Fall is here, a time when people begin thinking about cooler weather, fall leaves, pumpkin spiced everything and the annual flu shot. Flu shot clinics on the IU Bloomington campus begin Sept. 28 and are available to students, faculty and staff. “The most important thing to know about the flu shot is to get one,” […]
Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Fourteen graduate students in Indiana University’s School of Public Health-Bloomington transformed into lobbyists Feb. 8, advocating on behalf of March of Dimes. After a briefing by the national March of Dimes governmental relations chair, the students spent three hours at the Indiana Statehouse, arguing for an increased state tobacco tax […]
Throughout the past year, addiction and its related pitfalls have been on the minds of health care professionals, experts, educators and the public. Scott County faced a major crisis when HIV cases skyrocketed because of intravenous drug use. Needle exchange programs have popped up in three counties since, and the state continues to find ways […]
Guest post by Steve Hinnefeld, who normally writes at the Policy Briefings blog: Visiting a doctor can be unnerving for anyone. But for people who are transgender, it can be a lot worse. From one-size-fits-all medical forms to health care providers who are confused or insensitive about diverse gender identities, issues abound that can make […]
Guest post courtesy of Steve Hinnefeld, who normally writes at the Policy Briefings blog. Should patients have control of their own medical records? For most patients, the question sounds like a no-brainer: They’re our records. Of course we should! But for health care providers, the answer is more complicated. Should patients be able to conceal pertinent medical […]
Beauty marks. They make you unique. And no doubt, you know where most are on your body. Women especially are familiar with their bodies and are aware of their moles. Now there’s new research that suggests that the more moles on a woman’s body, the greater chance of her developing breast cancer.
“If an art installation gets a patient out of his room or paintings take a person’s mind off their pain and lower their stress levels, the art isn’t just decorative anymore. It’s part of the entire model of care,” said Dr. Lisa Harris, internist and chief executive of Eskenazi Health, affiliated with the IU School of Medicine.
Tiawanlyn Gongloe, a graduate of Indiana University and its School of Public Health-Bloomington, lives in Monrovia, Liberia, where she works for the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare as a member of the National Task Force, which was created to eliminate the Ebola virus from the country. Overwhelmed by the work involved in fighting the outbreak, which has led to more than 200 deaths in her country, she found time to answer some questions about her life in the midst of such tragedy and her experiences in Bloomington.
Recently the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington announced The U.S.-India Partnership for Sexual Health Promotion, a new initiative that involves formalizing public health collaborations between the school and The Humsafar Trust, India’s oldest and largest health service organization for LGBT populations. Brian Dodge, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion, and Jessamyn Bowling, a project coordinator at the center, take five questions about the new initiative and their work in general.
When Akash Shah walked into the IU Health Center at Indiana University Bloomington more than a year ago, he knew he was overweight. But it was the word “obese” — and the idea that his weight might one day contribute to him developing diabetes — that triggered a major lifestyle change for the IU lead project-systems analyst.