106.7 WTLC Health News with Kim Wells

A new program is launching in downtown Indianapolis to help the homeless and homelessness issues. It’s called “The Know Outlets” campaign and it’s putting red and white parking meters in front of businesses to accept donations. The program which takes its name from those in the community who come together because they know outlets and […]

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is declaring a public health emergency in Scott County because of an HIV outbreak. Seventy-nine cases have been confirmed thus far, however doctors expect that number to increase as they continue to contact people tied to the infected patients. Scott County health officials are laying some of the blame for this epidemic squarely […]

Are you one who finds yourself thinking  about Friday the 13th and feeling anxiety over the superstitious day, then you may be suffering from a condition known as Triskaidekaphobia. Let me help you with that, it’s pronounced, “tris-kai-dek-uh-FOH-bee-uh.” I had to say it out loud a few times too to get it right. Simply put, […]

March 10 is the day set aside to mark National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an annual observation here in the U.S. that shines a light on the impact of this disease particularly on women and girls. This year is the 10th anniversary of the observation. Health and community organizations provide HIV testing and other awareness education designed […]

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is asking for donations to help one of its four-legged officers.  A police horse needs a live-saving surgery and you may be able to help “Francis” Jake get the treatment he needs. The horse is an eleven-year veteran of the Mounted Patrol Unit and was diagnosed with skin cancer on a sensitive part […]

After watching LL Cool J successfully host another Grammy Awards broadcast, coupled with thoughts of the cold weather returning and snow pounding some parts of the country, the question came up–how does this famous “lip licker” keep his pucker healthy? We don’t know what “LL” uses but we do have some tips to help you […]

More than the dig out from being buried under tons of snow is going on in Boston right now. Researchers there are trying to explain why some girls reach puberty so early. Researchers at Harvard say there may be a link between this trend of early puberty onset and soda consumption. Bottom-line, girls who drink a lot of soda […]

It’s the holidays and your dog or cat is eyeballing you with laser precision. They’re being persistent about getting those goodies, treats and home cooked table scraps because, well, they taste great and they’ve made it their mission. But what do you do? It may not be healthy for them. Check out how you may keep […]

A recent study suggests breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.  A team from the University of Missouri in Columbia published a study in “Nutrition Journal,” that found eating breakfast increases levels of dopamine, a chemical produced in the brain controlling impulses. Food cravings leading to overeating appear to be reduced as dopamine […]

You’ve heard that slogan, “Milk does a body good.” How “good” milk does a body is now being questioned and studied with results showing that it might not do so. A new study from Uppsala University in Sweden shows people who drink more milk are actually more susceptible to bone fractures. Holy cow!!! Say what??? […]

The first person diagnosed with Ebola on American soil is said to be fighting for his life.  CDC Director Tom Frieden announced Sunday that the patient being treated in Dallas, Thomas Eric Duncan, has “taken a turn for the worse.”  Duncan became ill after arriving in Dallas from Liberia two weeks ago. Despite the news, Frieden continued to […]

Some of the largest manufacturers of soda in the U.S. have a plan to cut drink calories by 20 percent in ten years. This means your Coke, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper and even Snapple could lighten up. The American Beverage Association announced the plan at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York on Tuesday. The group […]