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U.S. support for waiving COVID-19 vaccine patent rights puts pressure on drugmakers

By: - May 11, 2021

By Dalindyebo Shabalala, University of Dayton The U.S. and Europe are debating waiving patent rights for COVID-19 vaccines, a move that could allow more companies to produce the vaccine around the world. But it’s not as simple as it might sound. When the U.S. announced on May 5, 2021, that it supported the idea of […]

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Conservation is a team sport: With H2Ohio, everyone stands to win

By: - May 7, 2021

By Bill Stanley, The Nature Conservancy I have been involved in conservation, personally and professionally, for more than 30 years. In that time, I’ve learned that long-term conservation success takes three things: innovative thinking, funding, and, above all, collaboration. It’s a lot like the African proverb, ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If […]

Covid ‘doesn’t discriminate by age’: Serious cases on the rise in younger adults

By: - May 5, 2021

By Will Stone, Kaiser Health News After spending much of the past year tending to elderly patients, doctors are seeing a clear demographic shift: young and middle-aged adults make up a growing share of the patients in covid-19 hospital wards. It’s both a sign of the country’s success in protecting the elderly through vaccination and […]

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Union retirees need Medicare Advantage

By: - May 4, 2021

By Dorsey Hager Electricians, insulators, plumbers, and pipefitters — all building trades members spend their careers working to make lives across Ohio easier and more enjoyable. And after years of hard work, it is only right that these American workers receive high quality, affordable health care. Medicare Advantage has been a valuable tool for retired […]

Ohio’s Amish suffered a lot from covid, but vaccines are still a hard sell

By: - April 30, 2021

By Anna Huntsman, WCPN-Ideastream The Amish communities of northeastern Ohio engage in textbook communal living. Families eat, work and go to church together, and through the pandemic, mask-wearing and physical distancing have been spotty. That has meant that these communities bore a high rate of infection and death. Despite this, health officials are struggling to […]

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Declaring racism a public health crisis brings more attention to solving long-ignored racial gaps in health

By: - April 26, 2021

By Paul K. Halverson, IUPUI The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has joined hundreds of cities and counties across the country in declaring racism a public health threat. On April 8, 2021, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky called racism an epidemic that affects “the entire health of our nation.” Declaring racism a public […]

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I’m a pediatrician who cares for transgender kids – here’s what you need to know

By: - April 19, 2021

By Dr. Mandy Coles, Boston University When Charlie, a 10-year-old boy, came in for his first visit, he didn’t look at me or my colleague. Angry and crying, he insisted to us that he was cisgender – that he was a boy and had been born male. A few months before Charlie came into our […]

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Son of murder victim urges legislature to end death penalty quickly

By: - April 8, 2021

By Jonathan Mann Thomas Knuff, the man who murdered my father, was sentenced to death in 2019. Knuff brutally murdered my father and I live with the pain and grief of that violent loss every single day. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley sought the death penalty for Thomas Knuff and got the conviction. But when […]

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Biden wants corporations to pay for his infrastructure plans, echoing a history of calls for companies to chip in when times are tough

By: - April 6, 2021

By Stephanie Leiser, University of Michigan President Joe Biden just proposed a roughly $2 trillion infrastructure plan, which he ambitiously compared to the interstate highway system and the space race. He aims to pay for it solely by taxing companies more, including the first increase in the corporate tax rate since the 1960s. Biden said […]

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Upgrading low-income housing would improve public health, the environment and racial equity all at once

By: - April 5, 2021

By Jonathan Levy, Boston University During a presidential election debate on Oct. 22, 2020, former President Donald Trump railed against Democratic proposals to retrofit homes. “They want to take buildings down because they want to make bigger windows into smaller windows,” he said. “As far as they’re concerned, if you had no window, it would […]

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Trans Day of Visibility offers chance for community to stand in solidarity and support

By: - March 31, 2021

By Jay A. Irwin, University of Nebraska Omaha Visibility within the transgender community is often a Catch-22, especially for trans people of color, or those living in rural, conservative areas. Hiding one’s identity can be a damaging experience and increase feelings of isolation, stigma and shame. But standing out as a trans person can make […]

Chauvin trial begins with opening statements focused on cause of death, police training

By: - March 30, 2021

By Max Nesterak, States Newsroom Attorneys in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin laid out their case on Monday before 14 jurors who will decide if Chauvin is guilty of murder or manslaughter in the death of George Floyd on May 25. The opening statements from the prosecution and defense indicate […]