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Zahn's Middle School in Piketon was closed amid concerns about radioactive contaminants.
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Radiation concerns have closed a school in southern Ohio despite federal officials’ insistence that the amount of detected materials aren’t a public health concern. However, the county’s cancer rates are among the highest in the state.

Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine's new Integrated Oncology Suite.
Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Ohio State University’s Veterinary Medical Center opens a new cancer ward on Wednesday.

Researcher interacting with a dog.
Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Dogs may be man's best friend, but owning any companion animal can be beneficial for both your mental and physical health. 

Research has shown that pets help their owners produce mood-changing serotonin and oxytocin. And animal-assisted therapy has become an accepted practice around the country.

Today on All Sides, we discuss how pets help us to be happier and more.

Alex Trebek, who has hosted the Jeopardy! game show since 1984, announced Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

"Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I'm going to fight this, and I'm going to keep working," Trebek said in a video announcing his illness. "And with the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease."

The Socioeconomic Inequality In Cancer

Jan 28, 2019
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Cancer mortality rates in the U.S. continue to drop, but not for everyone.

According to the American Cancer Society’s annual statistics report, the cancer death rate is 20 percent higher in the nation’s poorest compared to the affluent between 2011-2016. 

Today on All Sides, the socioeconomic inequality in cancer. 

The James Cancer Hospital at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

A new study from Ohio State examined if mailing human papillomavirus, or HPV, tests to women increases screening rates. Screening women for HPV can help prevent cervical cancer.

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Columbus officials broke ground Wednesday on Fire Station 35, the first in the city designed to keep firefighters' living spaces free of carcinogens.

Steve Dillman thinks he can trace his prostate cancer back to August 1, 1985.

The family of terminal cancer patient Brody Allen say they have found a whole new family thanks to the generosity and love of the Tri-State. Sunday afternoon, more than 1,000 people traveled to Colerain Township to either be in or watch the Christmas-themed parade held in the 2-year-old's honor.

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Officials with Pelotonia say they’re investigating whether a man featured in the organization’s advertising faked his illness.

It might be the last year Maria’s Field of Hope, a field of sunflowers off the highway in Avon, blooms in its current location.

The Prayers From Maria Foundation planted the flowers in honor of 7-year-old Maria McNamara, who died in 2007 from a cancerous brain tumor.

The field is already in bloom this year, earlier than usual, and it continues to be a destination for thousands to visit and learn about its message.

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Cancer patients have to think about all aspects, including nutrition. 

Nutrition therapy can be used by doctors and patients to help keep body tissues healthy as well as maintaining healthy body weight and strength.

On our weekly Wellness Wednesday show, we discuss the role nutrition plays in the battle against cancer and the recovery after remission. 

Guests:

Columbus Division of Fire
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President Trump has signed into law a bipartisan bill aimed at investigating the high cancer rate among firefighters. The president of the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters says it’s needed.

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Obesity rates for people who have disabilities are higher for children and adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A new gym that’s opened in Dublin aims to combat that disparity and was started to help people with disabilities stay fit.

Today on Wellness Wednesday, the challenges of staying physically active facing those with disabilities. Also, a new study on alternative cancer treatments and the impact of substance abuse on family members.

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Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, most frequently diagnosed among adults over 65. To catch those typically slow-growing malignancies early, when they can often be cured, most doctors' groups recommend colorectal cancer screening starting at age 50.

But the American Cancer Society this week changed its advice and is recommending that screening start five years earlier.

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