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Orthopedic Health in Men and Women

Orthopedic Health in Men and Women

Although no one is immune to orthopedic injuries, men and women differ when it comes to orthopedic health.

April 08, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Bariatric surgery a viable option for significant weight loss

Bariatric surgery a viable option for significant weight loss

Dieting is frustrating for most of us, but for some, it’s nearly impossible. Bariatric, also known as weight-loss surgery, can be a viable option.

February 19, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Beer: A healthier choice than wine?

Beer is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages, but its health benefits have been largely ignored, while the benefits of wine have come to the fore. But some studies now show that beer is actually healthier than wine.

December 19, 2012 12:00 am

FOOD & FITNESS: An herb that curbs emotional eating

Cravings can derail a well-intended diet plan quicker than anything. Heather Hausenblas, Ph.D., of the University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance, says that snacking has changed dramatically since the 1970s and may in part explain the increase in overweight and obesity. “N…

October 19, 2012 3:03 pm

Curcumin: An ancient remedy for cancer prevention and survival

Patients undergoing cancer treatment often look to augment their health through alternative means. Many integrative medical interventions can make a real difference in cancer prevention, recovery and survival. Supplements are a popular choice, although they can sometimes lead to a buyer-bewa…

October 19, 2012 10:54 am

THE BODY SHOP: Kinesio tape supports healing

If you watched the summer Olympics, you probably noticed colorful tape and intricate patterns adorning some of the athletes’ bodies. These designs weren’t for aesthetic reasons; rather, it’s an elastic therapeutic tape called Kineseo tape. The tape was created over 30 years ago for sumo wres…

October 16, 2012 3:17 pm

Facing Endometriosis: Painful ailment can cause infertility

Endometriosis is a health issue that can cause pain and infertility in women of childbearing age. The name comes from the tissue that lines the uterus, called the endometrium, but endometriosis can be found on or in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, lining of the pelvic cavity, and on the uteros…

August 20, 2012 12:00 pm

Yard work doesn't have to stiff weekend warriors

As the days grow warmer, the weeds grow quickly, and weekends are taken up tackling yard and garden. But Dr. Jay Lipoff, a chiropractor and national expert in spinal injury prevention and the author of Back at Your Best—Balancing the Demands of Life with the Needs of Your Body, says weekends…

August 13, 2012 12:00 pm

A look at the latest devices for treating sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder that occurs when you can't get enough air into the lungs during sleep because of a collapsed airway. OSA can be serious, with each pause in breathing lasting ten to twenty seconds, and these can happen frequently in one hour, even as many as thirty…

June 17, 2012 12:00 am
Innovative sleep study at home

Innovative sleep study at home

Studies to determine sleeping disorders are usually conducted at a clinic, but now there is a new FDA-cleared medical device called SleepView that meets all American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CSM) guidelines for Type III Home Sleep Test …

June 17, 2012 12:00 am

John Wayne Cancer Foundation formed to bring awareness to statistics before it's too late

Men are 49 percent more likely to die of cancer than women, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. That's a sobering fact, and it's a number that needs to go down, but it will only happen by getting proactive and having cancer screenings.

June 17, 2012 12:00 am
Camp it up: With school wrapping up, there are many options to keep children busy this summer

Camp it up: With school wrapping up, there are many options to keep children busy this summer

Summer is a great time for kids to get outside and play, and one of the most endearing things about summertime childhood is the summer camp. Ask any grownup about their summer camp experiences and you'll most likely be treated to fond memories of swimming, nature hiking, crafts, making new f…

May 03, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Keep bones and joints healthy through wise food and supplement choices

Vitamin D and calcium are needed to build strong bones, says Vanessa Provins, RDCD, from Porter Health System in Valparaiso. "You need vitamin D to help increase the absorption of calcium into the bones," she says. "So it's a combination of the two."

April 21, 2012 12:00 am

Support system: A comparison of orthotics to over-the-counter shoe inserts

We depend on our feet to get from place to place. Putting pressure on them day in and day out can take its toll over time, resulting in a long list of ailments ranging from a limp to a hammer toe. The simplest way to correct and ease foot problems is by using an orthotic shoe insert. By taki…

April 19, 2012 12:00 am
The Benefits of FloWalking: Low-impact technique reprograms the body's motions

The Benefits of FloWalking: Low-impact technique reprograms the body's motions

FloWalking helps increase the benefits of exercise, but it will also help you as you move through your day.

April 18, 2012 9:00 am

The Benefits of FloWalking: Low-impact, natural technique reprograms body's motions

Walking is a fantastic exercise, and it's beneficial for all ages and fitness levels. But like all exercise, if you don't do it correctly you won't reap all the benefits, and worse, you can exacerbate existing injuries and even create new ones.

