Health

Synthetic Marijuana Linked To Severe Bleeding

Mar 30, 2018
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Lauren Chapman

The Indiana State Department of Health, ISDH, issued a warning this week about the dangers of synthetic marijuana after severe bleeding was associated with cases in Indiana and Illinois.

Two cases have been recorded in Indiana, more in Illinois. ISDH Deputy Health Commissioner Pam Pontones says there are numerous chemicals in these illegal substances that are not regulated.

Breastfeeding Boost Attributed To Affordable Care Act

Mar 29, 2018
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Lauren Chapman

An Indiana University researcher says there was a significant increase in the number of children breastfed and the recent study links the increase to the Affordable Care Act, or ACA.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar joins Gov. Eric Holcomb and Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Jennifer Walthall to announce Indiana's HIP approval in February. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

A group of non-profits organizations sent a letter to Governor Eric Holcomb this week, urging him to reconsider a new Healthy Indiana Plan, HIP, rule.  

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Lauren Chapman

A crisis team intervention pilot program in Indianapolis has released initial findings.  

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New research finds that fentanyl is far more common than heroin in overdose deaths in Indianapolis and that blacks are particularly affected.

In 2017, nearly half of the people who died from an overdose in Marion County, where Indianapolis is located, had fentanyl in their system. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 100 times stronger than morphine.

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Lauren Chapman

A recently published study, focused on a small group of pregnant women in Indiana, finds nearly all of them have detectable levels of a heavily-used herbicide in their body.  

Indiana Alzheimer's Cases And Costs Rise

Mar 21, 2018
Lyle Bass received an early Alzheimer's diagnosis and has taken steps to improve his overall health and future care. (Alzheimer's Association of Greater Indiana)
Jill Sheridan

A new report finds Alzheimer’s deaths in Indiana are on the rise as well as related costs. 

A special part of the annual 2018 Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures report analyzes the personal and financial savings that an early diagnosis can bring. 

Opioid Overdoses May Be Seriously Undercounted

Mar 21, 2018
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In a refrigerator in the coroner’s office in Marion County, Indiana, rows of vials await testing. They contain blood, urine and vitreous, the fluid collected from inside a human eye. In overdose cases, the fluids may contain clues for investigators. 

Rep. Carey Hamilton (D-Indianapolis) calls on Indiana delegates to oppose budget cuts to the EPA. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

  

Community leaders gathered at the Statehouse Tuesday to speak out against proposed federal cuts to environmental protection programs. They focused on concerns for public health. President Donald Trump's proposed budget would cut Environmental Protection Agency funding by about 23 percent. 

Community leaders called on Indiana's Congressional representatives to oppose the cuts ahead of the approval deadline.

Bill Adds Opioid Treatment Options

Mar 15, 2018
Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer presents HEA 1017 to the House. (Photo courtesy of Kirchhofer's office)
Jill Sheridan

Indiana lawmakers passed a bill to expand the number of opioid treatment centers in the state.  It adds nine centers that will be located at existing hospitals. Each will need approval from the state.  

Rep. Cindy Kirchhoffer (R-Beech Grove) authored the legislation to improve access to addiction treatment – especially for people in rural areas. 

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