When Ronson Rowley was a teen, he said he used to sneak into a nightclub called the Ten Bar. “It was the only black gay club here in Indianapolis,” he recalled. One night he ran into his uncle.

“He looked me dead in the face,” he recalled. “And [he] said what are you doing here? I said, the same thing you’re doing here.”

Cultural, Economic, Historical Factors Drive Black Breast-Feeding Gap

Sep 7, 2017
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Tahwii Spicer gave birth to her son Reece almost two years ago at home with the help of a midwife. She said almost as soon as he was born, he "army-crawled" up her body to start feeding.

“He was so ravenous!” she said. “He was hungry.

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Where you live and which amenities are available in your community can have a direct impact on your health.

This is the tale of parks investment in two cities where health outcomes are very different.

In Carmel, Indiana the newest playground is a $4 million facility in Central Park.  It features, a 32-foot tower with bridges, slides, numerous climbing structures and tunnels, as well as an electronic wack-a-mole and a splash pad.

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Brenda Crawford lives in Indianapolis. She began having trouble with her primary care doctor when she started getting older.

"There’s so many times that you try to explain what’s going on,” she says, “and if it’s something they haven’t experienced or had in another patient, they just don’t know and they don’t understand.”

She said she believes her doctors cared about her, but couldn’t keep up with her multiple conditions as well as with the complicated medical insurance procedures elderly people bring into the clinic along with their illnesses.

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Poor Hoosiers can expect to live a shorter life than a similarly poor person in other states, says a new study published in the Journal of American Medical Association.

The study, which pulls data from tax and social security records, finds people with lower incomes live shorter lives than those who are more affluent -- though to what extent is correlated with geography.

Indiana joins Nevada and Oklahoma as one of the three states with the lowest life expectancies for the poorest quarter of their populations.

The Doctor Will See You...In Eight Months

Feb 3, 2016

Patients seeking an appointment with certain types of doctors need to be prepared to wait – especially if they want to see certain specialty physicians. Sometimes it can be months before the doctor has an opening. For dermatologists, the wait times can be particularly long, a problem which may be emblematic of larger issues plaguing the medical field.

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Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute recently completed a study that examines the relationship between sexual activity and a woman’s immune system.

The preliminary findings could be good news for couples struggling to conceive.

Jevne Taylor is half of one such couple. She spends a lot of afternoons with her son and nephew, playing outside at her Monroe County home. She’d like to add a second child of her own to this picture, but recently she decided to put those plans on hold.

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Being mom’s favorite might sound great – but Purdue social scientists have discovered it sometimes comes with a large price.

Researchers studied families for 16 years as part of the longitudinal Within Family Differences Study, which explores relationships among different generations of families. Their most recent findings show adult children who perceive themselves as a mother’s favorite are more likely to exhibit signs of depression.

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Indiana is the fifth-largest pork producing state in the nation as measured in sales, producing $1.3 billion worth of pork annually. Pork tenderloins are considered by many to be the unofficial Hoosier state food. So this week’s much-talked-about report showing a link between processed meats and cancer could strike fear into the hearts of pork producers.'s not.

Purdue Agricultural Economics professor Jim Mintert says one report probably isn’t going to affect consumer attitudes toward processed meats. But depending on what happens in the future, that might change.

February is National Hearth Health Month. Anna Busenburg, clinical dietician with Franciscan Saint Elizabeth Health, shares some information on taking care of your heart.

You may contact Anna with questions at (765) 502-4232.