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    PNS Daily News - April 29, 20160 


    Running down today’s news, the presidential frontrunners turn their attention – and their political barbs – against each other, the C-D-C announces that teen pregnancy rates have dropped by almost half, and health care officials and others are taking steps to deal with the epidemic of opiate addiction.

Children's Issues

Hunter Erb was diagnosed with multiple congenital heart defects when he was three days old. (Stephanie Erb)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Stephanie Erb of Boone has experienced trials no mother should have to face. Her son Hunter was diagnosed with multiple congenital heart defects when he was just three days old. After several open-heart surgeries. doctors determined Hunter had a very rare disorder that narrows th ...Read More

Group Health is celebrating the annual Healthy Kids Day by giving away 4,000 helmets. (pixabay)

SEATTLE - Kids can find the helmet that fits on Saturday at YMCAs in western Washington. The Ys are celebrating Healthy Kids Day, and Group Health Cooperative is joining them to promote bike safety by giving away 4,000 helmets. Dr. Matt Handley, medical director for quality at Group Health, said ch ...Read More

Amy Tolliver with the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership says a sharp hike in cigarette taxes would be a win-win. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia pregnancy-care providers want lawmakers to "pass the buck" by raising the state cigarette tax by $1 a pack. With a big hole in the state budget, the $150 million more a year in tobacco revenue looks appealing. But doctors here also hope to reduce the rate of smokin ...Read More

An estimated 15 percent of Indiana residents don't know where their next meal will come from. A new report by Feeding America breaks it down by county. (USDA)

INDIANAPOLIS - Too many Hoosiers still go hungry, according to a new report. The newly released 2016 "Map the Meal Gap" report from the group Feeding America detailed food insecurity rates in every county and congressional district in the country. The study found that 15 percent of Indiana's popula ...Read More

Nearly two out of every 10 Kentuckians face some food insecurity, according to a new report. (Greg Stotelmyer)

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. – A new report shows nearly 17 percent of Kentuckians are at risk of hunger. The Map the Meal Gap 2016 study by Feeding America, a network of food banks, tracks food insecurity county by county across the country. Betty Hudak is director of the St. Stephens Outreach Pant ...Read More

The Colorado Legislature is considering a new bill to limit the use of solitary confinement as a punishment for children. (Manuel Faba Ortega/iStockphoto)

DENVER - The state Legislature is considering a bill to limit the use of solitary confinement as a punishment for Colorado's youths. Despite a 1999 law banning seclusion, independent investigations have shown the Colorado Department of Youth Corrections has repeatedly put juveniles in isolation for ...Read More

Poison-control centers across the country get about 30 calls a day about children accidentally ingesting colorful laundry or dish-detergent pods. (Chris Thomas)

INDIANAPOLIS - A new study shows a 17 percent increase in calls to poison-control centers across the nation in the last couple of years because of kids eating laundry or dishwashing soap. Study co-author Henry Spiller, director of the Central Ohio Poison Control Center at Nationwide Children's Hosp ...Read More

Backed by extensive new research and a compelling personal story, Virginia social worker Allison Jackson comes to Charleston with big news about public health. (Courtesy of Jackson)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – To improve public health, count the ACEs – the Adverse Childhood Experiences. That's the message coming to a social workers' conference in Charleston. Virginia social worker Allison Jackson comes backed with a lot of new research and a compelling personal story. ...Read More

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