Deadly heat

There’s hot and then there’s HOT! Karen Clark, R.N., dean of the School of Nursing at Indiana University East, offers some useful tips and insights into how to weather this heat wave. “Anyone can suffer heat-related illness, but there are some individuals who are at greater risk,” she writes. “These include infants and young children, […]

Protect your eyes with style and restraint (leave the fireworks to the pros)

It looks like my kids and I need to pick up some sunglasses. Melanie Pickett, O.D., assistant professor of clinical ophthalmology at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute at the IU School of Medicine, said sunglasses are the most important component of a summer wardrobe – for adults and kids. I always wear them, […]

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: 10 views from IU experts

I can’t remember the last time I so eagerly awaited a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. In the next week or so, the court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is expected to be announced. Meanwhile, 10 Indiana University experts in the areas of constitutional law, health […]

A teachable moment I’d rather avoid

As I drove across town Thursday, a radio report of the latest happenings in the Jerry Sandusky trial aired for probably 20 seconds before I turned down the volume so my second-grader wouldn’t hear. It’s a tragic news story and topic, the sexual abuse of children, and can be hard to avoid because of the […]

Homework for parents (10 more years for me)

The Center for Evaluation & Education Policy at Indiana University released a report this week about the need for schools to do more to stem the childhood obesity epidemic. The negative health consequences of childhood obesity can last a lifetime for the individual and cost a fortune collectively, with the report citing estimates that the […]

Not your sisters’ yoga

Researchers at Indiana University and the Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis have been studying the feasibility of using yoga as part of rehabilitation following a stroke. The results are promising. Arlene Schmid, lead investigator of the VA-funded study, says the yoga will look unlike anything practitioners see in studios or other classes. The positions are […]

Mental illness and stigma — are we willing to change?

Mental health disorders can pose challenges to the people afflicted as well as their families. On top of this, these folks — neighbors, coworkers and friends — often experience prejudice and discrimination, barriers Bernice Pescosolido, a medical sociologist at Indiana University, describes as “yet another hit,” to efforts to have productive, enjoyable lives. This stigma […]