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Excessive salt triggers dangerous inflammation

February 23, 2024
Almost 1.3 billion adults aged 30 to 79 are hypertensive, and many don’t even know it. Excessive sodium triggers inflammation and disease that begins with high blood pressure, but it...

Seniors battling anxiety in silence

February 16, 2024
Anxiety in seniors is a serious mental health condition that can have a significant impact on their quality of life. In fact, severe anxiety can be debilitating, and it impacts...

The link between chronic pain, inflammation and dementia

February 09, 2024
In the United States, over 50 million people experienced chronic pain in 2021.Worldwide, over 55 million people are living with dementia, and, every year, 10 million new cases are diagnosed.Now,...

Intermittent fasting and better sleep fight Alzheimer’s

February 02, 2024
It steals our memories and impacts our minds. Alzheimer’s disease is being called a health crisis as worldwide care is estimated at more than $1 trillion and it’s expected to...

Turning around high rates of stress and unhappiness

January 26, 2024
A relatively new science studying the idea of hope looks to reverse some trends in mental health. According to a Gallop Poll, since the COVID-19 pandemic, people are the most...

Nurses help navigate patient’s recovery

January 19, 2024
More than 34 million people will be admitted into a hospital this year throughout the United States. Although the average stay is five days, that’s just the beginning of the...

Beating late-stage cancers

January 12, 2024
Radiation is one of the key treatments in the fight against all forms of cancer. More than 650 thousand people in the U.S. will receive radiation to try and wipe...

Psychologist offers tips to maintain a healthy mindset in 2024

January 05, 2024
If you’re hoping to be a better version of yourself in the new year, changing unhealthy habits and focusing in on new goals are keys to success.So, say “goodbye” to...

Dealing with mental health during the holidays

December 26, 2023
he holiday season is a difficult time for many dealing with loneliness, stress, or the loss of a loved one around this time of year.Amanda Wakefield, a psychologist at IU...

Powerful Tesla MRI targeting epilepsy

December 22, 2023
Almost 3.5 million people in the United States suffer from epilepsy.For some, these seizures can be controlled with medication, while others will need brain surgery, which can be very risky.But...

Zapping cancer at home

December 15, 2023
Of all cancer diagnoses, 13% are for lung cancer.In fact, more than 200,000 people every year are diagnosed with it. Despite medical advancements, it’s still one of the deadliest cancers.Now,...

Diabetes drugs may help slow aging

December 08, 2023
Metformin tablets are the most widely prescribed drug in the world to treat Type 2 diabetes, and it’s been around for more than 60 years.More than 150 million people worldwide take...

Study eyes long-lasting effects of COVID-19

December 01, 2023
Researchers at Northwestern University’s medical school in Chicago are looking at biomarkers in the blood to see if they hold answers as to why one person’s COVID-19 symptoms linger on,...

Dr. Jerome Adams of gearing up for cold and flu season

November 22, 2023
Dr. Jerome Adams, the WISH-TV medical expert and a former U.S. surgeon general, talked Monday on News 8 about holiday season and the potential for an uptick in cold and flu...

Former NFL player tackles mental health with Men of Westfield

November 17, 2023
Nick Hardwick, a central Indiana native and former Purdue Boilermaker, recently launched a group called the Men of Westfield. The group, which began in May, provides a forum for men...

Irregular sleep deadly for the heart

November 10, 2023
Lack of sleep is bad for health, but a recent Vanderbilt study shows chronically disrupted sleep can trigger heart disease and dementia, and that sleeping less than six hours a...

Researcher thinks treatment could eliminate allergies

November 03, 2023
A researcher believes she has discovered a new treatment that can lead to the possible elimination of allergies.More than 100 million Americans have allergies, making it the sixth-leading cause of...

Former surgeon general reveals crisis and chaos of COVID fight in new book (Exclusive WISH-TV Interview)

October 26, 2023
More than three years after COVID-19 arrived in the United States, the country’s former top doctor believes the federal government is still not acting fast enough to protect Americans from...

Alzheimer’s risk factors

October 20, 2023
More than six million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.By 20-50, that number is expected to more than double.Now, researchers are working to identify some risk factors for this mysterious...

Fmr. US surgeon general and WISH med. expert gives Indiana a D+ on mental health treatment

October 13, 2023
Dr. Jerome Adams, the WISH-TV medical expert and a former U.S. surgeon general, talked Tuesday on News 8 about World Mental Health Day.He said he’d give Indiana a grade of...

