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    PNS Weekend Update - April 25, 20150 


    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown: Baltimore braces for major protests as the police department admits to errors in the arrest of Freddie Gray; troubling data as e-cigarette use triples for tweens and teens; and we’ll clue you in on ways your spring cleaning can help your local community.

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PHOTO: A new bike helmet is just one key to safer summer fun for Washington children. This weekend's YMCA Healthy Kids Day activities at many 'Y' locations will include helmet-fitting and giveaways. Photo courtesy of Group Health Cooperative.

SEATTLE - This Saturday across the state, many YMCA locations are having Healthy Kids Day events to start the summer with tips on bike, water and sun safety. Pediatrician Dr. Paula Lozano is an assistant medical director for preventive care with Group Health. She says most summer safety guidelines ...Read More

PHOTO: AARP Oregon says the typical family caregiver is a woman in her 60s who works full or part-time and helps her older parent with transportation and chores, and often oversees medications and personal finances. Photo credit: click/morguefile.com.

SALEM, Ore. - A new AARP survey of Oregonians ages 45 and older finds most of them are, or one day will be, caregivers for an aging family member. Groups that want the state to acknowledge that, and pitch in to help, converge on the Capitol today. As lawmakers wrestle with budget decisions, the "C ...Read More

Photo: The increased use of e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco for hookah pipes are cause for concern for the CDC and FDA. Photo credit: haml/morguefile.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - E-cigarettes are increasing in popularity and new data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration indicates some of its success is due in part to a popularity among middle and high schoolers. New information indicates ...Read More

PHOTO: The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed increasing ozone pollution standards. Industry groups are pushing back, claiming new regulations would damage the economy. Denver received a D grade on the American Lung Association's State of the Air report card for 2014. Photo credit: Stilfehler/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Warmer weather is on the way, the time of year when ozone -- the lung-damaging gas in smog -- becomes a bigger problem for the 26 million Americans living with asthma. The Environmental Protection Agency said current ozone standards don't go far enough to protect public health and has propo ...Read More

PHOTO: People looking for a perfect place to call home need to look no farther than Iowa. Cedar Rapids (pictured above) and Marion have both made the top 10 in the Livability Index for cities their size. The index is from AARP and ranks communities based on categories such as housing, transportation, environment, health and opportunity. Photo credit: Stijn Debrouwere/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Some Iowa communities are being called among the best in the nation for people being able to remain active and engaged, get where they want to go and live comfortably and in good health. The first-of-its-kind Livability Index from AARP has Cedar Rapids as the country's seventh be ...Read More

PHOTO: The Latino population has more than doubled in the past 30 years, but the number of Latino doctors has plummeted, according to a UCLA study that blames the demise of affirmative action for the gap. Photo credit: chilombiano/morguefile.com.

Over the past 30 years, the Latino population in the United States has risen by 243 percent. But during that same period, according to a UCLA study of census data, the number of Latino doctors has decreased 22 percent. The study found that the shortage is acute in California, with only 50 Latino do ...Read More

PHOTO: Dozens of groups from across the state, including those representing nurses, hospitals and health centers, are voicing opposition to a plan in the Minnesota House to eliminate MinnesotaCare. Photo credit: Army Medicine/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With the Minnesota House expected to begin its budget proposal debate on Tuesday, a plan to help pay for tax cuts by eliminating the public health program MinnesotaCare is facing strong opposition from a growing coalition of organizations statewide. Laura Sayles, government affair ...Read More

PHOTO: The EPA is being taken to court over its approval of an herbicide for use on genetically-engineered soybean and corn crops in North Dakota and 14 other states. The plaintiffs say Enlist Duo poses a threat to human health and endangered species. Photo credit: Jason Ippolito/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - A legal battle is being mounted against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its expanded approval of a new herbicide for use in North Dakota and other states across the Midwest. The herbicide from Dow AgroSciences is called Enlist Duo. According to legal documents, Enlis ...Read More

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