Health

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  The state has recorded its first West Nile virus death of the year, a 91-year-old man from Williams County in northwest Ohio. Melanie Amato with the Ohio Department of Health said there was a single West Nile fatality last year as well, so this death is not entirely unexpected.

“It usually happens late August, early September due to the summer conditions,” Amato said. “We had a really wet beginning of the summer and it’s turned to dry conditions, which breed mosquitoes really easily.”

State officials announce the rollout of the Centering Pregnancy program offering women a support network of prenatal care.
Jerry Kenney

  A health center in Dayton is one of four in Ohio selected to pilot a prenatal care program designed to lower the state’s infant mortality rate. Ohio ranks 47th in the nation for infant deaths, and 50th for African American populations.

State Senator Shannon Jones (R) calls the numbers abysmal.

“It’s really an indicator of how safe and healthy our women and children are in the state,” she said at a gathering to announce the program rollout.

Experiencing Potential of Precision Medicine

Jul 15, 2015
courtesy of Bill Elder

At the State of the Union Address this past January, President Obama introduced a new effort to advance something he called Precision Medicine:

“I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine -- one that delivers the right treatment at the right time... So tonight, I'm launching a new Precision Medicine Initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes -- and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier.”

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Health officials in Dayton are putting their support behind an HIV prevention drug out on the market.   

Once used to treat HIV positive individuals, the drug Truvada was approved by the Food and Drug Administration three years ago as a Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or 'preventative' medicine for people who are HIV negative.

Last year the Centers for Disease Control joined the FDA in their support, now, public health agencies doing the same. 

Dayton Children's is also expanding in the city of Dayton, with this new patient tower.
Dayton Children's Hospital

The Dayton Children’s Hospital has announced a major expansion of its facilities in Springboro.

The hospital plans to spend nearly $50 million to more than double the size of its south suburban location to include a surgery center and emergency facilities.

The Women's Med Center in Dayton's south suburbs is routinely picketed by abortion opponents.
Samuel Worley / WYSO

Abortion clinics in Dayton and Toledo might be forced to close by tightening state regulations. New provisions in the governor’s budget signed into law Tuesday evening could make it harder for abortion providers to stay open.

Researchers from Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine are part of a new research team that will study craniofacial growth in pediatric patients

The research team will actually study how children’s facial structures grow. The comprehensive study will be the largest of its kind and is eventually expected to provide orthodontists and surgeons with precise diagnostic tools—for children who may simply need braces, or those with severe abnormalities of the face or head caused by birth defects, disease or trauma.   

Congressman Mike Turner at Delphi Hearing in 2013
WYSO

Former employees of auto parts company Delphi, including many in the Dayton area, are working to get a health care tax credit back on the agenda in Congress. About 20,000 people, many of them in Ohio, lost health care and part of their pensions during the GM bankruptcy in 2009; Delphi spun off from GM in 1999, but pensions and health care remained intertwined for employees of the parts-maker.

Bike Miami Valley

A $1 million bike share project was announced by Bike Miami Valley and the Greater Dayton RTA Thursday morning.  

Laura Estandia with Bike Miami Valley says the goal of the program, known as “Link”, is to promote more active lifestyles in the city.

“This is a transportation tool for downtown that’s going to link together different areas of interest...it’s going to do a lot for the connectivity of our region,” she said.

A screen shot from healthcare.gov, the website for the Affordable Care Act health plans.
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A report released today finds more than 202,000 Ohio residents have signed up during this open enrollment period. That’s more than 45,000 more than the number who enrolled last time around through the federal marketplace.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says about 12,000 people in the Dayton area have signed up in the last three months.

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