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    PNS Weekend Update - May 28, 20160 


    We’re got variety of stories on this weekend’s rundown, including: President Obama makes a somber and sobering trip to Hiroshima; criticism over transgender bathroom bills continues to mount; we’ve got some sun safety tips for this Memorial Day Weekend.

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Barbara Van Dahlen, the national founder of Change Direction, will be at the State House along with Gov. Maggie Hassen and the congressional delegation to launch Change Direction NH. (Change Direction)

CONCORD, N.H. - First Lady Michelle Obama was among the first supporters of a new approach to mental health called Change Direction, and now the Granite State is becoming the first in the nation to launch a statewide effort. Doctor Bill Gunn is director of Primary Care Behavioral Health at the NH ...Read More

Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the Tourette Association of America. (Children's Mercy)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - One in 100 people has some form of Tourette Syndrome or TS, a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. It is estimated 200,000 Americans have the most severe form of TS, and as many as one in 100 exhibits ...Read More

Using people-first language to talk about mental disorders can help fight the stigma of these health conditions. (pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. – May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and experts say we should think twice the next time we call someone crazy or mentally ill. One in five adults experiences some form of mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Chris B ...Read More

Starting today, 35 California counties expand their health programs to include more low-income families, regardless of immigration status. (Cathy Yeulet/iStockphoto)

MARTINEZ, Calif. - Dozens of California counties are expanding health care for lower-income residents as of today, no matter their immigration status. Most of the counties are in Northern California, in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevadas. It's part of the County Medical Services Program, which ...Read More

Illinois' bad air quality makes life more difficult for local asthma sufferers, and some moms are urging state lawmakers to take action. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and a group of Illinois moms is asking lawmakers to help improve the state's air quality. May is a peak month for asthma and allergy sufferers, and the rate of asthma in Illinois is 13 percent higher than the national average. As ...Read More

Special Olympics Iowa athletes, volunteers, coaches and spectators have converged on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. (SpecialOlympicsIowa.org)

AMES, Iowa - More than 2,600 athletes - plus their friends, families and thousands of spectators - are converging in Ames this weekend for the Special Olympics' Iowa Summer Games. The opening-ceremony crowd Thursday night filled Hilton Coliseum. While the competitions are a main focus of the weeken ...Read More

Advocates for Minnesota's aging population and health care groups are urging House lawmakers to pass a paid family medical leave bill that has already sailed through the Senate. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Just days after rallying at the State Capitol, caregivers continue their push to urge Minnesota lawmakers to approve paid family medical leave. The Democrat-controlled Senate has passed a bill to do just that, so caregivers say they're now focusing on House lawmakers as the ...Read More

While the national high school graduation rate is around 82 percent, a new study finds Florida lags behind at just 76 percent. (hmm360/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida falls behind the national high school graduation rate, and the recent proliferation of alternative schools doesn't seem to be helping, according to a new study. Even though they enroll a small slice of students, the report from Johns Hopkins University finds that charte ...Read More

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