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PHOTO: As Medicare marks its 49th birthday, a report suggests health-care reform has helped to improve the program's solvency. Photo credit: Kristine Kisky/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Today is Medicare's 49th birthday, but questions linger about how many more birthdays the program will be able to celebrate. The influx of baby boomers reaching retirement age and increasing medical costs have lawmakers looking for options to prevent the program from going bankrupt...Read More

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PHOTO: Most Americans underestimate the amount of salt in their diets, which the American Heart Association says could lead to major health issues. Photo credit: lvimann / Morguefile.com.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Even if you've put down the salt shaker, there's a good chance you're still getting too much sodium in your diet, which could be putting you at risk for serious health issues. Registered dietitian Lori Jones says many Ohioans have done a good job cutting back on salt in foods they ...Read More

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PHOTO: There are efforts in Ohio to make this August the first ever  Autism Acceptance Month. Graphic courtesy of Autism Society of Ohio.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Autism is a reality of life for an estimated one in 68 people. And while annual observances such as Autism Awareness Month in April have increased recognition of the disease’s prevalence, some say better understanding also is needed. Andie Ryley, board chair of the A...Read More

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PHOTO: Some Ohio lawmakers are proposing legislation to prohibit employers from excluding birth control from women's health insurance coverage. Photo credit: Bryan Calabro/wikimedia commons.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Legislation soon will be introduced in Ohio to prevent companies from interfering in their female employees' health-related decisions. State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent, said the "Not My Boss' Business Act" is meant to counter the recent Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision that allo...Read More

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PHOTO: Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Dist. 13) is among a handful of lawmakers taking a challenge to live on a federal minimum-wage budget of $77 this week. Photo courtesy Rep. Ryan's office.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Living on a wage of $7.25 an hour isn't easy, but it's what millions of Americans who make minimum wage face. Today, it has been five years since the federal minimum wage was last increased. U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio's 13th District is among those taking the "Live the Wage C...Read More

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PHOTO: What if Mom goes back to work? With the growing cost of child care in the country, efforts are under way in Washington, D.C., to increase financial supports for low-income and working families. Photo credit: Todd Hryck/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - As the cost of child care in this country continues to grow, so does the chorus of voices calling on Congress to take action. For many working families, the cost of child care is one of their biggest monthly expenses and legislation to help ease that burden has been introduced in bo...Read More

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PHOTO: A new national report finds Ohio has made strides in improving children's education and health, but children living in poverty remains a pressing problem. Photo credit: Kristine Kisky / Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Buckeye State is in the middle of the pack in a national snapshot of child well being, ranking 24th among all 50 U.S. states. Data from the 2014 Kids Count Data Book finds Ohio largely following national trends, and making progress in education and children's health since 2005....Read More

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PHOTO: With demand continuing to rise for gluten-free foods, those with celiac disease are finding many new options. But not all are equal. Some gluten-free products are high in sugars and fats, used to improve taste. Photo credit: Robert Couse Baker/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, OH - As more food choices labeled 'gluten-free' show up on store shelves across the state, some people are warning that it doesn't automatically mean it's a healthy choice. Mary Waldner, founder of Mary's Gone Crackers, welcomed more options for those who have celiac disease, like herself...Read More

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