Health

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Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute recently completed a study that examines the relationship between sexual activity and a woman’s immune system.

The preliminary findings could be good news for couples struggling to conceive.

Jevne Taylor is half of one such couple. She spends a lot of afternoons with her son and nephew, playing outside at her Monroe County home. She’d like to add a second child of her own to this picture, but recently she decided to put those plans on hold.

Alzheimer's Association

A neurologist at the Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center says Hoosiers could benefit from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s proposal to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease by 2025.

Dr. Liana Apostolova says increased funding and awareness could help Indiana patients and their families.

“In the state of Indiana alone we have 120,000 cases of Alzheimer’s with 300,000 caregivers, and the expenditures in our state alone are $4.5 billion a year,” she says.

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The number of people enrolled for health insurance from the public exchange is up this year. About 175,000 of those are Hoosiers. 

Sylvia Burwell says about 2 million more people are enrolled this year nationwide.

Burwell says about 8 million more people are enrolled this year nationwide.This number is from 6.4 million last year.

She says enrollment traffic jumped sharply last week.

"At our busiest period, we had 11 consumers enrolling every second," she says.

The deadline was extended to accommodate traffic.

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Sarah Jackson had quit abusing drugs and was sober for six months before finding out she has hepatitis C. The Fort Wayne, Indiana mom says she was newly focused on starting her career and on raising her six kids. The diagnosis came as a shock.

“That was weeks of not sleeping and just constant tears,” she says. “I had already put a lot of that behind me and had been moving forward with my life and this was just a major setback.”

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The massive spending bill Congress passed last week includes money that could help Indiana communities who’ve adopted needle exchange programs.

After legislators changed state law to allow needle exchange programs in counties facing public health emergencies, three exchanges are operating and more are waiting for state approval.

However, there's no state funding allocated for the programs.

Co-Director of the Rural Center for AIDS and STD Prevention Beth Meyerson says the recently-passed federal spending bill could provide cash-strapped counties some relief.

Pence Announces New State Mental Health Hospital

Dec 16, 2015
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Governor Mike Pence announced Wednesday plans for a new $120 million mental health hospital on the east side of Indianapolis. 

The state is partnering with Community Health Network to develop a neuro-diagnostic institute, which will have 159 beds and the capacity to treat 1,500 patients per year.

Pence emphasizes that along with confronting mental illness, the facility was created to fight the state’s ongoing drug addiction crisis.

Pence also notes that of the 30 thousand people incarcerated in Indiana, nearly half have a mental illness or substance abuse disorder.

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Indiana ranks 41st in the country for overall health, according to the latest America's Health Rankings report from the United Health Foundation.

And it's the third year in a row Indiana has landed in the exact same spot.

United Healthcare of Indiana Medical Director Julie Daftari says even though the state's ranking is unchanged from last year, Indiana still had several victories.

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One in five Hoosier employers reports injuries or near misses in the workplace due to prescription drug issues and nearly a quarter say they’ve seen employees borrow or sell prescription drugs. That’s according to a National Safety Council survey of more than 200 Indiana HR and safety professionals.

The National Safety Council says 80-percent of Indiana employers say they’ve experienced prescription drug abuse issues at their companies.  Yet less than 30-percent offer training around workplace drug use. 

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The Indiana Department of Health says it’s in recovery mode when it comes to addressing the HIV outbreak in Scott County.

Health officials talked about the next steps in addressing the outbreak during a panel discussion Tuesday at Indiana University.

The state and the Centers for Disease Control just finished re-testing more than 500 at-risk people for HIV. Only three of those tests came back positive.

Scott County Public Health Nurse Brittany Combs says that’s encouraging.  

Health Officials: No Cancer Cluster In Johnson County

Dec 1, 2015
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The State Health Department and the Department of Environmental Management say they have not found enough evidence to link cases of child cancer around Franklin to a cancer cluster.

ISDH officials say they studied numerous factors, and IDEM studied water, soil, and other factors but found nothing in the area that would be cancer-causing.

There had been concern among some residents that contaminated water was leading to an increase in the number of cases of childhood cancer.

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