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More than 110,000 Hoosiers suffer from some form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. 

There's currently a growing trend to use more personalized therapy options for patients.

In Indianapolis, a handful of Butler University students work with residents who have Alzheimer's and dementia at an assisted living facility.

They are crafting a personalized therapeutic tool – a music playlist.

Ninety-one-year-old Bessie Mays talks about growing up in Nashville, Tennessee. 

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As the presidential election came to an end, a trending question among citizens went like this: how did the polls get it so wrong?

A pair of Indiana political scientists say some increasingly common errors led to this year’s wildly inaccurate political polling.

Butler University’s Gregory Shufeldt says groups such as minorities and disaffected white voters were consistently underrepresented.

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Public health experts are noting the differences in vaccination requirements at Indiana colleges in the wake of three schools announcing cases of the mumps this year.

For public schools in Indiana, the rules for vaccinations are simple. The law requires anyone attending to have shots protecting them from diptheria, tetanus, measles, mumps and rubella.

But with private schools, it’s a little more complicated, says Ross Silverman, who teaches health policy and management at the IU School of Public Health:

More Mumps Confirmed At IU-Bloomington

Mar 1, 2016
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At least eight cases of the mumps are now being reported on the IU Bloomington campus.

Mumps cases have also been reported at other Indiana colleges, but health officials say at this point, there does not appear to be any connection between the cases at Butler, IU-Bloomington and IUPUI.

Up to 30-percent of people who have mumps may not show symptoms, so it can be difficult to determine who may be infectious or how people may have been exposed.

Indiana Colleges Offer Mumps Shots After Disease Appears On Multiple Campuses

Feb 23, 2016
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More cases of mumps are popping up on several of Indiana’s college campuses -- prompting Butler University and Indiana University to offer free measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations to students and faculty in an attempt to control an outbreak.

At this time, the State Department of Health the outbreaks don’t appear to be connected, however.

Indiana University has confirmed four cases on its Bloomington campus and one student has contracted mumps at IUPUI. Butler says it has nine cases of the virus and is isolating infected students.


More than half a dozen university presidents have penned open letters opposing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA.

“I had been watching the law develop and its repercussions over a couple days and I felt personally very strong about it," says DePauw University President Brian Casey. Like most, Casey's letter is personal – addressed as much from the administrator as from the university.

Hundreds Remember Abdul-Rahman Kassig At Memorial Service

Nov 24, 2014
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Hundreds of mourners poured into Butler University’s Clowes Memorial Hall for a funeral service honoring aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig last night.

ISIS released a video last week revealing they’d killed the Indianapolis native. 

The memorial service was centered around an important aspect of Abdul-Rahman Kassig’s life – his faith.

It honored both his Methodist upbringing and his recent conversion to Islam.

Friends say Kassig voluntarily chose to embrace the religion while in captivity and changed his name from Peter to Abdul-Rahman.

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An estimated 100,000 people in Indiana suffer from Alzheimer's disease, and a special production sheds light on the impact it has on them and their loved ones. The off-Broadway play 'Surviving Grace' follows a daughter's emotional journey caring for a mother with Alzheimer's. National Public Radio host Diane Rehm plays the mother in a special reading of Act One that will be presented in Indianapolis. She calls it an eye-opening experience.

"It's funny, it's poignant, it's sad, it's unbelievable and it is true," says Rehm.