Health & Wellness

Indiana ranks in the middle of the country for its hospitals’ safety grades.

About one-third of 59 Indiana acute care facilities surveyed by the LeapFrog Group received As in a report released Tuesday.

LeapFrog spokesperson Erica Mobley says the report is designed to provide patients with information on how to protect themselves when visiting a hospital.

Bacteria's 'Sense Of Touch' Discovery Made In Indiana

Oct 27, 2017

A new discovery by Indiana University researchers reveals how bacteria sense touch. The information provides new clues into how bacteria form biofilms, which can be harmful to humans and critical infrastructure.

Indiana University biology professor Yves Brun says most bacteria don’t just float around but attach to surfaces and form colonies called biofilms.

“These biofilms have a huge impact on the environment, on human health, on industry and so on,” says Brun.

Public Health Study Committee Wraps Up Summer Work

Oct 26, 2017

A legislative study committee on public health issues voted Thursday to recommend the General Assembly take action on diabetes and the state’s nursing shortage as it wrapped up its work ahead of the next legislative session.

In recent years diabetes action plans have failed at the Statehouse. But this year’s study committee showed momentum.

Eskenazi pharmacist Jasmine Gonzolva, a non-legislative member of the committee, says much of the focus is on screening and prevention.

A report focused on ending the opioid crisis highlights state policies that are making an impact. Indiana has taken many of the steps mentioned and is used, in one case, as a positive example.

The report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse mentions a new Indiana law that allows counties to set up syringe exchange programs without state approval.

Children in Indiana’s minority and immigrant populations often have a more difficult start in life according to the conclusions of the latest look at disparity in wellbeing for Hoosier kids.

About 20 percent of Indiana’s population identifies as African-American, Hispanic, Asian or another non-white race.

Indiana Youth Institute President Tami Silverman says a new report from the Annie E. Casey foundation finds children in these households are less likely to benefit from opportunities to grow and develop.

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