Health, Science & The Environment

Nature
6:30 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: August 26 - September 1, 2014

Credit nicholas_gent / Flickr Creative Commons

Caring for the zinnias in late summer, I cultivate next to their roots, gently cut the bindweed that has curled around their stems. As I work, I think about my mother’s petunias and the rhubarb in my back yard in Marshfield, Wisconsin, and the raspberry patch where I gathered gallons of berries. I think about Jeanie’s rose garden of twenty years ago and her collection of lilies (they’re all done blooming for year..)

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Health
3:07 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Ohio Earns Low Scores on Cancer Prevention Policies

Ohio is falling behind on strong cancer-prevention policies, according to a new report from a leading cancer-fighting organization. The study especially notes shortfalls in tobacco-related issues.

A cigarette tax increase, a tobacco prevention funding hike and more restrictions on tobacco-use… the American Cancer Society says Ohio could do better with all these. While Gov. John Kasich did call for a 60-cent increase in the cigarette tax earlier this year, that proposal has stalled.

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Health, Science & The Environment
12:05 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Dayton Children's Hospital Breaks Ground On Patient Care Center

According to Children's, the new tower will be constructed at the center of the current Dayton Children’s Valley Street campus and will be highly visible from State Route 4. The new design allows for more efficient operation with close proximity to the emergency and trauma center, surgery and the outpatient care center.
Credit Dayton Children's Hospital

Dayton Children’s hospital broke ground Thursday on a new eight-story building on its campus. The center is part of a long-term plan to improve patient care. 

Officials at Children’s say their current facilities can’t serve all their needs.  The 260,000-square-foot tower will house a new intensive care unit for newborns, a Cancer and Blood Disorder Center, and new patient care units.

But the hospital's President and CEO, Deborah Feldman, says the long-term plan is about improving the hospital, not necessarily expanding it.

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Water
6:57 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

City Of Dayton To Revise Proposed Water Protection Changes

The Great Miami River is connected to the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer, where Dayton gets its water.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The City of Dayton water department says it’s considering feedback from the public and businesses on a proposal to change the city’s drinking water protections.

The city’s water system, which serves 400,000 people including customers in Kettering, Vandalia, Riverside, Trotwood and Brookville, pumps water from two industrial parts of Dayton. Since the late 80s, city zoning laws have limited the hazardous chemicals companies can have in those areas.

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Nature
6:30 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: August 19 - 25, 2014

Perseid meteor, 2008
Credit Nick Ares / Flickr Creative Commons

Last week’s Perseid meteor shower paralleled the onset of late summer. At this point in August, the pause between robinsong and insect calls is ending. July’s Dog Days never really materialized this year, and now the nights are dense with the ebb-tide chanting of crickets and katydids.

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