Category: Health

CDC warns of difficult-to-kill parasite found in public pools

INDIANA – As the weather warms up, health officials are sending out a warning to Hoosiers about a difficult-to-kill parasite found in public pools that can make them very sick. The Centers for Disease Control said Cryptosporidium (Crypto) is a parasite that is transmitted through fecal matter from an infected person. It can cause "profuse, watery diarrhea that can last

New tool provides comfort, connection for families after opioid death

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. – A new online tool is being offered to grieving families of opioid overdose victims to help them find comfort and connection. The map allows users to share the stories of their loved ones and add pictures to honor their lives. Dustin Noonkester found the map after he lost his 19-year-old son Brady to a methadone overdose.

Kids should learn how to swim, says expert, after boy found in pond

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Parents are being warned to make sure their children know how to swim after police pulled a young boy out of a retention pond on the City's north side. Police say the boy, who has autism, is in grave condition. His parents said he wandered away from their home near 86th and Ditch. The boy was found

New hepatitis C infections triple due to opioid epidemic

New hepatitis C virus infections in the United States nearly tripled between the years 2010 and 2015. The number of new nationally reported infections with the virus swelled from 850 in 2010 to 2,436 cases in 2015, with the highest rates among young people, mainly 20- to 29-year-olds, who inject drugs, according to a new report released Thursday by the

Parts of Franklin under boil water advisory until noon Saturday

FRANKLIN, Ind.– The Johnson County Sheriff’s office says Indiana American Water has issued a boil water advisory for parts of Franklin. The affected locations are west of U.S. 31 between Commerce Drive and Franklin Lakes subdivision. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management requires all public water systems to issue an advisory when a significant drop in water pressure occurs in

Boone County health officials offering free Narcan training to counter overdose deaths

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. – Health officials in Boone County will offer free Narcan training to the public Monday evening, as Indiana’s opioid epidemic reaches new heights. Deaths from drug overdoses have doubled in the state in just a decade. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 1,245 Hoosiers died from drug overdoses in 2015. Just a decade before, the

U.S. regulators reject Eli Lilly’s rheumatoid arthritis pill

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Eli Lilly said U.S. regulators have rejected its much-anticipated pill for the immune disorder rheumatoid arthritis, the drugmaker’s second drug development setback since November. The Food and Drug Administration said in a letter to the company that it needed more information about the drug’s safety and the best doses, Lilly said Friday in a statement. Lilly said it

Fire departments look to grow to keep up with medical runs

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. – The growing senior population is flooding medical calls into Central Indiana fire departments and now some station are looking to expand to keep up. In a medical emergency, every second matters. That puts pressure on White River Township Fire's emergency responders who have two ambulances and 26 square miles to cover. "This fire department needs to

Nearly half of US adults infected with genital HPV, CDC reports

NEW YORK — Health officials say nearly half of U.S. adults have caught HPV, a sexually-transmitted bug that can cause cervical cancer and genital warts. About 45 percent of Americans ages 18 to 59 had some form of genital human papillomavirus, according to a report released Thursday that’s the most complete look at how common HPV is among adults. More

New special needs database aims to provide better information to Fishers first responders

FISHERS, Ind. — A new "Special Needs Data System" was launched Tuesday by the Fishers Department of Fire and Emergency Services, in conjunction with the City of Fishers Disability Awareness Roundtable. The database aims to provide first responders with valuable information regarding the presence of special needs inside a residence they may be responding to. This can include things like