First 2017-18 pediatric flu deaths reported in Ohio

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is reporting the state’s first pediatric flu death of the 2017-18 flu season, a 4-year-old boy from Montgomery County. A second child, a 1-year-old boy from Lucas County, was also reported as dying from the flue Wednesday afternoon. ODH also is reporting 1,750 new confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations in Ohio […]

Governor signs Down syndrome abortion ban into law

Ohio on Friday became the fourth state to ban abortions performed after a prenatal test shows the fetus has or might have Down syndrome. Gov. John Kasich signed into law House Bill 214, the 20th abortion restriction passed since he took office in 2011, and 14 other bills Friday morning. Under the law, doctors who […]

Flu activity increasing in Ohio; Still time to get flu shot

Flu activity in Ohio is increasing. During the week that ended Dec. 2, 2017 which is the most recent data available, there were 92 flu-associated hospitalizations in Ohio and 257 hospitalizations since the start of the season (5 of those in Marion County). That is above the five-year average for this time of year and […]

Bill Would Improve Palliative Care, Establish More Fulfilling Lives for Ohioans

The love and support Ohio families show to one another is unlike any other. Families share memories of countless holidays and adventures spent together throughout life. Nothing should interfere with the special bond families have, especially when it comes to hospice care. It can be devastating when a loved one becomes diagnosed with a serious […]

Bill banning abortions after Down syndrome diagnosis heads to Governor’s desk

A bill banning abortion after a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome has cleared the Ohio General Assembly and will now go to Gov. John Kasich’s desk. The Ohio Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to House Bill 214 in a 20-12 vote. The bill was passed by the House in November. Three Republicans, including Gayle […]

Marion County Early Intervention program credited with helping girl with rare syndrome

Tobie and Rachelle Needels had a beautiful four-year-old daughter named Makenna when they found out that their family would grow. Pregnant with their second child, they were excited to soon be a party of four. Rachelle said her pregnancy was uneventful. They did the pregnancy-screening test and she appeared to be a healthy baby. At […]

Four Marion applications received by State for medical marijuana dispensaries

Ohio regulators received 370 applications to sell medical marijuana but will initially award only 57 licenses at most. Cuyahoga and Franklin counties could have up to five dispensaries apiece, while many suburban and rural counties might not have any. And because no applications were filed in six western counties, the state won’t redistribute those counties’ […]

Wandering and dementia: Tips offered to keep your loved one safe

The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease or some sort of dementia continues to grow. About 5.3 million people aged 65 or older suffer from Alzheimer’s dementia nationwide, or roughly 1 in 10 seniors. A person with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia can wander out of their home and may not remember his […]

Ohio House passes version of bill banning abortions for Down syndrome

The Ohio General Assembly took another step Wednesday toward banning abortions after a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome. The Ohio Senate passed Senate Bill 164 in a 20-12 vote. Three Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the bill: Gayle Manning of North Ridgeville, Matt Dolan of Chagrin Falls and Stephanie Kunze of Hilliard. The House […]

Latest Medication Take Back Day moved to new location with over 160 drop offs

Medication Take Back Day organizers report that Marion County’s fifteenth semiannual collection was a success in spite of the season’s first snow and a change in location. 163 vehicles (along with two walk-ins) drove through Evers’ Arena at the Marion County Fairgrounds, discarding 228 pounds of unused pills, liquids, syringes, and lancets for safe, confidential, […]