Health

Enrollment for Medicare is open right now and country’s top Medicare official says some Hoosiers could be paying less.

Youth who have touched the juvenile justice system in Indiana will benefit from new federal funding to prevent substance abuse. 

In rural areas, access to mental health services can be limited, sometimes even more so for teens and children. And the need for these services is growing, so one Midwestern school is using technology to help bridge this gap.

Lawmakers heard testimony Wednesday about allowing nurses in Indiana to treat patients independently. It’s an issue lawmakers have explored for the past few years.

Indiana's Childhood Obesity Rate Poor Yet Steady

Oct 14, 2019

Indiana is among the worst states in the country for childhood obesity, according to newly released data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. However, experts say the situation is stabilizing. 

Two more deaths in Indiana are linked to vaping-related illness according to a news release from the state health department. 

Scientists from around the country were in Indianapolis this week to learn more about technological innovations in the state.  The first Indiana National Lab Day hosted federal science and technology leaders and Indiana researchers to highlight quantum science and engineering work being done in the state. 

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The search for pharmaceutical treatments for Alzheimer’s and dementia has so far been unsuccessful, but a new drug discovery center aims to change that.

The National Institutes of Health is gifting $36 million to fund the new center, one of two to be established nationwide.  The Indiana University School of Medicine will partner with Purdue University to develop research tools and technologies to identify new treatment options.

Alan Palkowitz will lead the center.  He was previously the vice president of discovery chemistry research at Eli Lilly.

Prescription drug prices have continued to increase and the reasons are complicated.  A study committee examining causes of high drug costs heard about rebates, high deductible insurance plans and tiered drug systems as reasons why. 

Indiana health care prices are much higher than in many other states and a new analysis points to even higher prices in some areas. 

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