February 9, 2016

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Attorney: Amish girl who fled country to avoid chemo is cancer-free

Sarah Hershberger, second from right, is pictured at her family's roadside stand in Homer Township on Sept. 24. Also pictured are her father and three of her siblings. (PHOTO PROVIDED BY 1851 CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL LAW)

A Columbus attorney has announced that a 12-year-old Amish girl is cancer-free, despite courtroom testimony last year from doctors that she would be dead in six months without chemotherapy treatments. Maurice Thompson, the executive director for the libertarian nonprofit 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, said the girl, Sarah Hershberger, shows no signs of cancer and Read More…

Chelsea Cares blankets offer love and comfort to sick children, families

Betty Platner poses with pillows and crafting materials in the basement of her Montville Township home, where she stores hundreds of blankets and pillowcases that will be donated to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Akron Children's Hospital. Platner and her family have since 2007 led a nonprofit organization that donates the items. (NICK GLUNT /GAZETTE)

Since 2007, more than 10,000 sick children at Akron Children’s Hospital have received homemade blankets and pillowcases donated by a local organization. Betty Platner, who helps lead the nonprofit organization, told The Gazette on Sunday that she and her family donate the items out of a sense of empathy. “My granddaughter, when she was 20 Read More…

Brunswick High School plans mental health series

Brunswick High School will host a series of meetings for parents on the second Wednesday of each month to address issues concerning students’ mental health. The first meeting will be 8 a.m. Wednesday in Room 111 at Brunswick High School, 3581 Center Road, and cover what services the school district offers. The high school offers Read More…

Legionnaires’ disease strain led to pneumonia outbreak

Staff and wire reports | The Gazette TOLEDO — Health officials say a rare strain of Legionnaires’ disease was the source of a recent outbreak of pneumonia at a county building in northwest Ohio. No deaths were reported. A Toledo-Lucas County health official says the local and state health departments began investigating in July after Read More…

West Nile reported in Lorain County mostquitoes

ELYRIA — Mosquitoes have come back positive for West Nile virus, the city’s director of environmental health. From mid-July to mid-August, mosquito samples were taken from both the north and south sides of the city and sent to Columbus for testing for the disease. Results were positive on multiple samples, said Dave Oakes, Elyria’s director Read More…

Officials examine how Brunswick woman contracted Legionnaire’s disease

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Medina County health officials are investigating how a Brunswick woman who died of Legionnaire’s disease contracted the illness. University Hospitals in Cleveland on Friday confirmed a 53-year-old woman at the Case Medical Center had died from complications from community-acquired Legionnaire’s disease Thursday. The disease is considered infectious and health officials are required to report the Read More…

Annual St. Ambrose Summer Festival remembers teens

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The annual St. Ambrose Summer Festival starts today to celebrate the Brunswick community. This year, like last, will also serve as an opportunity to remember the lives of Brunswick students who died tragically over the past few years. On Friday at 6 p.m. the Rev. Bob Stec, pastor of St. Ambrose, will lead a special Read More…

Ohio cancels poultry shows across state due to threat of avian flu virus

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All poultry shows at the Ohio State Fair and county fairs across the state have been canceled this year because of the threat of a deadly bird flu virus, the state’s agriculture department announced Tuesday. The virus that has led to the deaths of more than 44 million chickens and turkeys in the Midwest hasn’t Read More…

Barack Obama calls for an end to ‘conversion’ therapy for LGBT youth

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is calling for an end to psychiatric therapy treatments aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of gay, lesbian and transgender youth. The move comes in response to an online petition posted on the White House website following the death of 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn. The transgender teen committed Read More…

Cancer survivor called ‘miracle,’ starts support group in Spencer

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It was just before 11 p.m. on an October night in 2011 when Judy Carbone felt abdominal pain and decided to drive herself to the emergency room in her hometown of Carmel, N.Y. “I thought I just had indigestion, but a week later I found out it was cancer and that I had six months Read More…