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‘A healthy study environment for kids is now more important than ever’

Students today can find it challenging to sit still and focus their mind on one particular school subject when the world around them is teaching them to multitask at an ever-increasing pace. That’s why creating a healthy study environment for kids is now more important than ever, said Melinda Ruff, MD, a family physician with Centerville Family Medicine. “Having the right study environment...
Walmart tests ‘in-fridge’ home delivery service for customers who aren’t home

Walmart tests ‘in-fridge’ home delivery service for customers who aren’t home

Walmart is testing a new grocery delivery service -- one where you don’t have to be home to receive your order. >> Read more trending news  The retail giant announced Friday it has partnered with smart lock startup August Home to create a program where a delivery person can enter a customer’s home and put away groceries. Delivery drivers would be given a one-time...
Why get the flu vaccine?

Why get the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine is now available and families should be making plans to get everyone in the household immunized. “The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone older than 6 months,” says Sherman Alter, MD, medical director of the infectious disease department at Dayton Children’s Hospital. “The flu vaccine will provide children with a great deal of protection.” &rsaquo...
Flu season near: Doctors recommend not playing ‘viral roulette’

Flu season near: Doctors recommend not playing ‘viral roulette’

It’s almost flu season again and local doctors are recommending annual flu shots to reduce the risk of illness, hospitalization, missed work or school or even death. Flu season begins each year as early as October and last flu season led to 8,661 hospitalizations in Ohio. Dr. F. Stuart Leeds of Wright State Physicians said the annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect from the flu, particularly...
CVS Health to limit opioid access to customers

CVS Health to limit opioid access to customers

Local residents whose health benefits are overseen by one of the largest pharmacy benefit managers will soon be limited to how many opioids they can get at one time. In the face of a sweeping opioid overdose epidemic — in part blamed on over-prescription of opioids — CVS Caremark plans to limit opioid prescriptions to seven days or less for some patients. RELATED: Five things you didn&rsquo...
Local health network to announce opioid-free health care tool

Local health network to announce opioid-free health care tool

Kettering Health Network said it plans to unveil a new tool in October to be used for opioid-free health care. “As you know, we are facing an opioid epidemic locally and nationally. Over the years, the number of patients who have been prescribed high doses of long-acting narcotics has escalated,” the network said in a statement about the planned Oct. 2 announcement. RELATED: High infant...
What are shoppers buying this Halloween? Superhero costumes

What are shoppers buying this Halloween? Superhero costumes

Americans are expected to spend more than $9 billion in Halloween spending this year, according to the National Retail Federation survey. Consumers are expected to spend an average $86.13, up from last year’s $82.93, with 179 million Americans planning to partake in Halloween festivities, up from 171 million in 2016. Only 12.9 percent say their spending will be impacted by the economy, down...
Springfield native living clean, successful after prison, addiction

Springfield native living clean, successful after prison, addiction

Springfield native Jeff Childress began using drugs when he was 12 years old — and he never stopped. He didn’t know as a pre-teen it would lead him to prison twice and homelessness. “Basically, it was a loss of everything,” Childress said. “Living skills reduced to the animal level.” Childress has been clean since Feb. 19, 2014. He now owns an exterior cleaning...
Facebook to give Congress Russian-linked 2016 election ads

Facebook to give Congress Russian-linked 2016 election ads

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday that the social media company will turn over to Congress thousands of ads believed to have been bought by Russian agents attempting to influence last year’s presidential election. Facebook officials said earlier this month that more than 3,000 ads were uncovered that ran between 2015 and 2017 and appeared to have come from a Russian entity that aimed...
These are the most popular wedding songs in America - and the ones your state loves

These are the most popular wedding songs in America - and the ones your state loves

"Marry Me" or "Marry You"? "Can't Stop the Feeling" or "I Gotta Feeling"? "Lucky" or "Get Lucky"? If you're putting together a wedding playlist, the choices are endless. But if you'd like to know what others across the country are picking, help has arrived. Spotify and the author of its Insights blog, Eliot Van Buskirk, were kind enough to...
High county infant death rates remain worrisome for health officials

