Health, Science & The Environment

Nature
7:15 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: November 19 - 25, 2013

Credit Flickr Creative Commons user indeliblemistakes

The sun enters Sagittarius on November 22, having traveled three-fourths of its way from autumn equinox to winter solstice. Two hours before midnight, the sky carries the forms of early winter. The Pleiades, Taurus and Orion are rising. The Milky Way cuts across the sky from east to west,.Andromeda lies directly overhead, and the Summer Triangle is setting.

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Health, Science & The Environment
7:04 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Attorney General Forms Special Unit To Deal With Heroin Epidemic

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has formed a unit of his office to deal with what he says is a heroin epidemic in Ohio.

“Frankly we have to fight this epidemic at the grass roots level, community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, village by village, township by township, city by city," says DeWine.  "Communities have to get mad and simply say enough is enough. New information our office has recently collected suggests that, at a minimum, eleven people die each week in Ohio because of heroin. "

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Affordable Care Act
6:33 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Federal Health Care Website Still Down, With Consequences For Ohio’s Uninsured

As the fiasco continues in Washington over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, technical problems still plague healthcare.gov, the website that was meant to be the law’s easy one-stop shop for subsidized health care plans. Enrollment numbers released last week were disturbingly low, with just 27,000 enrollments through the federal site in the first month after its Oct. 1 launch.

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Nature
8:15 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: November 12 - 18, 2013

Credit Flickr Creative Commons user Jackie Kever

I am up at six thirty in the morning sitting in the greenhouse. Middle November, at the end of leaf drop. The sky half dawn, light and dark equal through the fast gray nimbostratus clouds and the storm. The wind is hard from the southeast. The pattern of the gusts and rain creates a shape of its own, harsh like pebbles or hail, then soft, sweeping and blending, retreating.

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Health, Science & The Environment
7:04 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Whooping Cough Cases On Track For Highest Total Since 2010

The name makes it sound like an old-fashioned disease, but whooping cough cases are up. And state health officials are encouraging Ohioans to get booster shots.

The Ohio Department of Health says the highly contagious cough is one of the most commonly occurring, but vaccine-preventable, diseases in the United States. Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is usually spread by coughing or sneezing.

It often starts with cold-like symptoms before turning into a persistent cough with spasms.

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