Health

The Doctor Will See You...In Eight Months

Feb 3, 2016
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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.

Flu Under Control, Putnamville Re-Opens To Visitors

Feb 2, 2016
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The Putnamville Correctional Facility is returning to normal operations one week after the facility was closed to visitors due to an outbreak of the H-1-N-1 influenza.

The facility was off limits last week after one offender died and 35 inmates were sickened by the flu.

Administrators said visitation schedules resumed on Tuesday and offenders are once again allowed to participate in job and program assignments.

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The Indiana State Department of Health says they’ve diagnosed four new cases of HIV linked to the Scott County outbreak.

That brings the total number of people infected up to 188.

The Indiana State Department of Health says all of the new cases involve people who were identified as contacts of others previously diagnosed with HIV.

The majority of the cases associated with the outbreak have been linked to intravenous drug use.

State Epidemiologist Pam Pontones says those at risk for HIV should be retested every three months.

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Indiana is exploring expansion of its addiction hotline and developing a more Indiana-centric program that will help the state in its battle against drug abuse. The governor’s drug abuse task force Friday discussed progress in exploring such a move.

Indiana’s addiction hotline, which serves Hoosiers looking for help with substance abuse, problem gambling and consumer services, is run by a national firm that serves multiple states. 

Biologist Finds Silver Lining In Listeria Outbreak

Jan 28, 2016
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An outbreak of Listeriosis has killed one person in Michigan and hospitalized 11, including a person in Indiana. But that bad news might provide researchers with more information to better detect future problems.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked the strain to a Dole packaging plant in Ohio. Many people hit by the outbreak reported eating bagged salads originating at the factory.

The government is recommending grocers and restaurants who use the salad mixes rid themselves of the contaminated products.

Indiana Senate To Consider Bill Restricting Abortions

Jan 27, 2016
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A bill preventing some abortions before 20 weeks of pregnancy passed a Senate committee Wednesday.

But some say the bill is blatantly unconstitutional. 

The bill is virtually identical to one that didn't pass last year. It bans abortions less than 20 weeks into term, but only if the patient's motivation is based on race, gender, disability, or the possibility of disability.

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Cancer survivors and their families want Indiana to adopt a more coordinated approach to pain relief for cancer patients.

Most hospitals have palliative care specialists, but Aurmaudra Bradley with the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network says not everyone integrates pain relief into the treatment plan.

Bradley says some hospitals are better than others at recognizing the importance of palliative care.

IU Med School To Study HIV In Scott County

Jan 12, 2016
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The Indiana University School of Medicine received a grant Monday to study HIV patients’ access to testing and treatment in Austin, Indiana, where an outbreak of HIV cases occurred this year.

The two-year, $200,000 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse will be supplemented by funding from the IU School of Medicine.

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For a second time in two-and-a-half years, IU Health Arnett Hospital has had to notify thousands of patients that some of their personal information may be compromised because a computer device was either lost or stolen.

The latest incident was discovered in November, the hospital says, when an unencrypted USB flash drive went missing from the emergency department.

The hospital says it has no evidence the device has been improperly accessed.

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The Indiana attorney general is putting a “surge” of heroin and opioid antidote into the field in order to combat a rising number of overdose deaths. The A-G announced $127 thousand in grants to three organizations Thursday to buy more Naloxone kits and train first responders on how to use them.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller calls this a “triage” phase of reducing opioid addiction. The first part, he says, is cracking down on the oversupply of strong painkillers.

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