Health

New DNA Analysis Tool Predicts Pigment

May 31, 2018
An international team has developed the HIrisPlex-S DNA test system, a tool to accurately predict eye, hair and skin color from human biological material, even a small DNA sample. (Photo courtesy of IUPUI)
Jill Sheridan

new web tool builds on work to predict what an unidentified person might look like. 

Early Screening For Colon Cancer Could Save Lives

May 31, 2018

The American Cancer Society has announced new recommendations for colon and rectal cancer screenings.  The new guidelines lower the age from 50 to 45, following a rise in cases in younger people.

Gleaners Gets Efficient With Help From Amazon

May 29, 2018
Gleaners COO and CFO Joe Slater (left) gives Amazon employees a tour of the freezer. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

An Indiana food bank is getting food distribution tips from Amazon. Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana moves an average 30 million pounds of food to food insecure households each year. 

The online retail giant’s community program for food banks is called Kaizen which is Japenese for "change" says Amazon Director of Operations Mishtee Chatterjee.

Community-UIndy Nursing Program Aims To Fill Gap

May 27, 2018

Indiana needs more nurses in primary care settings. Community Health Network recently received more than $2.5 million in federal funds to address this need.  

The award from the Health Resources and Services Administration will allow Community Health to expand a partnership with the University of Indianapolis School of Nursing.  The school will add a first of its kind minor in primary care. 

Community Health chief nursing executive Jean Putnam says this will be a game changer.  

Federal Funding Will Support Indiana Health Research

May 22, 2018
Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, founding director of the Indiana CTSI. (Photo courtesy of Indiana University School of Medicine)
Jill Sheridan

There will be more public health resources in Indiana to speed research and advance treatment and prevention.

Black women in Indiana are 35 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than the white women. A new national education campaign aims to bring that number down. 

Risk factors for the disparity in rates include lifestyle choices, genetics and healthcare access. The new Know Your Girls.org gives black women more information about breast health.

Principal Tom Hakim at Cold Spring Elementary, one of the Indianapolis schools exploring substance misuse prevention programs. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

A growing number of groups are creating substance abuse prevention programs in schools, across the country.  Many of the “evidence-based” programs show positive results, reducing the number of children who try heroin, cocaine or become long-term smokers.

In response to Indiana’s opioid epidemic, the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation started research to see how it could make an impact. 

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.

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