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    PNS Daily News - May 2, 20160 


    Today’s news features stories from around the nation: May Day marches highlight worker and immigrant rights; a circus company packs it up for pachyderms; and a "Powerball Promise" to fund education appears to fall short in Kentucky.

Public News Service - Health and Wellness

Children ages 8 to 18 spend about seven hours using screen media every day. (M. Kuhlman)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With all the smartphones, tablets, computers and video games around, it's easy to forget that there is life beyond a screen. It's Screen-Free Week, a time to rediscover some of the joys of being unplugged. Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Fre ...Read More

A Boston nonprofit is ditching the fancy banquet tables in favor of soapboxes Tuesday night in an event that will focus on patient-centered care. (National Institutes of Health)

BOSTON - Forget the banquet table with expensive flowers and a fancy meal. A major Boston nonprofit is replacing that with soapboxes for speakers to stand on for what they expect will be a wide-ranging conversation about patient-centered care. Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, executive director for Health C ...Read More

Some Minnesota health care advocates are trying to remove the social stigmas surrounding mental illness through educational events as part of May as National Mental Health Awareness Month. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Mental illness may be affecting more Minnesotans than you think, as health professionals say about 224,000 people receive mental health services in the state. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it's being used as a time to remember that those who are seeking treatment ...Read More

Marshall University counseling professor Carol Smith says new research about how trauma can change the brain shows a lot of practical promise. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A new understanding of how trauma changes the brain shows promise of helping with crime, education, health care, even parenting. Marshall University professor of counseling Carol Smith says traumatic injuries can be emotional or physical. She says the bad news is they can cha ...Read More

Hunter Erb was diagnosed with multiple congenital heart defects when he was three days old. (Stephanie Erb)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Stephanie Erb of Boone has experienced trials no mother should have to face. Her son Hunter was diagnosed with multiple congenital heart defects when he was just three days old. After several open-heart surgeries. doctors determined Hunter had a very rare disorder that narrows th ...Read More

Group Health is celebrating the annual Healthy Kids Day by giving away 4,000 helmets. (pixabay)

SEATTLE - Kids can find the helmet that fits on Saturday at YMCAs in western Washington. The Ys are celebrating Healthy Kids Day, and Group Health Cooperative is joining them to promote bike safety by giving away 4,000 helmets. Dr. Matt Handley, medical director for quality at Group Health, said ch ...Read More

More people die from opiate overdoses than motor vehicle accidents, according to Dr. Safina Koreishi, medical director of Columbia Pacific CCO. (pixabay)

SEASIDE, Ore. - More people die from opiate overdoses than in motor vehicle accidents, according to Dr. Safina Koreishi, medical director of the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization. Koreishi and other health officials held the North Coast Opioid Summit on Thursday in Seaside to address t ...Read More

Amy Tolliver with the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership says a sharp hike in cigarette taxes would be a win-win. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia pregnancy-care providers want lawmakers to "pass the buck" by raising the state cigarette tax by $1 a pack. With a big hole in the state budget, the $150 million more a year in tobacco revenue looks appealing. But doctors here also hope to reduce the rate of smokin ...Read More

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