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PHOTO: The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project says a Yale study found more than a dozen health impacts in up to 40 percent of residents interviewed about nearby fracking wells in Western Pennsylvania. Photo credit: Joshua B. Probanic/Public Herald.

BUTLER COUNTY, Pa. - As natural gas drilling pads, pipelines and compressor stations spring up around the state, groups of parents calling themselves Protect Our Children are hoping for at least a one-mile buffer between infrastructure and schools and playgrounds. Penni Lechner, a mother in Summit ...Read More

PHOTO: If at least 60 percent of Florida voters give a "yes" to Amendment 2 on Election Day on November 4th, medical marijuana will be legalized in the Sunshine State. Photo credit: United for Care.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Marty Monroe credits medical marijuana for getting her through the toughest moments of cancer. She and other advocates want Florida patients to have the option to use medical marijuana if it's prescribed by their doctor. Amendment 2, on the Nov. 4 ballot, would legalize the use ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota leaders in law enforcement, gun safety and domestic violence prevention gathered Monday for a roundtable with former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords. Photo credit: Bill Morrow/Flickr.

MINNEAPOLIS - Former U.S. congresswoman and mass shooting survivor Gabby Giffords was in Minnesota on Monday, touting the need for stronger laws to protect women from gun violence by stalkers and abusers. Giffords was joined by leaders in law enforcement, gun safety, and domestic violence preventio ...Read More

PHOTO: While online enrollment for health care plans is convenient, studies indicate that people navigating the insurance world for the first time tend to do better and make better decisions with in-person assistance. Image courtesy of HealthCare.gov.

LANSING, Mich. - The second open enrollment period for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will get underway soon, and more help is on the way to connect Michiganders with the information they need to make crucial health decisions. Anne Filipic is the president of Enroll Amer ...Read More

PHOTO: A recently released  study from AAA indicates that many of the new hands-free technology systems may be much more distracting than most drivers think they are. (Photo courtesy of AAA)

MADISON, Wis. – A recently released study from the American Automobile Association (AAA) shows three out of four drivers believe hands-free technology in their car is safe to use, but that may not always be the case. Nick Jarmusz, public affairs director for AAA-Wisconsin, says a study was j ...Read More

PHOTO: Dr. Corey Iqbal holds 1-month-old twins Kerlin and Orlando Morales-Botello, the first patients at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., to undergo a state-of-the-art procedure to treat a potentially fatal complication while in-utero. Photo courtesy of J. Salazar.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – When a family is expecting twins, the joy is multiplied, but so are the potential complications. That's why one Missouri hospital is now leading the way with a potentially life-saving procedure performed before the babies are born. Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome is a ...Read More

MIAMI - While the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the medical community scramble to get a handle on the spread of Ebola in the U-S, low-wage workers at Florida's airports are concerned about the risks. Cabin cleaners, wheelchair attendants, baggage handlers and contract worke ...Read More

Photo: Those who receive Medicare benefits can now update their prescription coverage under Part "D". Phone by GDNS

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The signup period is open to enroll in or make changes in Medicare Part "D" prescription coverage. People age 65 and older on Medicare can decide to add the additional coverage. "If you love your Medicare Part D plan, and it's meeting all your medical needs, you can go ahead and ...Read More

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