Health

The discovery of a new drug compound could lead to non-opioid pain medication. 

Alzheimer's Study Moves Ahead With Large NIH Grant

Oct 5, 2018

One year after it was announced, the first large-scale study of early Alzheimer’s disease receives a big boost from the National Institutes of Health. The $44.7 million grant is the single largest for the Indiana University School of Medicine.

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Steve Dillman thinks he can trace his prostate cancer back to August 1, 1985.

Protect Our Care Bus Tour Makes Indiana Stops

Oct 2, 2018

A coalition of groups working to preserve the Affordable Care Act, ACA, has two stops in Indiana on its first nationwide bus tour this week.  

Courtesy Purdue University

Today’s nurses may be using outdated materials that keep them from training future moms how to properly breastfeed. But Purdue engineering students are unveiling a device to aid them.

The device uses a plastic baby doll, equipped with sensors, to simulate a newborn. The doll interacts with a model of a female torso and gives feedback to health professionals whether the nipple is placed correctly for the child to nurse.

Event Provides Overdose Reversal Drug, Training

Sep 28, 2018
Free naloxone was distributed at the event at IUPUI. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

The public had an opportunity to learn to administer the overdose reversal drug naloxone in Indianapolis. The event was held simultaneously at four public libraries in the city.

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Purdue University researchers are developing ways to use magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, scans to better detect breast cancer. But they haven’t tested their theories on humans yet. 

Biomedical engineering professor Joseph Rispoli says currently, scans are limited to a one-size-fits-all approach to detecting tumors. But he says his team’s efforts could allow an MRI scan to adjust for differing tissue density by using higher-strength magnetic fields.

Indiana will receive more than $18 million a year, for two years to address the opioid epidemic. The funds are part of a $1 billion package announced this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS.

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Jennifer Weingart

 

The Indiana Department of Health is reviewing a order from a judge that recommends a proposed abortion clinic in South Bend be licensed.

 

Mental Wellness Focus At First Responder Conference

Sep 14, 2018
Brandon Dreiman led a session on mental health at the annual Indiana Emergency Response Conference. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

The annual Indiana Emergency Response Conference was held in Indianapolis and mental health was the focus during a number of sessions.

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