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The day before Republican Gov. Mike DeWine delivers his first State of the State speech, a progressive-leaning coalition of health and human service organizations and labor unions says Ohio is falling behind the rest of the nation in some key areas. The One Ohio Now report says the state has not invested enough in schools, health and community safety. 

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A promising clinical trial co-sponsored by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is underway at Hoxworth Blood Center for bone marrow transplant patients. It uses their own blood to fight infection before their immune system is able to.

The American Lung Association and other health advocates will gather in Frankfort on Thursday in hopes of rescuing legislation that would make all of Kentucky's public schools 100% tobacco-free.

With the flu season less than half over, at least two young people in Ohio have died from the illness, including a 13-year-old Cleveland girl last week.

Dr. John Bower is an infectious disease specialist at Akron Children’s Hospital. He said some patients are concerned that the vaccine will actually bring on the flu, or that it simply is not effective.

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A new study finds vaping of e-cigarettes among teens is up dramatically. The survey of substance use among high school students shows 21 percent of seniors have recently vaped, compared to 11 percent just a year prior.

Indiana Medicaid recipients are getting better access to drugs for treating hepatitis C,  a change triggered by a class-action lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Results from water-quality tests are expected by Friday evening after an overnight water main break and leak under the Great Miami River that left thousands of residents without water or with low water pressure.

Investigators have not yet released the exact cause of the break. The affected line was located just west of the Keowee Street Bridge, a spokesperson for Dayton says.

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Valentine’s Day can bring about a variety of emotions. Some people are eager to celebrate their love, and others pine for a love of their own.

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The University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC) performed 303 organ transplants in nearly 300 surgeries last year, setting a new record.

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Ohio now has five medical marijuana dispensaries open and more on the way. The Botanist, operated by Greenleaf Apothecaries LLC, just opened its second store in Wickliffe near Cleveland. At four other dispensaries that opened in January, sales have topped $500,000 in the first two-and-a-half weeks.

If you made a New Year's resolution to be more healthy - maybe drop some pounds - then this story is for you. A new national survey from the Cleveland Clinic shows that Americans, by and large, are concerned about their weight and worried about heart disease. But are they doing something about it? That's another story.

More than 70 percent of the roughly 1,000 adults surveyed said they were worried about their weight, but less than half had made changes to their diet in order to lose weight. And carrying those extra pounds is putting them in jeopardy of serious health problems. 

Local Doctor Founds Village Life Outreach Project

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In 2003, Dr. Christopher Lewis traveled to Tanzania during his family medicine residency training at the University of Cincinnati. He worked at a hospital in a rural village and quickly discovered how difficult it was for anyone in the surrounding villages to access healthcare. The only way anyone could see a doctor was by making an arduous, daylong walk to the hospital. A pregnant mother who would have been Dr. Lewis' first patient died making this journey to the hospital while she was in labor.

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Working in the food and beverage industry isn’t easy - between the hours, the heat, the physicality and the demands of the public, there’s not a lot of time for self-care.

Statistics show about one-quarter of stroke patients are at risk of having a second stroke, possibly even more serious than the first. University of Cincinnati researchers have been awarded a $3-million grant to study the risk of stroke recurrence.

Yvonne Martin keeps detailed notes of two years in her life. It starts on March 1, 2016. That’s the day her son, Daniel, first ran away from the family’s home near Evansville, Ind.

He was 13.

In 2018, Side Effects covered community struggles with public health crises, barriers to treatment and clever workarounds to get vulnerable people the care they need. 

Nearly 500,000 adults in Kentucky are living with diabetes and becoming increasingly burdened by the cost of insulin.

Angela Lautner, head of KOI#insulin4all, an advocacy group representing diabetics in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, says costs of the two main insulin brands have increased more than 1,000 percent since the late 1990s.

“Humalog and Novolog were approximately $25 when introduced to the market originally--$25 per vial. Now, Humalog’s list price is $274.70 per vial.”

Stress is a normal part of life. And there’s even such thing as a “good” level of stress that keeps us going, according to psychology researchers Sanda and Florin Dolcos at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

But severe stress can interfere with day-to-day living, and this can be particularly challenging during the holiday season, they say.

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The University of Cincinnati researcher who co-authored the first North American study of medication errors is calling on Ohio and other states to require the reporting of mistakes in community pharmacies. Hospitals already have to document such errors.

The impressive facade of the main church at Saint Meinrad Archabbey looks like it was taken straight out of Europe. Twin steeples topped by golden crosses loom over the rural Indiana landscape.

During the holiday season, it's a place of healing, as some St. Meinrad monks help people cope with their grief.

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