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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.

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2013 file photo, chemotherapy is administered to a cancer patient via intravenous drip in Durham, N.C. In a study sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and results published online Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, by the New England Journal of Medicine, a gene-activity test that was used to gauge early-stage breast cancer patient's risk accurately identified a group of women whose cancers are so likely to respond to hormone-blocking drugs that adding chemo would do little if any good while exposing them to side effects and other health risks. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Gene test finds which breast cancer patients can skip chemo

Many women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy without hurting their odds of beating the disease — good news from a major study that shows the value of a gene-activity test to gauge each patient’s risk.

Rendering of Lutheran ER provided by Lutheran Health Network.

Lutheran to build free-standing ER

Lutheran ER Statewood will be a key component of a 9,000-square-foot facility at the corner of Coliseum and State boulevards.