Health, Science & The Environment

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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7:59 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: October 1 - 7, 2013

Credit Flickr Creative Commons user K.Hurley

I am used to knowing where I am and even who I am by what I see and name around me. I tell my time that way, too.

But when I visited my daughter in Italy this past June, we walked the fields of Umbria, and we crossed over to Sicily and then to Sardinia, and I was surrounded by plants I could not name.

In the Mediterranean landscape, I saw shapes that would have been so simple for even an amateur botonizer to identify, but which were, to me, plants of a parallel universe.

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Health, Science & The Environment
7:04 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Ohio Drilling Chemicals Must Be Reported Locally

Ohio officials are advising oil and gas companies to share information on the toxic chemicals they use with local authorities, including first responders.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio notified companies this month that federal disclosure law trumps a 2001 state law requiring only that the information be filed with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Take A Tour Of The Health Care Marketplace With WYSO Reporters, And Get A Cost Estimate

The Federal health care Marketplace is set to open for business Tuesday, Oct. 1, and open enrollment will last for six months. Most people who can’t get employer insurance will be required to sign up for health plans under the Affordable Care Act, or pay a fee. But there’s still a lot of confusion about what exactly this will mean for the uninsured — about 1.5 million people in Ohio.

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