The healing power of art?

“If an art installation gets a patient out of his room or paintings take a person’s mind off their pain and lower their stress levels, the art isn’t just decorative anymore. It’s part of the entire model of care,” said Dr. Lisa Harris, internist and chief executive of Eskenazi Health, affiliated with the IU School of Medicine.

Wake up — time for school!

A new recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics that encourages middle and high schools to push back start times for the benefit of the students has been receiving a lot of attention this week in social and traditional media. Part of me wonders if later start times would result in more before-school activities.

Study IDs influence of gender in gene-environment interactions and health

I’ve often marveled at the complexity of the human body, mine specifically, and how it can be so challenging to ID the root of aches, pains and ailments. A new study by Indiana University medical sociologist Brea Perry reinforces the idea of complexity by showing that gender can interact with individuals’ genes and environments to produce very different health outcomes.

Dietary iron and heart disease — what’s meat got to do with it?

The body, it turns out, doesn’t treat all dietary iron equally. A new study from the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington linked consumption of iron from meat with an increased risk of heart disease – a 57 percent increase.

Mild dehydration can make me tired?

Ira Means, M.D., suggests we carry a reusable water bottle to encourage ourselves to drink enough water. Read on to find out why it’s so important.

Gym class isn’t just for jocks — or it shouldn’t be

Personally, I always loved gym class as a kid. Dodgeball, relay races. I have flashbacks to my classmates standing around the trampoline as we took turns bouncing. So, I was somewhat surprised when I realized it wasn’t for everyone. “I always dreaded the picking of teams and kids yelling at you when you mess up,” […]

IU study highlights mercury content in fish, shellfish

To eat or not to eat? That is the question … about fish. Ka He, an epidemiologist at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, has found a link between high levels of mercury exposure in young adults and an increased risk for type 2 diabetes – by 65 percent – later in life. Fish […]

A matter of resolve: What floats your boat?

When it comes to resolve, I’ve received some interesting advice from Indiana University professors over the years. Bernardo J. Carducci, at IU Southeast, recommends making New Year resolutions in February, or September – but never during the emotional and advertising-intense holidays. During the holidays, or in stressful times, “instead of making a lot of changes, […]