IU students take a first-hand look at public health advocacy and policy-making

Post by IU Communications colleague Milana Katic: A delegation of Indiana University master’s degree students from the School of Public Health-Bloomington and the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI participated in the American Cancer Society’s “Day at the Capitol,” on Jan. 29 in Indianapolis. The day was organized by the society’s Cancer Action […]

5 top reasons to relax about the Affordable Care Act enrollment number

As we near the March 31 deadline to enroll in insurance through health exchanges, we hear phrases such as “death spiral” or about fears that coverage will be too expensive. Health policy expert Heather McCabe gives us five reasons to rest easy.

Obamacare and uninsured young adults, a “notable achievement”

With all of the negative media coverage of the bungled roll out of HealthCare.gov, where Americans are supposed to be able to shop for health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act, it can be easy to overlook successes — and Indiana University health policy expert Kosali Simon considers the enrollment of almost a […]

Got the Black Friday shopping bug? Better buddy up!

Now something of an endurance sport, Black Friday shopping — and in some cases, Thanksgiving Day shopping — can drain more than just the wallet. Nancy Barton, lecturer in the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, suggests steps shoppers can take to reduce the physical and psychological stress that […]

Is Obamacare another Roe v. Wade?

Gerard Magliocca, a professor of constitutional law at Indiana University, had an op-ed published in the Washington Post explaining why Obamacare isn’t as settled as supporters might want us to think. His explanation even uses Roe v. Wade — still a hot-button ruling decades later — as an example of how a law isn’t considered […]

Talking to kids about money, giving

As a parent, this paragraph jumped out at me: “Role-modeling alone does not appear to be as effective as talking to children about giving, the researchers found. Parents who want to raise charitable children should talk intentionally with them about their own philanthropic values and practices throughout childhood and adolescence in addition to role-modeling, they […]

Health law expert: U.S. Supreme Court curbing FDA health efforts

A health law expert at Indiana University says the U.S. Supreme Court has “narrowed governmental power to preserve the public’s health,” while it broadens corporate freedom to advertise. “As a result, government today is much more susceptible to challenge when it tries to regulate the promotional activities of the tobacco or pharmaceutical industry,” David J. […]

Yoga instruction creates school-religion controversy

I can’t imagine that we’ve heard the last about whether yoga is appropriate in a school setting. I’m a big fan of yoga, which I practice for mental health purposes as much as for its immediate physical benefits. But I can see how its religious roots could unnerve those of differing spiritual beliefs, regardless of […]

Sequestration: When cuts could cost lives

Much drama and politicking led up to the March 1 deadline to avert mandatory spending cuts required by sequestration. D. Craig Brater, dean of the IU School of Medicine, recently wrote this opinion piece describing the substantial impact the cuts could have on medical research in Indiana. He writes: Last year, the IU School of […]

IU expert: Criticism of the NFL’s response to concussion dangers should include medical community, too

The suicides of NFL players are drawing attention to the potentially deadly consequences of all-too-common concussions, with the Institute of Medicine announcing earlier this month plans for a major study into the rise of sports-related concussions among U.S. youth. The NFL, heavily criticized for its response to the struggles of retired players, isn’t the only […]