High county infant death rates remain worrisome for health officials

The number of infants who die before their first birthday in Montgomery County remains alarmingly high, particularly for black babies, local health officials said. About 14 out of 1,000 black babies born in the county died compared to 4.5 deaths per 1,000 white babies born, according to the Ohio Department of Health using 2014 to 2015 data, which is the latest available. “The disparities between...
Ex-Dayton Children’s doctor sex crimes trial date set

Ex-Dayton Children’s doctor sex crimes trial date set

The sex assault case of a former Dayton Children’s doctor will head to trial in 2018, according to court records. Arun Aggarwal, 40, faces four counts of gross sexual imposition for allegedly touching two female teenage patients’ breasts. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. His trial date is set for Jan. 22 after a final pre-trial conference on Jan. 11, Judge Mary Wiseman said. Aggarwal...
Armed jogger stopped sex assault on fellow runner, police say

Armed jogger stopped sex assault on fellow runner, police say

Court paperwork filed Tuesday said an armed good Samaritan stopped an attack on a runner on a popular trail in Austin, Texas, last week. >> Read more trending news  Police have accused Richard Jordon McEachern, 22, of forcing a runner to the ground Friday and sexually assaulting her on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail on Friday around 5:46 a.m. Police who responded to the...
How to lose weight: Take a break from your diet for 2 weeks, study suggests

How to lose weight: Take a break from your diet for 2 weeks, study suggests

Diets are a great way to cut down on calories. But if you’re hoping to shed the pounds, taking a two-week break from your regimen could help you lose even more weight, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Tasmania in Australia recently conducted an experiment, which was published in the International Journal of Obesity, to determine ways to improve weight...
Springfield ex-addicts: Recovery possible

Springfield ex-addicts: Recovery possible

About 160 people have died from drug overdoses in Clark County since the beginning of 2016 but many more have escaped addiction’s grasp. In Springfield, hundreds of addicts have found their way to local treatment facilities and programs to live a better life. This month, those addicts celebrate recovery as part of National Recovery Month, held annually in the United States. Springfield native...
Amazon building smart glasses powered by Alexa, report says

Amazon building smart glasses powered by Alexa, report says

Amazon is working on its first wearable device: a pair of smart glasses that would allow its virtual assistant Alexa to be summoned any time, anywhere, according to the Financial Times. The device, which would tether wirelessly to a smartphone, is designed to look like a regular pair of spectacles so it can be worn comfortably and unobtrusively, sources told the Times. A bone-conduction...
Amazon baby registry emails baffle customers who aren't expecting

Amazon baby registry emails baffle customers who aren't expecting

Many people online said they received notices Tuesday about gifts being purchased for their Amazon baby registry. Problem is, in many cases the customers who received the notices said they don't have a registry – or a baby on the way. “We are notifying affected customers," an Amazon spokeswoman said Tuesday evening. "A technical glitch caused us to inadvertently send a gift...
Clark Howard: Your guide to paying off credit card debt

Clark Howard: Your guide to paying off credit card debt

There are several steps you should take to get out of credit card debt. Paying off credit card debt that’s several thousand dollars or more takes time, so you must discipline yourself. The key is to make debt a priority. I usually find setting a goal of paying down debt in 36 months or less works best for people. If the end goal is any further out than that, people tend to lose their focus....
No charges in Mason hot car baby death: Mom ‘made a horrible mistake’

No charges in Mason hot car baby death: Mom ‘made a horrible mistake’

No criminal charges will be filed in connection with Sofia Aveiro’s death on Aug. 23 after the 14-month-old girl was left for nine hours in her mother’s car in the parking lot of the P&G Mason Business Center. Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said he didn’t believe the potential charges matched the legal standard. “The closest charge that might be applicable is involuntary...
8-year-old football players kneel during national anthem in protest

