RMH Blog

How long will my new hip (or knee) last?

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A frequent question asked by total joint replacement patients is “How long will my new hip (or knee) last?”   For many years, the standard reply has been “15 to 20 years”. Recent research involving 500,000 patients from six different countries suggests that, for many, these numbers may be too low. […]

Do Weighted Blankets Work?

Weighted blankets are the latest thing in DIY insomnia cures. These blankets are heavier than normal, commonly ranging from 7 to 20 pounds in weight. They cost between $100 and $300 and come in standard king, queen and twin sizes.   But do they work?   Given how recently they have become […]

When is it safe to leave your child home alone?

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Many parents struggle with the decision of when it’s safe to leave their children home alone.  In Indiana, there isn’t a specific legal age for this, so it’s up to parents to decide. It would be easy if there were a set age for staying home alone, but not all 12 […]

7 Health Tips for Traveling Abroad 

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Summer’s here, and vacation season has arrived. If you’re traveling out of the country, here are 7  health tips to keep in mind.    Get your travel vaccines well ahead of time. For a list of vaccinations needed and health concerns by country, visit Destinations | Travelers’ Health | CDC   When planning your trip, check on the […]

Healthy Aging: Strength Training and Osteoporosis 

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Many of us associate strength training with weight lifting muscle builders working on their six-packs. This stereotype, however, ignores the overall health benefits of strength training. When done over a long period of time, strength training can help prevent multiple chronic illnesses, including osteoporosis.   Osteoporosis, which causes a decrease […]

Is there a link between increased rheumatoid arthritis pain and nightshades?

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When you have a difficult and complicated disease such as rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases, it’s common to look for a connection between your symptoms and what you eat. In some cases, science can pinpoint a concrete link, or explanation, that verifies word-of-mouth reports. In other cases, research rejects […]

Avoiding Athlete’s Foot

The itchy red rash or dry, scaling skin of Athlete’s foot isn’t serious by itself, but it can certainly be annoying, especially if it comes back again and again. In some cases, it can also lead to a more serious bacterial infection.   Like many healthcare issues, it’s easier to prevent athlete’s foot than it is to get […]

Mammogram news: What is breast density and why does it matter?   

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It’s easy to get alarmed when our mammogram report contains information we don’t understand. One term that appears on a lot of mammograms is the phrase “dense breasts”. What does this mean? Is it a good thing or a bad thing?  In order to understand what a “dense breast” is, it helps to […]

Self-care for the Caregiver of a Suicide Attempt Survivor 

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“If you don’t do things to keep your cup full, you have nothing left to give others.”  This seems like a pretty practical and obvious “life lesson”, right? Unfortunately, it is often forgotten when you’re caring for and loving someone experiencing a mental health crisis and suicidal ideation. It seems […]

The RMH Patient Portal, Your “One Stop Shop” for Medication Information 

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Location in the Portal  The RMH Patient Portal provides a great dashboard for managing your health, including how to manage your medications. Located under the “Health Record” section of the portal, the Medications section includes a variety of features.   Print-ready List of Medications  There is a list of all of […]