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Oct • 11 • 2019

Types of Conditions Treated by Internal Medicine Providers

Certain medical conditions require constant attention. Lifestyle and heredity often determine the quality of your health. It often becomes necessary to deal with the changes and challenges of your...

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Oct • 11 • 2019

What Training Is Required for an Internist?

You have decided to schedule an appointment with an Internal Medicine physician – also known as an Internist. Understandably, you might have two questions:

What type of care does an Internist provide?

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Jun • 12 • 2019

How to Keep Your High School Athlete Injury Free

As a parent, one of your top priorities is keeping your children safe. And yet, reality is that you can't protect them from every potential injury, especially if they are involved in athletics....

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Jun • 11 • 2019

Best Running Trails and Routes in Johnson County

Have an upcoming run on your calendar or trying to fit into your schedule more regularly? Planning ahead of time can not only help you commit to a new habit or training program but will also help...

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Jun • 11 • 2019

Physical Therapy: What is the Kinesio Taping Method?

Football, soccer, running, even swimming -- you might have noticed the often colorful tape on athletes arms and legs. It’s not spirit wear, in fact Kinesio tape is used to treat a variety of...

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Jun • 11 • 2019

5 Things to Know About Joint Replacement

If you are experiencing unbearable knee, shoulder or hip pain and physical therapy and medicines are no longer helping, not all is lost. There are options to help!

More than 1 million joint...

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Jun • 11 • 2019

The 5 Most Common Sports Injuries and How to Prevent Them

Who wouldn’t like to spend more time outside? Whether you want to soak up more sunshine and relaxation or meet a new healthy challenge, it’s important to be familiar with common exercise injuries to...

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Jun • 10 • 2019

Sports Massage Really Does Hurt So Good

“It’s a good kind of hurt.” Sport Massage Therapy may not have the same ambiance or effects of a luxurious spa treatment, but the benefits will improve your athletic performance and help injury...

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Jun • 9 • 2019

Tips for Keeping Your High School Athlete Hydrated and Healthy

The fall sports season at local Johnson County high schools is near, and it's time to think about keeping your young athlete healthy and hydrated in the late summer heat and beyond. While coaches are...

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Jun • 5 • 2019

How to Shoulder On Through Your Pain

Shoulder injuries happen easier than you might think and they can be painful!

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Jun • 1 • 2019

Nutritional Planning for Your High School Athlete

If you are the parent of a high school student, then you likely know how ravenous they can be at times. While they may want to go straight for a bag of potato chips or bottle of soda, proper...

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May • 30 • 2019

How to Prepare for Orthopedic Surgery

Surgery isn’t easy. For some, it’s especially anxiety provoking— but it doesn’t have to be.

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Apr • 15 • 2019

The Truth About Menopause

Menopause is a far-off event for much of a woman’s life, something we easily brush aside in the face of more immediate concerns related to our reproductive ability. Then, one day, after we’ve been...

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Apr • 14 • 2019

5 Reasons Why Pelvic Health Is Important For Women

First things first: Do you know where your pelvis is? Your pelvis is located between your abdomen and your legs.

Your pelvic floor is made up of muscles and tissue between the bony parts of your...

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Apr • 3 • 2019

That Pelvic Pain Could Be Endometriosis

When you feel pain, your body is sending a signal – usually indicating something is not right.

When women feel pain in their pelvic area, they should heed the warning and see a doctor. One of the...

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Mar • 18 • 2019

Safety Tips When Taking Small Kids on Spring Break Trips

Southern destinations aren't just for college students blowing off a little steam this time of year.

Spring Break also is a blast for families trying to get a little time together at the beach or...

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Mar • 12 • 2019

Coming Back from an Exercise Injury or a Long Break From Working Out

Summer is here. Maybe you took an exercise hiatus during the winter and are thinking about getting back into your routine soon. Or maybe you haven’t exercised in a year or two because your initial...

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Mar • 12 • 2019

Preparing to Exercise Outside in All Kinds of Weather

You love your exercise routine. You feel physically, mentally, and emotionally better when you make time every week, or even every day, to exercise. One of the things that can throw a monkey wrench...

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Mar • 12 • 2019

Finding Creative Ways to Fit Running into Your Busy Schedule

We get it! Thanks to your full-time job, your family commitments, and carving out time to spend with your friends, your schedule is packed. It’s all you can do to get a decent night’s sleep!  

