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Tainted steroid sickens local man

9:59 PM Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012

A 52-year-old Warren County man is the ninth in Ohio sickened in an outbreak of a rare brain infection that has resulted in the deaths of 19 people nationwide. The Ohio Department of Health released no additional details Wednesday about the man as the multistate fungal meningitis cases continue to grow. Ohio has reported one case each in...
Cold spells end to West Nile season

10:51 PM Monday, Oct. 15, 2012

The mosquitoes that spread West Nile virus are mostly settling in for winter hibernation. Culex mosquitoes, unlike some other mosquito species, do not die off once the weather turns cold, said Richard Gary, public health entomologist with the Ohio Department of Health. They hibernate and re-emerge in spring and summer. And the mosquitoes...
Open enrollment for Medicare available Monday

4:00 AM Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012

Open enrollment for Medicare beneficiaries interested in changing coverage plans opens Monday. The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program is offering one-on-one reviews to help beneficiaries pick the best coverage option, said Lt. Gov. and Department of Insurance director Mary Taylor. “Determining the appropriate Medicare...
Local residents divided over ‘Obamacare’

1:00 AM Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012

Health care reform is a key issue in the November presidential election. We asked readers what they think it should look like. Cady Gebhardt, 22, Dayton “I would like to see people who need health care be able to get it. But the people who don’t need it shouldn’t have to buy it. I don’t feel like I need it, so I don&rsquo...
3 Ohioans confirmed with rare meningitis linked to tainted steroid injections

7:13 PM Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012

Two more Ohioans have become the latest fungal meningitis victims after receiving tainted steroid injections produced at a Massachusetts pharmacy. The Ohio Department of Health Thursday reported two women, a 39-year-old from Morrow County and a 40-year-old from Crawford County, developed the rare brain infection after receiving the steroid...
Faith leaders take on childhood obesity
 Dayton-area faith leaders pledged Tuesday to join a national initiative to fight childhood obesity. Faith United to End Childhood Obesity, a multi-denominational coalition organized by Save the Children’s Campaign for Healthy Kids, has joined with First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign to focus on...

9:08 PM Tuesday, Oct. 09, 2012

Dayton-area faith leaders pledged Tuesday to join a national initiative to fight childhood obesity. Faith United to End Childhood Obesity, a multi-denominational coalition organized by Save the Children’s Campaign for Healthy Kids, has joined with First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign to focus on...
Ohio seeks Medicaid changes with Obamacare

4:00 AM Tuesday, Oct. 09, 2012

Medicaid is emerging as a major battleground on Obamacare as states run the numbers on what expanding Medicaid rolls will do to their fragile state budgets. Ohio is one of a growing number of states considering a novel approach. Gov. John Kasich’s administration, made up of Republicans, and thus no fans of the Democrat-backed health...
Ohioan first state case in fungal meningitis shot recall

9:51 PM Monday, Oct. 08, 2012

A 65-year-old man is Ohio’s first case of a rare form of fungal meningitis linked to epidural steroid injections to treat back pain. State health officials announced the case Saturday but have neither released the man’s name nor county of residence. The steroid in question, methylprednisolone acetate, was shipped to four pain...
Ohio patients of 4 pains clinics might be impacted by meningitis recall

12:01 AM Saturday, Oct. 06, 2012

Ohio health officials are working to track down patients from four private pain clinics who might received a recalled injectable steroid that has been linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak. The outbreak has sickened 47 and killed five in seven states. Though four pain clinics in Ohio received the medication, no illnesses have been reported...
Thousands must find new doctors after dispute

10:15 PM Thursday, Oct. 04, 2012

An area private physicians group that serves about 100,000 patients in the Miami Valley announced this week it will no longer be part of health insurer Aetna’s physician network because of a dispute over reimbursement payments. PriMed Physicians, with sites in Greene, Montgomery and Warren counties, said its contract with Aetna ends...
U.S. teen drinking and driving drops by more than half
 The number of U.S. teens self-reporting drinking and driving dropped by more than half between 1991 and 2011, federal health officials said Tuesday. In 1991, 22.3 percent of teens in high school reported drinking and driving; last year, the number dropped to 10.3 percent, a decline of 54 percent. In Ohio, 9.3 percent of students 16 and older...

10:02 PM Tuesday, Oct. 02, 2012

The number of U.S. teens self-reporting drinking and driving dropped by more than half between 1991 and 2011, federal health officials said Tuesday. In 1991, 22.3 percent of teens in high school reported drinking and driving; last year, the number dropped to 10.3 percent, a decline of 54 percent. In Ohio, 9.3 percent of students 16 and older...
First West Nile related death reported in area

10:58 PM Monday, Oct. 01, 2012

West Nile virus has been confirmed as a contributing factor in the death of an 84-year-old Clark County man. The Clark County Combined Health District said Monday that the county’s first West Nile virus-related fatality was reported by the Springfield Regional Medical Center, where the man had been hospitalized. It’s believed...
Most new flu sufferers from Ohio

9:36 PM Thursday, Sep. 27, 2012

More than two-thirds of the people who contracted a new flu virus spread by swine at county fairs around the nation were from Ohio, federal health data show. A report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 11 of 16 people hospitalized for H3N2v this summer were from Ohio. Ohio reported also the only...
Health department to offer flu vaccinations

7:48 PM Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012

Montgomery County health officials are urging residents 6 months and older to get their seasonal flu vaccinations. The health department will offer flu vaccinations at its Public Health Clinic in the Reibold Building during the week. A separate flu shot clinic also has been scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Montgomery County Administration...
Rx drug take-back day is Saturday

4:00 AM Tuesday, Sep. 25, 2012

Consumers throughout the Miami Valley can dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired medications Saturday as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. consumers can drop off medications at police departments and other sites around the region. The event, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, aims...
ARC Ohio opening medical center, pharmacy in Columbus

4:01 AM Saturday, Sep. 22, 2012

Dayton-based AIDS Resource Center Ohio will open a medical center and pharmacy serving people with HIV and AIDS in Columbus next week. The 7,100-square foot facility in a neighborhood north of downtown Columbus will focus on people not currently receiving any HIV/AIDS treatment or those not getting the best treatment for managing the disease...
Efforts curbing drug abuse

10:22 PM Thursday, Sep. 20, 2012

Ohio is curbing painkiller abuse through drug monitoring programs, but the methods need to be used more effectively to fight the state’s prescription drug abuse epidemic, researchers said Thursday. In 2007, when the problem was first widely identified in Ohio, state officials reported that more adults died of prescription drug abuse...
More than half of Ohioans could be obese by 2030

3:15 PM Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2012

If Ohioans keep gaining weight at the current rate, almost 60 percent of adults in the state could be obese by 2030, a new report says, and medical costs related to obesity could grow to a hefty $23.8 billion. But if residents lost just 5 percent of their body mass indexes — about 10 pounds for a 6-foot-tall, 200-pound adult &mdash...
WSU opens new medical clinic on campus

4:00 AM Monday, Sep. 17, 2012

A new same-day medical care service opens today on the Wright State University campus in Fairborn. WrightCare, operated by Wright State Physicians, will see patients from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday in the physician group’s new state-of-the-art building at 725 University Blvd. Wright State Physicians is a private practice group...
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