Health

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Shiny silver shovels turned a mound of ceremonial sand Thursday as West Lafayette officials commemorated the construction – already begun behind them – of the city’s new wellness and aquatic center.

West Lafayette Redevelopment Commission Chair Larry Oates says the project had been looked at as a goal for decades in the future – until a 2016 meeting with a consultant to discuss a parks master plan.

Isaiah Seibert / WNIN

Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital now has a second emergency room. The former Indianapolis Colts quarterback came to Evansville Wednesday for the grand opening.

The new emergency room is located in an upgraded section of St. Vincent Evansville’s ER. It includes seven private rooms dedicated to pediatric care.

Peyton Manning says he looks forward to continued growth.   

"The collaboration and the integration, those are the two words we keep stressing," he says. "It just provides more care for people closer to home."

National Drug Czar Visits Indiana To Talk Opioids

Aug 14, 2019

The head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy visited Indiana this week to talk with state leaders about the opioid crisis. Drug Czar Jim Carroll says that he wants to share with other states and the federal government what led to a recent drop in overdose deaths in Indiana. 

Health leaders are raising awareness about a new initiative to tackle Indiana's high infant and maternal mortality rates. The state launched a public awareness campaign this week. 

U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) says he supports President Donald Trump’s proposal to import low-cost prescription drugs from Canada.

Indiana Officials Call Meth Emerging Drug Crisis

Aug 9, 2019

Meth – this is the drug the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse says needs more attention.

The commission met Thursday to discuss the emerging drug, in a shift that comes after years of statewide focus on the opioid epidemic. A recent preliminary Centers for Disease Control report shows promising signs that the opioid epidemic may be slowing.

An Indiana scientist has been awarded $21 million from the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs to study chronic low back pain in veterans. Researchers say they hope to find innovative solutions to a widespread issue. 

The National Federation of the Blind filed a lawsuit in federal district court against the Indiana state agency that handles Medicaid benefits. The lawsuit alleges the state agency has committed “systemic violations of the civil rights of blind Indiana residents.” 

Infant Deaths High In Four Midwest States, CDC Says

Aug 6, 2019

Four Midwestern states have infant mortality rates “significantly higher” than the U.S. average, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control says.

On Aug. 1, Indiana began a new state policy to help people stop smoking. Now, most Hoosiers can now get smoking cessation medications straight from a pharmacist. State leaders hope this will combat Indiana's high smoking rate. 

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