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Feb • 22 • 2019

Myths and Truths About Wine and Chocolate

Have you ever heard the saying, “A glass of wine and a piece of dark chocolate a day keeps the doctor away?”

Probably not. Yet, every day, patients see articles about a new study proclaiming the...

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Jan • 20 • 2019

How Does Hypertension Harm Your Health?

Hypertension, or enduring high blood pressure, is a condition that can quietly cause damage across the body. That’s why it’s crucial to have your blood pressure checked regularly: to catch high blood...

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Jan • 13 • 2019

7 Common Myths About Hypertension

When your blood pressure stays high for too long, you have hypertension. It can be the result of excess salt, smoking, drinking, obesity, or a combination of factors. Or, as unfair as it is, you...

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Jan • 1 • 2019

How Does an MRI Work?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the best way for doctors to see inside your body without doing so invasively. It uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of your organs,...

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Dec • 30 • 2018

The Three Trimesters of Pregnancy

Whether you are expecting for the first time or you have already been down that road before, you might want a roadmap for the journey. It’s one of the most joyous times in your life, and pregnancy...

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Sep • 29 • 2018

Understanding Pinkeye: Common Questions From Parents

Pinkeye can be highly contagious. If your child or someone in your family has pinkeye, consult a family doctor or ophthalmologist. It’s important to determine exactly what’s going on, and what steps...

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Sep • 27 • 2018

Primary Care Physicians are Specialists, Too

When you have a specific disease or condition, specialists provide hyper-focused care in areas such as endocrinology, cardiovascular surgery or gastroenterology.

However, primary care physicians are...

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Sep • 24 • 2018

When Should I Get a Second Opinion?

Questioning the diagnosis of your doctor can be an uncomfortable situation. Many people fear they will hurt their doctors feelings or that they may receive worse care because they will be seen as...

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Jul • 20 • 2018

Why You Should Not Ignore Spider Veins

One-third of the U.S. population has varicose veins of some kind, including spider veins - thin, wispy veins that are usually most visible across the legs and feet. And if your parents have them, you...

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Jul • 20 • 2018

What Role Do Genetics Play in Vein Disease?

Do you have varicose veins? If so, you should know that 50% of varicose vein patients have a family history of developing them, and you have a 90% chance of developing them if both of your parents...

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Jul • 17 • 2018

How to Avoid Vein Disease When You Stand All Day

All jobs have an impact on our bodies. Even the most sedentary jobs leave us feeling at least a little bit tired at the end of the day, but jobs where you are on your feet most of the day seem to...

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Jul • 9 • 2018

Dietary Supplements Known to Help With Vein Disease

Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans over age 45 has some type of vein disease? Many people don’t even realize they have it or don’t realize the seriousness of its early symptoms.

Vein disease, also...

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Jul • 1 • 2018

How Alcohol Can Affect Your Varicose Veins

It’s fairly common knowledge that smoking, poor diet, and inactivity can lead to the development of varicose veins. However, many people don’t know that alcohol use can also have major effects on...

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Jun • 21 • 2018

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis, and What Are the Treatments?

Vein diseases of any kind can be very scary. After all, the circulatory system runs constantly and requires unhindered operation to run smoothly! Deep vein thrombosis may be the most serious type of...

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Jun • 1 • 2018

3 Ways to Control Leg Swelling From Vein Disease

Those varicose veins in your legs are not only unattractive, they can be an indicator of a more serious health issue. And if you have swelling around protruding leg veins, you need to see a physician.

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May • 18 • 2018

Coping with Treatments for Skin Cancer

A new diagnosis of skin cancer brings immediate questions about treatment. How treatable is it? What are my options? The good news is that most types of cancer have effective treatment options and...

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May • 17 • 2018

These are the Signs and Symptoms of Melanoma

Despite decades of public awareness, melanoma diagnoses are still occurring at epidemic rates. Researchers believe this is a combination of something good - melanoma awareness - and something bad: a...

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May • 15 • 2018

Do You Know the 4 Main Types of Skin Cancer?

As the sun shines in spring and the days lengthen toward summer, ‘tis the season for sunscreen. Using a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher is one of the best ways to protect yourself against skin cancer,...

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May • 7 • 2018

Be Careful, The Sun is Finally Shining

Spring is in full swing, and summer is not far behind.

While we welcome the warmer weather here, it's a good idea to take some precautions before venturing out to plant those flowers or spend the day...

