Health, Science & The Environment

Health
6:48 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Rising Heroin Use Affecting More Newborn Babies

Dayton is a 'source city' for heroin trafficking, according to Montgomery County Sheriff, Phil Plummer. Heroin and other opiates are coming through Mexico, via the 'Sinaloa Cartel.'
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On Monday, Wright State University held the Community Forum on Newborns Exposed to Heroin. Congressman Mike Turner and the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association hosted the event, which was considered the kick-off event of a new push to deal with the rising numbers of newborn babies affected by heroin use. 

Association President, Brian Bucklew, says the rising number of babies being born to drug-addicted mothers is staggering.

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Commentary
6:30 am
Thu June 26, 2014

What is Sustainability?

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Sustainability has become a buzzword in contemporary society, but University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha thinks sustainability is a matter of survival,  something citizens should things about in a deep and serious way.

In the dictionary, to sustain means “to keep in existence," also “to support from below”, or “to keep from falling or sinking”. That’s more direct than we often state it.

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Nature
6:15 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: June 24 - 30, 2014

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It seems this time of year that the garden weeds always get out of hand. They follow their own mind, jump the boundaries I've established, and the heat convinces me to let them do it.

And I believe that there are more weeds than there used to be. Since no one ever actually does an annual weed count, I can't prove there are more, but experience leaves no doubt in my mind.

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Commentary
6:30 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Our Carbon Dixoide?

Mauna Loa Observatory
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Carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere is at a level that is unprecedented in human experience. University of Dayton professor Bob Brecha explains how we know that we are responsible for the excess CO2.

Carbon dioxide, or CO2 is an important natural part of our atmosphere. Right now, CO2 levels are increasing rapidly. How much of this is part of a natural cycle or is it due to humans?  Scientists know how to answer this question.
 

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Health
7:30 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Many Amish Breaking Tradition, Getting Measles Vaccine

Nurse Jacqueline Fletcher prepares an Amish boy to be vaccinated against measles.
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The Knox County village of Danville calls itself the gateway to Amish country.  It’s here that the county health department has set up a makeshift clinic.  It’s attracting dozens of families who come in to be vaccinated against measles.

In a handful of central Ohio counties, public health officials are traveling back roads and setting up these clinics in churches and town halls.  They’re trying to contain a measles outbreak among the mostly unvaccinated Amish community.

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