Health

New ECHO Project At IUPUI Focuses On HIV

Feb 26, 2019

A recently-launched project in Indiana trains providers across the state to properly treat HIV.  

Mounting evidence shows that an annual at-home stool test may be just as effective as a colonoscopy for people at average risk for colon cancer.  New research from Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute conducted a review of 31 previous studies.

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Lauren Chapman

Indiana has more children taken from their homes as the result of suspected child abuse or neglect than the national average. The Indiana Department of Child Services is in the process of reforming a number of policies related to these cases. 

Annual Data Book Outlines Hoosier Youth Wellbeing

Feb 20, 2019

The 25th annual Indiana Kids Count Data Book was presented at the Statehouse Tuesday. The book gives lawmakers, agencies and other community groups a look at how Indiana youth fare. 

Raise It For Health Rallies At Statehouse

Feb 19, 2019
Hoosier teens rallied in support of raising Indiana's cigarette tax. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

  

People from around Indiana met at the Statehouse Tuesday to push lawmakers to raise the cigarette tax. The rally focused on the health benefits of such a measure. 

Most states allow minors to consent to pregnancy-related care. But in Indiana, teens cannot legally consent to prenatal, labor and postpartum care, including testing and epidurals.

Last year the federal government rolled back rules that restricted short-term health insurance plans. These plans do not have to comply with protections under the Affordable Care Act, including pre-existing conditions.

A proposal to include newborn screenings for a genetic disease called Krabbe is headed to the Indiana Senate.

Courtesy Amanda Balser / Tippecanoe Co. Health Dept.

The Tippecanoe County needle exchange program is ordering a second mobile unit. The health department plans to order the vehicle next week.

Officials announced the purchase of the $147,000 vehicle Thursday, the funding for which will come from state grants. Officials hope to have it in service by October.

County Health Officer Jeremy Adler says the trailer they’re currently using works for the needle exchange, but the new one offers more amenities.

Indiana may not be fully prepared for disaster, disease outbreak or bioterrorism, according to a new report. A new national assessment places the state in the bottom tier. 

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