8-year-old football players kneel during national anthem in protest

Every player from an 8-and-under football team in Belleville, Illinois, took a knee in protest during the national anthem before their game on Saturday, according to KTVI. “One of the kids asked me if I saw (people) protesting and rioting in St. Louis. I said yes; I said, ‘Do you know why they are doing it?'” said Coach Orlando Gooden during a phone interview with the news...
Navy hospital employee accused of mishandling newborn babies: 'Sorry for offending'

Navy hospital employee accused of mishandling newborn babies: 'Sorry for offending'

Employees at Florida's Naval Hospital Jacksonville who reportedly posted a viral video of newborn babies “dancing” will likely face criminal charges. The newborns were referred as “mini Satans” by the employees.  When the employees posted the pictures of the baby’s face, that alone is a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of...
Football players under 12 at high risk of brain injury, study finds

Football players under 12 at high risk of brain injury, study finds

A new Boston University study published Tuesday found a single season of youth football can change a child's brain. The findings focused on children 12 and under and, according to the study, those first 12 years of a child's life are critical to brain development. That’s why any damage – no matter how small – could mean health concerns years later. Youth football is a family...
Pirates might be to blame for why the U.S. doesn't use the metric system

Pirates might be to blame for why the U.S. doesn't use the metric system

The proposal, conceived by a bunch of pointy-headed Parisian philosophes, sounded brilliant: A universal system of measurement, derived from decimal-based units and identified by a shared set of prefixes. It would end the era of merchants buying goods according to one unit, selling in another, and pocketing the ill-gotten profit. It would simplify scientific calculations and enable the free exchange...
Ohio’s first center for drug-addicted babies set to open in Kettering

Ohio’s first center for drug-addicted babies set to open in Kettering

Ohio hospitals treated more than 2,000 drug-addicted babies as the opioid epidemic grew, but a Kettering center soon will offer infants and families help as the state’s first crisis care nursery. Brigid’s Path will open this week and will begin treating infants and training parents by the end of October. “The need is huge and still growing,” said Jill Kingston, a co-founder...
Dad challenges school dress code after 13-year-old daughter punished for 'distracting boys'

Dad challenges school dress code after 13-year-old daughter punished for 'distracting boys'

The father of a California middle school girl is standing up for his daughter after she was cited for violating her school’s controversial dress code. According to KTVU, officials at Fisher Middle School in Los Gatos, near San Jose, informed 13-year-old Demetra Alarcon that the romper she wore to school recently was distracting to boys. Her father, Tony, brought her a change of clothes...
Heartbroken dad shares viral message after 'horrific' bullying of special-needs son

Heartbroken dad shares viral message after 'horrific' bullying of special-needs son

A heartbroken dad is speaking out against bullying after his 7-year-old son with special needs told him what was going on at school. Dan Bezzant of Idaho posted a now-viral plea on Facebook asking parents to educate their children. His son, Jackson, 7, was born with Treacher Collins syndrome. The condition affects the development of his bones and facial tissue. It has also left him deaf and has...
Pediatrician to parents: Treat conversations about tattoos, piercings like ‘the sex talk’

Pediatrician to parents: Treat conversations about tattoos, piercings like ‘the sex talk’

An Atlanta pediatrician says conversations about tattoos and piercings should be taken seriously and urges parents to consider treating the discussions like “the sex talk.” >> Read more trending news  Dr. Cora Breuner, an adolescent medicine specialist at Seattle Children's Hospital, and Dr. David Levine, a general pediatrician and professor at Morehouse School of Medicine...
New Bible-based claim says world will end Saturday

New Bible-based claim says world will end Saturday

If you have plans for Saturday, you might want to change them. Well, if you believe a new claim that says the world is going to end Sept. 23, that is. Christian publication Unsealed foretells the coming of the rapture in a four-minute YouTube video called "September 23, 2017: You Need to See This." Why Saturday? According to David Meade, the date is derived from verses and numerical...
Report: Feds investigating top Equifax executives’ stock trading

Report: Feds investigating top Equifax executives’ stock trading

The Department of Justice is investigating three top Equifax executives’ stock trades to see whether they violated insider trading laws, according to a media report Monday. Bloomberg reported that the federal agency probe is focused on Equifax’s chief financial officer and the presidents of two business units who sold a combined $1.8 million in stock in early August, days after the...
Teens looking to get a tattoo? What pediatricians want you to know

