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    PNS Daily News - October 9, 20150 

    Featured on our Friday rundown; Republicans attempt to regroup in their failed quest for a new House Speaker; Connecticut’s highest court says “no” to reconsidering the death penalty; plus an update on protections for exotic animals.

Women's Issues

Preventive care saves lives by detecting chronic diseases early. Credit: Bill Branson/Wikimedia Commons.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Almost half of Connecticut residents surveyed are not using the free preventive health care available under the Affordable Care Act. The survey, conducted by the Connecticut Health I Team, found that almost 90 percent of those responding have a primary care physician – ...Read More

Shackling during pregnancy and childbirth can lead to serious medical problems. Credit: luctheo/

NEW YORK - A bill reinforcing the state ban on shackling incarcerated women during childbirth passed the Legislature in June, but it still hasn't become law. Full shackles include handcuffs attached to a waist chain, and foot shackles. The state banned their use during childbirth in 2009 but accor ...Read More

Domestic violence occurs regardless of age, race or economic backgrond. Credit: Helga Webber/Flickr Creative Commons.

LANSING, Mich. – It's often a hidden problem, but domestic violence occurs in Michigan homes more often than some may realize. Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October is being used to highlight misconceptions about domestic violence. As a social worker with the National Association of So ...Read More

While survival rates continue to rise, around 600 women in Minnesota will die from breast cancer this year. Credit: AtnoYdur

ST. PAUL, Minn. – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in Minnesota the event is being observed by a growing number of survivors. Over the past 25 years, the death rate from breast cancer has dropped by more than a third. Matt Flory, state health systems manager with the American C ...Read More

Regular screenings are vital as about one-in-eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Credit: AtnoYdur

DES MOINES, Iowa - This is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Iowa and the yearly event is among the reasons why the number of survivors continues to grow across the state and nationwide. The death rate from breast cancer in this country has dropped by more than a third over the past 25 years. Roger ...Read More

Reproductive health physicians say increases in exposure to toxic chemicals over the last four decades is threatening human reproduction and health. Credit: Tomas Sereda/iStockphoto

AUSTIN, Texas - Dramatic increases in exposure to toxic chemicals over the last four decades is threatening human reproduction and health. That's according to a global federation of women's health physicians meeting in Vancouver, Canada this week. Tracey Woodruff is professor and director of the U ...Read More

Several looming Congressional budget battles could turn into shutdown standoffs. Graph by National Priorities Project

RICHMOND, Va. - A government shutdown has been delayed at least until December, but a number of budget fights remain. Shutdowns pose a significant threat to Virginia's economy, due to the many federal offices and employees. A temporary agreement over funds for Planned Parenthood delayed the shutdo ...Read More

Indiana's Safe Haven Law was enacted in 2000. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman

INDIANAPOLIS – A newborn child about 12-hours-old was recently discovered outside a church in Jennings County. The baby is among those who have been surrendered since Indiana enacted its Safe Haven Law in 2000. The law allows a parent, family member, clergy member, social worker or any oth ...Read More

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