Health

A bill to create three comprehensive addiction recovery centers is making its way through the Statehouse. The proposal would fund centers in northern, central and southern Indiana and address numerous components involved in recovery.

Indiana Obesity Rates Continue To Rise

Mar 16, 2019

A new report finds Indiana has the 12th worst obesity rate in the nation and the number Hoosiers who are obese or overweight continues to climb.

Indiana’s first new psychiatric hospital in decades has opened in Indianapolis.  The NeuroDiagnostic Institute, or NDI will offer early diagnosis and advanced treatment to Hoosiers with serious psychiatric conditions.

Indiana University sued the state over a 2016 anti-abortion law bars anyone from acquiring, receiving, selling, or transferring aborted fetal tissue. (WFIU/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that parts of an Indiana anti-abortion law are not too vague to be constitutional, reversing a lower court decision.

IU Health Chief Medical Executive Jonathan Gottlieb says the system's approach to opioids has allowed prescribers to reassess their practices. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Indiana health systems are seeing a reduction in opioid prescriptions in response to the state’s epidemic. 

Leaders from Indiana University School of Medicine and Purdue University’s College of Engineering sign a memorandum of understanding to formalize the partnership. (Photo provided by Purdue University)
Jill Sheridan

A new partnership between two Indiana schools aims to advance health care technology by pairing medical researchers with engineers. 

(Courtesy of American Cancer Society)
Lauren Chapman

A new initiative launched in Indiana will support women-led cancer research.

More women are entering the science field but still struggle to land in leadership positions. The new program from the American Cancer Society in Indiana will raise funds and awareness.  

Becca Costello / WFIU News

Montgomery County commissioners have established a fund to improve overdose response and recovery methods. The money comes from a $25,000 award given to Montgomery County and IUPUI’s Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health.

County health department administrator Amber Reed says they’re working to provide care and resources for people who come to emergency rooms after an overdose.

Health researchers in Indiana are knocking on doors to collect surveys – and DNA samples. A growing number of studies factor in zip code when considering health outcomes.

E-Cigarette Tax Would Impact Small Businesses

Mar 11, 2019

A bill to tax electronic cigarettes in Indiana is moving through the legislature and some say the proposal needs work.

An Illinois Senate bill aims to help children who are at risk of entering state custody because of issues caused by untreated mental illness. The measure comes as states grapple with ways to help parents who face a heartbreaking choice: giving up custody to obtain expensive treatment for a child.

More than 100,000 Hoosiers live with Alzheimer’s disease and that number is expected to rise 18 percent by 2025.

A new report on the disease highlights the need for better detection.

Indianapolis-based drug company Eli Lilly says it will soon start selling a cheaper insulin for diabetic patients. The move comes amid outcry over high drug prices.

Hachimoji DNA Creation Could Help Alien Exploration

Mar 4, 2019
Dr. Millie Georgiadis stands by the equipment that helped map the new DNA model. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

An Indiana scientist has helped develop a new type of synthetic DNA, and says it might help astrobiologists think differently about alien life. 

School Mental Health Bill Clears Senate

Feb 27, 2019

A bill to provide mental health care for Indiana students narrowly passed the Senate this week.  The legislation was written in response to school safety. 

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