Ohio State University is participating in a large clinical research program to determine if an Alzheimer's disease medication can be used to treat children with autism. The Columbus Dispatch reports that children with autism from central Ohio can enroll in the program at OSU's Nisonger Center. The study is evaluating social interaction and communication among autistic children.
The invasive emerald ash borer is spreading across Ohio, ruining trees and costing taxpayers.
The exotic Asian beetle has been in Ohio nearly a decade, and Ohio State University expert Joe Boggs says it is spreading like a wild fire. The toll is mounting, too. Besides causing local governments to divert funds for eradication efforts, homeowners are paying for treatments and private contractors, and the loss of ash trees.
Poor Will's Almanack for the third week of Early Winter.
In one of Aldo Leopold’s journals, that famous naturalist observed that the rate at which solar energy flows to and through living things not only affects the rate at which plants sprout, grow, flower, and die, but might also have some influence over human lives and the course of human events.
Seasonal affective disorder, a recently named malady that appears to be tied to a lack of sunlight, is one example of an event in human physiology that is tied to solar intensity.
Poor Will's Almanack for the second week of Early Winter.
Two thousand years ago, the Roman naturalist, Pliny praised the cold northern winds as the "healthiest of all."
During the eighteenth century, physicians said the same thing. For example, William Currie wrote that "the winds which prevail during the greatest part of winter… though they are severe and piercing cold...give vigor to the constitution and a freshness and bloom to the complexion."