April 17, 2012 12:00 am
Hidden architectural gems are landmarks in their own right

Hidden architectural gems are landmarks in their own right

Every city in the world boasts its architectural wonders, but often the lesser-known buildings get short shrift. Our region is filled with world-renowned structures built by important architects.

March 20, 2012 9:00 am Photos

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Hidden Architectural Gems

Hidden Architectural Gems

Every city in the world boasts its architectural wonders, but often the lesser-known buildings get short shrift. Our region is filled with world-renowned skyscrapers, museums and houses built by important architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis H. Sullivan. Although the bigger buildi…

March 19, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Sweet standouts: Make the day unique with customized wedding foods

Sweet standouts: Make the day unique with customized wedding foods

Everyone wants to make their wedding truly unique. One way to make your special day memorable is to offer custom foods during your reception or pass them out as favors.

March 15, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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FYI on BMI: How and why to calculate your body mass index

FYI on BMI: How and why to calculate your body mass index

The number on the scale isn't the only thing to take into consideration when determining weight and health risk. Doctors, trainers and dietitians also look at the body mass index, or BMI.

February 20, 2012 12:00 am
Debunking weight-loss myths: Local dietitians shed some light to help you lose pounds

Debunking weight-loss myths: Local dietitians shed some light to help you lose pounds

Weight-loss myths abound these days with fad diet authors and blogs weighing in with the latest ways to shed pounds. Our dietitians and trainers bust some of the top weight-loss tales.

February 16, 2012 9:00 am
Debunking weight-loss myths: Local dietitians shed some light to help you lose pounds

Debunking weight-loss myths: Local dietitians shed some light to help you lose pounds

Weight-loss myths abound these days with fad diet authors and blogs weighing in with the latest ways to shed pounds. Our dietitians and trainers bust some of the top weight-loss tales.

February 15, 2012 12:00 am
Importance of foot care for diabetics: Regular checks are vital for healthy living

Importance of foot care for diabetics: Regular checks are vital for healthy living

Our feet are our foundation, and it's important to take good care of them. But good foot care is even more crucial for a diabetic. Diabetes isn't just a blood sugar problem; the disease affects the entire body, and that includes nerves and circulation to the feet. However, foot problems ofte…

February 10, 2012 12:00 am
Exercise your heart just like any other muscle

Exercise your heart just like any other muscle

Exercise is high on the heart disease prevention list because the heart is a muscle, and exercise helps to keep it strong.

February 02, 2012 9:00 am
Smart food choices can lower your risk for heart disease

Smart food choices can lower your risk for heart disease

Fuel the body with the right food and you'll be rewarded with good health, especially good heart health.

February 02, 2012 9:00 am
Smart food choices can lower risk for heart disease

Smart food choices can lower risk for heart disease

Fuel the body with the right food and you'll be rewarded with good health, especially good heart health.

January 29, 2012 12:00 am
Exercise heart just like any other muscle

Exercise heart just like any other muscle

Heart disease is the No.1 killer of men and women in the U.S., according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Simple things can help prevent heart disease, such as eating a healthy diet, stopping smoking and limiting alcohol. Exercise is high on the disease prevention list becau…

January 29, 2012 12:00 am
Sweet standouts: Make the day unique with customized wedding foods

Sweet standouts: Make the day unique with customized wedding foods

Everyone wants to make their wedding truly unique. One way to make your special day memorable is to offer custom foods during your reception or pass them out as favors.

January 24, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Dyer facility offers wellness fitness program

Dyer facility offers wellness fitness program

We all want results through diet and exercise, but sometimes they just don't happen and we're left wondering why. Michael Sena's Pro-Fit: Program Fitness for Results, in Dyer, helps its clients achieve success by using cutting-edge techniques paired with personal training.

December 14, 2011 12:00 am Related

Avastin: A tumor-starving cancer drug

A tumor-starving cancer treatment is available for cancer patients. The drug, called Avastin (bevacizumab) blocks angiogenesis—the growth of new blood vessels.

October 27, 2011 12:00 am

Kefir: It does a body good

With 30 species of beneficial microorganisms, kefir is one of the healthiest drinks in the world.

October 20, 2011 1:00 am
Combat cancer with 'superfoods' rich with nutrition

Combat cancer with 'superfoods' rich with nutrition

Eating the right kinds of foods can help reduce your cancer risk. These foods are often referred to as "superfoods," which is a nod to their power-packed nutrition.

October 20, 2011 12:00 am
Hospice helps patients cope at end of life

Hospice helps patients cope at end of life

Hospice care has proven to be a great comfort and relief to patients and their families, because caregivers can tend to individuals in their homes or in homelike clinics.

September 01, 2011 9:00 am
Camping with kids in Northwest Indiana

Camping with kids in Northwest Indiana

Summer is nearly over, but there's time for one last getaway with the kids. How about going camping? Even novices can have a great time in the outdoors with just a little preparation and planning.

