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    PNS Weekend Update - February 6, 20160 


    We’ve got eyes on several stories from around the country on this weekend’s rundown. President Obama’s using a positive jobs report to push his budget ideas. Democrats are making some changes to an upcoming presidential caucus. The American Lung Association says Texas is failing its residents when it comes to tobacco use.

HIV/AIDS Prevention

North Dakota will be hosting educational seminars to help child welfare professionals aid child victims of sex trafficking. Credit: iStock

BISMARCK, N.D. – Child sex trafficking continues to be a problem in North Dakota. To help with that, the state's Department of Human Services will be co-hosting four free training sessions on the issue this month. Starting next week, human trafficking experts will be talking with social wo ...Read More

HIV testing is a simple procedure and results are available in about 20 minutes. Credit: Wheeler Cowperthwalte/Flickr

LANSING, Mich. - It's World AIDS Day, and health organizations are working to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS and its impact on the lives of Michiganders. According to state data, the rate of new HIV diagnoses was stable from 2009 to 2013, with about 800 new cases reported each year, and the highest ...Read More

Texans who get unexpected medical bills after a visit to the hospital can now challenge those charges thanks to a new law on the books. Credit: AARP Texas

AUSTIN, Texas - Patients who get "surprise medical bills" after a trip to the hospital now have recourse, thanks to a new Texas law passed in the last session. Trey Berndt, associate director for advocacy with AARP Texas, says people can get bills they weren't expecting, for example, when outsour ...Read More

Rising numbers of new syphilis cases across New York has led to speculation about the causes for the outbreak. Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syphilis cases are on the rise in New York, with a 160 percent increase between 2010 and 2014, according to state health officials. Some regions are seeing more new cases than others, including central New York, with a 111 percent uptick between 2012 and 2013. K. Daniel Reed ...Read More

At $750 a pill, treatment with Daraprim rose to more than $300,000 a year. Credit: Ladyheart/morguefile.com

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign wants to know if the 5,000 percent increase in the price of a potentially life-saving drug is illegal. The drug, called Daraprim, is used to treat a parasitic infection and has been around for decades. When Martin Shkreli took over New York-based Turing Phar ...Read More

Legal services help New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS avoid homelessness. Photo credit Bex Wade/flicker.com

NEW YORK – New York state is helping families and individuals living with HIV and AIDS get access to legal services. Beyond the cost of medical care, people living with HIV face a long list of legal concerns. Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that $2.5 million would be distributed amo ...Read More

Health checkups aren't top-of-mind for most Oregon teens, but getting more young people to get regular screenings is a statewide goal of the Oregon Health Authority. Credit: Mary R. Vogt/Morguefile.

MEDFORD, Ore. – One of Oregon's state health priorities is getting more teens the regular preventive care that will help establish healthy habits in adulthood. But adolescents are busy, and some have to be convinced that it's OK to talk with an adult about their concerns. As a group, teens ma ...Read More

Pro-choice groups in Kentucky rally behind Planned Parenthood as the nonprofit organization faces the threat of losing its federal funding. Credit: istock.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Senate Republicans, including Kentucky's Rand Paul, did not have the votes this week to defund Planned Parenthood. The failed effort to block $500 million in federal support for the reproductive health organization comes as Planned Parenthood faces a backlash from an anti-abortion ...Read More

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