Health & Wellness

Indiana's First Food Bank Based Health Clinic Now Open

Nov 17, 2017


Krystal Cheatham is a CMA at the new clinic. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)

Indiana’s first food bank-based health clinic is now open in Indianapolis. The clinic is operated through a partnership between Gleaners Food Bank and the St. Vincent hospital system.

The new clinic location is right next door to the pantry inside Gleaners in Indianapolis. If a client comes in to get food and also has a health issue, they can see a provider right there.

The FDA has approved a device developed in Indiana that helps reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms. The NSS-2 BRIDGE is a nerve-stimulating device placed behind the ear which sends electrical pulses to the brain.

It’s been shown to reduce severe effects of opioid withdrawal, such as nausea and vomiting. Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) says the technology fills a gap in treatment.

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A transgender inmate is suing the Indiana Department of Correction for denying her request for hormone therapy while in prison.

Opioids Impact Indiana's Infant Mortality Rate

Nov 15, 2017

The Indiana Department of Health marked five years of its Labor of Love summit, an annual event aimed at reducing the state’s infant mortality rate. The rate of infants dying before their first birthday has risen steadily since the campaign began, mainly because of substance use disorders.

When the initiative kicked off in 2012, 556 babies lost their life – last year that number was 623. Indiana State Health Commissioner Kristina Box says any progress the state has made has been overshadowed.

Azar Nominated For HHS Secretary

Nov 13, 2017

President Donald Trump announced the nomination of a former Eli Lilly executive as Health and Human Services Secretary Monday. Alex Azar is the latest Hoosier headed to Washington for a post in the federal health sector.

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