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PHOTO:A hospice in Sandusky is helping U.S. military veterans suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome find peace in their final days. Photo credit: Karen van Vuuren.

SANDUSKY, Ohio - Stein Hospice in Sandusky is helping U.S. military veterans who served in World War II, and every military conflict since, deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the effects of which some have held inside for more than half a century. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates ...Read More

PHOTO: LeAnna Watson obtained health insurance coverage through kynect, the state's health insurance marketplace, and is now helping others sign up. Photo courtesy of LeAnna Watson.

HARRODSBURG, Ky. - Cancer survivor LeAnna Watson shares her own story of having lived without health insurance as she now helps others enroll in Kentucky's health benefit exchange, known as "kynect." She's what's called a "kynector," one of nearly 1,500 people statewide who are trained helpers. As W ...Read More

PHOTO: Could this be a Coloradan? says Colorado is the fourth happiest state in the nation, based on statistics from income to health to divorce rates. Image courtesy

DENVER - Here's something that could make your day: Colorado is one of the happiest states in the country, according to an analysis by Researchers took a look at state-specific figures about income, health, divorce rates and other factors to come up with the list, on which Colorado ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Schools in Illinois and around the country are using wireless Internet connections - and receiving billions in federal aid to expand Wi-Fi use - despite growing concern that exposure to Radio Frequency (RF) transmissions may be harmful to students and teachers. Graphic credit: Compfight/Flickr

WILMETTE, Ill. – Warnings about the potential hazards of radiation from Wi-Fi in school classrooms are on the rise. But those who are concerned about the health effects of Radiofrequency Radiation – RFR, as it's known – are finding it can be hard to make headway. Sheri Calarco, ...Read More

PHOTO: Taking the pulse of Kentucky's health-care system, experts gathered Tuesday to share ideas on ways to reshape the delivery of care. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In the midst of sweeping health-care reform in Kentucky, hundreds of people gathered in Louisville on Tuesday to explore how to "do care differently." Dave Bolt, deputy director of the Kentucky Primary Care Association, said it's time to move away from what he calls a "treat 'em a ...Read More

PHOTO: Saturday's Justice for Youth event in Portland is one of 20 around the nation calling attention to how mandatory minimum sentencing laws for some crimes affect juveniles. Photo credit: dblight/

PORTLAND, Ore. - More than 600 youths are behind bars in Oregon, and nearly half of them were sentenced as adults. On Saturday, their advocates are getting together in Portland for what they're calling a "community awareness and healing event." The groups want to call attention to what they say is ...Read More

PHOTO: Michiganders join the nation in recognizing Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 8-14, and the global community will honor World Suicide Prevention Day this Wednesday, Sept. 10. Image courtesy of MASP.

LANSING, Mich. - With the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams still fresh in the minds of many Michiganders, mental-health advocates want to keep the conversation and awareness going, as the state and nation recognize Suicide Prevention Week. Joan Durling, president with the Michigan Associat ...Read More

PHOTO: The national organization Reach Out and Read distributes books through pediatrician offices at children's well-check visits. Photo courtesy of Reach Out and Read.

TAMPA, Fla. - After a long day of work and school, finding time to read to your child can be a challenge, but experts say making time to do so can offer a valuable bonding experience for both parent and child. Programs like Reach Out and Read work to encourage reading, and executive director Brian ...Read More

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