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PNS Daily Newscast - December 14, 2018 


The Senate votes to withdraw funding for the Saudi war in Yemen. Also on the Friday rundown: the Global Climate Conference reinforces the need for grassroots movements; and could this be the most wasteful time of year?

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Public News Service - KY: Health Issues

With flavors like bubble gum and cotton candy, health experts believe e-cigarettes are specifically marketed to appeal to young people. (1503849/Pixabay)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Health groups in Kentucky say teens in the state have the wrong idea when it comes to the safety of e-cigarettes. Ben Chandler with Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow said 1-in-5 high school students uses e-cigarettes - also called vaping. That's a 78 percent increase in t

Headaches and severe body aches are hallmark signs of the flu. (Marg Johnson/Twenty20)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – With the holiday season here, health officials in Kentucky are urging people to take steps to help prevent spreading the flu. During last year's flu season, 325 adults and five children died in Kentucky due to flu or complications from the virus, and there were a record numb

More than 100,000 Kentuckians are believed to have diabetes but not know it. (TesaPhotography/Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – While helping to reduce hunger throughout the state, some advocacy groups also are spreading the word about how to avoid an all too common disease. The American Diabetes Association, the Kentucky Association of Food Banks and Passport Health Plan are working to educate famil

An estimated 1.75 million Americans have employer-sponsored health coverage. (Orin Ryan/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Candidates in the upcoming election aren't the only choices Kentuckians need to make this fall. Some workers will have to decide on health insurance options for 2019. Executive Director of United Healthcare of Kentucky Paul Brophy explains it's the time of year when many com

The risk of SIDS can be greatly reduced by always placing babies on their backs while sleeping.<br />(Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Hundreds of babies die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in the U.S. each year, and Kentucky safety experts are sharing valuable information to help prevent future tragedies. Pam Darnall is president and CEO of Family and Children's Place, which runs a local HANDS program. HAN

As early adopter of Medicaid expansion, Kentucky experienced one of the greatest decreases in the number of uninsured adults. (Pixabay)<br />

FRANKFORT, Ky. - New research illustrates the significant impact Medicaid expansion is having in Kentucky, especially in rural areas. Among states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, according to the findings, uninsured rates for low-income adults living in rural areas and small t

Intravenous drug use spurred by the opioid epidemic is increasing the rise of infectious diseases. (Pixabay)

LEXINGTON, Ky. — As health, business and community leaders in Kentucky continue their work to combat the opioid epidemic, they'll take an even deeper dive into the problem at an upcoming event. In recent years, the state has limited painkiller prescriptions and joined a lawsuit against drug

No U.S. state showed improvement in obesity rates over the past year. (Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Obesity is a crisis that continues to plague Kentucky and the rest of the country, according to data released Wednesday. An annual report by the health policy group Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows the Commonwealth is ranked eighth nati

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