The Hoosier state has one of the nation's worst rates of maternal mortality – nearly double the national rate. Pregnancy and giving birth is even more dangerous for black women. A new state maternal mortality review committee will look for trends and solutions.
The number of young people using e-cigarettes is growing. Public health experts say devices like JUUL, a small, easily concealable e-cigarette, are driving the problem. The Food and Drug Administration is pushing for stronger regulations, but teens say the devices are common in high schools.
The nation has a shortage in accessible housing, the type that helps seniors age in place. Aging experts say the tiny housing model could make independent living more accessible for people of all ages and abilities.
Gender dysphoria is the feeling that your gender doesn't match your biological sex. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that affirming a person's preferred gender significantly reduces the risk of mental illness and the likelihood of suicide. But the medical field is in the early stages of understanding the long-term impact of transitioning for youth who experience gender dysphoria.
More than 80 rural hospital in the U.S. have been forced to close this year due to financial pressures. The closing of Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett, Mo., blindsided patients in the region known as the Bootheel.
Illinois law essentially requires flu shots for employees at state-licensed health care facilities. But a lack of clarity in the law created conflict between hospitals that wanted everyone vaccinated and employees who didn't want the shot.
Firefighters and other first responders are at higher risk than most people for developing mental illnesses. But the stigma related to mental health treatment keeps many from seeking help for addiction and behavioral health issues.
Lauren a reporter and editor based at WFYI in Indianapolis. She maintains Side Effects' website, social media accounts (which you can follow on Facebook and Twitter) and newsletter (which you should sign up to get weekly). Lauren graduated from Towson University and moved to Indiana in 2012, where she began her career as a newspaper reporter. She reported on health and social services for the Bloomington Herald-Times. Her work has been recognized by the Indiana chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists and Associated Press Media Editors, as well as the Hoosier State Press Association.