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Ohio Had Record Number Of Heroin Overdoses In 2012

Health officials say 680 people died of heroin overdoses in 2012, up from 426 deaths in 2011, a 37 percent increase.
April 18, 2014

The state says a record number of Ohioans died from heroin-related overdoses in 2012 as it released the newest available figures for a problem that’s been called an epidemic and public health crisis.

Mumps Cases Spread To Columbus State Community College

Columbus State Community College's Davidson Hall in downtown Columbus.
April 17, 2014

Columbus health officials say they’ve confirmed 2 cases of mumps at Columbus State Community College as an outbreak of the illness continues.

Mumps Outbreak Grows To 189 Cases

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Health officials say the outbreak began on the Ohio State University campus and quickly spread to surrounding areas.
11, 2014

Local health agencies in the area say that those infected by the viral illness range in age from 9 months to 70 years. They include 89 Ohio State students.

More OSU Mumps Cases Identified

Health officials now say 37 people now have the mumps at Ohio State University.
20, 2014

Five more cases of mumps are confirmed in the outbreak of the viral infection at Ohio State University, bringing the total to 37.

E-Cig Ban For Minors Clears Legislature Despite Objections

More than two dozen Democrats in the House voted against the bill, saying it didn’t go far enough.
14, 2014

State lawmakers have approved a ban on electronic cigarettes for Ohio minors, but not without the objection of many Democrats, who say the ban doesn’t go far enough.

CDC Report: Nearly A Quarter Of Ohioans Smoked In 2012

Anti-smoking advocates in Ohio say the state's ranking remains among the lowest in the nation because adequate funds aren't invested in programs to help people quit smoking and prevent children from starting.
3, 2014

The National Health Interview Surveys, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, say 23.3 percent of Ohio residents still smoked in 2012, a rate that was just 5.4 percent lower than it was in 1984, the first year Ohio tracked smoking numbers.

The Ups And Downs Of Measuring Body Fat

Gina Shaffer is a personal trainer with EMH Center for Health and Fitness.
25, 2013

Visit the doctor and someone will almost certainly take your temperature, blood pressure and weight. All it takes is a thermometer, arm cuff and a scale. Patients have a pretty good idea what the readings mean. But the tools to measure fat are much more diverse – and each has its drawbacks.

The Future Of Abortion In Ohio

Pro-choice activists with NARAL Ohio have clashed with members of Ohio Right to Life over the "Heartbeat Bill," which would install some of the nation's strictest limitations on abortion. The measure has so far failed to clear the legislature.
January 23, 2013

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Roe –vs- Wade ruling by the U. S. Supreme Court. And ever since that decision that allows legal abortion in the first trimester, groups opposing abortion have been slowly chipping away at it. What does the future hold for Ohio’s abortion laws?

Why Are Some People Perfectionists?

Morgan Thompson is a cognitive sciences student at Case Western. She considers herself a perfectionist.
3, 2012

Most people want to do good work, but sometimes “good” isn’t “good enough.” No one knows that better than perfectionists. Their uncompromising drive can lead to great achievement, but also brings a certain kind of misery.

3 of 4 Ohio Clinics Warned About Meningitis Say No Symptoms Yet

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9, 2012

The Marion Pain Clinic declined comment, while Marion’s BKC Pain Specialists, Cincinnati Pain Management, and Dublin-based Ortho-Spine Rehab Center say no patients have shown signs of meningitis.