Health

Youth Summit Addresses Substance Abuse Prevention

Apr 17, 2019

Dozens of Indiana students attended a substance abuse prevention summit at the Statehouse. The event highlighted the expansion of one program to reduce prescription drug abuse. 

Youth Resiliency Partnership of Montgomery County

Almost half of all Montgomery County middle school students grapple with the challenges of growing up with divorced parents, and a quarter have a parent or other adult at home who’s gone to jail or prison.

Lawsuit Challenges Ban On Online Eye Exams In Indiana

Apr 15, 2019

Indiana is one of three states that bans online eye exams for prescriptive lens. A recently filed lawsuit challenges the restriction.

NASA Pegs Purdue For Deep Space Habitat Research

Apr 11, 2019
Illustration of the interior of a deep space habitat.  (Photo credit NASA)
NASA

A new project out of Purdue University will explore habitat options in deep space. The Resilient ExtraTerrestrial Habitats institute is one of two new programs recently announced by NASA.

Syringe Access Program Rolls Out In Indianapolis

Apr 11, 2019
The new Marion County syringe exchange mobile unit is unveiled in Indianapolis. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Indiana’s ninth syringe exchange program was launched in Marion County. 

Foster Youth Lag In Educational Attainment

Apr 9, 2019
Former foster youth Joshua Christian advocates for children in the system. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Foster youth in Indiana are less likely than other students to receive a quality education according to the first ever state assessment on the group

Indiana Marks 100 Problem-Solving Courts

Apr 8, 2019

Indiana marks a milestone with the addition of an alternative court in Pulaski County.  The state now has 100 problem-solving courts

Problem-solving courts tackle the underlying issues people face including substance abuse and mental health.  The latest specialized court to be certified in Indiana is a veteran’s treatment court. The courts offer treatment instead of incarceration and involve judges and community service teams who work with individuals to navigate the system. 

Rebecca Wilcox / Purdue University

Twenty-three thousand people die in the U.S every year due to antimicrobial bacteria, or superbugs. A Purdue University researcher says he may have found a way to deal with one of the worst.

MRSA is responsible for 11,000 American fatalities each year. But Mohamed Seleem, a professor of veterinary medicine, has a surprising solution: ten seconds of blue light exposure.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Indiana ranks second in the nation for the rate of child abuse victims, according to an annual report from the US Department of Health & Human Services.

The report says 18.6 in every 1,000 Hoosier children were victims of abuse in fiscal year 2017.

That’s more than double the national average. And it’s second only to neighboring Kentucky, where 22.2 in 1,000 children were abused that year.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Indiana is one of the ten worst states for the incidence of sudden unexpected infant deaths, or SUIDs. And in its area of the state, Tippecanoe County fares the worst of all its neighbors. But why, when the county has several hospitals and a major research university?

Who tracks the numbers?

Tippecanoe County Coroner Donna Avolt opens a cooler at the county health office. Inside are four body bags on stretchers.

“Anything under 18 we are required by law to do an autopsy and that’s fine we’re also required to do x-rays,” she says.

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