Health, Science & The Environment

8:35 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: June 25 - July 1, 2013

Hosta leaves
Credit Flickr Creative Commons user Ian BC North

When thistles come undone, then middle summer has arrived, and all the middle-summer flowers are in bloom. Purple loosestrife, lizard’s tail, Queen Anne’s lace, purple coneflower, wild petunia, bouncing bet, dayflower, sow thistle, white vervain, dogbane, black-eyed Susan, square-stemmed germander, pokeweed, St. John’s wort, teasel, touch-me-not, lopseed and avens are all blossoming in the woods and fields.

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Health, Science & The Environment
7:04 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Funding For Key Gas Drilling Health Study Stalled

An important study on possible health impacts of natural gas drilling is still looking for additional funding.

Geisinger Health System spokeswoman Amanda O'Rourke said Wednesday the $1 million grant that was announced in February 2012 remains the only funding for a project that was projected to cost at least $25 million.

Geisinger plans to look at health histories of hundreds of thousands of patients who live near Marcellus Shale gas wells in Pennsylvania. Geisinger is based in Danville.

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8:35 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: June 18 - 24, 2013

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Now the the days are the longest of the year and the pieces of summer are fitting together like a puzzle solving itself.

Mulberries and black raspberries are sweetest. Milkweed beetles look for milkweed flowers on the longest days; giant cecropia moths emerge. The first monarch butterfly caterpillars eat the carrot tops.

Damselflies and daddy longlegs are everywhere when black raspberries come in. Mosquitoes, chiggers, and ticks have reached their summer strength their presence fitting tightly with that of giant black cricket hunters .

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Health, Science & The Environment
7:35 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Flu Cases in Ohio Most Since State Began Tracking

The Ohio Department of Health says flu cases this past season were the most since it began keeping count.

Stats show that 5,200 Ohioans were hospitalized with the flu from September last year through mid-May 18.

That's even up from 2009-2010 when the swine flu pandemic when there were 3,200 flu-related hospitalizations in the state.

State health officials tell The Dayton Daily News that it's hard to say why there were so many cases during the past  flu season.

They say there's no indication that a new virus led to the spike in hospitalizations.

8:35 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: June 11 - 17, 2013

Credit Flickr Creative Commons user Matt Elsberry

I got up at 4:30 in the morning, haunted by a troubling dream. I listened for birds at my window as I got dressed. Not a sound, not even a car passing on the street. And then I went outside with Bella, my border collie, to walk in the dark.

I started south at 4:50. I heard birds by the time I reached a streetlight: At first just sporadic chirping of robins, then their rhythmic singsong.

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