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PNS Daily Newscast - January 22, 2018 


The funding stumble in Congress deepens the crisis for health centers; also on our nationwide rundown; we will let you know about concerns over possible "gifts" to payday lenders; and a new survey provides alarming numbers about young people and homelessness.

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Public News Service - CT: Health Issues

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HARTFORD, Conn. – Sustained temperatures well below freezing can be life-threatening to Connecticut's homeless population, but warming centers are open. When temperatures are this low, anyone who has no heat or shelter is in trouble. Even for those who have a home, a broken furnace, a burst

Funding in the budget makes every 11- and 12-year-old eligible for the HPV vaccine. (dfuhlert/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The budget passed by the state Legislature takes a significant step toward reducing the incidence of cancer in Connecticut. The $41.3 billion, two-year spending plan includes $18 million to improve access to the vaccine that protects against the human papillomaviruses, the ca

Critics say the Graham-Cassidy bill would have severely restricted reproductive rights. (Jordan Uhl, Flickr)

WASHINGTON - Pro-choice advocates celebrated Tuesday when the Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate canceled a scheduled vote on the latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., conceded defeat when it became clear that three fellow Republicans

In Connecticut, 13 people die from smoking-related causes every day. (Pexels/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. - State House Democrats want to raise Connecticut's tobacco tax, but is it enough to advance public health? The latest House Democratic budget plan would raise the tax on some tobacco products by 45 cents, making it one of the highest tobacco taxes in the country - but it would not

The latest analysis says without the Affordable Care Act, more than 161,000 Connecticut residents would have no health insurance. (sasint/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Trump administration remains determined to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but a new analysis shows that in Connecticut, the law has had some real benefits. The Urban Institute report says the ACA has cut the rate of residents with no health insurance almost in half sta

Ragweed thrives with higher concentrations of carbon dioxide. (Jim Pisarowicz/NPS)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A new analysis ranks Connecticut high on the list of areas where smog and pollen combine to threaten respiratory health. The Natural Resources Defense Council's mapping project puts the Nutmeg State at number two, just behind Washington, for percentage of its population sub

Keeping high-needs patients healthy reduces hospitalizations and emergency room visits, according to a new report. (CDC/Amanda Mills)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Community health workers, who provide a link between patients and clinical care, can improve the health of high-needs patients and help control medical costs, according to a new report. The report from the Connecticut Health Foundation looks at successful community health w

Helping people with disabilities live independently saves Connecticut millions of dollars a year. (CDC)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Advocates for people with disabilities say cutting funding for the state's independent living centers would cost Connecticut millions of dollars. In his efforts to close the state's $5.5 billion, two-year budget shortfall, Gov. Dannel Malloy has proposed eliminating the ent

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