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44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 


Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - MD: Health

Maryland expects to reduce its backlog of 6,500 untested rape kits within five years. (Ellsworth Air Force Base)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Millions of dollars are set to help police departments in Maryland process thousands of rape kits that have sat untested in storage, and to help keep pace with new cases. The funding is part of a new state law that goes into effect Jan. 1, requiring police to submit most rap

Children and young people are being bombarded with tobacco industry marketing for flavored e-cigarettes. (Adobe stock)

BALTIMORE – As the number of vaping related illnesses continues to rise, Maryland is looking to join five other states in banning the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes. The legislation is sponsored in the House of Delegates by Prince George's County Democrat Dereck Davis and is planned for

Fewer than 40% of U.S. workers have short-term paid leave, according to a poll by Opinion Works. (Adobe stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – America is facing a caregiving crisis with more than 40 million people providing uncompensated care for relatives every year. As we enter the holiday season, a stressful time for caregivers, family advocates in Maryland are pushing state legislators to pass a paid-leave bill t

New cooking classes in Baltimore help participants prepare healthy meals to reduce risk of diabetes. (Adobe stock)

BALTIMORE — November is National Diabetes Month, and a new pilot program in East Baltimore is teaching an underserved community heart-healthy cooking as part of a Diabetes Prevention Program. The program aims to help patients lose weight to reduce their risk of diabetes. Studies show people

A new report makes a compelling case that the oil industry was aware of the effects of fossil fuel on climate change, but allegedly deceived the public about it for decades. (Adobe stock)

WASHINGTON – The first ever congressional hearing on Big Oil's history of climate denial is Wednesday. Led by Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and co-chaired by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., the hearing aims to show that more than 40 years ago, oil industry research proved that burning fos

Nine healthcare CEOs will battle for grant dollars in the competition known as

ARLINGTON, Va. — A unique competition is being held this week for healthcare entrepreneurs with ideas for getting underserved communities better health solutions. This Thursday, October 17, nine business leaders will compete for thousands of dollars of EmPOWERED To Serve Business Accelerator g

Long QT Syndrome, a rare heart rhythm disorder, occurs in one out of 7,000 people in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health. (Adobe stock)

BALTIMORE – One Maryland woman who survived a near fatal heart attack will be rallying others this weekend to support heart science research. Barbara Jackson didn’t know she had a genetic heart defect until her 37th birthday. That day, she suffered a catastrophic heart attack, but medi

The Trump administration's restrictions on abortion announced last week will impact low-income, uninsured individuals who use family planning services funded through Title X. (Adobe stock)

BALTIMORE – Planned Parenthood's decision to withdraw from a federal health funding program this week will not disrupt services for Marylanders who use the organization for family planning and health care. The reproductive health group left the program on Monday after the Trump administratio

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