Health

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According to a recent report released by the Indiana Department of Child Services, the majority of fatalities due to child abuse or neglect occur in babies and toddlers.

Of the 66 fatalities that occurred in 2014—the most recent year in which data is available—60 percent occurred in children three years old or younger.

DCS spokesman James Wide says the youngest children are the most vulnerable.

“If we’re not actively supervising these children then they will get into things that will hurt them,” he says.

Indiana governor Mike Pence is in the spotlight this week as the man Donald Trump has chosen as his running mate. His decisions about health and healthcare in Indiana have drawn attention from within and outside the state. And his record could be important in November, because his running mate doesn’t have a legislative record at all.

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Medical resident Braca Cantor is on her lunch break during one of her rotation shifts at St Vincent's in Indianapolis. She’s carrying a cardboard clam of cafeteria food and has her long white doctor’s coat on…which is significant. As a med student, she used to wear a short white coat—“One is like a cocktail dress and the other is like….you’re going to a gala.”

 

Planned Parenthood will close six of its clinics in Indiana by the end of the year. But it won't affect the availability of abortion services in the state.

The women's health provider will close its Muncie and Terre Haute clinics this month, and merge four others with nearby neighbors.

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Firefighters from around the state are participating in cancer-prevention training this week in Indianapolis. 

Firefighters are regularly exposed to cancer-causing chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde and poly-aromatic hydrocarbons. And cancer is their leading cause of death. Indianapolis firefighter and cancer survivor Mike Estridge says the health threat was underestimated for years.  

“We knew that there was a problem but we didn’t know how bad the problem was,” he says.

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Latino teens demonstrate higher levels of stress, depression and suicidal thoughts than any other school-age demographic in the state.

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Jill Sheridan reports on one Indiana summer camp that aims to address this problem.  

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Thanks to new laws lifting restrictions on the availability of naloxone, the overdose-intervention drug is now easier to find than ever before. But the drug’s skyrocketing price means certain public health agencies are having to hustle to keep it on the shelves.

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An increase in the number of hepatitis C infections attributable to injection drug use has prompted Tippecanoe County Health Officer Jeremy Adler to start developing a plan to stem the spread of the virus.

County data show 61 percent of new hepatitis C cases last year occurred in people who had injected drugs, an increase from 50 percent in 2014, and 37 percent in 2013.

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Indiana currently has six clinics, in four counties, providing elective abortions. That means only about four percent of counties have abortion providers—less than the average of 11 percent nationwide. But despite recent victories for the pro-choice movement, that’s unlikely to change.

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Brenda Crawford lives in Indianapolis. She began having trouble with her primary care doctor when she started getting older.

"There’s so many times that you try to explain what’s going on,” she says, “and if it’s something they haven’t experienced or had in another patient, they just don’t know and they don’t understand.”

She said she believes her doctors cared about her, but couldn’t keep up with her multiple conditions as well as with the complicated medical insurance procedures elderly people bring into the clinic along with their illnesses.

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