Health

Diabetes Impact Project Focuses On Place

Jul 19, 2018

 

A city’s layout – neighborhood-by-neighborhood access to health care, outdoor recreation and healthy food – can have a significant health impact. In Indiana, some neighborhood diabetes rates reflect these factors. 

A new $7 million diabetes impact pilot in Indianapolis could serve as a model for communities across the state.

Alma Trawick, 69, knows a lot about diabetes.

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The state says it’s confirmed the first death in Indiana associated with a multi-state Hepatitis A outbreak.

The Indiana State Department of Health isn’t releasing any more information about the death, citing privacy laws.

Hepatitis A is a highly-contagious liver disease that can be spread through fecal-oral means. Someone can contract the virus through contact with an infected person or contaminated food.

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Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky will be closing its Fort Wayne health center.

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds only 15 percent of Hoosiers get the recommended amount of weekly physical activity. 

The guidelines were established in 2008 and include weekly aerobic activity and muscle strengthening exercise.  The CDC data from 2010-2015 ranks Hoosiers 47th nationwide for meeting the recommendations.

Only 10 percent of Indiana’s women meet the levels.   

Indiana University research identified a tiny molecule that may signal the presence of some types of dementia. Researchers say this could be a first step to developing an early test for Alzheimer’s.

Unlike regular "messenger RNA," which direct cells to produce specific proteins, microRNA plays a regulatory role, increasing or decreasing the number of proteins that messenger RNAs encode. 

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A new program to help women who are addicted to opioids and their newborn babies will launch in Indianapolis and aims to fill a gap in treatment services.

The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation is granting more than $840,000 to address the problem. President and CEO Claire Fiddian-Green says Care Plus is patient-focused.

Notre Dame Sued Over Birth Control Coverage

Jun 26, 2018
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A group of organizations filed suit against the Trump Administration and the University of Notre Dame over changes to birth control coverage for students and employees.

A group of students and staff called Irish 4 Reproductive Health are suing because the University will stop offering co-pay free birth control starting July first.

The Indiana Supreme Court, by a 3-2 vote, decided not to consider a challenge to the state's nursing home moratorium. (FILE PHOTO: Peter Balonon-Rosen/IPB News)
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The Indiana Supreme Court will not consider a challenge to Indiana’s moratorium on new nursing home construction. 

A 2015 state law largely barred construction of new nursing homes. Those behind the ban noted most of the state’s existing homes were far from full.

ACA Rates Up For Hoosiers On The Marketplace

Jun 22, 2018

Hoosiers who buy insurance on the insurance marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act can expect higher premiums next year. 

First Baby Box To Open In Central Indiana

Jun 22, 2018

The Hoosier State’s third baby box will be installed in a central Indiana fire station. Indiana lawmakers approved legislation this year to expand the state’s Safe Haven law to allow 24 hour fire stations to install baby boxes. 

Monica Kelsey is a firefighter and founder of Safe Haven Baby Box. She says the option is safe.

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