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New device eliminates the pain of opioid withdrawal

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a neurological device that could help those suffering from opioid withdrawal symptoms. “This is something, I think, will revolutionize the country in the way of addiction and the epidemic in our world,” said Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis. The NSS-2 BRIDGE, was […]

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Indiana rolls out new app to reduce infant mortality

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — More than 600 babies in Indiana died before the age of 1 in 2015, and the Indiana State Department of Health hopes its new app will decrease the rate of infant mortality. The app, rolled out Wednesday at the Labor of Love infant mortality summit, is called Liv, and gives […]

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Health Department leads push for diabetes awareness

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Every 21 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes, which is why the Indiana State Department of Health is encouraging Hoosiers to take precautions against the deadly disease during November, National Diabetes Month. “Diabetes is a serious and potentially life-threatening illness, but there are ways you can prevent or delay […]

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Governor, first lady get flu shot

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb rolled up his sleeve Tuesday to get his flu shots part of a gubernatorial tradition. “That wasn’t too bad,” Holcomb said after getting his shot. “Now let’s hope I don’t have to play basketball for a few days because my arm is for sure going to […]

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Indiana WIC launches mobile app to help clients

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new app has been launched for the Indiana Women, Infants and Children program that will make it easier for clients to access nutritious food and other health benefits. “We are excited to see that WIC clients within our seven-county pilot downloaded the app more than 1,000 times in the […]

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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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