PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2020 

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Public News Service - MA: Health

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

The patients in the highest quartile for symptoms of early-onset dementia were three times more likely to receive a dementia diagnosis in the future in comparison to patients in their overall sample. A team at Mass General and Harvard analyzed the records of 500,000 patients. (Gerd Altmann/Pixabay)

BOSTON -- Massachusetts researchers can detect early dementia symptoms just by combing through existing data from healthy people. A team from Mass General and Harvard created software that automatically scans through electronic health records to predict the likelihood a person may develop dementia.

A triple-risk model contributes to the likelihood of SIDS: the child's age (under 1), a genetic disposition, and an external threat in the sleep environment. (ErikaWittlieb/Pixabay)

BOSTON – October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month, and a hospital may be on the way to early diagnosis for some infants. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) happens when a baby can't wake up during REM sleep when facing a modest threat to his or her breathing, such as loose bed

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