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A new state report shows an uptick in Ohio's infant mortality rate, with black babies dying at a rate approaching three times that of whites. Data released Wednesday by the Ohio Department of Health shows the state's overall infant mortality rate increased to 7.2 deaths per 1,000 births last year. That's up from a rate of 6.8 deaths in 2014. The three leading causes continued to be prematurity, sleep-related deaths and birth defects. Ohio had 1,005 infants die before their first birthdays in...

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The Ohio Supreme Court says backers of a plan to cap the price Ohio pays for drugs it buys for Medicaid, prisons and other state-run programs fell short of the signatures they need to put it before voters next year. The court rejected more than 10,000 signatures turned in by Ohioans for Fair Drug Prices, leaving the group more than 5,000 signatures short. Spokesman Ged Kenslea said the group has till August 25 to continue its campaign to take the proposal to lawmakers and eventually voters. ...

Practicing and Teaching Yoga In Rural America

Aug 17, 2016
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Jenny Gore works full time as a police dispatcher. Her shifts are long-- sometimes twelve hours--and she’s often on the road. It’s a hectic schedule, and there’s no shortage of stress in her life. Still, she tries to make room for yoga. In fact, she’s surprised at how important yoga has become to her.

"I think you see the whole OMMM meditation thing [laughs]," says Gore. "I had no idea that it, you know, it was stretching and toning, and the breathing was a big thing too,...

The state says it inadvertently released the protected health information of thousands of Ohioans who received mental health services. Ohio's Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services says the breach happened in February when the agency mailed postcards inviting patients to participate in a satisfaction survey. The information included patients' full names and addresses — not mental health conditions, any services received or information that could lead to identity theft. However, by...

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9 students at the University of Dayton have confirmed cases of the mumps and another 23 have shown symptoms. All but one of those students was fully vaccinated against the infection. All UD students are required to receive the MMR vaccine, which protects against Mumps, Measles and Rubella, before starting classes -- unless a medical condition prevents them from getting it. Donna Youtz , the immunization coordinator with Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County, says the vaccine isn’t 100%...

Teen Birth Rates Fall Nationwide, Narrowing Racial Gap

Apr 29, 2016
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Teen birth rates have fallen in Ohio and across the country, and racial disparities in those numbers have lessened, according to findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC compared teen birth rates from 2006 to 2014. In Ohio, the rate fell nearly 34 percent. The latest numbers for the state show there were 26 births per 1,000 young women ages 15 to 19. That puts Ohio at just a notch above the national rate of 25.4. And while black and Hispanic teens have higher...

State officials are set to release proposed details of an effort to require more than 1 million low-income Ohioans to pay a new monthly cost for Medicaid. House Republicans inserted the idea for the so-called Healthy Ohio Program into the state budget last year. It would require federal approval. Republican Gov. John Kasich's administration must first seek a waiver of federal Medicaid rules so that the state can require certain Medicaid recipients to pay into a health-savings account...

Race- and Ethnicity-Adjusted Life Expectancy by Commuting Zone and Income Quartile, 2001-2014  Estimates of race- and ethnicity-adjusted expected age at death for 40-year-olds computed by commuting zone. The 595 commuting zones with populations above 25 0
Journal of the American Medical Association

This week, the American Medical Association published an extensive report affirming the relationship between poverty and life expectancy. According to the report in the Journal of the American Medical Association , higher incomes are associated with greater longevity—that’s not necessarily new information, but they say there’s a gap of about 14 years life expectancy between the richest 1% and the poorest 1% of individuals. In a list of the 100 largest counties in the U.S., Montgomery County...

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Health officials say Ohio has a second Zika virus case, involving a 21-year-old Stark County man who traveled to Haiti. The announcement Tuesday came hours after the Ohio Department of Health reported the first case, involving a 30-year-old Cleveland woman who also visited Haiti. The department says the cases are among more than three dozen in 13 states and Washington, D.C. There's no vaccine for the virus, which primarily spreads through bites from a mosquito not typically found in Ohio....

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Events are taking place around Dayton this week to help people sign up for health plans through the federal Affordable Care Act marketplace. This year the deadline is Jan. 31 to get a plan through the federal government, and what’s different this time is that the fines if you don’t get insurance go up quite a bit. Obamacare requires adults to get health insurance one way or another—many have become newly eligible for Medicaid in Ohio. The marketplace is designed for those who don’t meet the...

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