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Why New Mothers In Indiana Are Dying At One Of The Nation’s Highest Rates

Courtney Reimlinger was breastfeeding her week-old son last year when she felt a pain in her chest. The pain was excruciating, the 23-year-old Indianapolis native remembers, much worse than the 10 hours in labor she'd spent a week before. It spread up her neck and into her head, and soon she was slipping in and out of consciousness.

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On The Front Lines Of A Drug Crisis: A New Video Series

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The opioid addiction crisis is often reported on in desperate terms. But, to the people working on the frontlines of the problem, there are known and proven approaches that can help.

National Judicial Drug Task Force Meets In Indy

Jun 5, 2018
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Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush says judicial leaders from around the country feel a sense of urgency as they develop an infrastructure for court systems to address the nation’s opioid crisis.

Chief Justice Loretta Rush is the co-chair of the National Judicial Opioid Task Force, which formed last year. It met for the third time this week in Indianapolis.

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A new state program will deliver medically tailored meals to these people. The Ryan’s Meals for Life project is funded by a $1 million grant from the Indiana State Department of Health.

Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana project manager Nick Fennig says the meals program aims to reach more than 2,500 people in Indiana.

"As far as we know, it’s the first statewide pilot of its kind in the country to serve medically-tailored meals to persons living with HIV across the state," says Fennig.

Naloxone Manufacturer Issues Recall

Jun 5, 2018
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Naloxone manufacturer Hospira issued a voluntary recall of its single-use cartridge syringe system for the opioid overdose antidote.

The company says it found loose or embedded particulate matter on the syringe plunger. The recall is on lot numbers 7260LL and 76510LL.

If someone is exposed to the particulate, Hospira says there is a low chance of experiencing adverse health effects including allergic reactions and pulmonary dysfunction.

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Indianapolis health researchers hope the results of a new study will encourage policymakers to support nationwide Medicaid expansion.

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DeVonte Jones began to show signs of schizophrenia as a teenager. His first public episode was nine years ago at a ball game at Wavering Park in Quincy, Illinois.

“He snapped out and just went around and started kicking people,” said Jones’ mother Linda Colon, who now lives in Midlothian in the Chicago suburbs.


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An Indiana food bank is getting food distribution tips from Amazon.

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana moves an average 30 million pounds of food to food insecure households each year. The online retail giant’s community program for food banks is called Kaizen which is Japenese for "change" says Amazon Director of Operations Mishtee Chatterjee.

"And we’re looking for ways in which we can change and make processes more efficient," says Chatterjee.

Early Screening For Colon Cancer Could Save Lives

Jun 1, 2018
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The American Cancer Society has announced new recommendations for colon and rectal cancer screenings. The new guidelines lower the age from 50 to 45, following a rise in cases in younger people.

Indiana University Health oncologist Bert O’Neil says the new guidelines will save lives.

"There has been discussion about this for a long time because we see many patients in their 30’s and 40’s developing advanced colon cancer because of a lack of screening," says O'Neil.

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Indiana traffic safety officials hope last year's increase in motorcyclist fatalities isn't the start of a trend.

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Perhaps 5,000 people died in Puerto Rico in 2017 for reasons related to September's Hurricane Maria, according to a study that dismisses the official death toll of 64 as "a substantial underestimate."

A research team led by scientists at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health didn't simply attempt to count dead bodies in the wake of the powerful storm. Instead, they surveyed randomly chosen households and asked the occupants about their experiences.

Drugmakers Blamed For Blocking Generics Have Jacked Up Prices And Cost U.S. Billions

May 23, 2018
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Makers of brand-name drugs called out by the Trump administration for potentially stalling generic competition have hiked their prices by double-digit percentages since 2012 and cost Medicare and Medicaid nearly $12 billion in 2016, a Kaiser Health News analysis has found.

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