Health, Science & The Environment
4:18 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

App For Crime Victims Planned By Ohio Researchers

Credit Ranny D.

University of Dayton researchers are using a federal grant to develop a smartphone app to make it easier for crime victims to access support services.

The university is teaming up with Family Services of Dayton to develop an app that will allow crime victims to quickly connect with local law enforcement, medical services, counselors, financial resources and other support organizations.

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Affordable Care Act
1:33 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

One Year In, Affordable Care Act Marketplace Hardly A Disaster

Protesters in Washington, D.C. speaking out against the Affordable Care Act in its early days.
Credit Tabitha Kaylee Hawk / Flickr/Creative Commons

Today marks one year since the federal government started offering health plans under the Affordable Care Act on, also known as the “exchange” or “marketplace.” The launch was rocky, to say the least, but for the most part the glitches and disasters have been cleared up, and the political battles have also exited center stage. What’s happening now is an unprecedented growth in the numbers of people covered in the Miami Valley—and a health care industry that’s booming.

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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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3:48 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

The Foodbank Says Demand Still High In The Miami Valley

Fresh vegetables and fruits are especially hard for those dependent on foodbanks to come by.
Credit LollyKnit / Flickr/Creative Commons

Hunger and food insecurity are still major problems in the Miami Valley even as the economic recovery gradually gets more people working. The Foodbank of the Miami Valley says it’s doing better meeting local residents’ needs than it was four years ago. That’s the last time a group called Feeding America did its periodic national survey of food banks and their users.

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Health, Science & The Environment
3:28 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Ohio Health Agency Urges Vaccines As Classes Start

The Ohio Department of Health is urging parents to make sure children are up-to-date on vaccinations to protect them and their classmates as they begin a new school year.
The department says children who aren't vaccinated have a higher risk of contracting and spreading illnesses such as measles and mumps. Ohio has dealt with outbreaks of both of those diseases this year.
The mumps outbreak in central Ohio stood at 479 cases as of this week, with just over half of those cases linked to Ohio State University.