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PHOTO: North Dakota is the only state with a law on local pharmacy ownership. Voters will decide whether to repeal or keep it with Measure 7 on next week's ballot. Photo credit: Steve Snodgrass/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - When voters in North Dakota head to the polls next week, they'll decide whether or not to keep a 50-year-old law on the books concerning the local ownership of pharmacies. If passed, Measure 7 would open the door for major retail chains by removing the requirement that majority owne ...Read More

PHOTO: NPR's Diane Rehm is among the voices in a reading of the play "Surviving Grace," which is coming to Indianapolis in November to raises awareness about how Alzheimer's disease affects its victims and their families. Photo courtesy of Linder & Associates.

INDIANAPOLIS - An estimated 100,000 people in Indiana suffer from Alzheimer's disease, and a special production sheds light on the impact it has on them and their loved ones. The off-Broadway play 'Surviving Grace' follows a daughter's emotional journey caring for a mother with Alzheimer's. National ...Read More

PHOTO: Voices for Ohio's Children is encouraging voters to prioritize children in the choices they make on election day. Photo credit: Sarah Gilbert/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - While children cannot cast a ballot, their voices can be heard in next week's midterm election. The CEO of advocacy organization Voices for Ohio's Children, Sandy Oxley, makes the case voters can ensure the needs of the state's three million children are prioritized by the choices t ...Read More

PHOTO: Today is World Stroke Day. Nicky Leto of Fall River, Wis., was just 23 years old when she had a stroke, and now that she's recovered, she helps the American Stroke Association of Wisconsin spread the word about the warning signs of stroke. Photo courtesy American Stroke Association - Wisconson.

FALL RIVER, Wis. - On a June morning three years ago, Nicky Leto of Fall River - who was 23 at the time - awoke with a bad headache and some numbness in her left side. She went to work not knowing that she was having a stroke. "I never really knew the signs of a stroke and I just continued with my ...Read More

PHOTO: Many people in Utah and across the nation don't know about premium subsidies that can cover a huge chunk of health insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act, according to Jason Stevenson with the Utah Health Policy Project. Photo courtesy of the Utah Health Policy Project.

SALT LAKE CITY - As the next open-enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act launches on Nov. 15, many people in Utah and across the nation may not know about government subsidies that can cover the majority of the premium cost. "Over 60 to 70 percent of Americans have no idea that financial h ...Read More

PHOTO: With hunger still a struggle for 20 percent of Minnesota families with children, a new "road map" to ending food insecurity is being launched at the annual Food Access Summit this year in Duluth. Photo credit: Gordon Flood/Flickr.

DULUTH, Minn. - Minnesota is set to roll out a new plan on ending hunger as hundreds of advocates from around the state convene at the annual Food Access Summit, beginning today in Duluth. Lucinda Jesson, Minnesota human services commissioner, says this year's gathering will include the public laun ...Read More

PHOTO: Every new parent should make a "crying plan" in order to prevent shaking a baby out of frustration. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

BOISE, Idaho - Everyone knows babies cry, but some babies cry more than others. While covering basic needs can calm an infant, it's not always that simple. With the unpredictability of a crying child in mind, a collaboration of children's advocacy groups has unveiled the Crying Plan. The idea is fo ...Read More

PHOTO: With Halloween falling on a Friday night this year, experts say close parental supervision and a few sensible precautions will help keep kids safe while trick-or-treating. Photo credit: Gracey Stinson/Morguefile.

CINCINNATI - Ghosts, goblins, and monsters will soon be walking the streets of Ohio neighborhoods in search of candy. But while Halloween is a time for fun and treats, it's also a night full of potentially dangerous situations. Dawne Gardner, injury prevention coordinator at Cincinnati Children's H ...Read More

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