Colorectal cancer on the rise in young people

October 06, 2023
Colorectal cancer is the second deadliest type of cancer, and 52,000 more deaths are expected in 2023. As older adults undergo regular screenings, should younger adults do the same?

Teens and social media

September 29, 2023
There’s no denying that social media plays a large role in the lives of today’s teenagers. Studies show they’re online nearly nine hours a day, and half report visiting a...

Health care businesses face staffing crisis

September 22, 2023
Nursing is facing an unprecedented crisis as the healthcare industry grapples with a severe shortage of nurses. This shortage is projected to reach 13 million nurses worldwide by 2030. That’s...

Study finds pollution protection important during pregnancies

September 15, 2023
A study reveals ways women can protect themselves from the health risks of exposure to pollution during pregnancy. Being pregnant makes women vulnerable to many infections, but the study published...

Silent Symptoms

September 08, 2023
70% of adults will experience some form of trauma in their lives – that’s more than 220 million people in the U.S. It can impact our physical and mental health,...

Battling obesity in teens

September 01, 2023
More than 14 million children and teens in the U.S. are living with obesity. It’s a chronic disease associated with a lifetime of health risks. That’s why for the first...

One-two punch to detect and wipe out lung cancer

August 25, 2023
Lung cancer is the most common form of cancer and the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. 1-in-5 to be exact. Catching it early is key, but in...

Regular routines may help older adults be happier

August 18, 2023
Starting the day earlier, especially as people age, offers benefits. Early to bed, early to rise, not only makes a person wealthy and wise, but healthy, too, especially if they’ve...

Helping weak bones heal

August 11, 2023
Fractures can be painful and debilitating. For most people, the pain only lasts for months, but some can be left with a lifetime of hurt. Now, a first-of-its-kind procedure is...

Dr. Jerome Adams talks about new rise in COVID cases and long-term symptoms

August 04, 2023
Dr. Jerome Adams, WISH-TV medical expert and a former U.S. surgeon general, said Monday that the numbers are rising the fastest in Texas, Florida, and New York, with a 10%...

The hidden dangers of alcohol use

August 02, 2023
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of Americans ages 18 and older regularly consume alcohol, and nearly 17% of adults binge drink. Outside of...

An inspiring vision on aging

July 21, 2023
While the connection between physical health and longevity is well-established, researchers are now finding even our attitude towards aging can add, or subtract, years to our life. But how do...

Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration Health Fair

July 14, 2023
The Indiana Black & Minority Health Fair begins Thursday at the Indiana Convention Center and is offering free health tests to participants.The goal of the Indiana Black & Minority Health...

‘Health Spotlight Town Hall Special’ examines Indiana’s No. 1 cause of death: heart disease

July 07, 2023
For the past two years, News 8 has been proud to team up with partners at Community Health Network to dedicate time to talk about the biggest health issues facing...

Dr. Jerome Adams on air quality and health

June 29, 2023
WISH-TV Medical Expert and former Attorney General Dr. Jerome Adams joined Health Spotlight Wednesday to discuss the state of air quality in Indianapolis.“ If you go to airnow.gov and put...

New test helps find foods triggering irritable bowel syndrome

June 23, 2023
Figuring out which foods trigger irritable bowel syndrome can be a challenge. A new test used a simplified method to cut down how much time it can take to figure...

Virtual reality helping ICU patients recover from trauma

June 16, 2023
From heart attacks and strokes to COVID-19 and car accidents, more than 5 million people will be admitted into intensive care units across the country this year. According to the...

Get dad moving for men’s health month

June 09, 2023
June is men’s health month and with Father’s Day quickly approaching, it may be time to take another look at the impact a sedentary lifestyle can have on dads. It’s...

A kid heals with magic of music at hospital

June 02, 2023
A music therapy was designed to help save children so sick they spend most of their lives inside a hospital. Being hospitalized can be a difficult and often traumatic experience...

Nano coatings used to battle COVID-19

May 26, 2023
COVID-19 first hit the news more than three years ago, but since then, so much has been learned about the virus. Research now tells us that the virus can last...

How to be a ‘super ager’

May 19, 2023
Why do some seniors age gracefully, looking and moving like a person half their age? How can people be “super agers?”

Researchers testing therapy fueled by genetic mutation for cancer patients

May 12, 2023
Researchers are now testing a new therapy for pancreatic cancer. About 64,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2023. Over 50,000 will die from it. Health experts say...

