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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

DES MOINES, Iowa - As more food choices labeled as "gluten-free" show up on store shelves across the state, consumers are being warned that just because it's free of gluten doesn't automatically mean it's a healthy choice. Mary Waldner, founder of Mary's Gone Crackers, said she welcomes more option ...Read More

PHOTO: Medical professionals gather at the Colorado Health Symposium, where members of the public are invited to participate online this week. Photo courtesy Colorado Health Foundation
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KEYSTONE, Colo. – It's like a scene from Star Trek - instead of going to the doctor when you're sick, you sit at your computer and discuss your symptoms with a medical provider. For some Colorado communities, it isn't science fiction anymore - it's a reality. Until now, access to specialized ...Read More

PHOTO: Boone County native Dustin White was one of those on a hunger strike against mountaintop removal because he says it is damaging people's health. Photo by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The "war on coal" rhetoric makes it sound as if West Virginians are unified in supporting the industry. However, polls and interviews with ordinary folks suggest that isn't true, especially if they think coal is hurting their health. Dustin White is from a longtime Boone County ...Read More

PHOTO: Another setback for Obamacare? Tens of thousands of Utahns could lose government subsidies linked to purchasing health insurance through the Affordable Care Act if a Tuesday court ruling is upheld. Photo courtesy The White House.

SALT LAKE CITY - A court ruling on Tuesday threatens to eliminate the government tax credits that the vast majority of Utahns who purchased health insurance through the Affordable Care Act are receiving. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a 2-1 ruling in a lawsuit ...Read More

PHOTO: Kentucky has shown steady improvement in child health and education, according to the 2014 National KIDS COUNT Data Book. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. - While a year-by-year indicator of child well-being shows steady improvement in the health and education of children in the Bluegrass State, the number of children living in poverty is continuing to grow. The results, published in the 25th annual national Kids Count Data Book, ...Read More

PHOTO: At least $500,000 is being distributed Tuesday among some 300 food shelves across Minnesota, which took part in the March Campaign from Minnesota FoodShare. Photo credit: Neeta Lind / Flickr.

MINNEAPOLIS - With kids out of school and families busy with summer plans, July is traditionally a tough time for food bank shelves as demand rises and donations fall. But according to Suzanne Shatila, director of Minnesota FoodShare, a boost is on the way thanks to the March Campaign, a statewide ...Read More

PHOTO: The latest Kids Count data book shows Minnesota has maintained its decade-long appearance in the top five states in the nation for overall child well-being. Photo credit: Randen Peterson / Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - When it comes to the well-being of children, Minnesota is once again one of the best places in the nation, although challenges remain. Stephanie Hogenson, research and policy director with Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota, says despite the state being ranked fifth overall in the ...Read More

PHOTO: Services at community health centers have been expanding in Michigan and nationwide, thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act. But unless Congress acts to continue funding that allowed them to grow, their future is up in the air. Photo credit: Clarita / Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - Nationally and statewide, community health centers are peering over the edge of a funding cliff, despite more than 700,000 Michiganders annually using their services. Community health centers are typically local clinics that treat patients regardless of their insurance status or ab ...Read More

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