Health, Science & The Environment

Health, Science & The Environment
10:05 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Ebola Monitoring Continues In Ohio As Lawmakers Call On Feds To Step Up Assistance

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  The state is continuing to monitor residents who may have had contact with a Texas nurse diagnosed with the Ebola virus after returning home following a trip to northeastern Ohio. The Ebola incubation period can be as long as three weeks, meaning local residents who spent time with Amber Vinson during her Ohio trip will continue to be monitored for 21 days after last contact. For those who had contact with the nurse on her last day in the area, the incubation period runs through about Nov. 3.

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Nature
6:30 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: October 21 - 27, 2014

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Tonight, when Earth crosses the vast remains of Halley’s Comet, it reveals that debris as the Orionid meteors, shooting past the post-midnight sword and shield of the constellation Orion in the southeast.

Then on Thursday, October 23rd, the dark Toad and Frog Migration Moon replaces the Hickory Nutting Moon, calling the last of the toads and frogs to find their winter habitats, often the same location in which they emerged as tadpoles.

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Health, Science & The Environment
7:23 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Ohio Gives Officials Guidance On Ebola Containment

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The Ohio Department of Health has issued updated guidance on quarantine protocols for health care providers and local officials dealing with a suspected or confirmed Ebola case. The state said the stronger recommendations build on guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The recommendations depend on a potential patient's level of contact with an infected person:
 
     - Direct physical contact without protective equipment, such as a handshake: Recommended that person be under 21-day quarantine after last contact.
 

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Health, Science & The Environment
8:02 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Ohio Scrambles To Address Visit From Ebola-Infected Nurse

Ebola virus particles.
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Ebola became a major health concern in northeast Ohio Wednesday after it was discovered that a nurse who traveled to northeast Ohio has the deadly virus. Health officials in the region are working to retrace her steps while trying to balance caution and reassurance.

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Commentary
6:30 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Nuclear Power: The Solution To Future Energy And Climate Challenges?

The Enrico Fermi Nuclear Power plant, on Lake Erie.
Credit James Marvin Phelps / Flickr Creative Commons

Environmentalists have traditionally been very skeptical of nuclear power, but recently some climate scientists have been gaining attention because of their support for nuclear power as a tool to help reduce carbon emissions. University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha is doubtful that this is a constructive path for sustainable energy.

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