Health

The Midwest is home to one of the largest Amish populations in the nation. And many of these settlements overlap with rural Appalachian counties, where access to healthcare is hard to come by. But a project in Ohio aims to help by bringing cancer screenings to Amish women. 

Across the country, nearly 95,000 people are waiting for a kidney transplant. And the list has been growing for years. That's pushed some people to try unusual ways to find donors.

It’s open enrollment season for the health insurance marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act. But many people who need to sign up may not know it. The Trump administration has made a number of moves to diminish the law, including cuts to marketing and outreach. That creates obstacles for groups that help people sign up. 

Old Tomato Cannery Stirs Up New Fears In Franklin

Dec 2, 2019

Franklin residents concerned about rare child cancers in the area are now turning their attention to another polluted site. 

Across the U.S., more than 2,000 people have reported vaping-related lung illnesses, and 47 have died. Some vaping happens in schools, so they share the burden of bringing this crisis under control. Which raises the question: what should the consequences be for a student caught vaping?

More than half of Hoosiers get health insurance from their employer and that coverage is growing more expensive.

Eli Lilly and Company plans to invest $400 million in its Indianapolis manufacturing facilities, where the company is headquartered.

Camp Offers Fun And Safety For Kids With Diabetes

Nov 12, 2019

Sending a child to overnight camp can be nerve-wracking for any parent. It’s even scarier if they have a child with a chronic illness. But a camp in Illinois offers a safe option for kids who have Type 1 diabetes.

A federal program is letting some Hoosier children get a flu shot for free, along with their regular school vaccinations.  IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann boarded a mobile health unit in Delaware County to learn how the program could make schools safer this flu season.

When I step onto the Open Door Health Service’s Mobile Health Unit, parked this day outside Muncie Central High School, it becomes very clear very fast that nurse practitioner Ann Simpson is both passionate about her job and has seen a lot of influenza cases.

The Great Lakes region is the best place in the U.S. to put renewable energy sources to get the most health benefits, according to a new study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

In 1983, Indianapolis hosted one of the first summits on the emotional and psychological mistreatment of children. This week,  local, state and international leaders are meeting in the city, looking for new ways to tackle the problem. 

Enrollment for Medicare is open right now and country’s top Medicare official says some Hoosiers could be paying less.

Do These Genes Make Me Look Violent?

Oct 21, 2019

Bill Sullivan's new book, "Please To Meet Me," explores the way genes and environment shape our lives. Sullivan, a professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine, talked with Side Effects' Stephanie Whiteside about the book and what he found out while researching it.

Lawmakers heard testimony Wednesday about allowing nurses in Indiana to treat patients independently. It’s an issue lawmakers have explored for the past few years.

Lawsuit Challenges Indiana HIP Work Requirements

Sep 24, 2019

A new lawsuit is challenging Indiana’s work requirements for the state’s Medicaid expansion program, HIP. 

How Doctors Are Combating The Anti-Vaccination Movement?

Sep 24, 2019

As the school year begins, parents are checking off things they need to do, including making sure their children get required vaccines.

But some parents are opting out, and last year that led to the worst measles outbreak the U.S. has seen in more than two decades. Now, doctors and nurses are working to get more children vaccinated. 

How The Amish Live Uninsured But Stay Healthy

Sep 11, 2019

Holmes Co., Ohio, is a patchwork of farmland. Modest houses perch on sloping hills and laundry hangs from clothes lines, flapping in the wind. There are horses and buggies – some driven by farmers in straw hats, others by women with their hair covered in bonnets, babies on their laps.

Holmes is one of the healthiest counties in Ohio. It’s also the least insured.

Social Determinents Of Health Explored At Event

Sep 10, 2019

Where you live and other socio-economic factors can have a negative influence on your health. A recent event outlined ways Indiana is addressing this issue.

Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box says place can influence access to a quality education, healthy food, transportation and safe housing.

How Cultural Training Helps Doctors Treat Refugees

Sep 4, 2019

Across the United States, there’s a push to give new doctors cultural training to work with refugees and other immigrants. And some say it’s the difference between healthy and sick patients.

A primary provision of Indiana’s 2017 anti-abortion law will remain blocked from taking effect after a federal appeals court’s decision Tuesday.

The first test case to hold a drug-maker responsible for the opioid epidemic was decided in Oklahoma Monday.  A judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $500 million to the state

A new analysis explores disparities in federal funding for the opioid crisis and finds Indiana is one of the states that may be getting short changed.

Why One Man Is Sharing His Journey With Alzheimer's

Aug 22, 2019

More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, according to government estimates. Greg O’Brien is one of them. He’s a journalist and co-host of The Forgetting, a podcast about living with the disease. We talked with O’Brien about the stigma surrounding the illness. 

Can Pharmacists Help Smokers Quit? This State Thinks So

Aug 19, 2019

Indiana has one of the highest smoking rates in the country -- nearly one in five Hoosiers smoke. Now, a new statewide policy makes it easier for smokers to get medication to help them quit. But some people want state leaders to do more. 

New National Center Promotes Mental Health In Rural Schools

Aug 13, 2019

It’s the middle of summer but Harrisburg Middle School is a hive of activity. Between summer school classes and renovations, it’s a little chaotic for counselor Brett Rawlings, who just wrapped up his first year at the school.

Harrisburg is a town of fewer than 300 people, midway between St. Louis and Kansas City. But the school also serves the surrounding area, which is primarily farmland. As the K-8 counselor, Rawlings is responsible for some 400 students, and he deals with a range of issues.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network released a report Thursday on what states have done to reduce cancer deaths – and organization leaders say Indiana lawmakers have largely fallen short.

Rural areas in America have high death rates from car crashes, hunting accidents and other trauma. But many rural hospitals are only equipped to handle basic emergencies. In one Iowa town trauma experts are helping a small ER prepare for big emergencies.

Ohio Opens School For Students With Addiction

Jul 26, 2019

Bouncing on a purple exercise ball, Alyssa talks to her new teacher about what classes she needs to graduate.  "There’s a Psychology 1 as an elective, I would take that, but I already took psychology and sociology... And I feel like Heartland in general is a psychology class," she says, laughing.

A large coalition — made up of doctors, legal experts, advocacy groups, and others — is petitioning the state to lower its threshold for when public health agencies should address elevated blood lead levels in children.

Health Fair Offers Access At Black Expo

Jul 18, 2019

The annual health fair at the Indiana Black Expo kicked off Thursday and for many it's the only chance to receive important health screenings.

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