Teens looking to get a tattoo? What pediatricians want you to know

If a teenager wants a tattoo, a national pediatrician group wants teens to understand potential health and safety issues that come with that new body art. As tattoos become more popular among young people, the American Academy of Pediatrics for the first time issued guidelines on talking about tattoo and body piercing health and safety recommendations with their teenage patients and families. LOCAL...
World as we know it is about to end — again — if you believe this biblical doomsday claim

World as we know it is about to end — again — if you believe this biblical doomsday claim

A few years ago, NASA senior space scientist David Morrison debunked an apocalyptic claim as a hoax. No, there's no such thing as a planet called Nibiru, he said. No, it's not a brown dwarf surrounded by planets, as iterations of the theory suggest. No, it's not on a collision course toward Earth. And yes, people should "get over it." But the theory has been getting renewed attention recently...
Meghan Markle likely to attend Prince Harry's Invictus Games amid engagement rumors, report says

Meghan Markle likely to attend Prince Harry's Invictus Games amid engagement rumors, report says

Prince Harry will be kicking off his annual Invictus Games this month, and girlfriend Meghan Markle will likely be there to show her support, People reports. The Games will take place in Markle’s adopted hometown of Toronto next week, and she’s expected to be there in an unofficial capacity, possibly cheering from the sidelines as she did for one of Prince Harry’s...
New store at Upper Valley Mall to offer shoppers steep discounts

New store at Upper Valley Mall to offer shoppers steep discounts

A new store that recently opened at the Upper Valley Mall plans to attract customers both through its storefront at the mall and through daily online auctions. Upper Valley Values opened late this summer in a space formerly occupied by Rue 21, said Kevin Back, who co-owns the business with Matt Koronich, his brother-in-law. The business focuses on buying a variety of products at liquidation sales...

How to choose healthy fats

Fat has quite the reputation as a dietary supervillain, but there’s more to fat than that. “A little dietary fat is essential for good health,” says Christy Priebe, a clinical registered dietitian with Kettering and Sycamore medical centers. “Some types of fat consumed in modest amounts may even help protect your health. Other fats, however, may harm your health if you eat...
Graeter’s, Braxton Brewing team up for new beer-inspired ice cream

Graeter’s, Braxton Brewing team up for new beer-inspired ice cream

Graeter’s and Braxton Brewing Company have switched things up, going from ice cream-inspired beers to beer-inspired ice cream. The new sweet treat is Stout & Pretzels ice cream, an homage to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. The new variety, which is available in downtown Cincinnati at this weekend’s annual celebration, doesn’t taste like beer by and of itself, but is inspired by Braxton&rsquo...
Toys ‘R’ Us bankruptcy? 5 things to know

Toys ‘R’ Us bankruptcy? 5 things to know

Iconic toy retailer Toys ‘R’ Us may file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection within the next few weeks, according to the Wall Street Journal. MORE: Toys ‘R’ Us may file for bankruptcy before the holidays, report says The newspaper, citing people familiar with the matter, said the toy company may file in Richmond, Virgina, sometime before the retailer’s most important...
Residents join those questioning First Amendment on Facebook

Residents join those questioning First Amendment on Facebook

A group of Warren County residents is testing the legal boundaries of the First Amendment on Facebook. A lawyer has filed a federal lawsuit against one of their local elected officials, Hamilton Twp. Trustee David Wallace Jr., claiming he violated their First Amendment rights by preventing them from commenting on his Hamilton Twp. Trustee Facebook site. The lawsuit cites one other similar case, on...
Bill would allow wind turbines closer to property lines

Bill would allow wind turbines closer to property lines

Proponents of a proposal to allow developers to build turbines closer to property lines say it would mean more wind farms and more money for the state but opponents say it would be at the expense of people who live nearby. Developers have previously proposed wind farms for both Logan and Champaign counties. The plan for Logan County failed last year and a deal to build a wind farm in Champaign County...
Engaged couple seeking sponsorships to pay for dream wedding

