Health

Grand Lake St. Marys beach
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The state is once again recommending that people and pets avoid swimming and wading in Ohio's largest inland lake, Grand Lake St. Marys, as levels of an algae-produced toxin rise.

Do Police Get Special Treatment? Yes, Says Prosecutor

Jul 24, 2015
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Activists in Cleveland continue to push prosecutors to charge the police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice last year. A group calling itself The Cleveland 8 claims the shooting is the latest example of how police are treated differently. 

More Ohioans Using Food Stamps At Farmers' Markets

Jul 22, 2015
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There is progress being made in the battle against food deserts -- urban areas where residents lack access to fresh, healthy food. That progress comes in the form of federal assistance dollars being spent at farmer's markets. 

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A new report on the well-being of children across the country finds that more Ohio youngsters are living in poverty than before the recent recession. 

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Authorities in southern Ohio are assessing damage to homes and roads in the aftermath of flooding that swept away a mobile home, killing a woman and two of her children.

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Authorities have yet to find two swimmers who were reportedly swept toward a dam on the Olentangy River and are believed to have drowned over the weekend.

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A recent report from the Ohio Department of Health shows the state has seen a 750 percent increase in the number of babies diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome since 2004.

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An amendment to the next state budget lets people mow and remove natural buffers to reservoirs, even if the buffer zone is owned by the local city. 

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Authorities say nine people were hurt after a fireworks box fell over and fired into a crowd in northeast Ohio.

The Columbus Public Utilities Department today canceled the city's nitrate advisory for much of the city' water supply.

Rhodes State Office Tower in downtown Columbus
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Legionella bacteria has been discovered in a state office building.

NW Ohio Salmonella Outbreak Sickens At Least 18 People

Jun 16, 2015
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Health officials in northwest Ohio are investigating a salmonella outbreak they say has sickened 18 people at an assisted living facility.

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The water advisory for parts of Franklin County remains in effect. The amount of nitrate in the water has changed.

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has more production kitchen troubles. The company announced, Friday, it has closed its production facility and scoop shops after listeria was rediscovered. 

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Columbus city officials say it’s difficult to know how long the drinking water advisory will last. The current estimate is a couple of weeks.

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Officials say a man died on his family farm in central Ohio when he fell into a grain feed mixer.

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Teenagers trying to buy cigarettes will need to go somewhere besides Upper Arlington.

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The City of Columbus has issued a nitrate advisory for the Dublin Road water plant. 

A new study indicates small children are exposed to marijuana at a higher rate in states where the substance is legal.

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Fire officials say a central Ohio man has died after he was electrocuted at a construction site.

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An autistic adolescent in crisis can be a scary and dangerous situation. Many kids end up in the ER or psychiatric ward where they’re temporarily stabilized, often with drugs. Then they’re sent home where another behavioral emergency could recur. A new Columbus intensive treatment facility offers families an alternative.

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Franklin County health officials say mosquitoes near Columbus have tested positive for West Nile virus.

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Federal Food and Drug Administration inspection reports reveal many problems with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams current and former production facility. Jeni’s plans to re-open tomorrow after a month-long voluntary shut down and recall which followed the discovery of listeria in some of its ice cream. 

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More than 650 children under the age of 12 killed themselves during the past twenty years. That's about 32 a month, but it translates to one a day in the United States. 

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Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream says it will reopen its scoop shops by May 22.

The popular Columbus-based ice cream company shut down April 23 after a pint of its ice cream tested positive for listeria.

Jeni's has since recalled and recycled more than 500,000 pounds of product at a cost of $2.5 million.

The company has also redesigned its production kitchen and is set to resume production this week.

The source of listeria was determined to be the spout of a machine that fills pints for retail sale.

Chickens
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Officials say poultry from states where a deadly bird flu virus has surfaced won't be permitted at this year's Ohio State Fair.

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Franklin County officials say too many mentally ill inmates stay in jail too long, so they're  looking into ways to reduce jail stays.

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About 154,000 Ohioans will be placed back on Medicaid as part of a settlement that a group has reached in a lawsuit against the state.

Jeni's store
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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams plans to soon resume production, according to the company's Facebook page.

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There’s a pill that can help prevent HIV infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines on it, last year. But few at-risk people, in Columbus, are taking it. Local health officials issued an alert to area doctors, Monday, about the breakthrough drug.

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