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PHOTO: At an event in Framingham, a new effort was launched this week to find and enroll Massachusetts school kids in health insurance plans. The Back to School campaign is targeting communities where English is a second language. Photo courtesy of Health Care for All.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - It's back-to-school time for kids in the Commonwealth - and time for an effort by health-care advocates to find those children who are without health insurance. The "Back to School Campaign" kicked off with an event in Framingham, a community with a high concentration of immigra ...Read More

PHOTO: Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's office reports the pieces are now being put in place for a comprehensive review of aging services in state government. Photo credit: Carlton Browne/Flickr.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - One thing nearly all Tennesseans can agree on is they want good health and independence as they age, and efforts are underway in the state to make sure those opportunities exist today and into the future. The Governor's Task Force on Aging has already recommended a number of step ...Read More

PHOTO: Victims of violent crime often need financial and emotional support to help rebuild their lives in the wake of a violent incident. A Chicago-based violence survivors' network is working to provide that support. Photo credit: Ladyheart/Morguefile.

CHICAGO - With more than 200 homicides already reported in Chicago this year, there are many families and surviving victims facing a difficult road of recovery. Susan Johnson, executive director of Chicago's Citizens for Change, runs a violence survivors' network called Chicago Survivors. She says ...Read More

PHOTO: Improvements in identifying and treating high blood pressure have helped with the decline of deaths and hospitalizations from cardiovascular disease. Photo credit: American Heart Association.

BISMARCK, N.D. – Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer in the state and the nation, but the latest study shows that progress is being made, and health professionals credit ongoing initiatives in North Dakota. Shelly Arnold, manager of trauma, stroke and cardiac care at Sanford ...Read More

PHOTO: Luna Willhelm,5, has asthma. Her parents believe it was caused by poor air quality in the environment and the family believes someone should be held responsible. Photo courtesy: Rebecca Cheatham

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - This year, thousands of children from North Carolina will go to school with an inhaler to treat asthma. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 7-million children nationwide have asthma, which is just over nine-percent of the population. In some cases, ...Read More

PHOTO: Robin Williams was known during his life as a brilliant comedian and actor. Advocates for mental health say his tragic death could serve to bring greater understanding to the issues of mental illness. Photo credit: U-S Department of Defense.

PHOENIX - The suicide death of Robin Williams this week may serve as a powerful and tragic reminder for Arizonans and people everywhere that mental illness does not discriminate. Steve Schiro, chairman of the Arizona chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, says Robin Williams' dea ...Read More

A Pennsylvania psychologist questions whether the dialogue emerging on depression will last far beyond the headlines over comedian and actor Robin Williams's suicide. Photo courtesy of George Hodan.

PHILADELPHIA – We are learning more about the demons comedian and actor Robin Williams faced in the forms of depression and addiction prior to his death earlier this week. His passing has brought those illnesses to the forefront, but will it have a long-term impact on how they are perceived ...Read More

PHOTO: Basketball is part of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, the largest such event in the world. This year's games are under way in Philadelphia. Photo credit: U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - They showed courage and heart while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, and now that same grit and determination is on display at the 34th annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Some 600 veterans with disabilities representing states across the nation - including Tennessee - ar ...Read More

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