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    PNS Daily News - February 5, 20150 

    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; another blast of winter weather with snow days that impact more than just learning; a protest underway of child deaths from American drone attacks; and the big chill of 2015 has even ducks in distress.

Public News Service - Health and Wellness

Photo: North Carolina gets low marks when it comes to the health of its citizens, according to a new Prevention Partners report card. Photo courtesy: U.S. Department of Agriculture

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina isn't making the grade when it comes to the health of its citizens, according to the 2015 North Carolina Prevention Report Card released by the health advocacy group Prevention Partners. The evaluation gave the state failing marks when it comes to nutrition ...Read More

GRAPHIC: This is Spread the Word to End the Word day, an effort to get all people to stop using the word "retarded." Graphic courtesy of Special Olympics.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Residents across Iowa and the nation are being asked to take time today to stop and think about how their words may disparage others - whether that is the intent or not. This is "Spread the Word to End the Word" day, when people are asked to remove the word "retarded" from their v ...Read More

PHOTO: The outcome of a case being heard today at the U.S. Supreme Court could have a big impact on health care in Colorado. Photo credit: Daderot/Wikipedia.

Denver, CO - Should the federal government be allowed to help pay for health insurance for people anywhere in the country, or only in states that have set up health exchanges? That's the question before the U.S. Supreme Court today (Wed.) with King v. Burwell. Advocates of the Affordable Care Act sa ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday. Opponents argue the King v. Burwell case threatens access to healthcare tax credits for millions of Americans, including nearly 200,000 Ohioans. Photo credit: Christiana Care/Flickr.

CLEVELAND, Ohio - A U.S. Supreme Court hearing Wednesday could have serious implications for nearly 200,000 Ohioans receiving subsidies through the Affordable Care Act. In King v. Burwell, justices will decide whether federal health insurance subsidies in states using the federal exchange, like Ohi ...Read More

PHOTO: North Dakotans will lose an hour of sleep this weekend as clocks spring forward, but for many this will be just be another day in their regular struggle to get enough rest. Photo credit: reynermedia/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – Like food, water and oxygen, sleep is one of the basics for human survival, but for many folks, getting a good night's sleep on a regular basis is little more than a dream. It's estimated that more than a third of adults don't always get the amount of sleep they need to feel ...Read More

PHOTO: Itís Severe Weather Awareness Week in Illinois, and state emergency leaders are encouraging residents to be prepared for the threat of spring storms. Photo credit: James Loesch/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The warmer and often volatile weather of spring will soon arrive, and during Severe Weather Awareness Week, state emergency officials are reminding Illinoisans about the dangers of thunderstorms, lightening, tornadoes and flash floods. Mike McClure, senior meteorologist ...Read More

Some Ohio organizations, restaurants, and educational institutions are working to increase access to healthier foods and programs in an effort to end childhood obesity. Photo credit: DodgertonSkillhause/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Accessing nutritious foods is a challenge for many Ohio families, and some experts say the problem contributes to the obesity epidemic. But businesses in the food industry and various organizations are stepping up to help make the healthy choice, the easy choice. Drew Nann ...Read More

PHOTO: February is Heart Month, and one of the ways The American Heart Association battles the number one killer of Americans is with its Quality and Systems Improvement program, which helps all Wisconsin hospitals, small and large, to have the latest best-practices information on caring for heart and stroke patents. (Photo Credit:

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - From the moment a person dials 9-1-1 with a heart or stroke issue to the time they are discharged from a hospital, the American Heart Association is doing its best to make sure everyone gets the latest treatment and the proper guidelines. According to Lynn Mallas-Serdynski, dire ...Read More

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