Ways to calm your anxiety

May 05, 2023
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting about 19% of adults and 7% of children.While medication and therapy are some standard treatments for anxiety,...

Uncommon symptoms of a heart attack

April 28, 2023
Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States experiences a heart attack, research reporting more than 800,000 a year suffer from cardiac arrest each year. It is important to be...

Easing the pain of Autoimmune diseases

April 21, 2023
Fifty million Americans are living with an autoimmune disorder, making it one of the leading causes of chronic illness in the country. In fact, there are more than 80 autoimmune...

Right foods can reduce risk of dementia

April 14, 2023
Can the right diet really reduce your risk for dementia?The type of food you eat can make a difference. More than 6 million people 65 and older in the United...

Right foods can reduce risk of dementia

April 14, 2023
Can the right diet really reduce your risk for dementia?The type of food you eat can make a difference. More than 6 million people 65 and older in the United...

Indianapolis-Based Behavioral Pediatrician’s Advice for Parents of Children with ADHD

November 18, 2022
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 6 million children between the ages of 13 and 17 have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Children with attention deficit...

Raising Awareness About Men’s Health

November 11, 2022
November is Men's Health Awareness Month—a time of year dedicated to raising awareness about issues surrounding prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health. In this week's episode, I spoke with...

Expert Says Lung Cancer Screenings Will Save Thousands of Lives

November 04, 2022
According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the number one cause of all cancer deaths. More people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers...

‘Firefighter Tim’ Griffin Opens Up About Disease He’s Battled For Over a Decade

October 28, 2022
Whether he’s killing it in the kitchen whipping up red chicken chili and apple salad, or taking you through a killer workout, it’s always a blast when Life.Style.Live! personality 'Firefighter...

‘Pet Pals,’ ‘Great Day TV’ Host Patty Spitler Opens Up About Autoimmune Disease

October 21, 2022
Patty Spitler is an Indiana TV icon, a former longtime news anchor, the host of “Pet Pals” and “Great Day TV,” and a member of the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall...

George Mallet on Life as a Type 1 Diabetic

October 14, 2022
You know him as the co-host of Life.Style.Live! Kind, talented with an off-beat sense of humor that always has everyone smiling. It’s George Mallet! As a WISH-TV viewer, you welcome...

Randall Newsome on the Health Scare That Almost Cost Him His Life

October 07, 2022
You know him from Life.Style.Live! and as the co-host of All Indiana. The one and only Randall Newsome. Each day his personality shines through the screen--smiling, laughing and always cracking...

3 new omicron offshoots could prompt COVID resurgence

September 30, 2022
COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations are declining nationwide; however, health officials say the trend likely won’t last. The coronavirus thrives in cold weather, and temperatures are dropping. Experts warn it’s possible the...

Suicide prevention and the ten-minute window

September 22, 2022
September is Suicide Awareness Month. As part of that WISH-TV will air a Health Spotlight Special Thursday, September 22nd focusing on suicide awareness, prevention and how it affects minority communities. I...

Considering the COVID-19 omicron booster? Here’s what to expect after the shot

September 16, 2022
The new COVID-19 booster is now available at pharmacies, doctors' offices and pop-up clinics across Indiana. The shot not only protects against the original COVID strain, it also protects against...

New COVID Shot Targeting Omicron Could Be Available in September

September 02, 2022
Pfizer and Moderna have developed new vaccines designed to target COVID's omicron mutation. Both manufacturers have asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to green-light their versions of the jab, which...

COVID Incubation Period Dropped Significantly With Each New Variant; What This Means As Virus Still Spreads

August 26, 2022
At the start of the pandemic the coronavirus brewed inside an infected person's body for up to one week with patients showing no signs or symptoms for as many as...

How to Talk to Your Kids About Stranger Danger

August 19, 2022
An estimated 2,300 children go missing every day in the United States. Children can go missing for many reasons--one of them is by being kidnapped. In this week's episode, I...

Researchers Narrow Long COVID Into 3 Subtypes

August 12, 2022
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 1 in 5 people who’ve had the coronavirus will suffer from long-COVID. These are patients who’ve been infected, cleared the virus, yet still...

Indiana Doctor Explains Biden’s Bout with COVID ‘Rebound’

August 05, 2022
First the test was positive, then it came back negative, and now the results are positive once again. This is what doctors are calling COVID-19 rebound. In this week’s episode, I speak...

