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PHOTO: Minnesota has joined the growing list of states confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D-68. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/Morguefile.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting the state's first case of an illness linked to Enterovirus D-68, which continues to sicken children across the country. The child in the Minnesota case is now recovering at home, after having been hospitalized with acute respiratory ...Read More

PHOTO: Taking the pulse of Kentucky's health-care system, experts gathered Tuesday to share ideas on ways to reshape the delivery of care. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In the midst of sweeping health-care reform in Kentucky, hundreds of people gathered in Louisville on Tuesday to explore how to "do care differently." Dave Bolt, deputy director of the Kentucky Primary Care Association, said it's time to move away from what he calls a "treat 'em a ...Read More

PHOTO: Taking a walk in the fall in Wisconsin can be a beautiful experience for both you and your heart. The American Heart Association is sponsoring fall walks at locations all around the state. Photo credit Friends of WI State Parks.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - A good brisk walk in the fall in Wisconsin can be really good for your heart health. Jay Matz, communications director of the American Heart Association in Wisconsin, said that's one of the reasons they sponsor fall Heart Walks all around the state. "They're very fun, family-frie ...Read More

PHOTO: Some of the Virginians who say they would benefit from expanding the Medicaid program are reminding state lawmakers that it's more than a political battle as they debate the issue. Photo of a past Medicare expansion rally courtesy of Virginia Organizing.

RICHMOND, Va. - As Virginia lawmakers gather to consider Medicaid expansion, some of those who would benefit are reminding them what's at stake. Dorothy Taulbee, 76, of Wise County said she would have died of cancer if not for a visit to a free clinic. But even with Medicare, she said, she can bare ...Read More

PHOTO: A new proposal would provide doctors an easy way to practice in multiple states, and could especially help rural, medically underserved areas. Photo credit: the Federation of State Medical Boards.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A new plan to allow multi-state licensing for physicians could help fill the gap in areas without enough health-care services. If at least seven state legislatures agree to what's known as a multi-state compact, a licensed doctor could easily get permission to practice medicine i ...Read More

PHOTO: A new study says parents benefit a great deal in states that have opted to expand Medicaid, and that in turn helps their children. Photo credit: JackF/

RICHMOND, Va. – Getting parents health coverage improves the well being of their children, according to new research that says states that expand Medicaid are doing a much better job of covering those adults. The report from the Urban Institute shows that states that have rejected Medicaid e ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Youth leaders from across the state plan to use social media as well as other means to reach the state's 18- to 34-year-olds and make sure they are aware of what opportunities exist under the Affordable Care Act. Image courtesy of S. Dhanak.

LANSING, Mich. - The second open-enrollment period for health insurance plans offered through the Affordable Care Act is right around the corner, and a new effort is under way to make sure young adults have all the information they need. Emily Todebush, 29, of Bloomfield Hills, who was diagnosed l ...Read More

PHOTO: A five-year study finds that the bystander intervention program Green Dot significantly reduces sexual violence among high school students in Kentucky. Photo courtesy of University of Kentucky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky's first lady calls it a game changer – using a program based on bystander intervention to reduce sexual violence among high school-age children. The Green Dot program, which was created and first used at the University of Kentucky, is now being tried in more t ...Read More

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