Health, Science & The Environment

Health, Science & The Environment
2:35 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Flu Season Taking Its Toll on Ohio

It’s been a particularly rough flu season across the country. Boston declared a public health emergency as hospitals are overwhelmed with flu cases. The illness is talking a toll here, too, and WYSO’s Emily McCord reports that public officials it’s not too late to protect yourself.

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Health, Science & The Environment
8:04 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Kasich Lauded for Autism Mandate, But Move Has Critics

Ohio Governor John Kasich was lauded Wednesday by dozens of state legislators and parents of children with autism. They celebrated the Governor's order that, starting next year, will require health insurance policies in Ohio to cover autism treatment.

Michael Wasmer has a daughter with autism. He said the governor's move would help families with autistic children AFFORD the thousands of dollars worth of annual treatment that can bring those kids into the mainstream.

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8:35 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: January 8 - 14, 2013

Credit Flickr Creative Commons user hart_curt

Poor Will’s Almanack for the Second Week of Deep Winter.

Although winter may seem long and gray, its progress unravels the warmth of spring, and the year’s natural calendar contains markers which offer reassurance that the passage of Gregorian days will really and truly bring change.

Just a few days from now, on January 11, the sun rises earlier all along the 40th Parallel for the first time since the middle of June.

On January 26: Cardinals begin their spring mating songs before sunrise, and deep winter ends.

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Health, Science & The Environment
7:30 am
Thu January 3, 2013

2012 Among Hottest Years On Record In Ohio Cities

It turns out 2012 was one of the hottest on record in several Ohio cities.

Thanks to an unusually warm spring followed by a hot summer, Cleveland and Columbus both had their highest average annual temperatures this past year. Both cities broke records set in 1998.

Dayton and Cincinnati fell short of breaking their records. But it was still among the five hottest years those cities have posted.

State climatologist Jeffrey Rogers says more and more evidence points to climate change for the spiking temperatures and he says warmer temperatures in Ohio mean more rain

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Health, Science & The Environment
4:04 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Ohio Flu Season Sees Rise In Hospitalizations

The Ohio Department of Health is reporting a spike in the number of people hospitalized with influenza this year compared to last year.

Department spokeswoman Shannon Libby says it's early to see this much flu activity, with cases typically going up in January or February.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Tuesday that 863 Ohioans have been hospitalized with influenza this season, compared with just 65 by this time last season.

The paper says totals from early October through Dec. 22 included 326 hospitalized across the state during the week of Dec. 16-22.    

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