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The search for the food desert solution

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Thousands of Hoosiers don’t have a way to go get healthy food, but lawmakers are working to bring healthy food to them instead. “We are really excited about hopefully bringing more food to more people living in urban and rural areas,” Sen. John Ruckelshaus, R-Indianapolis, said following Wednesday’s Interim […]

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Nurse, doctor shortage worries health care providers

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana will need nearly 900 more doctors in the next 13 years, but at the current rate, getting doctors to the Hoosier State feels nearly impossible for some healthcare professionals. “I have positions open daily and I could fill those positions today and they’d be reopened by the end […]

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Gov. Holcomb names new State Health commissioner

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Gov. Holcomb names new State Health commissioner

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday named Dr. Kristina Box to lead Indiana’s Department of Health as its health commissioner, replacing Dr. Jerome Adams who recently became the U.S. surgeon general. “I can think of no one better suited than Dr. Box to lead our state’s health department at this critical […]

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Families of fallen officers could continue to receive health insurance

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — While serving as a conservation officer for 30 years, Sen. Michael Crider saw friends die in the line of duty and immediately wondered what would happen to their families. “Early in my career, a DNR officer died in a plane crash at 27,” Crider said to the Interim Study […]

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Fallen firefighter ceremony highlights line-of-duty cancer risks

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Loran Johnston was the recipient of a red flower Wednesday — a symbol of the sacrifice her husband made in the line of duty as a firefighter. Joel Johnston, who served with the Indianapolis Fire Department for 16 years, was one of hundreds honored during the Indiana Fallen Firefighters […]

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Ryan White’s school remembers his legacy on 30th anniversary

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com ARCADIA, Ind. — With security and the press surrounding him, Ryan White walked through the halls of Hamilton Heights High School for his first day of school there 30 years ago, feeling loved, welcomed and a sense of normality for the first time in years. “I’m just one of the kids, […]

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Type 2 diabetes on the rise, solutions are elusive

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly a decade ago, Indiana State Rep. Vanessa Summers walked into her doctor’s office for a regular check up. She left as a newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetic.     “I didn’t get scared until I was there for three hours,” said the Indianapolis Democrat. “He was trying to […]

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McLinn family champions national ‘Right to Try’ legislation

By Christian Sullivan  TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­­­– Jordan McLinn is an eight-year-old boy with a disease with no known cure. His condition, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, is caused by a genetic mutation that prevents the body form producing a protein that the muscles need to work properly called dystrophin. Without the protein, the muscles become damaged and […]

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Hoosier leaders have mixed responses to failed Obamacare vote

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Republicans in Congress are scrambling to regroup after a vote that would have repealed parts of the health care law failed to pass in the U.S. Senate early Friday morning.  The bill failed in a 51-49 vote with Indiana’s senators voting along party lines. Republican Sen. Todd Young voted […]

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Health officials investigate spike in whooping cough cases

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS —Hoosiers need to be wary of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, after an increase in cases across the state. In the first half of 2017, 136 cases of pertussis have been already confirmed in Indiana. That is more than twice the cases the state saw in the same period of […]

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