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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 […]

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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Female legislators push for drop in cervical cancer deaths

By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Proposed legislation aims to compel the state Department of Health to develop a strategy to reduce the number of women who die from cervical cancer in Indiana. Rep. Sharon Negele, R-Attica, joined by co-author, Rep. Holli Sullivan, R-Evansville, said the proposal would require the health department to develop a […]

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Lack of fresh food alarms legislator

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, is worried about the lack of availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in parts of Indiana. “People who live here and work here should be buying food from Indiana,” he said. “We want to make more fresh food available to people who don’t have the […]

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More than 200 overdose antidotes distributed in Johnson County

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com FRANKLIN, Indiana –Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller Tuesday recognized Johnson County law enforcement and Johnson Memorial Hospital for their efforts to equip officers with Naloxone. Naloxone – also known as Narcan – is an intervention drug that reverses heroin overdose effects. The drug is administered through a syringe – without a […]

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ISDH: Johnson County does not have a cancer cluster

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com FRANKLIN— State health officials told community members and local families of cancer victims gathered at Franklin Community High School Monday evening that the local water supply isn’t causing children to develop cancer. “The ISDH (Indiana State Department of Health) can confirm there is no pediatric cancer cluster in Johnson County,” Deputy […]

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Diabetes legislation hits close to home for one Indianapolis family

Bill funding diabetes report put on hold from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Jess Seabolt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When it comes to disease, knowledge can mean life or death. For Julie Ahlrichs and her family, diabetes has been a part of their lives for more than 40 years. While she is thankful that she and her […]

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State suspends pharmacy behind meningitis outbreak

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Board of Pharmacy voted Monday to indefinitely suspend a Massachusetts-based pharmacy company that sold tainted steroids to Indiana and other states. The Indiana attorney general’s office filed an emergency petition against the New England Compound company on Oct. 26. The company responded last week and agreed to the […]