Health, Science & Environment

Adolescent Mental Health Issues Magnified By COVID-19

Jul 28, 2020
Teen sitting alone using phone.
Fangirl / Pixabay

This episode originally aired on July 15, 2020.

Nearly one in five adolescents has a diagnosable mental health disorder, and nearly one-third of them show signs of depression.

Updated at 7:17 p.m. ET

Some of the world's most powerful CEOs are coming to Capitol Hill — virtually, of course — to answer one overarching question: Do the biggest technology companies use their reach and power to hurt competitors and help themselves?

Here's what you need to know:

Who: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

Immune System's Response To Coronavirus

Jul 23, 2020
A caregiver tests a patient for coronavirus at University Hospitals, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

This episode originally aired on April 14, 2020.

How the immune system responds to COVID-19 is one of the mysteries doctors and scientists are trying to solve.

Our immune system usually functions as a bodyguard, protecting us against harmful bacteria and viruses. Yet, it’s behaving quite differently with novel coronavirus. Why?

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station on Lake Erie is scheduled to shut down in 2020.
Ron Schwane / Associated Press

Story updated Thursday, July 23 at 2:20 p.m.

Gov. Mike DeWine is now calling on Ohio lawmakers to repeal and replace HB6, the sweeping bill that bailed out two nuclear power plants while slashing renewable energy efforts, following the arrest of House Speaker Larry Householder.

The American conversation around masks and COVID-19 has taken a dizzying turn. For months, wearing masks has been politicized as a sign of liberal leanings. But in recent days, ever more governors — many of them Republican — have moved to mandate masks. This week President Trump — arguably the nation's most visible mask un-enthusiast — started referring to wearing them as "patriotic."

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler concluded his tour of Northern Ohio Tuesday with visits to Akron and Cleveland and announcing more than $2 million in federal grants.

Akron will receive more than $1 million for the Gorge Dam removal project as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Central State University is launching a technology education program and will serve as a regional hub for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the Midwest.

Columbus City Hall on April 15, 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

Columbus City Council plans to approve funds to develop a community-based peer to peer education program for teens in Franklin County on Monday night.

Adolescent Mental Health Issues Magnified By COVID-19

Jul 17, 2020
Teen sitting alone using phone.
Fangirl / Pixabay

This episode originally aired on July 15, 2020.

Nearly one in five adolescents has a diagnosable mental health disorder, and nearly one-third of them show signs of depression.

That’s according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, using data compiled before the pandemic.

Updated 4:40 p.m.

In Atlanta today, President Trump announced a "top to bottom overhaul" of the regulations that govern one of the nation's most significant environmental laws. The aim is to speed up approval for major projects like pipelines and highways, but critics say it could sideline the concerns of poor and minority communities impacted by those projects, and discount their impact on climate change.

A collection of masks made by Sew-hio sewing club.
Marian Jacques

Twelve Ohio counties are under an order by Gov. Mike DeWine to wear masks in indoor spaces and outdoors where social distancing isn’t possible.

That order is meant to reduce coronavirus rates in areas of the state where the virus is raging out of control, but it's being met with somewhat mixed reaction.

Larry Davis at his drawing desk and card at right.
Larry Davis

WOSU's Letters from Home collects stories about day-to-day lives during the coronavirus pandemic. This week, we heard from Ohioans who shared their experiences and stories.

Updated at 2:40 p.m.

A federal judge has ruled that the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline must be emptied for now while the Army Corps of Engineers produces an environmental review.

In a decision posted Monday, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said that it was clear shutting down the pipeline will cause disruption. But he said that "the seriousness of the Corps' deficiencies outweighs the negative effects of halting the oil flow" during the estimated 13 months it will take to complete the environmental impact statement.

A new study published in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine warns that health care providers may be experiencing increased burnout due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cleveland Clinic anesthesiologist and study co-author Dr. Praveen Chahar said provider burnout isn’t new, but dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic has caused even more stress.

“One of the biggest reasons of increased stress in healthcare providers was a fear of getting infected themselves and a fear of infecting their loved ones,” he said.