PNS Daily Newscast - July 6,2020 

Today is the final day to register to vote in Arizona's primary election; the FDA declines to back Trump claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are "harmless."

2020Talks - July 6, 2020 

This year's July 4th had COVID-19, ongoing protests about systemic racism, and a presidential visit to Mt. Rushmore. Plus, Trump signed an order to plan a new statue park.

Public News Service - MA: Health

More than 70% of Massachusetts voters support medical aid in dying, according to the most recent poll on the issue in 2013 by Purple Insights. (Gundula Vogel/Pixabay)

BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Legislature may soon vote on the End-of-Life Options Act. The Joint Committee on Public Health recently approved the bill, the first time it was voted favorably out of committee since it first was introduced in 2011. The act is limited to mentally capable, terminally il

This is the current number of volunteers who have signed up for human challenge studies as part of COVID-19 vaccine trials through the nonprofit 1 Day Sooner. (1 Day Sooner)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - At least three possible COVID-19 vaccines, including from Cambridge biotech firm Moderna, have seen promising results in Phase One trials. And some experts think infecting volunteers with the virus that causes COVID-19 may be worthwhile to speed vaccine development. They believe

Experts say that pre-COVID 19, housing assistance was available to just one out of four American families that need it. (Wikimedia Commons)

BOSTON -- Housing advocates say the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be contained until everyone has the ability to isolate -- and that means everyone must have an affordable place to live. Experts on low-income housing are speaking out, emphasizing that housing is tied to health care. Dr. Megan Sandel,

Massachusetts is one of 19 states that requires a voter to have a specific reason in order to obtain an absentee ballot. (Svanblar/iStockphoto)

BOSTON -- In light of the COVID-19 crisis, voting-rights groups want the state to make it easier to vote by mail. The Massachusetts Legislature recently passed a bill to make fear of going out in public due to COVID-19 a valid reason to request an absentee ballot. However, it only applies until Jun

More than 25,000 workers from the food and accommodation sector filed unemployment claims last week in Massachusetts, the sector with the most unemployment claims in the Bay State. (Sam Nota, Paul Vakalis/Creative Commons)

BOSTON - Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill to get business interruption insurance to cover the economic losses from COVID-19, particularly to help restaurants and other small businesses. It's the second such bill in the country, with the first from New Jersey. Massachusetts State Sen.

The 275,000 undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts don't qualify for unemployment benefits, state of federal relief, putting them in a tough position in the COVID-19 pandemic. (Massachusetts Jobs with Justice Labor Day 2019/Facebook)

BOSTON -- A new fund is launching to support immigrants facing COVID-19 in Massachusetts, since they're ineligible for most state and federal assistance. MassUndocuFund for COVID-19 Relief is trying to raise $1 million to support undocumented people struggling with the virus or the related economi

Studies on the MERS, SARS and H1N1 pandemics found that pregnant women were more likely to become severely ill. However, this has not been the case so far with COVID-19. (Syda Productions/Adobe Stock)

BOSTON - One small piece of good news - initial indications are that pregnant women are no more susceptible to COVID-19 infection than other people. Studies from China looked at women who tested positive shortly before giving birth. Only eight percent experienced severe illness, and one-percent be

The Drug Repurposing Hub at the Broad Institute now has a collection of more than 6,000 approved drugs in humans. (Drug Repurposing Hub/YouTube)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A new study from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard tested thousands of existing drugs on close to six hundred types of cancer cells in humans - and they found close to fifty that may kill cancer. Scientists from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and the Dan

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