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Apr • 3 • 2018

What is Stroke Ready Certification?

Here’s great health news for central Indiana residents: Johnson Memorial Health was awarded Stroke Ready Certification from the Healthcare Facility Accreditation Program (HFAP). This accreditation...

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Mar • 27 • 2018

Does Not Having Children Affect Reproductive Health for Women?

Over the past few decades, experts have debated the impact of not having children on women’s health. Between 1994 and 2014, the percentage of women who had no children by age 44 hovered between 15...

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Mar • 27 • 2018

The Three Stages of Menopause

Did you know menopause isn’t just one phase? It’s actually divided into three stages, based on where you are in your reproductive and hormonal life. Here’s a closer look at the four stages of...

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Mar • 19 • 2018

How to Know If You Have a Hormone Imbalance

Your hormones are like chemical messengers that deliver changes throughout your body. Over the course of your lifetime, hormones shape your body and mind. Anyone can have a hormone shift or...

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Mar • 8 • 2018

What Should I Do If My PMS Is Getting Worse?

Like clockwork, many women experience premenstrual symptoms including body tenderness and bloating. These symptoms typically arise a few days before you get your period each month and fade as it goes...

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Mar • 5 • 2018

Is it Normal to Have Hot Flashes in Your 30s or 40s?

When a woman has hot flashes, the first thought is the m-word: menopause. In the U.S., the average age of menopause onset is 51, but that average is surrounded by a wide swath of time that...

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Feb • 22 • 2018

Why it Might Be Time for a Colon Cancer Screening

One-third of Americans who are due for a colorectal cancer screening haven’t gotten one. That means millions of people who could have cancer, polyps, or other colon issues are totally unaware of it....

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Feb • 11 • 2018

What to Do When Your Friend Has Cancer

The news devastates you, too.

When you learn that a friend has been diagnosed with cancer, you are not sure what to do. You may not know how to help, let alone what to say.

You may not realize it...

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Jan • 24 • 2018

Does My Teen Still Need Well-Child Visits?

The number of U.S. kids receiving well-child care has increased in the past 10 years. An estimate from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showed that the rate of children age 10 to 17 who did not...

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Jan • 17 • 2018

Cut Care: Protecting Cuts From Infection and Scarring

Oh no! Your child got a scrape on the knee. What’s the best thing to do next? Flush it with hydrogen peroxide? Wrap it tightly? Slather it with butter?

Cuts and scrapes are subject to a lot of myths...

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Jan • 2 • 2018

What are the Normal Side Effects of Vaccines?

Vaccines are an important part of preventive health care. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) maintains a helpful list of vaccines that are recommended for people at all stages of life, from birth...

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Dec • 26 • 2017

5 Facts about Kids’ Fevers and When to Call a Doctor

Almost every parent has felt the panic that accompanies a rising fever. As your child’s temperature creeps up, it’s hard to know whether to call a doctor. Is it just a little cold? Is it a sign of...

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Nov • 30 • 2017

COPD at Home: What You Can Do to Manage Your Symptoms

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, produces a large amount of mucus in the respiratory system that can cause coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, and extreme fatigue. It’s a ...

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Nov • 15 • 2017

4 Important Health Tips for Former Smokers

Did you quit smoking? Congratulations! That’s a huge step toward better lifelong health. Quitting smoking can add up to 10 years to your lifespan and reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, and...

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Nov • 15 • 2017

Be Proactive About Health Screenings

For less than $100, you could learn crucial information about the status of your heart, colon, lungs, and other body systems. Johnson Memorial Health offers a wide variety of low-cost preventive...

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Oct • 23 • 2017

Common COPD Triggers and How to Avoid Them

Living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) means looking out for triggers that make it worse. A trigger is anything in your environment that makes you cough, wheeze, sneeze, feel short...

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Oct • 16 • 2017

How Does Diabetes Affect Your Mood?

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and about 1.5 million new cases are diagnosed every year. Diabetes basically means having too much glucose in the blood. Glucose fuels your brain and...

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Oct • 9 • 2017

Am I Too Young to Have Arthritis?

Younger people with joint pain, swelling, or stiffness often dismiss arthritis as a cause. After all, arthritis is for old people, right?

Not at all. About 7% of doctor-diagnosed arthritis cases are...

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Aug • 25 • 2017

Answers to Questions About Your Pap Test

The earlier cervical cancer is diagnosed, the better your chances are for a good outcome.

