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

Time for a game of corn toss

Allison Hendricks Allison Hendricks, a recent graduate of the IU School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation's Master of Science Health Promotion program, could talk about the health benefits of the wildly popular corn toss game -- but she thinks its genius lies in its simplicity, and that it's just plain fun. No slouch in her own right, Allison spoke recently with Sheri Eggleton, a world-class cornhole (also called corn toss) competitor who also heads the JagTag office at IUPUI. They both take the game VERY seriously, but also love it because it's something anyone can play and enjoy.  Full Story

 Osama bin Laden: IU experts discuss grief, role of intelligence, democracy and more

New York Celebration

The death of Osama bin Laden has dominated the airwaves and given rise to questions about justice, revenge, political stability and other weighty issues. As history unfolds, experts from Indiana University offer their perspectives.

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 ID theft, facebook security: IU offers IT help for the rest of us

Security Matters

Whether it's walking you through your Facebook privacy settings, or providing tips for victims of identity theft or for setting up a wireless router at home, the Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research's new video series, Security Matters, is empowering computer users to take charge of their own online security and privacy.

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 Potent alcoholic beverages look like soda pop, target young drinkers

Colorful Drinks

Experts from Indiana University's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation discuss ongoing marketing efforts by alcoholic beverage manufacturers that appeal to target young drinkers.

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 Fun in the sun: Simple steps can save your life

Sun Safety

May is a good time for people to look for signs of skin cancer and to ensure they are doing what they can to protect themselves. Bill Wooden, physician at the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, said special care is needed not just on blazing hot days, but as part of daily routines -- even on partly cloudy days. "You don't wear your seatbelt just when it's rainy or icy," he said.

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 Discovery of two new genes provides hope for stemming Staph infections

Staphylococcus repressors

The discovery of two genes that encode copper- and sulfur-binding repressors in the hospital terror Staphylococcus aureus means two new potential avenues for controlling the increasingly drug-resistant bacterium, scientists say in the April 15, 2011 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. MRSA, or multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is the primary cause of nosocomial infections -- infections that originate in the hospital -- in the United States.

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 Controlling behavior by romantic partners linked to violence

Relationship Violence

More than two-thirds of young women surveyed at a New York City reproductive health center reported they had been subjected to controlling behavior by romantic partners, and such behavior appears associated with increased risk of sexual or physical relationship violence. "To my knowledge, this is the first study that's documented that not only do these women report being monitored or monitored by a partner and physical as well as sexual victimization," said Vaughn I. Rickert, Psy.D., director of the Section of Adolescent Medicine at IU School of Medicine.

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The April 14, 2011 Active for Life discussed the importance -- at any age -- of strengthening core muscles. The issue included articles about Hoosiers' poor health, self-massage using a foam roller, a potential treatment for autism and Fragile x, tips for interacting with children who have autism, benefits of treating post-stroke depression, and a commentary written by health policy experts concerning inaccurate and politically motivated claims about Medicaid.

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