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A large coalition — made up of doctors, legal experts, advocacy groups, and others — is petitioning the state to lower its threshold for when public health agencies should address elevated blood lead levels in children.

The City of Gary recently received a more than $27,000 grant to help prevent child lead poisoning. Among other things, the city plans to help educate the parents and healthcare providers of kids with elevated blood lead levels.

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The opioid crisis has spurred some health providers to crack down on prescribing opioids. After a recent review, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has clarified guidelines that address this.

Forty Percent Of Rare 'Polio-Like' Cases Are In The Midwest

Oct 24, 2018
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t know why young children across the country are coming down with a rare condition called Acute Flaccid Myelitis. Many are calling AFM  a “polio-like” illness, because it causes weakness and paralysis in childrens’ arms and legs.

One Case Lands Indiana On Measles Watchlist

Aug 24, 2018
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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. 

Tick-borne Illness On Rise In Hoosier State

Jul 26, 2018
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Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deb McMahon said doctors are getting better at asking patients about travel when they present with symptoms typical of tick- or mosquito-borne illnesses. 

But it is still up to you to protect yourself.

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds only 15 percent of Hoosiers get the recommended amount of weekly physical activity. 

The guidelines were established in 2008 and include weekly aerobic activity and muscle strengthening exercise.  The CDC data from 2010-2015 ranks Hoosiers 47th nationwide for meeting the recommendations.

Only 10 percent of Indiana’s women meet the levels.   

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Indiana’s Republican U.S. Senator wants to expand national efforts to address infectious diseases caused by substance abuse disorders.

The Scott County HIV outbreak helped spark the idea for the legislation.

The “Eliminating Opioid-Related Infectious Disease Act” would allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to expand education, monitoring and treatment efforts for infectious diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C.

Opioid Overdoses May Be Seriously Undercounted

Mar 21, 2018
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In a refrigerator in the coroner’s office in Marion County, Indiana, rows of vials await testing. They contain blood, urine and vitreous, the fluid collected from inside a human eye. In overdose cases, the fluids may contain clues for investigators. 

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New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Indiana has a significant increase in overdoses cases.

The report examines the most recent data on overdoses at emergency departments. Indiana experienced a 35 percent increase in visits a trend that Indianapolis EMS medical director Dan O’Donnell says isn’t surprising.

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