Health

Prescription Drug Abuse Among Nurses A Growing Problem

Sep 9, 2014
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More than 5 percent of Hoosiers have abused prescription drugs. The data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows it’s a growing problem, particularly among healthcare workers.

The term used to describe the practice is ‘healthcare drug diversion.’ It occurs when hospital workers steal medications from a facility.

Rigo Garcia is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and never thought he would be tempted to abuse prescription drugs.

Managing Vision Problems May Prolong Life

Sep 4, 2014
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Healthy vision may be a key to longer life.

That’s according to new research from Purdue University.

Assistant professor of human development and family studies, Dr. Sharon Christ talks about the connection between vision and mortality.

Indiana Keeping Up With National Vaccination Average

Aug 29, 2014
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The Centers for Disease Control says Indiana ranks well when it comes to childhood immunizations.

The CDC released its National Immunization Survey Thursday.

he survey says the entire nation did better in 2013 than in 2012 in immunizing infants between the ages of 19 months to 35 months of age.

CDC Pediatrician Dr. Amanda Cohn says Indiana‘s measles coverage is 92%.

She says that comes as the CDC has noted a rise in measles cases.

Indiana Falling Short In Cancer Prevention Efforts

Aug 21, 2014

A new report from the American Cancer Society‘s Cancer Action Network says most states - including Indiana - are falling far short in the battle against cancer.

The report, now in its 12th year, says 75% of states aren‘t making progress in passing or strengthening policies that aid in addressing cancer issues.

The report says almost 36,000 Hoosiers will be diagnosed with cancer this year and about 13,000 of them will die from it.

Government Relations Director Brianna Herndon says Indiana scored well in only one of 12 benchmarks.

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