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Staying Hydrated When Temperatures Heat Up

Whether you're enjoying a day on the beach or sweating it out at a summer sports camp, proper hydration can make the difference between a good day and a day that ends in the hospital. Emergency Medicine physician Dr. Mark Tompkins, discusses proper hydration and warning signs for dehydration.


Safety Tips While Interacting With Animals

The CDC recently released safety tips for interacting with animals at state fairs, zoos, aquariums and in the home. Sandy Benson, an Infection Preventionist at Hendricks Regional Health, discusses these tips and offers advice on how to keep your family's next animal adventure a healthy one.


The Importance of Follow Up Care After a Visit to the Emergency Room

Patients who visit the emergency department often return to the ED within 24 to 48 hours. Readmission occurs when patients still have concerns about their condition or medication. Hendricks Regional Health’s new Emergency Department Discharge Clinic provides follow-up care after emergency visits. Amy Wilson, RN, discusses the importance of follow-up care, checking patient progress, and more details on the new clinic.


Important Information About Vectorborne Diseases and Ways to Prevent Them

When the weather warms up, people engage in a number of activities that make them vulnerable to fleas, ticks, mosquitoes. According to the CDC, there has been a steady increase in the occurrence of vectorborne diseases over the last couple of years. There are preventative actions people can take to prevent exposure. Sandy Benson, BSN, RN, discusses the ways in which you can prevent vecterborne diseases and to improve awareness so that people know how to protect themselves and their...


Shingrix - New Shingles Vaccine

Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV), which is the same virus that causes chickenpox and it can cause a painful rash and many other uncomfortable symptoms. The only way to prevent and protect yourself from shingles is by getting vaccinated. Elizabeth Wright, MD, discusses the new two-dose shingles vaccine, Shingrix and why it might be a more effective vaccine.


Tips to Avoid the Flu

The peak of flu season may be winding down, but it’s still a great time to discuss infectious disease prevention. Sandy Benson, RN, discusses the difference between viruses and bacteria, including colds, pneumonia, and strep throat, and how to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting sick.


The Importance of Self-Care

Although the concept of self-care is simple in theory, it is not easy to carry out consistently. Good self-care is key to better health, improved mood, reduced anxiety, good relationships with oneself and others and so much more. Awareness of how you are doing physically, emotionally and spiritually requires practice and constant attention. Too many of us wait until we are in crisis before we take the time to care for ourselves. Joining the show to discuss the importance of self-care is...


The Many Benefits of Physical Therapy in Cancer Care and Beyond

Most people think of physical therapy as exercises to regain mobility after surgery and recover from orthopedic and sports injuries. However, physical therapists can also help patients find relief from cancer related issues and other health concerns in the pelvic area. Joining the show to tell us more about the role physical therapy can play in cancer care and pelvic health is Christy Wilson. She is a physical therapist with Hendricks Regional Health.


When Should You See a Neurologist for Headaches?

Headaches are something many people experience. If your headache symptoms are severe enough, your primary care doctor may refer you to a neurologist. The neurodiagnostic services offered at Hendricks Regional Health assist physicians in diagnosing and treating neurological disorders and diseases. Neurologists are medical specialists that focus on diagnosing and treating disorders of the nervous system. Some of the common conditions they treat include headaches or migraines, stroke,...


What is a Nurse Practitioner?

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced clinical training in diagnosing and treating illness in patients of all ages. NPs perform physical examinations, provide preventative healthcare services, prescribe medications, perform minor procedures and help patients better manage chronic medical conditions. These advanced practice nurses work independently and collaboratively on the healthcare team to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors and prevent illness. Listen as Gina...


The Latest Treatments for Thyroid Disorders

According to the American Thyroid Association, women are more likely than men to have thyroid disorder. One in eight women will develop thyroid problems during her lifetime. Listen in as Dr. Priya Menon, Endocrinologist with Hendricks Regional Health, discusses Thyroid disorders and the treatments available that can help to dramatically increase your quality of life.


Managing Your Diabetes

If you or someone you love is living with diabetes, you already know it can be challenging. Living a full, healthy life with diabetes is within reach, but it takes commitment and the right team of health care professionals. Hendricks Regional Health offers a comprehensive team of nurses, dietitians and certified diabetes educators. Listen as Angie Thompson, NP , Diabetes Educator and Family Nurse Practitioner with Hendricks Regional Health Diabetes Center , explains that the The...


Breast Health from The Breast Center at Hendricks Regional Health

Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. That’s why it’s so important for women of all ages to be aware of their breast health, and for women age 40 and over to schedule an annual mammogram. Our Center for Breast and Bone Health is among a prestigious group of breast centers nationwide named to the National Accreditation Program for Breast...


How to Spot a Heart Attack (And When To Call 911!)

Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. It is important to recognize the signs of a heart attack and to act immediately by calling 911. A person's chance of surviving a heart attack increases if emergency treatment is administered as soon as possible. James Nossett, MD, is here to discuss the symptoms of a heart attack and...


Improving Your Child's School Readiness

So your child is starting kindergarten soon! This is an exciting time, but it can be scary too. You may have questions about whether your child is ready to go to school, or you may be wondering how you can help him get off to a good start. When parents nurture early language development, kids benefit in so many ways. For example, they have increased school readiness, improved social skills and are more confident. Much more is expected from today’s children when they enter school. That’s...


You're Pregnant! Now What Can You Expect?

We understand that every birth story is unique, but most are filled with a mixture of emotions including anticipation, excitement and sometimes a little nervousness. Many people have questions about pregnancy, what should you be feeling, what are some red flags to watch out for? At Hendricks Regional Health, we want your birth experience to be as magical as you’ve dreamed. The caring staff of our Childbirth Center gives comprehensive, family-focused care to support both moms and babies...