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    PNS Daily News - January 27, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from around the nation including: while the Northeast hunkers down for the Blizzard of 2015, scientists say climate change could bring similar storms in the future; the secret ingredients in fracking to be reviewed in Wyoming; and national protests against payday lending.

Public News Service - Health and Wellness

PHOTO: U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell with Jason Donofrio from the Arizona PIRG Education Fund at a recent White House Healthy Young America Conference, which included a focus on "National Youth Enrollment Day." Photo courtesy of Arizona PIRG.

PHOENIX - Younger adults in Arizona and around the nation are being encouraged to get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this Thursday on "National Youth Enrollment Day." The Arizona Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) is among a coalition of organizations working on college c ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Tuesday is caregivers day at the General Assembly in Richmond, and caregivers from around the commonwealth say they want to make sure they get clear instructions on how to look after loved ones when discharged from a facility. Graphic courtesy of AARP.

RICHMOND, Va. - Residents who care for loved ones at home are flooding the General Assembly this week to ask commonwealth lawmakers to honor their unpaid work, and help them do their caregiving work better. Today is Caregivers' Day at the capitol, and residents like Diane Rainier of Virginia Beach ...Read More

PHOTO: A new study that discounts the health implications of eating too much salt is leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of many in the medical world. Photo credit: Dubravko Soric/Flickr.

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Concerns are being raised by a number of health organizations and physicians over new research that downplays the link between high sodium consumption and health problems. The study found no association between salt intake and risk of heart failure or mortality among the e ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Mark Dayton is sharing more details about his pledge to create a "state of educational excellence," which advocates say must include expanding access to quality early childhood programs. Photo credit: Chris Parfitt/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Gov. Mark Dayton has vowed to make Minnesota a "state of educational excellence," and more than 800 leaders and advocates for children and youth will gather in St. Paul today to discuss ways to do that. An educated workforce is vital to the state's economic future, said Denise May ...Read More

PHOTO: The health of some children in Arizona has suffered since the KidsCare program ended a year ago, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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PHOENIX – Thousands of children in Arizona may not be getting the medical attention they need because the state stopped funding its KidsCare program, which provided health insurance for lower income families. A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families conclu ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The 2015 report card is out, and Wisconsin got mixed grades - an A, a B and two Fs - for efforts to control tobacco use. The report suggests Wisconsin needs to work on prevention and increase access to smoking cessation services. Graphic courtesy of American Lung Assn. Wisconsin.

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – The new 2015 American Lung Association State of Tobacco Control report has a mixed bag of grades for the Badger State: An A for smoke-free air, a B for its level of tobacco taxes but an F in tobacco prevention and control funding. The state also received a failing grade fo ...Read More

PHOTO: Carbon monoxide poisoning kills hundreds of people every year, and experts say a carbon monoxide detector is a crucial safety precaution in the home. Photo credit: Judy van der Velden/Flickr

CINCINNATI - Winter in Ohio is prime time for what's known as "the silent killer." Carbon monoxide is invisible, odorless, and tasteless, and kills about 500 Americans every year. Sources of the dangerous gas include furnaces, generators and kerosene heaters. As Ohioans try to keep warm, Sheila Goe ...Read More

PHOTO: Homeowners are being urged to take action this month by testing for radon. The invisible gas is a leading cause of lung cancer and is present at high levels in a majority of North Dakota homes. Photo courtesy of National Cancer Institute.

BISMARCK, N.D. - It really is often a matter of out of sight, out of mind, but radon is a deadly danger in more homes than not in every part of the state, and the message on the importance of testing is clear. Justin Otto, radon coordinator with the North Dakota Department of Health, says the radioa ...Read More

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