Health

Indianapolis, state and health officials announce a syringe exchange program for Marion County. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

Hepatitis C cases in Marion County are up so much, the public health department in Indianapolis declared an epidemic. A syringe exchange program is part of the county’s answer. 

Marion County Public Health Director Virginia Caine spelled out a proposal for a syringe exchange program Thursday. 

There’s a new Indiana University study that details the cost of the opioid epidemic in Indiana. The report estimates the misuse of opioids has resulted in more than $43 billion in losses over the past 15 years. 

The study outlines an annual average of $3 billion in losses from indirect cost associated with loss of gross state product loss and underemployment due to addiction.  

Bloomington psychologist Dr. Albert Fink’s license was officially revoked Friday morning.

It’s been almost two years since Bloomington psychologist Albert Fink crashed his car in an attempt, he says, to take his own life because of the grief he felt for falsifying mental evaluations.

There is no evidence indicating Fink practiced at all after being charged in 2016 in Vanderburgh County, but his name remained in a state database of licensed mental health professionals.

Familes Push For Early Child Development Services

May 8, 2018

Working families from all 50 states, including Indiana, visited Washington D.C. to ask Congress to invest more in early childhood services. This is the second year for the Strolling Thunder event organized by non-profit Zero to Three.

Families are asking lawmakers for a national paid family leave program, more quality affordable childcare and more money for Early Head Start programs.

Dr. Myra Jones-Taylor, the chief policy officer with Zero to Three, says it’s important for babies to bond with family and get a healthy start.

Counties Want Out Of New Indiana Abortion Lawsuit

May 2, 2018
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky CEO Christie Gillespie (left) and ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk discuss a recent victory in an abortion lawsuit. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Three Indiana county prosecutors don’t want to defend the state’s new anti-abortion law against a suit brought by Planned Parenthood.

Eli Lilly CEO Dave Ricks announces new diabetes pilot project. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

A new partnership aims to reduce diabetes in three neighborhoods in Indianapolis where the rates of the disease are as high as 17 percent. The effort builds on work Eli Lilly and Company has developed in Mexico, South Africa and India.

Eli Lilly and Company CEO Dave Ricks says the $7 million, five-year effort will focus on three communities in Indianapolis. 

State Grant Supports Neonatal Opioid Program

May 1, 2018
Community Health leaders join state officials for an announcement about the neonatal program. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

State and health leaders met at an Indianapolis hospital to announce a new project to help pregnant Hoosier mothers who are addicted to opioids, the effort expands a pilot to reduce neonatal abstinence syndrome or NAS.

NAS happens when a baby is exposed to drugs in the womb.  Providers at Community East Hospital addressed this issue in response to the rise in cases that they were seeing says OBGYN Anthony Sanders. 

This week the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Service (CMS), the federal agency that runs the programs, called for hospitals to provide more information about prices.  

But the Indiana Hospital Association, IHA, already provides Hoosiers with information about billing and medical services around the state.  

Mycareinsight launched in 2015 and displays general charges, comparisons and rankings about the 100 most common inpatient services.

Firefighter Aims To Catch Cancer Early

Apr 26, 2018
FACEs and LAM are exhibitors at the annual firefighters conference in Indianapolis. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

A new non-profit and an Indiana laboratory have teamed up to promote early cancer detection for firefighters.  The group of emergency responders faces a greater risk of cancer.

Chris Conner founded Firefighters Against Cancer and Exposures, FACEs, to support firefighters going through cancer treatment.  Firefighters encounter more cancer-causing chemicals than they used to. 

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

Tippecanoe County officials hope to start an addiction recovery program focusing on treating individuals while they’re in jail.

Inmates whose case is pending would apply to participate, then spend at least 90 days in a quarantined area where they’d receive intensive therapy, according to Dearborn County officials – who say their own such program has been a success.

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