Engaged couple seeking sponsorships to pay for dream wedding

Planning the perfect wedding is serious business for Jason Mielke and his fiancée, Rebecca Winter Hansen. That's why the Canadian groom and bride-to-be are looking for sponsors to fund their Nov. 25 wedding. According to the Moose Jaw Times Herald, Mielke lost his job in January, shortly after he asked Hansen to marry him. Eloping or getting married at the courthouse isn't an...
WATCH: Nurses won't let Hurricane Irma ruin birthday for 3-year-old with leukemia

WATCH: Nurses won't let Hurricane Irma ruin birthday for 3-year-old with leukemia

A 3-year-old Florida girl nearly had her birthday celebration ruined. She was diagnosed with leukemia on Sept. 8, just two days before her birthday — and the day Hurricane Irma was poised to strike her home. Willow Stine, who lives in Wesley Chapel, rode out the storm with her mother at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, but because of Irma it meant no birthday celebration...
Urbana hospital gets $3M in updates, new name

Urbana hospital gets $3M in updates, new name

A Champaign County hospital will receive more than $3 million in changes as part as an effort to unify a large health care system that’s one of the biggest employers in Ohio. Mercy Memorial Hospital in Urbana has been renamed Mercy Health-Urbana Hospital and is the latest health-care facility in Champaign County to make upgrades to its facilities. RELATED:Construction starts on new $9M medical...

One thing to stop doing to give your kids a true shot at happiness

Dear Kid Whisperer, I grew up with nothing. It is one of the great thrills of my life to now be able to take my two children (14 and 16) on expensive trips, to give them gifts, and basically give them everything that they want. I can easily afford all of this. It does take some of the luster away when they don’t say thank you, unless it’s a serious luxury item. I bought my daughter a nice...
Springfield coalition to host community forum on opiates

Springfield coalition to host community forum on opiates

The Clark County Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Support Coalition will host a community forum to discuss the opiate epidemic from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at United Senior Services, 125 W. Main St. The event will be an open discussion that will include local professionals and a person in recovery. The message is often spread to people who are tied to the epidemic, but not the general...

D.L. Stewart: First we’re hacked and then we’re hacked off

Millions of Americans are angry. After credit reporting service Equifax got around last week to mentioning, “Oh, by the way, 143 million of you Americans currently are at risk of having your lives financially ruined because we screwed up,” a lot of people got upset. But not necessarily as upset as they were when they heard the company’s original solution. “You may be able to...

Parenting with Dr. Ramey: 3 most common regrets from children, teens

Many people begin therapy to talk about their past, reflecting upon what might have been as a way to understand what is. It’s healthy to think about the impact of yesterday’s decisions, and having regrets are common. Research published by Morrison and Roese in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science revealed that the most frequent regrets focused on romance, followed by...
Coupon deals of the week

Coupon deals of the week

Coupon availability and coupon values may vary within different regions or neighborhoods. Aleve PM This week at Rite-Aid, Aleve PM is on sale two for $13. Use two copies of the $3 off one Aleve PM coupon found in the Sept. 10 SmartSource insert. When you buy two, you will also receive 300 PlentiPoints, which is equivalent to $3 good off your next purchase. With these savings combined, you will pay...

Arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery brings benefits over convention

Everyone experiences joint pain — some of which can affect quality of life, yet often be hard to specifically diagnose. Imagine being able to experience pain and then examine its cause by simply viewing it with X-ray vision. It seems futuristic, but it is what orthopedic surgeons can do when they conduct arthroscopic surgery on someone’s rotator cuff injury. According to the American Academy...
Teddy enjoys his version of tug-of-war

Teddy enjoys his version of tug-of-war

Tug-of-war, a favorite game for many dogs, including mine, Teddy, isn’t a favorite with all trainers. Some believe the game can create aggressive behaviors. Still others believe there are possible advantages. After consulting the experts, I saw the game’s potential for Teddy. ››RELATED: Cutest contest lifts mood It depends on my family — our willingness...
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