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What is Palliative Care

Palliative Care is often confused with Hospice. Dr. Elaina DiOrio explains the difference between the two, the types of services palliative care provide and the types of patients who may benefit from palliative care.


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.


Food Safety During the Hot Summer Months

Many families plan get-togethers during the summer – but if you are not careful, these celebrations of summer fun and sun can end up making everyone sick. Sandy Benson, an Infection Preventionist at Hendricks Regional Health, is here to tell us how four simple steps (clean, separate, cook, chill) can protect you and your loved ones from food poisoning.


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...


Clearing Up Common Healthcare-Related Insurance Billing Questions

If you are someone who is in need of health insurance, or you pay medical bills, you might have noticed the terminology can be a little confusing. When you get bills for medical expenses, do you understand what a copay is, or what it means when they say you have to meet your deductible, or out of pocket max? Understanding some of the more important terms can go a long way to helping you get the insurance that will work for you and to help you figure out exactly how much a treatment will...


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.


Making Pediatric Patients and Parents Comfortable Before Surgery

When your child needs surgery it is bound to cause some anxiety, for both of you. Your job as a parent is to help make the process as easy as possible for your child. But that can be hard to do when you are experiencing your own worries and concerns. Research shows that kids feel better faster and heal more quickly when they are prepared for their surgery. Here to speak with us today about steps the hospital takes to get children (and their parents) comfortable for an upcoming pediatric...


Raising a Child with ADHD

ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed behavior disorder of childhood. It is characterized by inattention, impulsivity, and, in some cases, hyperactivity. These symptoms usually happen together. However, one may happen without the other(s). In this information packed segment, pediatrician Ruth McCluskey, MD., joins the show to discuss raising a child with ADHD and treatment options available at 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,...


CARE Act and Advanced Directives

The Care Act enacted January 2016 in Indiana has impacted who can make a decision concerning a patient's health care choices. And many patients are easily confused by the number of Patient Designees they may be asked to designate to make health care choices for them should they become incapacitated or unable to communicate wishes. Rhonda Conrad, Director of Transitions of Care at Hendricks Regional Health, has information that is important for anyone who may need to stay in the hospital or...


Building Healthy Relationships

When you first start a relationship it can seem like everything is new and exciting. However, to have a successful long-term relationship, effort is needed by both parties to ensure the relationship is healthy and that it lasts. How do you build a healthy, long lasting relationship? Dr. Tanya Farman, with Hendricks Regional Health, joins us today to explain the basic characteristics of a healthy relationship and to provide guidance on when a person may want to seek professional assistance.


Recommended Health Screenings for People Over 50

Your 50’s are a new stage in your life. Even though you’ve always done things the same way for decades and everything has worked out fine, entering a new life phase means new preventative measures to take to stay healthy for decades more. In this segment, Dr. Jennifer Allen discusses the important screenings people over 50 years old should have performed and how to interpret the results.


Preventive Health Screenings for Women

As a women, do you understand the results of the exams you receive from your gynecologist? There seems to be a misunderstanding that might be exacerbated by new guidelines that women should have a pap smear done every three years. This leads some women to think they don’t need to visit their gynecologist for 3 years, when in fact, the annual exam covers several body parts including the uterus, breasts and ovaries as well as other preventive healthcare checks including STD screenings,...


The Latest Non Surgical Treatments for Carpal Tunnel

The most common cause of hand or wrist pain we treat is carpal tunnel syndrome. Over time, prolonged positions — such as typing on a keyboard — can cause swelling along the carpal tunnel. This narrow passageway allows nerves and tendons to reach your fingers. Swelling can press down on the nerve, resulting in feeling pain in the hands, numbness or tingling with activity, cramping, or difficulty performing routine tasks. Listen as David Harsha, MD discusses different treatment options for...


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...