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PHOTO: UNC research found that proximity to care impacts publicly insured patient's ability to continue cancer treatment. Photo courtesy National Cancer Institute

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The quality of cancer care you receive in North Carolina could depend on where you live. That's the conclusion of two studies recently published in the North Carolina Medical Journal. Stephanie Wheeler, assistant professor in health policy and management at the Gillings School o ...Read More

IMAGE: Several groups are asking Ohio's governor to reverse a decision to not extend a work requirement waiver for SNAP benefits to all counties. Graphic courtesy of USDA.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich is being asked to reverse course on a decision that has cost thousands of Ohioans federally-funded food aid. Because of the recession, from 2007 to 2013, Ohio requested a statewide federal waiver of work requirements for childless adults without a job in need o ...Read More

PHOTO: Missourians are urged to brush up on the importance of oral health care this month, as the state has declared August as the state's first Oral Health Care Awareness Month. Photo credit: cohdra/

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - When many Missourians think of August, they think of heat and humidity, but health advocates hope the month soon will come to be associated with toothbrushes and dental floss. For the first time, the Missouri Legislature officially recognized August as Oral Health Awareness Mo ...Read More

PHOTO: As Minnesota children head back to school, eye doctors are reminding parents to get their kids in for an eye exam to head off vision problems at the beginning of the school year. Photo credit: D.C.Atty/Flickr.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - With the start of the new school year, parents across the state are being reminded the health of their children's eyes is critical to their educational success. Dr. Mary Gregory is an optometrist in Monticello, and chair of the Minnesota Optometric Association's Children's Visi ...Read More

PHOTO: Over 6,000 Arizonans, along with thousands of others across the country, are at risk of losing their health coverage through the Affordable Care Act due to errors and missing information on their applications. Photo credit: The White House.

PHOENIX - Thousands of Arizonans and thousands more across the U.S. are at risk of losing their health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, all due to inaccurate or incomplete document information. The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says it sent out notices to several hu ...Read More

PHOTO: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) became the first federal agency to acknowledge the potential health risks from using cell phones earlier this year. Then, just last week, the agency backtracked from its earlier statements of caution. Photo credit: Hoclab/Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently became the first federal agency to acknowledge health risks from cell phone use. Then, without any explanation, the agency suddenly backtracked on its findings. Sometime before early June, the CDC posted significant new wordin ...Read More

PHOTO: It was a full house earlier this year for Kitsap County's first Suicide Prevention Forum, part of an ongoing effort to reduce the county suicide rate. Photo courtesy League of Women Voters of Kitsap County.
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PORT ORCHARD, Wash. - An epidemic is what the League of Women Voters in Kitsap County says it discovered looking into deaths statewide, and found suicides top the list. In Kitsap County, more than 80 percent of gun deaths are people taking their own lives. That statistic has prompted a Suicide Prev ...Read More

PHOTO: Rescue inhalers are an important part of the life of a child with asthma. The American Lung Association says it's important to have an asthma action plan for your school-age child, and to discuss it with the school nurse. (Photo courtesy of American Lung Association)

MADISON, Wis. - As children start a new school year, it can be particularly challenging for parents of kids with asthma. Kathleen Shanovich is a former school nurse and a pediatric Nurse Practitioner for University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. "What is really helpful for sch ...Read More

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