Health, Science & The Environment

The Environment
7:35 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Ohio's Earthquake Average Since 2010 Has Risen

A newspaper analysis finds that the average number of 2.0 magnitude and higher earthquakes occurring in Ohio each year has risen.

The rise reported by The Columbus Dispatch coincides with an average increase in tremors nationally and to an increase in oil-and-gas drilling and deep injection activity in eastern Ohio.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources data reviewed by the newspaper showed Ohio averaged two earthquakes annually of 2.0 magnitude or greater between 1950 and 2009. Between 2010 and 2014, that average rose to nine.

Health
7:04 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Ohio Bill Makes Opioids Part Of Health Instruction

An Ohio bill would require schools to include information in their health curricula about preventing abuse of prescription drugs.

State law already mandates instruction about nutrition, alcohol abuse and personal safety among other topics.

Under the proposal passed by the House last week, schools would be required to update their health curricula with information about the addictive properties of prescription opioids and their links to heroin.

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Nature
6:26 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: March 11 - 17, 2014

Credit jackub303 / Flickr Creative Commons

At one point in the middle of February, the big ficus tree I bought last year for the greenhouse started losing its leaves, and the shedding was steady, and it unnerved me.

No matter what I did, the leaf fall continued, and every morning the tree’s branches looked emptier and emptier. There was nothing I could do to halt the sudden collapse of its foliage.

Part of my unease was that the indoor plants I keep protected in a greenhouse are allies of a sort, a landscape apart, and for me, they are defenses against something I cannot really name.

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Health, Science & The Environment
6:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Montgomery County Leaders To Discuss Race And Class In Health Outcomes

Montgomery County health professionals and community workers will gather Tuesday at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State to discuss how race and economic status can affect rates of disease and infant mortality.

African-Americans in Montgomery County are almost twice as likely as white people to be uninsured, and the infant mortality rate is almost three times higher for black residents.

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Nature
6:15 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: March 4 - 10, 2014

Credit TonySutton410 / Flickr Creative Commons

Robins start chirping before dawn this week. Here are a few of my daybook entries about that milestone in the progress of the year:

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