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Gov. John Kasich says Ohio should be doing everything it can to defend the part of the Affordable Care Act that requires health care coverage for people with preexisting conditions. This once again positions Kasich against President Donald Trump, who has said his administration will not fight for the law. 

Courtney Reimlinger was breastfeeding her week-old son last year when she felt a pain in her chest.

The pain was excruciating, the 23-year-old Indianapolis native remembers, much worse than the 10 hours in labor she'd spent a week before. It spread up her neck and into her head, and soon she was slipping in and out of consciousness.

Editor's note: Mike Quirk was originally misidentified in this story.

Mental-health care can be hard to access in much of Ohio, especially away from the larger cities. This installment of our series Navigating the Path to Mental Health looks at the challenges along the way to finding and getting mental-health services.

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A new treatment for a rare but aggressive brain cancer like the kind John McCain is fighting is showing positive results.

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It has nothing to do with FC Cincinnati being granted a Major League Soccer franchise

Senior Suicides Rising In Ohio

May 31, 2018
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The health and quality of care for seniors in Ohio is improving, according to a report by United Health Foundation. That includes the quality of senior dental visits, home healthcare, and nursing homes compared to last year.

But Ohio also saw a rise in senior suicides, according to Dr. Rhonda Randall, chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare Retiree Solutions.

Why Kentucky's Tick Season May Be Worse Than Usual

May 30, 2018
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Though Kentucky doesn’t have as big of a problem with tick-borne diseases as some areas in the northeast, a tick expert is warning residents to be on the lookout as the summer kicks off.

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A study by the United Health Foundation ranks Kentucky 48th in its annual report on senior citizens. That’s a slight improvement over the state’s ranking last year.

More than three-quarters of Americans older than 60 have some kind of hearing loss, but only a fraction use technology that would help them talk on the phone or understand a conversation at dinner.

Hearing aids are expensive, and they’re not covered by Medicare or many private insurance plans.

“I’m not sure people realize how expensive they are,” says Betty Hauck, 72, whose hearing aids cost $5,600.

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More than two million poisonings are reported each year to the 55 poison control centers in the United States. More than 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home. While poisonings affect all age groups, children younger than six years old make up 41 percent of poison exposures annually.

With the opioid crisis killing an estimated 11 Ohioans a day, state medical boards are rolling out additional rules for doctors and other prescribers who have patients dealing with long-term and acute pain. The guidelines create new hurdles to jump over before a doctor can prescribe opioid-based painkillers. 

To the untrained, the evidence looks promising for a new medical device to ease opioid withdrawal. A small study shows that people feel better when the device, an electronic nerve stimulator called the Bridge, is placed behind their ear.

The company that markets the Bridge is using the study results to promote its use to anyone who will listen: policymakers, criminal justice officials and health care providers.

The message is working.

A new bill has been introduced that would require health classes cover fetal development and offer students information on where they can find prenatal care. But it doesn’t include other related information.

A large increase in Hepatitis A cases in Ohio has health officials concerned. There have been 47 cases of the highly contagious liver infection confirmed this year compared to just five cases at this same time last year.

How To Save A Life

Apr 25, 2018
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April is National Donate Life Month. In 2016, more than 33,600 transplants brought renewed life to patients and their families. But another person is added to the nation's organ donor list every 10 minutes. And, on average, 22 people die each day while waiting for a transplant.

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After two years, Cincinnati is finally set to have a new health commissioner.

There is a paradox with living as a human nowadays.

A 2014 article from the United Nations states that about 54 percent of the human population lives in urban areas (more by now), a proportion that is projected to increase to 66 percent by 2050. By 2045, the report says, more than six billion people will crowd cities.

Ohio Doctors Can Now Apply For Medical Marijuana Certification

Mar 27, 2018

Ohio is one step closer to getting its medical marijuana program operating by September. The state medical board has opened the online application to certify doctors, who will be the first point of contact for patients who qualify for medical marijuana.

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Sickle cell patients face a lifetime of getting blood transfusions because there's no cure for the disease. It's a fact of life for brother and sister Taryn Walker, 14, and King Walker, 11, both students at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts.

A health care association is touting what its members believe to be a clear path Ohioans can take to cut down on opioid addiction. This path would take a culture change when it comes to the reputation of alternative medicine.

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