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How to Choose a Hospital

From the 2010 Winter StayHealthy publication

All hospitals are not alike. To find the best care for yourself and your loved ones, consider asking the following questions when choosing a hospital:

Is the hospital accredited by the Joint Commission?
The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that sets the standards that measure healthcare...

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Free Class "Weight Loss Bootcamp"

On February 25, 2010, Indiana’s top hypnotist and America's #1 Expert on Self Sabotage will be hosting a FREE "Weight Loss Bootcamp" CLASS. This class will reveal the secrets to getting thinner, healthier, and happier without dieting! You'll learn how to eliminate cravings, stay motivated to lose weight and keep it off, and how to overcome self-sabotage.

Tim has successfully helped thousands of people to lose weight, control stress, and create positive changes in their lives. “Hypnotism simply means you are utilizing your powerful...

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Lumineers Are Simply Another Brand Name

Question: "Dr. Arnold, I've seen a lot of advertisements in magazines for Lumineers lately. What are they, and do they work well?"

Answer: There are several dental laboratories that have begun to market their products directly to the public at the national level. Several of these labs are specifically marketing their porcelain veneers under particular trademarked names that they have developed.

In my opinion this trend has several benefits and potential drawbacks. ...

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Join the Fight Against Heart Disease in Women at 'Valpo Goes Red' Event on Wednesday, February 3, at Valparaiso University

Valparaiso will join the fight against heart disease in women at the Valpo Goes Red event on Wednesday, February 3 at 8:30 a.m. at Valparaiso University’s Harre Union Ballroom. The event, part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, will feature a heart-healthy breakfast, a keynote address from a heart disease survivor and an appearance from Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas, who will declare Friday, February 5th “Go Red for Women Day” in Valparaiso—joining the nation as it turns red on national Go Red for Women day, just two days after the breakfast. Tickets for the event are $25 each and can be purchased by calling 219-996-4958...

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Healthy Parental Participation in Youth Sports: The Good News and The Better News

Written by Bob Franko, Vice President of Development and Marketing

With old man winter down in the count, and as spring takes a few warm up swings in the on-deck circle, many communities have already started – or will soon begin – sign ups for spring sports. Little League officials are meeting, soccer league boards are sketching plans for the upcoming season and optimism runs high for hot fun under the summer sun.

One topic on their agendas over the past few years has...

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Salon Goes Red

Join the fight against heart disease in women at the Terry Abner Salon on Thursday, February 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event, part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, will include wine, heart-healthy hors d’oeuvres, nutrition and exercise tips, and fashion and make-up consultations. Music for the evening will be provided by Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas. Tickets for the event are $25 each and can be purchased by calling 219-996-4958. The Terry Abner Salon is located at 401 East Lincoln Way in Valparaiso.

Salon owner Terry Abner is a...

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Legal and Financial Decision-Making

The Alzheimer's Association of Greater Indiana will present “Making Life Decisions,” a free education program that will feature information on legal and financial issues for people caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The program will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at the Westchester Library, 100 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton 46304. The featured speaker is William Green, an Elder Law Attorney.

“Making Life Decisions” provides information about possible care options, legal and financial issues. Topics include...

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Root Canal Therapy Saves Teeth

Question: “Dr. Arnold, I’m supposed to get a root canal next week. If that is supposed to take care of my toothache, why do I also need a crown?”

Answer: The most common purpose of root canal therapy is to eliminate pain, and in most cases people experience immediate relief from their pain once local anesthetic is administered. Additionally, performing root canal therapy makes the restoration of a compromised tooth possible. The only other option for pain relief is removal of the tooth.

Porter Health System's Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit To Celebrate First Anniversary

Porter’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit -- the only program of its kind in Northwest Indiana -- will host its first Anniversary Celebration featuring a community educational open house from 4 to 6:30 pm, Friday, Jan. 29, 2010 in the unit at Porter Portage Hospital Campus, 3630 Willowcreek Road in Portage.

Much different than a traditional hospital or a nursing home, the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit is ideal for patients recovering from stroke, spinal cord injury or neurological dysfunction who need a combination of therapies. It specializes in an intensive,...

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What's the Buzz: Protein

Protein is an essential nutrient that is important to good health. It is used by our bodies to produce and grow muscles, hair, nails, skin and internal organs. Proteins used for synthesis within the body are comprised of amino acids, many of which the body cannot produce on its own. We therefore must ingest protein to supplement the body's amino acid production to enable us to grow, heal, and function normally.

The great thing about protein is that it's not only delicious and nutritious, but easy to get in a variety of forms! Everyone knows that meat contains protein, but so do dairy products, nuts, legumes, and other sources.

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Replacement Options for Missing Teeth

Question: “Dr. Arnold, I recently had a tooth removed, and my dentist says that I need to replace it. How important is this, and should I get an implant or a bridge?”

Answer: After losing a tooth, it is generally very important to replace that missing tooth to prevent the other teeth from shifting. Teeth that have shifted often create areas that are difficult to keep clean, which can lead to periodontal (gum) problems and decay (cavities). Additionally, teeth which have shifted may no longer fit together properly, thus causing excessive wear,...

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