Health, Science & The Environment

Health Care
7:22 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

As Ohio Medicaid Debate Continues, Health Providers Have Their Fingers Crossed

Ohio Governor John Kasich announced last week he’ll circumvent the legislature to try to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, state legislators are considering two separate Medicaid reform bills—and health care providers have their fingers crossed.

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Nature
8:15 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: October 15 - 21, 2013

Credit Flickr Creative Commons user ThiagoMartins

It is almost a month past equinox, and the sun shines deeper through my south windows. I cut back the summer bamboo to allow more heat and light for my greenhouse plants. I fit my schedule to the shortening days.

In September, I bought a new fica tree that reaches twelve feet, almost to the top of my sun room. I worry about it because it is so big and so vulnerable to the cold. I want it to be warm and safe in the winter to come, and so I have put caulking and glazing and the dulling of drafts on my list for autumn.

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Nature
8:15 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: October 8 - 14, 2013

Credit Flickr Creative Commons user M.Giffords

I was pushing away the locust and ash leaves that had fallen on a patch of my garden. The leaves were just the tip of the season, the latest in the layers of the year.

I moved a little deeper, staying just in one place, going past the stalks of the violet phlox that had bloomed here in August, and the old seed pods of the orange day lilies that had flowered in July, past the the ectoskeleton of a cicada from late June.

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Health, Science & The Environment
7:35 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Ohio Issues Guidelines To Curb Painkiller Abuse

Ohio clinicians are getting new guidelines aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse.

The move comes as overdose drug deaths driven largely by painkiller addictions have surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio.

Gov. John Kasich's administration along with professional groups and state licensing boards released the guidelines Monday.

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Affordable Care Act
11:24 am
Wed October 2, 2013

First Day of the Federal Health Care Marketplace Slow for Ohioans

A coalition of Ohio groups affiliated with Wright State's Medicaid Outreach Consortium gathered in a health center parking lot Tuesday to talk to the public about the Affordable Care Act Marketplace.
Credit WYSO/Lewis Wallace

The federal health care marketplace, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, opened for business Tuesday even in the midst of a government shutdown. But for groups doing outreach in Dayton, the first day was a slow one.

A crew of outreach workers stood around next to colorful tables in the parking lot of a health center Tuesday, chatting up passers-by and waiting for a mostly-absent news media to stop by.

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