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PHOTO: An AARP study says 90 percent of the 45+ population would like to stay in their community and near family and friends as they age. Making it convenient to walk instead of drive is one way to help. Photo credit: AnneCN/Flickr

DES MOINES, Iowa – It's said to be a key factor in creating healthier and more livable communities, and the walkability of Iowa towns and cities is taking center stage this week. Residents, elected officials and municipal leaders will gather Wednesday and Thursday in Des Moines to learn how ...Read More

PHOTO: Most Americans underestimate the amount of sodium in their diets, which could lead to major health issues, according to the American Heart Association. Photo credit: lvimann/morguefile.com.

ST. LOUIS – Even if you've put down the saltshaker, there's a good chance you're still getting too much sodium in your diet, which could be putting you at risk for serious health issues. Registered dietician Lori Jones says many Missourians have done a good job cutting back on salt in foods ...Read More

PHOTO: There are efforts in Ohio to make this August the first ever  Autism Acceptance Month. Graphic courtesy of Autism Society of Ohio.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Autism is a reality of life for an estimated one in 68 people. And while annual observances such as Autism Awareness Month in April have increased recognition of the disease’s prevalence, some say better understanding also is needed. Andie Ryley, board chair of the A ...Read More

PHOTO: A study by UW cancer researcher William Fahl has found a promising way to prevent hair loss for chemotherapy patients, which is headed for clinical trials. Photo courtesy UW-Madison

MADISON, Wis. – A new University of Wisconsin-Madison study offers great hope for saving the hair follicles of patients undergoing chemotherapy. A new kind of vasoconstrictor – a drug that narrows blood vessels – could be the key. Hair loss, or alopecia, is one of the most drea ...Read More

PHOTO: This Saturday marks the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and supporters across Iowa are celebrating the progress made since it became law. Photo credit: Michael Hooper/Flickr

DES MOINES, Iowa - The landmark civil rights law ensuring equal opportunity for people with disabilities celebrates its 24th anniversary this Saturday. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination in areas including employment, public accommodations, transportation and government se ...Read More

PHOTO: A convoy of trucks from Canada carrying hundreds of gallons of water crossed into Detroit on Thursday in a gesture of support for city residents whose water has been shut off in recent months. Photo credit: M. Barlow.

DETROIT - Call it a "special delivery" from Canada for Detroiters. A convoy carrying hundreds of gallons of tap water and activists from the Council of Canadians crossed the border Thursday afternoon in an effort to draw attention to the city's ongoing water shutoff saga. Priscilla Dzuibek, a memb ...Read More

PHOTO: Some Ohio lawmakers are proposing legislation to prohibit employers from excluding birth control from women's health insurance coverage. Photo credit: Bryan Calabro/wikimedia commons.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Legislation soon will be introduced in Ohio to prevent companies from interfering in their female employees' health-related decisions. State Rep. Kathleen Clyde, D-Kent, said the "Not My Boss' Business Act" is meant to counter the recent Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision that allo ...Read More

PHOTO: Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9) is participating in the "Live the Wage Challenge," living on a $77 federal minimum-wage budget for the next week. Photo courtesy Rep. Schakowsky's office.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – For the next seven days, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9th Dist.) will have just $77 to spend on food, medicine, transportation and other daily necessities. She's among those taking part in the "Live the Wage Challenge," living for one week on a typical federal minimum-wage ...Read More

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