Alice de Pooter, 3, shows her surgery scar and the bulge from a pacemaker battery Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in Tomball, Texas. An adult pacemaker saved Alice's life but specialists say pediatric medical devices built specifically for kids are a serious need. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Move to spur pint-sized medical devices to treat sick kids

The industry acknowledges medical devices designed specifically for children often lag five years to 10 years behind new technology for adults, and Food and Drug Administration statistics illustrate the disparity.

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Dole issues bagged salad recall

The recall involves bags of spinach distributed in 13 states including Indiana and Ohio because of a possible health risk from Salmonella.

Free radon test kits available in Allen County

The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health is urging residents to reduce their risk of lung cancer by having their homes tested for the naturally-occurring radioactive gas responsible for more than 2,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States.

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Legislative panel focuses on e-cigarette regulation

Public health advocates told an Indiana legislative committee there’s no scientific consensus on whether electronic cigarettes pose any health risks even as a growing number of youths are trying them.

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Allen County takes 1st step toward needle-exchange program

The Fort Wayne-Allen County Health Department unanimously approved a resolution Monday calling for a needle-exchange program to slow the spread of hepatitis C among intravenous drug users.

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October marks the start of flu season

Flu season occurs annually, typically starting around October and continuing through May. Seasonal flu viruses can vary from year to year, so medical experts recommend getting a flu vaccine every year.