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, […]

Ohioans urged to check for home hazards to avoid a fall as you “fall back”

As Ohioans prepare to “fall back” this weekend with the end of Daylight Saving Time, the Ohio Department of Aging’s STEADY U Ohio initiative urges older adults and their families to take steps to ensure a falls-free winter by checking their homes for common hazards that can lead to slips, trips and tumbles. “Most falls […]

Ohio Houses passes ban on Down syndrome abortions, bill heads to Senate

The Ohio House on Wednesday advanced a bill that would ban abortions when a test shows the fetus likely has Down syndrome. Doctors would face a fourth-degree felony, punishable by up to 18 months in prison, for providing an abortion after a fetal Down syndrome diagnosis. Women who have abortions in violation of the law […]

Ohioans without subsidies may save money avoiding federal marketplace

Obamacare math is getting more complicated, but a way to save substantial money in 2018 is now apparent, especially for Ohioans who earn too much money to qualify for subsidies. According to a story from Cleveland.com, buy through an insurance broker or agent, or call the insurer directly. This is not a pitch to send […]

Influenza season begins in Ohio; health officials urge getting a flu shot

With the arrival of flu season, the Ohio Department of Health is recommending that all Ohioans six months and older get a flu shot now. Flu activity traditionally begins to increase in October and can last as late as May, with cases typically peaking between December and February. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

Ohioans warned against dangerous cosmetic contact lenses

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness, and the Ohio Optical Dispensers Board have joined forces to warn consumers about the dangers of wearing decorative contact lenses without a valid prescription this Halloween season. They remind the public that it is illegal for anyone to dispense or sell contact lenses without […]

Mosquito with West Nile Virus captured in Marion County

Marion Public Health recently received notice that a mosquito that was trapped in Marion County tested positive for West Nile Virus. Marion Public Health says they have been proactive in mosquito surveillance efforts which have included setting up mosquito traps at 12 different locations this year. They have worked with Marion City and Marion County […]

Marion Public Health extends WIC hours

Marion Public Health’s WIC program are extending their hours to reach more families. Beginning October 1st, the new hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm and Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00am-6:30pm. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) improves access to healthy foods, connects families to medical care and community […]

Ohio sleep-related deaths decline, while total infant deaths rise in 2016

The number of Ohio infants who died before their first birthday increased from 1,005 in 2015 to 1,024 in 2016, according to a new report released by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). The report also contains some promising news with fewer sleep-related infant deaths than in 2015. Sleep-related infant deaths have been trending downward […]