Indiana Doctor Advises Against Experimental Method to Treat Long COVID

July 29, 2022
Some COVID long-haulers are turning to a controversial method to treat their lasting symptoms. Blood washing is a technique where a person’s blood is drawn, filtered for the purpose of removing...

‘Game of Thrones’ Star Suffers 2 Aneurysms While Filming Hit Series

July 22, 2022
Emmy-winning actress Emilia Clarke, best known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO hit series “'Game of Thrones,' says she survived not one but two aneurysms back in...

Health Care Proxies May Overestimate, Underestimate Patient Symptoms Depending on Circumstance

July 15, 2022
Older patients suffering from cognitive decline may have trouble conveying physical and mental health information to their doctor. So, they bring a friend or family member to help them out...

Doctor warns tampon shortage may lead to increase in toxic shock syndrome

July 08, 2022
The nation's tampon shortage is causing some women to ration their supply. But, keeping a tampon in for too long comes with serious consequences. In this week's episode, I speak...

New Guidelines Released from a Top Medical Group for Mothers Who Breastfeed

July 01, 2022
The American Academy of Pediatrics updated its guidelines for mothers who breastfeed for the first time in over a decade. The group still recommends breastfeeding for at least the first...

Monkeypox Outbreak Could Turn into Epidemic if Not Contained

June 24, 2022
The monkeypox outbreak is sparking global concern. A total of 2,500 cases have been confirmed to date, two of which have been identified in Indiana.However, experts say the virus has...

Disease Absent During COVID Come Roaring Back

June 17, 2022
Disease suppressed during the pandemic are re-emerging and behaving in really strange ways. There's a rise in RSV, adenovirus, monkeypox and hepatitis. This has scientists scratching their heads. In this...

CDC reveals shocking new data about people who’ve gotten their COVID booster

June 10, 2022
The CDC reports people who've rolled up their sleeves for an extra layer of protection appear to be testing positive for COVID at a higher rate compared to people who've...

Singer and cancer survivor Sheryl Crow on the importance of breast cancer screenings

May 27, 2022
When the pandemic hit, women across the country were forced to miss their annual mammography for fear of being infected with the coronavirus. Now, the world has opened In this...

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy does not lead to epilepsy in infants, new study

May 20, 2022
Taking antidepressants during pregnancy has been a concern for many expectant mothers. However, a growing body of research points to evidence that may not be the case. In this episode...

First Case of Bird-to-Human Transmission of Avian Flu Questioned

May 06, 2022
The first case of bird-to-human transmission of the avian influenza has been identified, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Doctors say a 40-year-old Colorado man tested positive...

Physician Says FDA Menthol Ban Will Have Major Public Health Impacts in Indiana

April 29, 2022
The FDA is slated to ban menthol in cigarettes. A new study projects over 1 million Americans will quit smoking as a result. A majority will be Black. In this week’s...

Indiana Broadcast Hall of Famer, Patty Spitler, Shares Her Battle with Breast Cancer

April 22, 2022
Patty Spitler is a TV icon and Indiana Broadcast Hall of Famer. She's known for her charisma, charm and brutal honesty. But there's also another side to Patty--one that she...

One of the Leading Causes of Fires in Indiana May Surprise You

April 15, 2022
Smoking is dangerous to begin with. But if you've ever considered lighting up while wearing a home oxygen tank, you might want to think again. When the two are in...

WISH-TV medical contributor Dr. Jerome Adams with latest on COVID-19 pandemic

April 05, 2022
We have a very special edition of Medical Minutes this week with Dr. Jerome Adams, WISH-TV's medical contributor and a former U.S. surgeon general. In this episode, Adams and I...

COVID Makes Comeback in the Form of ‘Deltacron’ Causing Massive Surge in Global Cases

April 01, 2022
Omicron is out and 'deltacron' is in. Scientists describe this latest variant as a marriage between delta and omicron. In this week's episode, I speak with Dr. Christopher Doehring, vice...

Doctor says it’s possible to reverse Type 2 Diabetes; Here’s how

March 18, 2022
Over 34 million people across the country have type 2 diabetes. This is equivalent to 1 in 10 and rates are set to rise. Indiana ranks as one of the...

Doctors brace for COVID-19 induced multi system inflammatory syndromes after child hospitalization surge

March 11, 2022
With the surge in child hospitalizations, doctors are bracing for a wave of COVID induced multi system inflammatory syndrome–a post-coronavirus condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart,...

Doctor explains how pandemic transformed health care industry, says telemedicine is here to stay

March 04, 2022
COVID-19 sparked innovation in the health care industry when doctors were no longer able to see patients in person for fear of infection. So, practitioners and patients took to technology. In...

