Health, Science & The Environment

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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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Health, Science & The Environment
8:07 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Infant Mortality Forums Take Place in Dayton

Credit Jerry Kenney

Dayton Children’s Hospital and Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County both hosted events Thursday centered around Ohio’s high infant mortality rate.  Ohio has one of the highest rates of infant deaths in the country. Health officials and politicians alike want that to change. 

During a two-hour session at Children’s Hospital, about 40 healthcare professionals and state legislators discussed some of the reasons for high infant deaths in the state. 

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Health Care
6:30 am
Fri September 27, 2013

In the Push to Spread the Word on Obamacare, Insurers Play A Key Role. PLUS: NPR's Cost Calculator.

CareSource's offices in downtown Dayton. CareSource is among 12 insurance companies offering plans on the Ohio marketplace.
Credit Flickr/vistavision

This week the Affordable Care Act has inspired congressional faceoffs, online poetry, and a reading of "Green Eggs and Ham" on the Senate floor. Meanwhile, the federal government is scrambling to get ready for the launch of the marketplace, where Ohio’s uninsured will shop for health plans.

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