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Police and prosecutors are renewing a call to require a prescription for cold remedies containing psuedoephedrine.

The decongestant is a key ingredient in methamphetamine. Indiana already limits how much pseudoephedrine a person can buy at once, and maintains a database of how much has been purchased. Police, though, argue the rise in the number of Hoosier meth labs has been unimpeded.

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Every year, states with their own occupational safety and health agencies are reviewed by the federal OSHA. 

The latest audit of Indiana’s agency, IOSHA (which is charged with ensuring the safety of all places of employment in the state, minus federal workers and certain maritime and agricultural operations), has shown that in 2014, the agency took 14 times longer than the national average to respond to complaints and only completed a little more than half the number necessary to meet its workplace inspection goal.

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Indiana health officials say the key to reducing the state's chronically high infant mortality rates is to improve infant death rates among minorities.

Indiana needs to cut its infant death rate by one-sixth in five years to reach a federal goal of holding the rate to six deaths for every thousand live births. The mortality rate among whites is already at that goal, but babies born to African-American Hoosiers are two-and-a-half times more likely to die before their first birthday.

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Being mom’s favorite might sound great – but Purdue social scientists have discovered it sometimes comes with a large price.

Researchers studied families for 16 years as part of the longitudinal Within Family Differences Study, which explores relationships among different generations of families. Their most recent findings show adult children who perceive themselves as a mother’s favorite are more likely to exhibit signs of depression.

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More than two dozen residents of Henry County have been diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer since 1999 and they want to know why. However, a state health department investigation may find that the cases aren’t linked by anything but chance.

As a cancer, glioblastoma is rare.  Which makes it strange that since 1999, 26 people have been diagnosed with the highly malignant brain tumors in Henry County.

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State health officials Friday were pressed into releasing numbers showing a statewide increase in the number of syphilis cases, after the Tippecanoe County Health Department announced a spike.

Tippecanoe County has seen 12 cases of the sexually transmitted disease this year. That’s a big increase over the last four years – none of which registered even five cases for the whole year.

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Attorney General Greg Zoeller says a new grant program to provide overdose intervention drugs to first responders will help save lives as Indiana braces for what he fears is a coming heroin crisis. 

Naloxone is a drug that immediately halts the effects of an opioid overdose, such as heroin.  55 of Indiana’s nearly 500 law enforcement agencies are trained and equipped with the drug. 

IUPUI To Study Living Wills Vs. Patient Wishes

Oct 27, 2015
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IUPUI will take a first-of-its-kind look at whether living wills adequately reflect patients' wishes.

IU nursing professor Susan Hickman is leading a four-year study of the advance directives completed by nursing home patients or their health care representatives. She says it's unclear how often those directives are updated.

Hickman says ideally, advance directives should be reviewed regularly.

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Governor Mike Pence has acted on eight recommendations from the first two meetings of the drug abuse task force, drawing praise from state and federal officials.  However, half of those actions largely rehash initiatives already in place.

Some of the directives Pence has issued include crafting substance abuse curriculum for children, developing guidelines for doctors prescribing acute pain medication and spreading successful youth assistance programs statewide. 

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  Farm fatalities jumped by almost 40 percent in Indiana in 2014, according to Purdue University’s annual Farm Fatality Survey.

Two trends stand out among the survey’s data: Of the 25 farming-related deaths last year, nearly a third were from tractors overturning, and almost two-thirds were the result of some sort of machinery-related incident. Also, a full three-quarters of ag-related deaths in the state were of people younger than 18 or older than 60.

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