The most effective way to test for cervical cancer is a Pap test (also called a Pap smear). It can also...

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Aug • 3 • 2017

Signs You are Experiencing Perimenopause

Can we talk? The first reaction to the signs that women may be transitioning to menopause is as varied as the women experiencing it.

Emotions can range from sadness to happiness; from doubt to...

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Jul • 26 • 2017

Early Prenatal Care Important for You and Baby

If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, you need to understand the importance of your health.

Proper prenatal care not only protects your body, it helps your baby’s development...

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Jul • 19 • 2017

Prenatal Tests Help Take Care of You and Baby

Learning that you are expecting is exciting. The anticipation of caring for a precious baby makes you happy.

Remember, though, your pregnancy is a wellness journey that requires constant attention....

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Jul • 14 • 2017

How to Have a Safe Time at the Fair

Who doesn’t love one of our summer rituals – the local fair? The rides, the food, the games.

For children, a trip to the county or state fair is an experience they will remember forever. They get to...

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Jun • 29 • 2017

Stress Urinary Incontinence Isn’t a Laughing Matter

It can be very embarrassing.

You are with friends during your girls night out, and someone tells a funny joke. You laugh, and you accidentally urinate. And it’s not the first time this has happened.

...

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Jun • 14 • 2017

How to Deal With High Risk Pregnancies

Before picking out names or decorating a nursery, you need to consider the health of you and your baby before you become pregnant.

According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human...

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Jun • 6 • 2017

Hysterectomy Reasons, Options and Information

The female reproductive system is the remarkable and robust producer of life. Yet, it is fragile and requires constant monitoring and care.

When health problems arise or persist with a uterus and/or...

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May • 31 • 2017

Answers to Common Questions About Cesarean Delivery

As your baby is ready for arrival, your doctor may have to deliver him or her by cesarean section.

Also known as a C-section, this surgical procedure might be necessary if the baby is large or...

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May • 23 • 2017

Nutrition Tips for Women Over 40

Women over 40 have different nutritional needs than younger women. A woman who has never had trouble keeping weight off may suddenly be gaining weight. A woman who has always found it easy to...

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May • 10 • 2017

Even Brisk Walks Help Reduce Cancer Risk

Whether you are rockin’ a Zumba class or taking a brisk walk, exercise can help you fight cancer.

A study announced last year by the American Institute for Cancer Research showed a stronger link...

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May • 4 • 2017

5 Foods in the Fight Against Cancer

Remember when Mom insisted you eat your fruits and vegetables?

She wanted you grow up big and strong. Today, she’s helping you fight cancer.

While research continues to focus on treatments for better...

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Apr • 25 • 2017

Answers to Questions About Breast Cancer Surgery

When diagnosed with breast cancer, you have many decisions to make about your treatment and care.

One of the most important will be surgery – specifically what kind to help you achieve the best...

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Apr • 20 • 2017

A Few Facts About Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Lung, breast, colon and prostate cancers often get much of the public’s attention – mainly due to their high rates of incidents and news coverage of research.

However, lymphoma – specifically...

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Apr • 6 • 2017

What Exactly Is Cancer?

Maybe it’s because we know so many people who have it. Maybe it’s because you were recently diagnosed with it. Maybe it’s because we turn on the news and hear the latest fight against it.

Cancer...

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Apr • 2 • 2017

5 Warning Signs of Type 2 Diabetes

It takes a little detective work to diagnose diabetes.

That's because symptoms can come on slowly or seem similar to other illnesses or conditions. But once your physician conducts a few simple...

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Apr • 1 • 2017

Exercise Plays Important Role in Diabetes Care

Managing your diabetes requires commitment, especially in three important areas - Diet, Medicine and Exercise.

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Mar • 29 • 2017

How to Face Your Anxiety About Having Cancer

When Dr. Stephen Eberwine confirms a positive test result for cancer, he hears a common question from his patients.

They usually first want to know the probabilities of outcome.

“I explain that every...

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Mar • 29 • 2017

Nutrition Tips for Managing Diabetes

Eating healthy, well-balanced meals is important part of a healthy lifestyle. In addition to healthy eating, regular exercise is important for everyone. For those people who have diabetes or who are...

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Mar • 29 • 2017

What is Comprehensive Diabetic Care and Prevention?

Diabetes is a disease that affects how your body uses glucose or blood sugar. Glucose is important because it is fuel for your brain, muscles, and cells. If you have diabetes, you have too much...

