Health, Science & The Environment

8:45 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: July 10 - 17, 2012

Flickr Creative Commons user KennethMoyle

Poor Will’s Almanack for the third week of middle summer.

When the cicadas (or harvest flies) of the year sing at noon, then lanky ichneumons get into your house and sit on the walls like behemouth mosquitoes. Corn tassels and corn pollen are more plentiful when cicadas sing. Buckeyes and hickory nuts fall in thunderstorms. Goldenrod is four feet tall. Lupine pods break apart and spread their seeds.

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8:12 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Ohio Expands Use of Anti-Narcotic Treatment

Francis Storr

A decision by Ohio Governor John Kasich to change the way doctors can bill Medicaid for a painkiller addition treatment may make it easier to obtain in the long run.  The administration says the change could ultimately affect far more patients than a $1 million pilot program for ex-offenders vetoed by the governor last month.

Under the new change taking effect in October, pharmacies can bill Medicaid directly for Vivitrol and have the drug delivered to a doctor's office without an upfront payment.

8:45 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: July 3 - 9, 2012

Flickr Creative Commons user Forest Mind

Poor Will’s Almanack for the Second Week of Middle Summer.

When corn is tasseling, and tomatoes are ripe and zucchini are spreading like lemmings, then 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, leatherflower, figwort, lesser stitchwort, germander, pokeweed, St. John’s wort, teasel, wild lettuce, wood mint, wood nettle, leafcup, touch-me-not, lopseed and avens are all blossoming in the woods and fields.

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8:34 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Supreme Court Decision Has Implications For Miami Valley

The Supreme Courts decision on President Obama's Affordable Care act has already received mixed reaction across the country, and as WYSO's Emily McCord reports, there's still argument on what this will mean for Ohio.

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8:45 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: June 26 - July 2, 2012

Flickr Creative Commons user Pahz

Poor Will’s Almanack for the first week of Middle Summer.

When sycamore trees begin to shed their bark, then bright orange butterfly weed opens, acorns become fully formed, and thistle flowers change to down. Hemlock season is complete along the roadsides, stalks collapsing into the tall grasses. Parsnip heads brown in the sun.

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