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    PNS Daily News - June 29, 20160 


    We’re covering stories from around the world on today’s update, including: an attack at an airport in Istanbul leaves more than 30 people dead; some see a challenge in getting out the Latino youth vote, but now there’s an app for that; and could we soon see the end of the death penalty in the U.S.? One lawyer says it’s inevitable.

Public News Service - Health and Wellness

Only two states spend less than Wisconsin on public health, according to a recent survey. (KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. -- The nation's public health system has been chronically underfunded for decades, according to reports issued by a number of institutions including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jon Peacock, research director of the Wisconsin Budget Project, said the Badger Sta ...Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear a case on a Washington regulation requiring pharmacies to stock emergency contraception. (Martin Lopatka/flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a case on access to emergency contraception in Washington state. The ruling upholds the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision that stocking emergency contraception in pharmacies does not violate a pharmacist's religious freedom. ...Read More

Two bills to protect health care consumers passed a key committee in Sacramento on Tuesday and another faces a vote today. (Dodgerton Skillhause/morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – In a big win for consumers, a bill passed the State Assembly Health Committee Tuesday to force pharmaceutical companies to justify how much they charge for prescription drugs and disclose large price hikes ahead of time. Senate Bill 1010 faced massive opposition from the ...Read More

Twenty-two clinical support staff in Colorado have been selected to receive $175,000 in 2016 to pay off health-related student loan debt. (Colorado Community Health Network)

DENVER – Twenty-two nurses, dental hygienists and other clinical support staff in Colorado have been selected to receive $175,000 to pay off health related student loan debt. The program, funded by Kaiser Permanente Colorado and managed by the Colorado Community Health Network, aims to addre ...Read More

Eleven bills restricting reproductive rights were introduced in New York in the last legislative session. (-JvL-/flickr.com)

NEW YORK – The U.S. Supreme Court's >ruling overturning key provisions of a Texas anti-abortion law is drawing high praise from reproductive rights advocates. The 5-to-3 ruling struck down provisions requiring hospital admitting privileges for clinic doctors, and imposing the same requiremen ...Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal of Montana's restrictive 2011 Medical Marijuana Law (SB 423), which will now go into effect Aug. 31. (growweedeasy/morguefile)

HELENA, Mont. – Montana medical marijuana advocates say they are unbowed, even after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected their appeal on Monday, leaving dispensaries one step closer to shutting down. The Montana Cannabis Industry Association, or MTCIA, had asked the high court to overturn a ruli ...Read More

More than 300 people gathered in Norwood last week for an annual conference of the state's Family and Patient Advisory Councils. (HCFA)

NORWOOD, Mass. - The Commonwealth was first in the nation to mandate Patient and Family Advisory Councils (PFACs) designed to make delivery of health care more patient centered; and last week a conference was held with the goal of making consumer-to-hospital feedback even more effective. It was a ge ...Read More

Harmful blue-green algae is increasing in bodies of water across the country because of climate change, farming practices and storm and wastewater runoff. (USGS)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Algal blooms in bodies of water across the nation are increasing as a result of climate change, farming practices, storm and wastewater runoff and other environmental issues. They're naturally occurring, but produce toxins that get into the air, water or food, and can cau ...Read More

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