Should My Slightly Sick Child Stay Home? The Rules Often Conflict

Cold and flu season means plenty of parents are trying to figure out whether their kid is too sick to go to child care or school. It's not always an easy call. Day care centers for younger children often have exclusion policies laying out exactly which symptoms should keep kids at home — more on those in a minute. But rules in elementary school and beyond are often looser and less definitive, says Gary Freed , a pediatrician and co-director of the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's...

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Indiana’s new governor, Eric Holcomb, vowed to tackle the state’s drug addiction epidemic in his first State of the State address on Tuesday. But he has also said he supports Congress’s plans to repeal and replace Obamacare.

New Indiana Governor Creates Drug Czar Position

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On his first day in office, Indiana’s new Republican governor, Eric Holcomb, signed an executive order creating a new state-level position to coordinate anti-drug efforts, a move at least two other states made last year to turn back the rising tide of opioid addiction.

Cold and flu season means plenty of parents are trying to figure out whether their kid is too sick to go to child care or school.

Several times a month, you can find a doctor in the aisles of Ralph's market in Huntington Beach, Calif., wearing a white coat and helping people learn about food. On one recent day, this doctor was Daniel Nadeau, wandering the cereal aisle with Allison Scott, giving her some ideas on how to feed kids who studiously avoid anything that tastes healthy.

"Have you thought about trying smoothies in the morning?" he asks her. "The frozen blueberries and raspberries are a little cheaper, and berries are really good for the brain."

The abortion rate in the United States fell to its lowest level since the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalized abortion nationwide, a new report finds.

The report by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports legalized abortion, puts the rate at 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age (ages 15-44) in 2014. That's the lowest recorded rate since the Roe decision in 1973. The abortion rate has been declining for decades — down from a peak of 29.3 in 1980 and 1981.

American Legion Of Indiana Wants Medical Marijuana Legalized To Ease Vet Pain

Jan 16, 2017
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The American Legion of Indiana passed a resolution Sunday calling on Congress to recognize marijuana as a drug with medical value and asking Indiana legislatures to develop a medical marijuana program.

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The state legislature will consider a law to curb Indiana’s smoking rate, which is one of the highest in the nation. The proposed bill would raise the cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack, among other measures.

That Vow To Defund Planned Parenthood: Easy To Say, Hard To Do

Jan 16, 2017
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If repealing the Affordable Care Act is the Republican Congress' job one, defunding Planned Parenthood is a close second.

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This week - President-elect Trump's pick to run CMS helped transform Medicaid in Indiana. It could be a model for national change, but it's not working for everyone. ... More testing is good, right? Not so, says a new Danish study raising new questions about mammograms. ... New eyes and ears on the ground to help doctors -- and feed people ... Read on ...

6 Lesser-Known Obamacare Provisions That Could Evaporate

Jan 13, 2017
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The Affordable Care Act of course affected premiums and insurance purchasing. It guaranteed people with pre-existing conditions could buy health coverage and allowed children to stay on parents’ plans until age 26. But the roughly 2,000-page bill also included a host of other provisions that affect the health-related choices of nearly every American.

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