Active for Life, From the health and wellness experts at IU  

You're in the Army now: IU alum shapes up recruits

Lt. Gen. Hertling IU alum Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling is leading efforts to improve the well-being of alarmingly unhealthy Army recruits. The Soldier Athlete Initiative caught the attention of First Lady Michelle Obama, who spoke with Hertling recently about the plans, and could potentially help hundreds of thousands of recruits each year live healthier lives and be better prepared physically for combat.  Full Story

 Self-medicating with tanning bed radiation can be deadly

Tanning Bed

The combination of tanning bed radiation with skin erruptions caused by reactions to medication can be deadly, yet studies show that many people still self-treat undiagnosed skin eruptions by using tanning beds. Jeffrey B. Travers, M.D., professor of dermatology and of pharmacology and toxicology at the IU School of Medicine, wrote about the danger in an article published in the Archives of Dermatology.

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 Over-exercising: When workouts cross the line

Weight Training

As obesity rates climb higher each year, a new problem has emerged among American bodies: over-exercising. Andy Fry, assistant director of fitness and wellness for Campus Recreational Sports, discusses the host of problems surrounding over-exercising, or compulsive exercising, and how individuals can get help.

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 New website to help pioneering patients connect with clinical studies

Indiana CTSI, a new website from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, a collaboration between Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame, has been created to connect citizens to cutting-edge medical research. Anyone who signs up online will be eligible to participate in research studies, also known as "clinical trials," happening throughout the state, including Indiana University Health hospitals.

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 Research examines callous-unemotional traits, conduct problems in children

Unemotional Child

New research from IU examines the importance of callous-unemotional traits in identifying children at risk of antisocial behavior and other adjustment problems.

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 Time to think about having a colonoscopy?

Colon Cancer

Colon cancer can develop without any noticeable symptoms so health advocates encourage people to consider whether they need a colorectal screening -- which doesn't always involve a colonoscopy -- as part of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Avon resident Mark Burton knew it was time to discuss a screening with his doctor -- and the decision saved his life.

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 Blog: Do you know someone with 'slug syndrome'?

Carol Sheets

Do you have a slug in your life who stresses you out -- or are you the slug? Carol the Coach discusses 'slug syndrome' in this blog and offers suggestions to help readers reduce stress or make changes in their own sluglike behavior.

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 Previous issue

Diabetes Prevention

The Feb. 10, 2011 Active for Life discussed an effective program for delaying or preventing the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Articles discussed new research involving throwing and human evolution, and the effect alcoholism can have on marriage. IU experts talked about concussion myths and frostbite and readers learn about a program that helps young people with disabilities find jobs. IU grad student Allison Hendricks blogged about how it's OK to be single on Valentine's Day.

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