Health Care

CDC says the vaccinated should wear masks indoors in areas with high infection rates

BY: - July 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Tuesday urged Americans in areas of the country with the highest surges in COVID-19 infections to once again wear masks when they are in public, indoor settings — even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The updated recommendations marked a sharp shift from the agency’s guidance in May that Americans fully vaccinated against […]

New guidance for schools on COVID-19 won’t include mask mandate

BY: - July 27, 2021

The Ohio Department of Health said new COVID-19 guidance for schools as they plan for a new school year will include safety recommendations, but no mandate for mask-wearing, even for the unvaccinated. In a press call on Monday, Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, chief medical officer for the ODH, said guidelines would be released on the state’s […]

Ohio pharmacists, care provider say program is a national model

BY: - July 26, 2021

DAYTON — Ziks Family Pharmacy in the historic Wright-Dunbar neighborhood here has been participating in a program that it and Dayton-based CareSource hope will serve as a national model. Now some results are in. CareSource, a Medicaid managed-care provider, for a year has been paying Ziks not just to fill prescriptions, but to do diagnostic […]

OSU study: Young adult mental health worsened during pandemic

BY: - July 26, 2021

A study led by researchers at Ohio State University showed adolescent males had worsened mental health during the pandemic. “It made my whole life weird,” said one participant in response to a question about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted them. In the study, recently published in the Journal of Adolescent Health and co-led by researchers […]

Feds: Florida, Missouri, Texas accounted for 40 percent of all COVID-19 cases last week

BY: - July 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — Amid a rise in infections and hospitalizations from the surging delta variant of COVID-19, the Biden administration is boosting money and other assistance to the hardest-hit areas of the country. This week, just three states with lower vaccination rates — Florida, Texas and Missouri — accounted for 40 percent of all cases nationwide.  […]

Abortion providers press on as state regulations grow

BY: - July 22, 2021

Ohio’s largest abortion clinic says it will continuing seeing patients and providing care as it awaits the impact of the most recent wave of regulations by the state, and further efforts in the state legislature. The non-profit Preterm in Cleveland has been open for 47 years, through legal barriers galore, on the state, federal and […]

Latest increase in cases, hospitalizations has Ohio health officials pushing vaccines

BY: - July 22, 2021

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff acknowledges that as the public face of the Ohio Department of Health he is repeating himself a lot these days. But the message is important enough to continue repeating in simple terms, ODH’s chief medical officer said Wednesday. “It really comes down to, are you vaccinated and safe or are you unvaccinated […]

U.S. House passes PFAS bill regulating ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

BY: - July 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Wednesday passed bipartisan legislation that would regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water, as well as designate two types of those toxic chemicals as hazardous substances that would spark federal cleanup standards. The bill, H.R. 2467, also known as the PFAS Action Act of 2021, passed 241-183, with 23 Republicans joining Democrats […]

Drug-pricing reform might fall victim to infrastructure negotiations

BY: - July 21, 2021

As lawmakers attempt to salvage a bipartisan infrastructure package, new rules intended to crack down on secretive prescription-drug transactions might fall by the wayside.

Study: Central Ohio housing stabilization project improved health outcomes for women, infants

BY: - July 21, 2021

A new study found that a Columbus project to help maternal and infant birth outcomes should be used more broadly to improve health access and housing. The Health Policy Institute of Ohio was commissioned to study Health Beginning at Home, a project from 2018 to 2021 meant to “test the impact of providing rental assistance […]

Ohio AG signs on to important pharmacy middleman case

BY: - July 20, 2021

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has joined a lawsuit testing states’ power to regulate powerful middlemen who control the way prescription drugs are managed. Yost last week notified the 8th U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis that Ohio was joining 30 other states who are urging the court to uphold North Dakota laws meant […]

Report: 650,000 lead pipes still carry water in Ohio; 2nd most in U.S.

BY: - July 19, 2021

As many as 650,000 lead pipes statewide deliver water to Ohioans, according to a report released last week by the Natural Resources Defense Council. This makes Ohio the second worst state in the nation as measured by the estimated number of lead pipes (technically known as lead-containing service lines) in the water system, behind only […]