IU experts offer tips for better sleep in anticipation of this year’s Sleep Walk

Sleep. We all need it, we all want it, and most of us don’t get enough of it. But how much sleep do you actually get? Some people might be surprised. “People often complain of being tired but do not pause to examine their sleep habits,” said Shalini Manchanda, program director of the IU School […]

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.

288,876 — That’s a lot of broken bones

“They’re probably jumping higher, with more force. And believe me, teenagers are risk takers,” Randall T. Loder, M.D., said about trampoline injuries research. “Younger kids may not understand potential outcomes of their actions, but they’re not so much risk takers. Teenagers, they’ll just push the limit.”

These med students make house calls

On Saturday more than 80 students from the Indiana University School of Medicine will perform yard work and landscaping at 30 homes in Indianapolis for the school’s 19th annual Spring House Calls.

Obamacare and uninsured young adults, a “notable achievement”

With all of the negative media coverage of the bungled roll out of HealthCare.gov, where Americans are supposed to be able to shop for health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act, it can be easy to overlook successes — and Indiana University health policy expert Kosali Simon considers the enrollment of almost a […]

Sick of traveling or sick ‘from’ traveling: Hotel health tips

My mom, who takes her own bedding to hotels, will find this news reassuring, as in, “I told you so.” Gaylen Kelton, M.D., discusses in Everyday Health some health and safety problems to avoid in hotels, from poor air quality (turning on the air or fan could make it worse) to scalding showers and yes, […]

DVD, tips, information forms and other resources addressing autism spectrum disorders

The working relationship between school staff and parents of children with autism spectrum disorders is critical to the children’s success in school and can be a source of tremendous stress at the beginning of the school year when parents are not familiar with the school staff. Cathy Pratt, director of the Indiana Resource Center for […]

Ophthalmology resident already working to help kids with retinoblastoma worldwide

By Timothy Corson, Ph.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology and assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, IU School of Medicine. Among a parent’s worst nightmares is learning that their child has cancer. In this country, we have come to expect treatments — even cures — for many cancers and know that a cancer diagnosis is […]