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Rick Hodges and Jim Obergefell
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The landmark 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision on "Obergefell v. Hodges" legalized same-sex marriage. In the case, Cincinnati real estate broker Jim Obergefell sued the state of Ohio for refusing to recognize his marriage to his husband John Arthur on Arthur’s death certificate after he died from ALS.

Thousands of posters popped up around Ohio State's campus detailing mental health resources, following a string of suicide attempts in 2018.
Deepti Hossain / WOSU

Suicide rates in Ohio rose dramatically over the last decade for both people under 24 years old and people over 65, according to a new Ohio Department of Health report.

The Kettering clinic is the region's only abortion provider still in operation.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

The Ohio Department of Health has granted a license to Women’s Med Center of Dayton, saving it from closure after years of legal battles. That health clinic is the last abortion provider in the Dayton area.

Abortion rights advocates protest the Down Syndrome ban on abortions at the Ohio Statehouse in 2017.
Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a judge's decision to put on hold an Ohio law prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine introduces Dr. Amy Acton as director of Ohio Dept of Health, filling out his cabinet.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

The top doctor in state government says she’s keeping an eye on legislation involving vaccinations and abortion, which opponents say have dubious medical science behind them.

A rally in support of flavored vapor products was held at the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

On the very day a new excise tax on vaping products went into effect, hundreds gathered for a rally at the Ohio Statehouse. Meanwhile, Gov. Mike DeWine called for new changes.

Capital Care Network of Toledo will only perform medication abortions.
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Toledo's last abortion clinic is administering only medication abortions as it undergoes a management change.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is confirming three reports of severe pulmonary illness are likely caused by vaping and it is investigating 11 more suspected cases. That's up from six suspected cases the agency reported less than two weeks ago.

OxyContin pills are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vermont.
Toby Talbot / AP

The number of fatal drug overdoses in Ohio declined for the first time since 2009, according to state health officials, a milestone in the state's ongoing battle with the deadly opioid epidemic.

Updated 4:01 p.m., Aug. 23, 2019

Ohio Department of Health (ODH) officials are now asking doctors and hospitals to report any cases of patients with serious respiratory problems that could be connected to vaping to their local health department.  

The Kettering clinic is the region's only abortion provider still in operation.
Samuel Worley / WYSO

The Ohio Supreme Court won't hear an Ohio abortion clinic's challenge to the state's increasingly stringent operational rules, placing the facility's future in question even as it remains open for now.

Ohio Reports First Measles Case Of 2019

Jul 12, 2019

Amid the country’s worsening measles outbreak, Ohio is reporting the state’s first case of this year.

A young unvaccinated adult in Stark County contracted the virus and has since recovered, but not before coming into contact with some people who are believed to be unvaccinated, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s Jose Rodriguez.

Officials are monitoring those who may have been in contact with this individual and they are in self-quarantine, Rodriguez says.

e-cigarette
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A new service launched by the Ohio Department of Health this month offers free, confidential help for people under 18 who are trying to stop using e-cigarettes and tobacco – something that the U.S. Surgeon General calls an “epidemic.”

Ohio Lyme Disease Cases On The Rise

May 8, 2019

With warmer weather and backyards full of deer, Lyme disease is on the minds of the public health community.

Back in the 90s, Ohio saw a handful of Lyme disease cases. Now, that number is well into the hundreds each year. There were nearly 300 cases in 2018, according to data from the Ohio Department of Health. Last year, Cuyahoga County had 25 cases, the highest in the state.

Mount Carmel St. Ann's in Westerville.
Mount Carmel Health System

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services accepted a corrective plan from Mount Carmel St. Ann's to address problems with the physical environment of the hospital facility.

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