There is a shortage in African American blood and stem cell donors. This leaves many African American patients with blood cancers and sickle cell disease scrambling to find matches. The need is huge, but the barriers also run deep.
It's been a year since the COVID crisis began to dominate our lives. To mark that milestone, Side Effects is producing a series of non-narrated features in March that reflect on COVID's impact.
Side Effects Public Media was recognized by the Indiana Pro SPJ Awards for its coverage of the pandemic. The awards recognize outstanding work by broadcast, print and online journalists across the state.
Some Americans are taking on multiple jobs yet still struggling to make ends meet, and that is affecting their health and well-being. Researchers say low-quality, precarious employment is to blame, and it's disproportionately impacting African Americans and other minority populations.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use in kids ages 12 and older in mid-May. We asked members of the Indiana Two-Way and the Midwest Checkup for their questions and concerns about kids receiving the vaccine. Here are the answers to those questions.
Medicaid expansion has been a contentious issue across the U.S., and in Missouri, battle lines are drawn at the highest levels of government. State residents voted to expand the health insurance program. But the legislature balked at funding it and the governor says the state will not offer coverage to the estimated 250,000 newly eligible Missourians. That triggered a lawsuit on behalf of three people eligible under expansion. Side Effects Public Media's Sebastian Martinez Valdivia spoke with one of the plaintiffs' lawyers about the case.
The pandemic has affected the mental health of Iowa's children, and some are still concerned that two years after the creation of the children's mental health system, services are still falling short.
The U.S. is the only industrialized nation where the rate of pregnancy-related deaths is rising. Experts say one way to save lives is making sure new mothers don't lose their health insurance.
Bloomington, Indiana-based Cook Medical is investing $2.5 million to build a grocery store in the Indianapolis neighborhood where it is planning to open a new manufacturing facility. The company plans to let two local residents own and operate the store once it opens next year.
A seven-person crew within BLM Louisville cooks and delivers hundreds of meals every week to the elderly and homeless, and the group is also working to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among Black residents.
An external review of the death of a Black female doctor found the “medical management and technical care” she received from Indiana University Health did not contribute to her death.
An Eskenazi Health official recently shared tips for how Black women can better advocate for themselves in health care settings and how that can lead to better outcomes.
Reaching adulthood brings new challenges — new jobs, school, relationships — and that can affect a young person's mental health. But navigating the health care system to get help with that is often not easy.
Nearly 110 million Americans have been vaccinated against COVID-19. And delivering each dose requires a complex chain of events. This is the story of one of those doses — and how it ended up in Archie Thomas’ left arm at a church recreation center in Evansville, Indiana.
The COVID pandemic has exposed deep flaws in the way America handles children’s mental health. More and more children are facing anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. But there’s a shortage of providers and services — and no quick way to increase them. As a result, many children and families are scrambling for help.
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The new coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, have changed our lives in countless ways. Side Effects will explain the important medical issues, as well as their impact on the Midwest.
Side Effects is part of the America Amplified project, which aims to put people, not preconceived ideas, at the center of its reporting process.
Side Effects examines the health care challenges that refugees and immigrants face in the U.S.
Front-line workers on the COVID-19 crisis
Stories examining the effect of COVID-19 on rural health care.
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Across the country, many small rural hospitals are having financial problems. In less than a decade, more than a hundred have closed.
Side Effects examines what responsibility schools have in this fight, and what counselors, teachers and administrators are doing to address this quiet crisis.
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