Health

A national addiction policy group launched an Indiana chapter this week with an aim to create more resources for families and individuals struggling with addiction.

The Addiction Policy Forum works to raise awareness and improve policy related to the opioid and addiction crisis.  

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Lauren Chapman

The GOP tax bill ended the individual mandate that required Americans to have insurance.  A new analysis of its impact predicts many Hoosiers may opt out.  It also takes a look at other ways Hoosiers health care may be effected because of the tax law.  

Report: Indiana Air Pollution Hurts Hoosier Health

Apr 18, 2018

A new national report outlines the impact of pollution in Indiana on public health and finds communities across the state register significant negative impacts.

Indianapolis, South Bend and Madison rank low for communities that experience poor air quality leading to asthma, respiratory and cardiovascular conditions. American Lung Association Senior Vice President Paul Billings says factors like vehicle traffic impact air quality in northern and central Indiana. 

Indiana University Health is now providing genetic screenings to identify high risk strains of the human papillomavirus or HPV that causes cervical cancer. About 250 Hoosier women are diagnosed with this cancer every year.

Cytopathologist Melissa Randolph explains to Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Jill Sheridan how the screenings work and who they benefit.

Hoosier Nonprofits Concerned About Proposed SNAP Cuts

Apr 16, 2018

The first look at cuts that could be coming to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, have some Hoosiers worried.  

The House Farm Bill would change eligibility and work requirements for the food assistance program. 

The SNAP Works for Hoosiers campaign includes Feeding Indiana’s Hungry. Executive director Emily Weikert Bryant says the changes would have a negative impact. 

Indiana State Of Our Health Tour Kicks Off

Apr 13, 2018
Community Health Network CEO and Alliance Chairman Bryan Mills addresses the State of Our Health summit in Indianapolis. (Alliance for a Healthier Indiana)
Jill Sheridan

The inaugural Indiana State of Our Health Summit was held in Indianapolis.  The event also kicked off a statewide tour to raise awareness about Indiana’s poor health rankings.

Study Examines ACA Impact On Cognitive Impairment

Apr 13, 2018

An Indiana researcher co-authored the first study to look at whether or not an annual wellness visit improves the detection of cognitive impairment. 

Rush Addresses Opioid Epidemic On Legal Panel

Apr 10, 2018
Chief Justice Loretta Rush on a 2016 panel. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush participated in a panel discussion about the legal issues involved in the opioid epidemic in Washington D.C. this week.  

Partnership Offers Rides To Alzheimer's Trials

Apr 10, 2018

Alzheimer's scientists say they can't find a cure if they can't do the research, and they can't do the research if they don't have volunteers.

One of the biggest challenges for clinical trial participants is transportation. A new partnership aims to provide rides for volunteers in a new Eli Lilly study in Indianapolis and other locations across the country.  

UIndy Launches Addiction Counseling Programs

Apr 5, 2018

The University of Indianapolis’ new addiction counseling programs are in response to a need in Indiana.

Currently, Indiana has too few behavioral health specialists to address mental health needs. And only 10 percent of this group focus specifically on addiction.

College of Applied Behavioral Sciences Dean Anita Thomas says most current behavioral health programs don’t offer enough training specializing in addiction.

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