Health

When people seek help at a drug treatment center for an opioid addiction, concerns about having contracted hepatitis C are generally low on their list.

They've often reached a crisis point in their lives, says Marie Sutton, the CEO of Imagine Hope, a consulting group that provides staff training and technical assistance to facilitate testing for the liver-damaging virus at more than 30 drug treatment centers in Georgia.

Greg Kelly's grandson, Caden, scampers to the tree-shaded creek behind his grandfather's house to catch crawdads, as Kelly shuffles along, trying to keep up. Kelly's small day pack holds an oxygen tank with a clear tube clipped to his nose. He has chairs spaced out on the short route so he can stop every few minutes, sit down and catch his breath, until he has enough wind and strength to start out again for the creek.

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The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency is conducting additional monitoring Monday and Tuesday in the Winton Terrace and Spring Grove Village neighborhoods. The move follows complaints from community members and a subsequent report in the media.

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Scientists at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have created what they claim is the most accurate tool yet to predict asthma in young children.

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Cincinnati Council voted Wednesday for an ordinance raising the age to buy tobacco in the city from 18 to 21.

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Cincinnati Children's is partnering with the Swiss company Roivant on a new venture called Aruvant Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company focusing on innovative gene therapies for hematological conditions such as sickle cell disease. Terms of the deal aren't disclosed in the news release, however, the Cincinnati Business Courier reports it's the hospital's biggest commercialization deal ever.

About 100 people crammed into a small clinic on Columbus' west side on Sunday to celebrate the grand opening of Ohio’s first Somali primary care center.

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A third of Dayton's police force is part of a pilot study to reduce stress using brain stimulation. One hundred  officers are now in the fourth week of a six-week study for the therapy, already proven effective in both civilians and military.

Across the Midwest, health care has emerged as one of the year’s biggest campaign flash points  in races from U.S. Senate to state attorney general.

New Shingles Vaccine Difficult To Find In Ohio

Oct 17, 2018

For older Ohioans, there’s some good and some bad news.  A new shingles vaccine is markedly better than previous options, but the drugmaker is having a hard time keeping up with demand.

Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital say they were surprised by the results of a study that found no decline in the neurocognitive abilities of youth football players over the course of one season.

Last year, Ohio changed its rules for prescribing opioids, restricting amounts of, and circumstances under which, doctors can prescribe those narcotics. The new rules have an exemption for people who are in hospice type care for diseases like cancer. But many patients who suffer from chronic pain say the new rules are leaving them without pain relief, resulting in unintended consequences.

The Ohio Department of Medicaid announced that Medicaid will begin covering more medications to help with drug withdrawal symptoms, beginning in January.

The leader of a health advocacy group says Kentucky isn’t investing enough in the prevention of cancer. 

Ben Chandler, President and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, says many of the state’s cancer cases are related to smoking.  In a speech to the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club on Wednesday, Chandler said the state isn’t doing enough to curb the habit. 

The Foundation wants a higher tax on cigarettes.  While the General Assembly raised the tax this year by 50 cents, Chandler says that’s not enough to make people kick the habit. 

Steve Dillman thinks he can trace his prostate cancer back to August 1, 1985.

Some 750 doctors say they’re endorsing Democrat for governor Richard Cordray, breaking with the Ohio State Medical Association, which is backing his Republican opponent Mike DeWine. The doctors split over protections for people with pre-existing health conditions.

A new annual report by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows Ohio's current obesity rate is 33.8 percent, up from nearly 20 percent in the year 2000. 

Public health officials in Kentucky are preparing for what they expect to be a difficult flu season. 

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Kentucky’s Department of Public Health launched a campaign to urge Kentuckians to prepare for disasters. It’s called "First 72 On You."

Hepatitis A Outbreak May Be Slowing

Sep 10, 2018
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Kentucky has more than 1,600 cases of Hepatitis A, but Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jeffrey Howard says that rise in cases has prompted people outside of the high-risk groups to recognize the seriousness of the outbreak and the opportunity for prevention.

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