Health

Bill Would Develop Plan To Reduce Diabetes Rate

Feb 27, 2018
Jill Sheridan / IPB News

More than 11-percent of Hoosiers have diabetes and a proposal to outline the impact of the disease is making its way through the Indiana General Assembly.

The bill would require the state health department and Indiana Family and Social Services Agency to develop a strategy to reduce the prevalence of diabetes in the state.

Diabetes educator Jasmine Gonzalvo says Indiana Medicaid spent more than $10 billion addressing diabetes in one five-year period.

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A new analysis finds the combined rates of drug, alcohol and suicide deaths is higher than predicted. In Indiana there was a 12 percent increase in these fatalities.

The report from Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit policy organization, finds in the category of drug deaths, Indiana’s rate rose 20 percent from 2015-2016. That’s more than 1,500 Hoosiers, a record high.

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Tippecanoe County Health Department officials report a 93-percent syringe return rate among recurring participants during the first six months of the county’s needle exchange program.

A total of 138 people – most between the ages of 30 and 40 – have participated. The department has distributed about 11,000 needles in that time.

County Health Officer Jeremy Adler says the department has also focused on connecting participants with resources including substance abuse treatment, mental health services and Hepatitis C and HIV testing.

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About 11-percent of Hoosiers have diabetes and an estimated third of the state has pre-diabetes.  A new start-up company will breed a rare type of pig used to study diabetes treatments and look for a cure.

The new business partnership between Purdue University and Indiana University School of Medicine scientists will produce the Ossabaw pigs which are predisposed to diabetes.

Maternal Mortality Bill Moves Forward

Feb 16, 2018
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A bill to create a maternal mortality review committee passed a House committee this week. It seeks to determine the reason for Indiana's high maternal mortality rate – when a mother dies during pregnancy or in childbirth.

These rates are on the rise in many states, including Indiana. Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) proposed a bill this session to investigate the cause.

"Our death rate for moms having babies in our state is twice that of the national average," says Leising.

House Committee Hears Testimony On Sex Education Bill

Feb 16, 2018
Jill Sheridan / IPB News

The House Education Committee heard testimony Thursday on a bill that would require schools to make sex education instructional materials available to parents and require parents to opt-in to instruction.

Monica Boyer, president of the Indiana Liberty Coalition, says the bill allows parents to protect their children from information about people who identify as transgender specifically or LGBTQ.

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Tippecanoe County is one of four in the state selected to start a data-collecting pilot program on drug overdose deaths.

The Tippecanoe County Drug Overdose Fatality Review Team would report to the state health department who is dying from drug overdoses, circumstances surrounding each death and any commonalities between cases.

Deputy Prosecutor Jason Biss says the team’s job is to examine each overdose beyond the autopsy.

Opioid Treatment Access Expanding In Indiana

Feb 9, 2018

Hoosiers in need of addiction treatment have a couple new resources now. The Family and Social Services Administration or FSSA, announced this week, efforts to increase access to treatment in the state with the help of federal funds.

The first round of projects to tackle Indiana’s opioid epidemic through Indiana University’s Grand Challenge were announced this week. One effort seeks to create a more comprehensive data picture.

Grant To Help Create Holistic Cancer Care

Feb 7, 2018

A new Indiana University School of Medicine program to holistically address a cancer patient’s needs has received a $14 million gift.

Supportive oncology provides extra layers of care for patients with cancer. Some studies show it can help prolong life. The grant from the Walther Cancer Foundation will enable the creation of a program to addresses not just the management of pain and symptoms but also psychological issues like anxiety or depression.

IU School of Medicine Dean Dr. Jay Hess says it’s a growing trend in cancer care.

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