August 31, 2011 12:00 am
Hospice helps patients cope at end of life

Hospice helps patients cope at end of life

The philosophy of hospice care began in England during the 1950s. No longer would patients have to spend their final days in a sterile hospital away from the comforts of home and the presence of family, friends and pets. Instead, caregivers could tend to patients in their homes or in homelik…

August 28, 2011 12:00 am
Innovative cancer treatment in Northwest Indiana

Innovative cancer treatment in Northwest Indiana

Cancer patients don't have to travel to Chicago or Indianapolis for innovative treatment. Northwest Indiana has many hospitals and treatment centers with new technology and groundbreaking therapies.

August 28, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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New therapies for bladder problems

Bladder problems can really cause chaos in a woman's life, and many turn to surgery or medications for help, but Dr. Julia Garcia, urologist at Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Michigan City, says these methods don't have to be the solution, because there have been great strides in the field…

August 20, 2011 12:00 am
Feeling depleted? There's a reason women get depressed

Feeling depleted? There's a reason women get depressed

Many women often feel depleted, unhappy or slightly depressed. Many times we can chalk this up to stressful times in life, but more often than not, the "blahs" stem from physical reasons.

August 17, 2011 12:00 am

Extended wear of high heels can cause foot damage

High heels make you look great, improve your figure, and are the final touch to a fashionable look, but if high heels do wonders for your appearance, they don't do a lot for foot health.

August 16, 2011 12:00 am
Michael Puente: A familiar voice

Michael Puente: A familiar voice

Faithful listeners of Chicago public radio's WBEZ 91.5 are probably familiar with the dulcet tones of Michael Puente, who is the radio reporter for all the pertinent news coming out of Northwest Indiana and even farther afield. Whether it's a recent mayoral race in Gary, the season opening o…

July 12, 2011 12:00 am

The Pilates Magic Circle increases variety in your workout

Joseph Pilates, the founder of the groundbreaking eponymous stretching and strengthening exercise program, developed several tools to augment his full-body workout. The elastic bands and the reformer are probably the best known, but one trend emerging in Pilates is the ring, or what Pilates …

June 15, 2011 12:00 am
Finding happiness at work

Finding happiness at work

Americans spend on average 2,000 hours a year at work. That's a great fact if you love your job, but not so great if you're unhappy with it.

June 15, 2011 12:00 am

Throwback summer activities with the family

There are lots of things for a family to do in Northwest Indiana in the summer, and they don't have to be expensive and high-tech. Choose from a day at the local zoo, miniature golfing, hiking in one of the many parks in the region, ice cream at an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, or a truly …

May 26, 2011 12:00 am
Beach Body Workouts: Why exercise is more effective on sandy grounds

Beach Body Workouts: Why exercise is more effective on sandy grounds

Exercising out of doors is full of benefits: the changing scenery keeps your mind engaged, and the fresh air is good for your emotional well-being. But the beach, in particular, is a great place to work out because the sand and water offer their own unique challenges.

May 16, 2011 12:00 am
Finding your career path

Finding your career path

It's never too late to change careers. Everyone has a career DNA that is unique, and putting your whole heart behind your career choice will give you the greatest personal fulfillment.

April 28, 2011 11:00 am
Letting go of limiting beliefs

Letting go of limiting beliefs

Inside every one of us lurk insidious limiting beliefs set to detonate when we attempt a goal. You start doubting yourself; you think you aren't talented or worthy enough to achieve the goal, so why bother? Here are some tips on how to stop the sabatoging self talk.

April 20, 2011 12:00 am
The hottest new items in the indulgence market

The hottest new items in the indulgence market

Luxury is more than just a perk that only wealthy people can afford. Luxury can be a pleasure, a gift you give yourself that is out of the ordinary. For some people this can be as simple as a soak in a hot bubble bath; for others, a massage; still others, a piece of jewelry that enhances a s…

April 18, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Airbrush tanning for brides

No bride wants to look pasty on her wedding day, but how do you get a sunkissed look without tan lines? Most brides turn to tanning beds or tanning products, but tanning beds hold the same health warnings as lying in the sun; tanning products are healthy alternatives, but these can result in…

February 20, 2011 12:00 am

Your Get-Fit Timeline

Fitness is more important with bridal fashions than ever before. Gone are the poofy leg-of-mutton sleeves (thank goodness) and high collars so adored in the '80s. Nowadays women are embracing their assets with figure-hugging mermaid gowns and strapless dresses.

February 20, 2011 12:00 am

Echinacea to relieve anxiety?

Echinacea, or coneflower, is a native prairie plant, and it's usually found growing in gardens. "For years we've been selling it as an immune booster," says Mylese Tucker, co-owner of Nature's Cupboard in Chesterton and Michigan City. "It's also been discussed as to whether you should take i…

January 30, 2011 12:00 am
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