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Mar • 28 • 2017

How Alcohol Affects People With Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you likely have a lot of concerns regarding food and drink. If you have just been diagnosed, you probably have even more questions. Diabetes does not mean that you can never...

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Mar • 21 • 2017

Guidelines Allow Cancer Care Closer to Home

One of the most significant advances in cancer care is location for treatments. Patients diagnosed with most common cancers don’t necessarily have to travel to metropolitan healthcare centers to...

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Mar • 14 • 2017

Johnson County Cancer by the Numbers

Although the rates are falling, Johnson County ranks 14th among Indiana counties in new cancer cases.

According to the National Cancer Institute, our community’s five-year cancer rate saw a 2.1...

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Mar • 13 • 2017

Survey Shows JMH Commitment to Patient Safety

Healthcare providers share a responsibility for their patients’ safety.

That is critical part Johnson Memorial Health’s mission. Our employees work hard to protect patients and prevent them from any...

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Mar • 1 • 2017

The Facts About Pleural Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer caused almost exclusively by exposure to toxic asbestos fibers. An estimated 3,000 patients are diagnosed annually in the United States.

Pleural...

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Feb • 22 • 2017

7 Cancer Screenings Every Woman Should Consider

Research confirms this fact about cancer: Early detection provides the best chances for a favorable outcome.

More than 7.6 million women are cancer survivors today – mainly because they discovered...

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Feb • 17 • 2017

What Colored Support Ribbons Mean in Cancer Fight

Cancer will afflict 41 percent of Americans in our lifetime. More than 15 million are survivors right now.

Because cancer affects our lives in so many ways, we generously give more than $5 billion...

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Feb • 9 • 2017

5 Online Resources for Cancer Patients, Families

Information is power when you are taking on cancer.

Knowing the details of the disease and treatment options, and getting support beyond family and friends help you deal with your decisions and...

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Jan • 31 • 2017

How Caregivers For Cancer Patients Can Cope

Cancer patients require physical care and emotional support. So do their caregivers.

Family members, friends or companions have lots of responsibilities when helping cancer patients go through...

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Jan • 24 • 2017

Exercise Boosts Your Body During Cancer Treatment

While undergoing treatment for cancer, you need every advantage for the best outcome.

That includes exercising.

Chemotherapy and radiation often zap your energy, but you can boost your immune system...

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Jan • 17 • 2017

Cancer Patients Need Emotional Care, Too

Besides the physical challenges of treatment, cancer patients also travel an emotional journey.

Fear, anxiety and depression can happen while dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy and...

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Dec • 30 • 2016

Your Healthcare Checklist for the New Year 2017

Every year around New Year, we think about changes we would like to make in the coming year. Many go so far as to make resolutions to make positive changes in their life. Some even keep those...

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Nov • 17 • 2016

Questions to Ask Before Having Surgery

Having surgery, unless it involves an emergency or is life-threatening, is a significant decision.

Today’s surgical procedures are remarkably safer and allow for much quicker recovery. However,...

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Nov • 10 • 2016

How To Help Yourself Heal After Surgery

Surgery can fix lots of health issues – from removing a bad gallbladder to repairing a torn muscle. An operation, however, is only the first step in making you feel and function better.

The body is...

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Oct • 20 • 2016

Advances Continue in Fight Against Cancer

Though there will be an estimated 1.7 million new cancer cases in the U.S. this year, there is hope.

The American Cancer Society notes that nearly 14.5 million Americans with a history of cancer are...

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Oct • 12 • 2016

5 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

We are winning the battles in the War on Cancer.

Advanced treatment options are helping cancer patients live longer, and – in many cases – achieve full remission.

While researchers continue to focus...

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Sep • 20 • 2016

Take A Walk On The Wild Side Of Good Health

Want to fit into a lower jean size? Want to improve your heart? Want to get rid of those blues?

Take a walk, pal.

Seriously, a daily brisk walk can do much for your physical and mental well-being –...

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Aug • 30 • 2016

Fall Allergies Are Nothing To Sneeze At

Labor Day Weekend is the official celebration of the American worker. It also signifies the unofficial launch of fall allergy season.

If you live in the Midwest, you know about pollen counts - which...

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Aug • 23 • 2016

Some Sweet Advice About Desserts for Diabetics

Cherry cheesecake. Apple pie ala mode. Chocolate cake with devil’s food icing.

