Health, Science & The Environment

Nature
8:45 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: August 14 - 20, 2012

Flickr Creative Commons user Wes Gibson

Poor Will's Almanack for the second week of late summer.

The local geese are becoming restless again. I heard their first late summer flights over July 25th this year. Some years they begin earlier: July 6th in 1986, July 20th in 1990. Some years I hear them later: July 30th in 1984, July 31st in 1992, August 11th in 1991.

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Nature
8:45 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: August 7 - 13, 2012

Katydid
Flickr Creative Commons user jerryartphotos

Poor Will’s Almanack for the first week of late summer.

Each piece of Middle Summer is connected to some other piece, forming a web of what author Rebecca Solnit has called local truths.

As late summer begins, all the katydids are singing. They call out the close of the Dog Days, and even though the heat often lingers, the rhythm of the season has shifted, its tones have been altered, colors and sounds and scents all pointing to fall.

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Health
4:37 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Truvada: HIV Prevention Drug Pros and Cons

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a preventative drug for HIV.  The drug is called Truvada, and though it has been hailed as good news in the fight against HIV / AIDS, says there are some concerns associated with the treatment.  Bill Hardy with AIDS Resource Center Ohio gives us the pros and cons in this ARC update on WYSO's Morning Edition.

Nature
8:40 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: July 31 - August 6, 2012

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

"Sit in your cell as in paradise," stated the 15th century monk St. Romauld. "Put the whole world behind you and forget it. Watch your thoughts like a good fisherman watching for fish. Empty yourself completely and sit waiting, content with the grace of God, like the chick who tastes nothing and eats nothing but what his mother brings him."

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Health
6:30 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Ohio Medicaid to Become Stand Alone Agency

The plan is to make Ohio Medicaid a cabinet-level agency starting halfway through the next two year budget cycle on July 1, 2014. Right now Medicaid is housed in the Department of Job and Family Services, but is also administered by five other state agencies.  Greg Moody is the head of the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation.

“We realized that the organization of the program itself was stifling innovation," says Moody.

Medicaid is a nearly $19 billion program – it’s a third of the state budget and growing. But Moody says this move isn’t designed to cut the budget.

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