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PHOTO: Advocates of a statewide smoke-free workplace law are hoping Kentuckians will be seeing fewer indoor ashtrays by 2015, as they promote proposed indoor smoking ban legislation around the commonwealth this week. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

FANCY FARM, Ky. - Advocates for a statewide smoke-free law are coursing the commonwealth this week, with Saturday's annual political picnic at Fancy Farm as their final destination. The six-day road trip is the latest effort to convince lawmakers Kentucky needs a comprehensive indoor smoke-free law ...Read More

PHOTO: Nutritionists recommend including some combination of two fruits and two vegetables in a child's lunchbox, and having them help with the selection and lunch-packing process. Photo courtesy of HealthyChild.org.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The start of the school year is just weeks away, and while there's no shortage of the latest backpacks and school supply displays at big box department stores, nutrition experts are reminding parents of the importance of what goes into their child's lunchbox. Nutritionist Dr. Ke ...Read More

PHOTO: The potentially deadly plague, passed to humans and animals from fleas on rodents, has infected at least two people and several animals in New Mexico in recent weeks. Photo courtesy of Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

SANTA FE, N.M. - At least two people in New Mexico are being treated for the potentially deadly disease known as the plague. While those infected are expected to survive, Dr. Paul Ettestad, public health veterinarian with the State Department of Health, says the plague has also infected several ani ...Read More

PHOTO: There are efforts in Ohio to make this August the first ever  Autism Acceptance Month. Graphic courtesy of Autism Society of Ohio.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Autism is a reality of life for an estimated one in 68 people. And while annual observances such as Autism Awareness Month in April have increased recognition of the disease’s prevalence, some say better understanding also is needed. Andie Ryley, board chair of the A ...Read More

PHOTO: The Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and CoPIRG submitted a petition of more than 700 signatures to Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar, left. It asks the Division of Insurance to more closely scrutinize insurance companies' rate filings to protect consumers. Photo courtesy CCHI

DENVER - The glass is either half empty or half full with Colorado health insurance rates, depending on the type of coverage. The Colorado Consumer Health Initiative just completed an analysis of the 2015 insurance rates filed with the state's Division of Insurance. While some Coloradans are paying ...Read More

PHOTO: A study by UW cancer researcher William Fahl has found a promising way to prevent hair loss for chemotherapy patients, which is headed for clinical trials. Photo courtesy UW-Madison

MADISON, Wis. – A new University of Wisconsin-Madison study offers great hope for saving the hair follicles of patients undergoing chemotherapy. A new kind of vasoconstrictor – a drug that narrows blood vessels – could be the key. Hair loss, or alopecia, is one of the most drea ...Read More

PHOTO: Most Americans underestimate the amount of sodium in their diets, which could lead to major health issues, according to the American Heart Association. Photo credit: lvimann/morguefile.com.

ST. LOUIS – Even if you've put down the saltshaker, there's a good chance you're still getting too much sodium in your diet, which could be putting you at risk for serious health issues. Registered dietician Lori Jones says many Missourians have done a good job cutting back on salt in foods ...Read More

PHOTO: This Saturday marks the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and supporters across Iowa are celebrating the progress made since it became law. Photo credit: Michael Hooper/Flickr

DES MOINES, Iowa - The landmark civil rights law ensuring equal opportunity for people with disabilities celebrates its 24th anniversary this Saturday. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination in areas including employment, public accommodations, transportation and government se ...Read More

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