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    PNS Weekend Update - Saturday October 3, 20150 

    Today’s rundown highlights several stories including: Americans aboard a missing cargo ship in Hurricane Joaquin’s path; new details in Thursday’s deadly shooting rampage at an Oregon college; and the effectiveness of talk therapy found to be overrated.

Public News Service - Health and Wellness

The future of health insurance for the 600,000 Michiganders enrolled in the expanded Medicaid program is in the hands of the Obama administration. Courtesy: Michigan Consumers for Healthcare

LANSING, Mich. - They wait tables, build homes, care for loved ones and ring up purchases - and according to a new report, they make up the majority of enrollees in the Healthy Michigan program, the future of which currently is at stake. Contrary to the notion that the expanded Medicaid program is ...Read More

Tooth pain can make learning difficult for children in Ohio. Credit: bamagirl/Morguefile

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Folks around the globe today are celebrating World Smile Day with acts of kindness - and, of course, by flashing a toothy grin. But not everyone may want to share their smile. Fourteen percent of Ohioans ages 19 to 64 have an unmet dental problem, according to the 2015 Ohio Medicai ...Read More

Rising numbers of new syphilis cases across New York has led to speculation about the causes for the outbreak. Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syphilis cases are on the rise in New York, with a 160 percent increase between 2010 and 2014, according to state health officials. Some regions are seeing more new cases than others, including central New York, with a 111 percent uptick between 2012 and 2013. K. Daniel Reed ...Read More

The EPA is updating standards to protect the nation's farmworkers from pesticide poisoning. Credit: Enviromantic/iStockphoto.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The EPA is updating standards to increase safety and protect the health of America's estimated two million farmworkers from pesticide poisoning. The new rules mean children under the age of 18 will no longer be allowed to handle pesticides, and workers will get safety trai ...Read More

The Idaho Association of Counties voted Wednesday to urge the Legislature to expand Medicaid to cover more low-income families. Credit: Kristine Kisky/Morguefile.

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho counties spend millions every year on emergency health care for those who can't afford insurance, so county governments have a stake in getting more residents covered under a health insurance plan. On Wednesday the Idaho Association of Counties endorsed the Healthy Idaho ...Read More

Methadone and Suboxone are used to treat heroin addiction. Credit: Jr de Barbosa/Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that expands access to medical treatment for drug addiction. The law amends state criminal procedure law to ensure that defendants and parolees are not penalized for using medically prescribed drugs to treat addiction while under a doctor's care. Acco ...Read More

A public health expert told Kentucky community leaders that making their towns healthier is about much more than just doctors and medicine. Credit: Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A nationally-known public health expert on Monday told community leaders from across Kentucky that education provides the biggest opportunity to make their communities healthier places to live. Dr. Tony Iton, a physician who oversees a 10-year, multimillion-dollar effort ...Read More

Mental and physical health and a person's lifestyle choices are so closely linked that some clinics are adding behavioral health services, funded by CareOregon. Credit: Amanda Mills/CDC.

PORTLAND, Ore. – CareOregon is making a $7 million investment to add staff and more behavioral health services to some of the clinics in its provider network. Mental health services have traditionally been separate from other types of health care, but that is changing. The idea behind a Coor ...Read More

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