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Aug • 10 • 2016

Answers to Your Questions About a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

There was no doubt that the lead character on the television show “Marcus Welby MD” was a doctor.

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Aug • 2 • 2016

Safe Sleep Practices Protect Your Infant

Your infant’s health and safety are your top priorities as a new parent.

You do everything in your power to keep them warm and comfortable. In those early months, however, you must be careful when...

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Jul • 25 • 2016

Your Baby's Business Begins With Insurance

When a new baby arrives, events happen at warp speed. You function on adrenaline - from the birth to the onslaught of visitors to the final preparations for the trip home.

In all of the excitement,...

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Jul • 1 • 2016

Most Important Questions to Ask the Doctor When Your Child is Ill

When your child is sick, you want to do everything you can to make them feel better. If you have tried giving your child rest and other at home treatments, you may discover that you need more...

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Jun • 13 • 2016

Life After Gastric Bypass Depends on You

Deciding to have gastric bypass surgery is complicated - requiring the full consideration of its risks and benefits.

Equally important, before going forward, is understanding what happens and what is...

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Jun • 6 • 2016

What You Need to Know About Gastric Bypass Surgery

If obesity is threatening your health and life, you are not alone.

Obesity has steadily increased among the United States population the past 20 years. According to the National Institute of Health,...

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May • 17 • 2016

How to Get Ready for Your Primary Care Doctor Exam

The success of your primary care doctor appointment depends on the homework you complete before your examination.

Blood tests and diagnostic imaging results tell a lot about your physical well-being....

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May • 3 • 2016

Why You Still Need a Primary Care Physician

This is not your grandparents' medical industry today.

Remarkable advances in technology and knowledge mean we can treat diseases and conditions with more advanced procedures and medicines than...

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Apr • 12 • 2016

5 Foods That Increase Blood Sugar Levels

Common sense dictates that diabetics should avoid cakes, pies and cookies.

Since their systems already have difficulty breaking down glucose, eating sugary treats can quickly spike a diabetic's blood...

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Mar • 8 • 2016

Eat What Your Gut Tells You to Eat

You have heard the phrase: "Do what your gut tells you to do."

And if you are paying attention to your colon, it's probably letting you know whether or not you are taking good care of  it (and the...

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Feb • 25 • 2016

When to Take Your Child to the Emergency Room

Kids bump and bang their way through their early years. They also pick up nasty bugs.

They are kids. That's what they do.

For parents, especially new parents, realizing the seriousness of injury or...

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Feb • 11 • 2016

Diabetics Need Immediate First Aid for Low Blood Sugars

Diabetics, diagnosed as someone with extraordinarily high blood sugars, sometimes experience quite the opposite. And when they do, it is important to treat low blood sugar conditions promptly.

...

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Feb • 2 • 2016

Primary Care vs. Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room: How to Decide

When a sudden illness or accident strikes you, your child, or aging parent, it can be confusing and stressful to decide where to go for help.

Naturally, in severe or life-threatening emergencies we...

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Dec • 31 • 2015

Your Healthcare Checklist for the New Year

Every year around New Year, we think about changes we would like to make in the coming year. Many go so far as to make resolutions to make positive changes in their life. Some even keep those...

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Dec • 24 • 2015

10 Tips for Increasing Breastmilk Supply

Most women know the importance of breastfeeding, yet we realize the challenges and understand that not all women will be able to breastfeed their infants.

Breast milk contains just the right amount...

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Dec • 17 • 2015

How Do I Talk to Someone About Depression?

Many people suffer from depression. Because it is a mental disorder, it is often associated with weakness or excessive emotion. It's not something that people are comfortable talking about. Recently,

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Dec • 8 • 2015

How to Determine the Health Insurance Plan for Your Family

Choosing a health insurance plan can be complicated. There are many variables that go into each plan, and the details can be hard to understand. Income, age, and financial situation may also play a...

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Dec • 3 • 2015

Indy Mini Marathon Training Guide for Beginners

The Indy Mini Marathon is the largest half marathon in the country, and it happens right here in our community. This year, the big event takes place on Saturday, May 7, 2016. The 13.1 mile course...

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Nov • 26 • 2015

Remedies and Treatment for Hot Flash Relief

Menopause is a fact of life for all women. One of the biggest complaints of women going through menopause or perimenopause (the time before menopause) is hot flashes. In fact nearly 75% of women say...

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Nov • 19 • 2015

What Are My Permanent Birth Control Options?