Separated Couples Clash Over Getting Their Children Vaccinated

February 25, 2022
Deciding whether to get your child the coronavirus vaccine can be a difficult one, especially if separated parents disagree.One parent says yes to the shot. For the other parent is...

Mental Health Counselor Gives Tips to Fight Pandemic Fatigue

February 18, 2022
The nation is into year three of the pandemic. However, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the end is near. So, how do we stay strong until we reach the finish...

Doctor warns of hypothermia during cold weather

February 11, 2022
The snowstorm may have passed…but not the frigid temperatures. That raises the concern about a serious medical condition: hypothermia.  In this week’s episode, I speak with Dr. Tyler Stepsis, medical...

Spawn of omicron detected in the United States; has 60% more mutations

February 04, 2022
Another COVID-19 mutation has been identified in 26 states across the U.S. Scientists call it the BA.2 variant also known as the “stealth omicron” because it is difficult to detect with...

I’ve done everything I could to avoid COVID. So why did I still get infected?

January 28, 2022
You've gotten vaccinated, boosted, masked and socially distanced. Still, the coronavirus found you. So, why is it when people do everything they can to avoid the virus, they still get...

Was the Coronavirus Vaccine Testing and Development Connected to Aborted Fetal Tissues?

January 18, 2022
A pediatric physician at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital lost his job for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 citing a religious conflict. Dr. Paul Halczenko claims aborted fetal tissue was...

Medical Researcher Shares Top 3 Pandemic Surprises of 2021

January 07, 2022
Doctors and researchers have been working around the clock to uncover the mysteries that remain about COVID-19. And while this past year has been marked by death and sadness, it’s...

Pediatrician shares top 3 pandemic surprises of 2021

December 31, 2021
The coronavirus pandemic has turned the world upside. It’s been almost two years of loss and suffering. However, it’s also been a year of incredible strength and discovery. Parents and...

Moderna’s Chief Medical Officer Talks Omicron, One-Year Anniversary of Vaccine EUA and Holiday Safety Tips

December 24, 2021
Omicron has taken root in the U.S. Hospitalizations are on the rise across the country with nearly all beds taken up by the unvaccinated. In this episode, I speak with...

Scientists identify symptoms of long-haul COVID in kids

December 17, 2021
Scientists are beginning to uncover symptoms of long-haul COVID in kids. But what should parents and caretakers look for? In this episode, I speak with Dr. Chris Bethel, a pediatrician...

Moderna developing shot targeting omicron, but is it necessary?

December 10, 2021
Moderna’s CEO came out with a bold statement predicting existing vaccines will struggle against the omicron mutation. These remarks come at a time when virtually no evidence exists that current...

Child health specialist gives tips to prepare kids for COVID-19 vaccine

December 03, 2021
While some kids may tolerate shots just fine, others will be anxious and fearful. So, what can parents do to ease the fear and anxiety? In this episode, I speak...

Indiana doctor talks importance of lung screenings

November 26, 2021
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. The disease is responsible for the most cancer-related deaths in the U.S.--more than colon, breast and prostate cancer combined. In this episode I speak...

If I’ve had COVID-19 do I still need the vaccine? Two studies differ

November 19, 2021
A new study by scientists out of Israel found natural immunity from a previous infection is 13 times more effective than the coronavirus vaccine. At the same time, the CDC...

New COVID-19 variant in U.S. contains traces of delta

November 05, 2021
A new, possibly more dangerous COVID-19 variant has made its way to the United States and scientists say it may soon take hold and add to a surge in coronavirus...

Researcher explains rigorous FDA approval process

October 29, 2021
What does it take for a vaccine to get FDA approval? The undertaking--to put it mildly--is rigorous. In this episode of Medical Minutes, I speak with Dr. Aaron Lottes, a...

These 2 conditions may reduce the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines

October 22, 2021
The immunity as a result of vaccination may not be as strong for people suffering from anxiety and depression. This is according to a study out of The Ohio State...

Child psychologist empowers kids to take a stand against mask bullying

October 15, 2021
Schools and parents are divided. While some kids may be required to wear masks in schools others may not have the option. This got one Indiana doctor concerned about mask...

Schools encourage kids to have Individualized Health Plans for coming year

July 29, 2021
There are so much unknowns going into the 2021-2022 school year, and we all want our kids to have the most enjoyable and safest year possible, especially considering the challenging...