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

HPER's athletic trainers: Helping area high school students go the distance

Athletic Trainer Today's athletic trainers are employed in a wide range of fields, including performing arts, motor sports, and the military. As athletic training majors in IU's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation prepare themselves for what some describe as a "recession proof" career, they continue a long tradition of helping area high schools meet their student-athletes' health and fitness needs. "It ultimately benefits the parents because it assures there's someone in place who is appropriately trained to care for their child and to take a very different approach than a coach might," said John Schrader, coordinator of the School of HPER's athletic training programs.  Full Story

 Study: A rich club in the human brain

Rich Club brain

Just as the Occupy Wall Street movement has brought more attention to financial disparities between the haves and have-nots in American society, researchers from Indiana University and the Netherlands are highlighting the disproportionate influence of so called "Rich Clubs" within the human brain. "We've known for a while that the brain has some regions that are 'rich' in the sense of being highly connected to many other parts of the brain," said Olaf Sporns, professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. "It now turns out . . . they are strongly linked to each other, exchanging information and collaborating."

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 'The I Love You More Book,' a love story for children and adults

The I Lobe You More Book

The I Love You More Book is a whimsical love story that can be enjoyed by children and adults. IU sex researcher Debby Herbenick normally authors books about sexual health and satisfaction, but here offers up a romantic and hopeful tale about enduring love. She talks more about writing, romance and the nature of love in a Q-and-A with Active for Life.

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 Stronger hips improved running mechanics, lessened knee pain

marathon photo

Hip strengthening exercises performed by female runners not only significantly reduced patellofemoral pain -- a common knee pain experienced by runners -- but they also improved the runners' gaits, according to Indiana University motion analysis expert Tracy Dierks.

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 Common Midwestern soil fungus can lead to eye disease

Eye Disease

If you live in the Ohio River Valley chances are you have heard of histoplasmosis, a fungal infection that enters the body through the lungs. More commonly associated with pulmonary disease, the soil-borne mold also can cause vision loss and blindness if left untreated.

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 Not your mother's birth control, same troubles

Birth Control Pills

Today's hormonal forms of birth control are vastly different from those used by earlier generations of women, both with lower levels of hormones and with different means of delivery (not just a pill), but many of the same problems related to women's pleasure remain. "Contraception in general is a wonderful way for women to plan their families," said lead researcher Nicole Smith, project coordinator at IU's Center for Sexual Health Promotion. "It's something women are often on for as many as 30 years or more. If they're experiencing these negative effects, they might stop using contraception correctly or altogether. They need to know that there are options."

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 Study: Do Not Resuscitate orders, care more complicated when surrogates involved

Vital Signs Monitor

Indiana University and Regenstrief Institute researchers report that it takes significantly longer for orders to forgo resuscitation in the event of cardiac arrest to be written for patients who had that decision made for them by a surrogate decision-maker, compared to patients who made their own decisions, even though patients with a surrogate were sicker and the resuscitation issue might arise sooner. "Surrogate decision making is not just more challenging for everyone, it actually affects important care processes in the hospital -- in this case, code orders," said lead author and Regenstrief Institute investigator Alexia Torke, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine.

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Jesse Steinfeldt

The Oct. 13, 2011 Active for Life included articles about IU research involving football players' show of emotion, campus smoking bans, kids' weight and high blood pressure, mecury exposure in Indianapolis, and promising results concerning cell death following traumatic brain injury. Experts also discuss the importance of annual eye exams after the age of 50.

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