How many children do you want to have? That is a question we are asked from an early age and especially leading up to marriage. The decision is very personal; perhaps you may choose to not have...

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Nov • 17 • 2015

Is Anxiety Different Than Stress?

The words "stress" and "anxiety" seem to be used almost interchangeably in today's society, but are they really the same? Today, let's take a closer look at both emotions.

Stress and anxiety are both...

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Nov • 10 • 2015

How Often Should Women Have a Mammogram?

In recent years, there has been some controversy over when to start and how often women should have regular mammograms. Knowing your body and family history are important to making the right decision...

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Nov • 3 • 2015

How to Choose Asthma-friendly Carpet for Your Home

Asthma is a respiratory disease that inflames and narrows the airways. It can affect people of any age, but it's often diagnosed during childhood. Some asthma symptoms include wheezing, coughing, and...

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Oct • 29 • 2015

Tips for Basic Meal Planning and Nutrition for Toddlers

It's normal for toddlers to be picky eaters. Offering healthy and nutrition foods will help maximize nutrition and get the most out of meals and snacks. Take a look at the tips below to help you plan...

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Oct • 27 • 2015

What are Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants?

The next time you call to make an appointment with your primary care physician, you may be asked, “Would you like to see our Nurse Practitioner,” or “Would you like to see our Physician Assistant?”

...

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Oct • 20 • 2015

Fall Treats That Won't Kill Your Nutrition Plan

Fall is such a fun time of year! The flavors of apples, cinnamon, and pumpkins just scream "FALL!" don't they? With all the apple picking, pumpkin patches, and trick-or-treating, it can be hard to...

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Oct • 15 • 2015

What Is Sleep Apnea and How Is It Treated?

Sleep apnea is a disorder where you have several pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. The pauses may be a couple of seconds o even minutes. They can occur many times throughout the...

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Oct • 13 • 2015

What to Expect in Your Third Trimester of Pregnancy

We have already covered first trimester and second trimester of pregnancy, and now the end is in sight. To some this is a welcome time, and to others who love being pregnant, it can be a little...

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Oct • 8 • 2015

Juicing Fads: Health Benefits or Hoax?

Juicing. If you search the Internet, you'll find thousands of articles. This shows that it's a popular idea, but does that mean it is the healthiest way to get your fix of fruits and vegetables? You...

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Oct • 6 • 2015

Fun Fall Break Activities for Johnson County Families

With Fall Break just around the corner, you might be wondering what to do with your kids while they are off school. Planning activities your whole family can enjoy will help keep everyone happy and...

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Oct • 1 • 2015

15 Home Safety Practices for Aging Adults and Caretakers

As we age, we need to take some extra precautions to ensure safety. Sometimes that means enlisting the help of others. Take a look at the following excerpt from a news release from the Home Safety...

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Sep • 29 • 2015

What to Expect in Your Second Trimester of Pregnancy

The second trimester (weeks 13-27 or 4-6 months) is the part of your pregnancy you've likely been looking forward to, especially if you had a lot of negative symptoms during the first trimester. As...

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Sep • 22 • 2015

9 Physical Changes That Come With Aging

As we age, our bodies go through a lot of changes. On the outside we change physically, but there are a lot of internal changes that occur too. 

Knowing what to expect and how to slow some of those...

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Sep • 17 • 2015

6 Ways Parents Can Support Their Student Athlete

Being a student athlete can be a fun and exciting time for your child, whether they are participating in a recreational summer league or playing on the high school team. Being part of a team is a...

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Sep • 15 • 2015

Five of the Most Highly-rated Guide Books for New Parents

Often new parents have no idea what to expect in terms of welcoming their little one into the world. The good news is that there are plenty of books to help you out. There are guidebooks for new...

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Sep • 10 • 2015

A Guide to Finding the Perfect Maternity Bra

When you are pregnant your body is changing every week. To be as comfortable as possible, you'll need to buy new bras to fit your growing body. Here are a few tips to finding the perfect maternity...

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Sep • 8 • 2015

What to Expect in Your First Trimester of Pregnancy

The first trimester of pregnancy can be overwhelming, especially if you have never been pregnant before. Knowing what to expect during your pregnancy will help you deal with the physical and...

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Sep • 3 • 2015

How to Locate and Select a Family Physician

Whether you have just moved to the area, had insurance changes, or you are just ready for a change, finding a family physician is the first step to managing your healthcare. Your primary care doctor...

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