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Health Officials Offer Free Tobacco Cessation Support

Health Officials Offer Free Tobacco Cessation Support

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana tobacco users will be able to obtain free medication to help them quit smoking as part of an Indiana Tobacco Quitline promotion offered in conjunction with a nationwide smoking cessation campaign. The promotion, scheduled from March 13 to April 2 or until supplies run out, will encourage smokers to call the Indiana […]

How much sun is good for our health?

How much sun is good for our health?

Spanish researchers have estimated the duration of solar radiation exposure required in order to obtain the recommended doses of vitamin D. While in spring and summer 10 to 20 minutes in the sun are enough, in the winter months almost two hours would be needed, therefore for the vast majority of the population it is […]

Health Department’s MOMS Helpline Helps Thousands of Hoosiers

Health Department’s MOMS Helpline Helps Thousands of Hoosiers

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana State Department of Health’s MOMS Helpline has received more than 5,000 calls in the past year as it works to connect Hoosiers with maternal and child health services and help reduce Indiana’s infant mortality rate. The MOMS Helpline, a service of the Maternal and Child Health division at the state health department, launched […]

The lasting effects of ministrokes may contribute to dementia

The lasting effects of ministrokes may contribute to dementia

Medical University of South Carolina investigators report preclinical research showing that microinfarcts induce prolonged dysfunction in brain areas estimated to be 12-times larger than the visible injury site. Evidence overwhelmingly supports a link between cognitive decline and cerebrovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis, arteriolosclerosis, and cerebral amyloid angiopathy. Not only do individuals with cerebrovascular diseases have […]

Indiana Health Officials Report Increased Flu Activity, Deaths

Indiana Health Officials Report Increased Flu Activity, Deaths

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is urging residents to take precautions amid recent increases in flu-like illnesses in several areas of the state. Four Indiana residents have died of the flu since the influenza season began in October. “It’s always heartbreaking to learn that someone died of the flu, and we are just […]

Indiana Health Officials Announce First Indiana Influenza Death of 2016-2017 Season

Indiana Health Officials Announce First Indiana Influenza Death of 2016-2017 Season

INDIANAPOLIS—State health officials are reporting the first influenza-associated death in Indiana for the 2016-2017 flu season. No additional information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws. State health officials report influenza, or flu, activity is currently minimal in both the state and country. Hoosiers are encouraged to take this time to get a […]

Sharp rise in breast cancer gene testing after Angelina Jolie’s New York Times editorial

Sharp rise in breast cancer gene testing after Angelina Jolie’s New York Times editorial

There was a sharp increase in breast cancer gene testing among US women immediately after Angelina Jolie’s New York Times editorial, but no change in overall mastectomy rates, finds a study in the Christmas issue of The BMJ. The results suggest that celebrity announcements can influence use of healthcare services, but they may not effectively […]

The first-in-man clinical trial targeting Alzheimer’s Tau protein

The first-in-man clinical trial targeting Alzheimer’s Tau protein

So far, many of the antibody drugs proposed to treat Alzheimer’s disease target only the amyloid plaques. Despite the latest clinical trial that is hailed as our best chance in the quest for treating AD, all later phase trials have failed with many causing severe side effects in the patients, such as abnormal accumulation of […]

A handful of nuts a day cuts the risk of a wide range of diseases

A handful of nuts a day cuts the risk of a wide range of diseases

A large analysis of current research shows that people who eat at least 20g of nuts a day have a lower risk of heart disease, cancer and other diseases. The analysis of all current studies on nut consumption and disease risk has revealed that 20g a day – equivalent to a handful – can cut […]

State and Local Health Officials Identify Potential Hepatitis A Exposure Linked to Frozen Strawberries

State and Local Health Officials Identify Potential Hepatitis A Exposure Linked to Frozen Strawberries

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is urging healthcare providers to ask patients who exhibit symptoms of hepatitis A about recent strawberry consumption as part of an investigation into a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A that has been linked to frozen strawberries imported from Egypt and food items containing these strawberries. ISDH is working […]

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