Some Hoosiers May Need Another MMR Shot

May 3, 2019
A rash forms on a person with measles three to five days after they contract the virus. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Lauren Chapman

This week the Indiana State Department of Health made it easier for anyone to get the measles, mumps and rubella, or MMR, vaccine, without a prescription.

Free naloxone was distributed at the event at IUPUI as part of the Grand Challenge. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

Indiana University joins a group of more than 100 organizations dedicated addressing opioid misuse to share research and data with the National Academy of Medicine. 

Jim McClelland, executive director for drug prevention, treatment and enforcement, delivers the keynote address at an event discussing opioids in the workplace. (Justin Hicks/IPB News)
Justin Hicks

An employee benefits firm brought together companies and lawmakers Wednesday in Indianapolis to address the effects of opioid addiction on workplaces across the state. 

The Indiana Health Department issued a standing order Tuesday allowing Hoosiers to obtain the measles vaccine from any pharmacy that carries it.

Lauren Chapman

An effort to raise Indiana’s tobacco tax failed during this year’s legislative session as well as other attempts to reduce smoking in the Hoosier state. 

Jill Sheridan

A new tool is available for Indiana medical providers to fulfill continuing education requirements. The training is focused on opioid prescribing and abuse.

Drug Take Back Highlights New Search Tool

Apr 27, 2019

Indiana has expanded many policies and programs to deal with the opioid epidemic. Prescription drug take back events are one tool to help prevent misuse and overdose. 

Public Health Funding Report Finds Indiana Behind

Apr 26, 2019

Indiana lags behind other states when it comes to public health funding, according to a new report.  The analysis examines what the state spends to prevent disease and injury.

Funding For Doulas Cut Out Of Budget

Apr 25, 2019
Sen. Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis) is the bill's author. She says the legislature was more focused on limiting women's access to health care than reducing infant mortality. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

A bill to cover doulas under Medicaid passed the Indiana legislature and was signed into law. The money for the measure, however, was stripped out of the budget in the last days of session.

(Courtesy of Purdue University)
Lauren Chapman

Autism research and education get a boost in Indiana with a newly designated university center.  The Purdue Autism Research Center, or PARC was created in response to a community call for more autism research.