Health

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.

Report: Indiana 12th Worst State For Obesity

Sep 13, 2018
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Lauren Chapman

The number of obese Hoosier adults ticked up slightly and policies to prevent obesity still lag despite growing awareness. 

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Lauren Chapman

A new clinical trial in Indiana will study an alternative treatment for hypertension by targeting nerves that can raise a person’s blood pressure. 

Stress messages from the nervous system can result in high blood pressure.  A new study involving Franciscan Health doctors uses a catheter procedure to disable nerves in arteries near the kidney that send these signals. 

Teen First In Indiana To Recieve New Cancer Treatment

Sep 10, 2018
Kylee Sweat is Riley Hospital’s first ever CAR T patient and the first pediatric patient to start treatment in Indiana. (Photo Iu Riley Hospital)
Jill Sheridan

An Indiana teenager is the first in the state to receive a new type of cancer treatment for leukemia. CAR T cell therapy was just approved by the FDA last year. 

Indiana Bike and Walk Summit was held in Indianapolis. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Communities across Indiana are finding ways to be more walkable and bikeable.  An annual summit in Indianapolis highlighted success stories and challenges they face. 

The announcement of the global health initiative was made at Purdue University. (Photo Purdue John Underwood)
Jill Sheridan

Purdue University has been chosen to lead a new research effort to address extreme poverty across the globe.

The university will recieve a $70 million investment from the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, which aims to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. 

Extreme poverty impacts the health of millions through food insecurity, water safety, disease and violence.

Survey Finds Vaping Up Among Indiana Youth

Aug 24, 2018

The annual Indiana Youth Survey looks at substance use, mental health and other addiction risk factors.  This year’s assessment found a significant increase in use of electronic cigarettes by middle and high schoolers. 

One Case Lands Indiana On Measles Watchlist

Aug 24, 2018
A rash forms on a person with measles 3-5 days after they contract the virus. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Lauren Chapman

Indiana is one of 21 states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention placed on a watch list for measles.  The state has had one reported case of measles. It takes three to declare an outbreak. 

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