Health, Science & The Environment

Nature
8:15 am
Tue January 21, 2014

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

Credit Tuchodi / Flickr Creative Commons

By the end of January, deep winter moves to its close, and late winter is carried into the nation by the lengthening days and the relentless south winds that always follow each cold spell. By the end of the month, normal averages break their stagnation, edging up a full degree almost everywhere above the Tropic of Cancer. Local thermometers not only see the progress within their own microclimate, but across the entire continent.

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Nature
8:10 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: January 14 - 20, 2014

Polygonia Comma
Credit abiodork / Flickr Creative Commons

The recent storm got me thinking about a fierce Christmas rain and wind storm just a few years ago. After the turbulence passed, I went outside on the back porch and hen I noticed a butterfly, a polygonia comma, perched on the head of the small stone crucifix one of my sisters had given the family some years ago.

Now I am a wavering and superstitious Christian, easily swayed by signs and sacraments, and so the appearance of the polygonia on a crucifix in the wake of a freak rainstorm on Christmas morning was bound to trigger some uneasiness of spirit.

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Healthcare
8:04 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Feds: Almost 40,000 Ohioans Picked Health Plans

Nearly 40,000 Ohio residents have successfully picked health insurance plans through the new online marketplace created by President Barack Obama's law.

A report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services details enrollment numbers from Oct. 1 through Dec. 28.

Ohio is among the 36 states relying on the federal website, HealthCare.gov. Monday's figures show a significant spike in sign-ups compared with October, when the troubled website wasn't working properly. Just 1,150 Ohioans had managed to select a plan then, compared with 34,283 last month.

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Health
7:35 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Flu Cases Widespread In Ohio, State Officials Say

State health officials say influenza activity is now widespread in Ohio, and they're encouraging residents to get vaccinated.

The Ohio Department of Health says it has received reports of flu-like illness in more than half the regions in the state.

Shannon Libby with the health department says the numbers are down compared to this time last year, but that’s no reason to put off vaccination.

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Health, Science & The Environment
10:52 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Governor Launches Drug Abuse Prevention Effort Aimed At Youth

Governor John Kasich spoke in West Carrollton, south of Dayton, along with Attorney General Mike DeWine (left) and First Lady Karen Kasich.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

On Wednesday, Ohio Governor John Kasich announced the launch of a statewide drug education program called “Start Talking.” The program encourages parents and teachers to talk to young people about the dangers of heroin and prescription drugs.

At the launch event at West Carrollton Middle School south of Dayton, many of the speeches were emotional.

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