Health

Senate Approves Bill To Expand Baby Box Locations

Jan 16, 2018

 

The Indiana Senate unanimously passed legislation Tuesday to expand locations where baby boxes can be used, even as some senators express concerns surrounding the devices.

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.”


While Indiana’s health ranking ticked up on a recent annual report, health leaders say there’s more work to be done. A new data tool that highlights specific issues may provide some insight into focus areas. The tool from the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana breaks down top health priorities by county.

CBD Oil: What Is It And Who Can Legally Use It

Jan 2, 2018

A bill proposed for this legislative session would legalize CBD oil for all Hoosiers.  It could also answer questions about what it is and who may use it.

Purdue University botanist Janna Beckerman agrees there is confusion about the substance that is extracted from the cannabis plant.

“When we talk about CBD oil what we’re talking about is an extract, similar to how we get mint oil by distilling it from mint,” says Beckerman.

Indiana Health Ranking Improves, Still Falls Short

Dec 21, 2017

The United Health Foundation’s annual state rankings are out. Indiana was ranked 38th in the country, up one spot from last year.

The analysis provides a benchmark for states and in Indiana does see improvements like drops in smoking rates and childhood poverty. Low health provider access continues to be an issue says Dr. Julia Daftari with United Health Care in Indiana.

An annual report card to assess states’ readiness to face health threats like disease, natural disaster or bioterrorism finds Indiana near the bottom. The state scored three out of 10 in analysis from the Trust for America’s Health.

Indiana scores a three out of 10 on its ability to address a number of health threats. Paul Kuehnert, assistant vice president for programs at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says these threats are very real.

“Whether they are from a unique flu bug, from a bioterrorist threat or from something like a natural disaster,” Kuehnert says.

A small group of youth workers in the state had the opportunity to learn more about how to help these children whose emotional and mental wellbeing is often impacted.

One in 10 Indiana children have a parent who is incarcerated. That’s one of the highest rates in the nation.

IU Researchers Discover Fragile X Syndrome Link

Dec 12, 2017

Indiana University scientists have identified a new link between a genetic disorder and one of its under-studied characteristics. The research focuses on the abnormal tissue growth of people with what’s called Fragile X Syndrome.

The syndrome is an inherited genetic disorder that is most known for causing intellectual disabilities. IU researcher Arthur Luhur has focused on the biological factors.

“Nobody really knows what happens to the tissues inside the organs with all the focus being on the neuronal problems,” says Luhur.

Lilly Migraine Drug One Step Closer To Market

Dec 11, 2017

A new pain medication, part of Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly’s non-opioid pain management platform, took another step forward.

The drug is called galcanezumab. It’s one of three being crafted by Eli Lilly to treat chronic and serious pain. The medicine has shown promising results in a series of trials says Dr. Robert Conley, Lilly global development leader for migraine.

“Around 60 percent of our patients lost more than half of their headache days and some patients even got to 100 percent loss of headache,” says Conley

It’s the last week for open enrollment on the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace as the window closes Dec. 15. Health insurance experts say it’s business as usual despite a number of changes that have caused some confusion this year.

A shortened enrollment period is the most obvious difference for people signing up on the Marketplace this year. Reduced promotion and federal fighting over repeal of the law has added to uncertainty says Care Source Indiana’s Steve Smitherman.

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