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Opinion - Health
4:47 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

"Respecting Choices" in Northeast Indiana

Tyrion Lannister knows how he wants to die (click for animation).
Credit Courtesy / HBO

It’s an absurd question when you mull it over. It’s mildly rude, it’s unusual, and it’s disturbing to contemplate. It can be a threat or it can signal sympathy. So let me ask you: how would you like to die?

Even the sardonic Tyrion Lannister, from the epic and brutal Game of Thrones on HBO, wants familiar comfort (click the image to see what he has to say).

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Opinion - Health
3:43 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

HIP, Hoosiers and Incentivizing Health

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
Credit Courtesy / Abraham Schwab

On Thursday, May 15, Governor Pence announced ‘HIP 2.0,' the proposed Indiana alternative to the Medicaid expansion. A long time coming, this will affect the 1.2 million Hoosiers who fall below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and an additional 440,000 who fall between the 100% and 138% of the FPL.

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News
4:45 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Study Set to Focus on Sexual Assault in Indiana

The state is allocating $65,000 to fund a study aimed at understanding why Indiana has the second highest rate of sexual assault among teenage girls in the country.

Researchers at IUPUI’s Global Health Communication Center will conduct the study this summer.

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Opinion
2:06 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Keep Your Head in the Game

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
Credit Courtesy / Abraham Schwab

This Friday, the Indiana Pacers face the Miami Heat for the fourth time this season, a game that will likely determine home court advantage for the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

The Pacers won two of the first three meetings, due in no small part to the play of Roy Hibbert. Hibbert scored 21 points in their third meeting on March 26, and affected Chris Bosh’s attempt at a game-winning shot. Bosh’s attempt fell short and the Pacers won 84-83. But, after taking an elbow like this earlier in the fourth quarter, I wonder if Hibbert should have been benched for his own protection.

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The Difference
12:43 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Black Barbershop Health Initiative Offers Free Screenings for Men of Color

42 year old Marcus Wilkes gets his blood sugar tested at Unity Barbershop in Fort Wayne.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Many black men throughout Indiana going to get a haircut this weekend were also able to receive a free health screening. The 4th annual Indiana Black Barbershop Health Initiative was held Saturday across the state.  

According to the Indiana Department of Health, black men have the highest mortality rate of any racial group.And many don't go to the doctor. 

That's according to Foundation One. 

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The Difference
5:43 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Report Finds Indiana Among Worst States for Black Youth

The "Race for Results" report released Tuesday assigned scores from 0-1000 measuring child progression and opportunity in the U.S. Indiana ranked among the worst states for black youth.
Credit "Race for Results" / Annie E. Casey Foundation

A new study released Tuesday finds Indiana among the ten worst states for black children, highlighting the disparity in opportunity between African-American youth and their peers.

The policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, titled "Race for Results," measures 12 factors in an effort to chart child progression nationwide. Those include everything from reading proficiency to graduation rates to the number of children living near or below the federal poverty level.

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Health & Science
1:22 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Interview: U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh on Obamacare

Dr. Howard Koh, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health, says the implementation of Obamacare marks an historic time in the history of U.S. public health.
Credit Courtesy / Office of Public Health Service

Last week, President Barack Obama announced more than six million people had signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

The deadline to enroll – or at least get started on the process – is midnight on Monday, March 31st.

In the weeks leading up to the deadline, the Obama Administration has been on a major public relations push to spread the word, and the pace of enrollment has picked up dramatically.

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Opinion - Health
2:27 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

School Districts Need a Uniform Policy for Allergens in the Classroom

IPFW Associate Professor and medical ethicist Abraham Schwab.
Credit Courtesy / Abraham Schwab

In a 2013 comedy special, Louis C.K. provides a provocative contrast of good thoughts and bad thoughts he calls “Of course . . . But maybe” (Ed.: video contains content some readers may find offensive).

His first example: “Of course” we should protect children with nut allergies by segregating their food. Of course we should. “But maybe” if you touch a nut and it kills you, you’re supposed to die.

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News
5:28 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Legislation Would Require Reporting Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Indiana hospitals will have to report to the state cases of babies born addicted to drugs under legislation  unanimously approved by the House Monday. 

The condition is known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome – newborns exposed to addictive illegal or  prescription drugs before they’re born. But just trying to understand the scope of the problem has  been difficult, in part because hospitals aren’t required to report the condition.

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Politics & Government
11:22 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Governor Raises Medicaid Reimbursement Rates

Indiana Hospital Association President Doug Leonard.
Credit Courtesy / Indiana Hospital Association

Health care providers across Indiana will receive more money from Medicaid reimbursement after Governor Mike Pence Wednesday announced a rate increase.

Listen to Brandon Smith's story on the increase in Indiana Medicaid reimbursement rates.

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