PNS Daily Newscast - November 13, 2018. 

Californian’s now facing a pair of wildfires; Also on the Tuesday rundown: Higher education in New Jersey: a racial split; plus food resources still available despite the “public charge” proposal.

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Public News Service - MN: Smoking Prevention

The Minnesota Department of Health says about 580,000 people in the state are smokers, a rate of 14.4 percent. (Ida Myrvold/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota could raise the minimum age for tobacco purchases under a proposal in the Legislature. Five states and nearly 300 cities across the country have raised the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21, including five Minnesota cities. The so-called "Tobacco 2

PHOTO: Little cigars have gained popularity with teens, as they come in flavors similar to ice cream and are sold at prices so low, they can buy several for less than a dollar. Photo credit: Tony Alter/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota retailers do better at thwarting teens' attempts to buy tobacco than retailers in any other state, according to a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The ranking is earning praise, although some anti-smoking advocates say the figure

PHOTO: A new system to make sure all stroke patients in Minnesota have access to standardized, high quality care will soon be in place. The stroke proposal has been approved, but is part of a larger bill that has other issues still being hammered out in conference committee. CREDIT: Construction Deal Marketing

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Every year there are nearly 12,000 hospital admissions in Minnesota due to stroke, and a new effort aims to help more survivors return to a normal life, instead of being permanently disabled. According to state Representative Nick Zerwas, the Minnesota Acute Stroke System is need

PHOTO: Dr. Laurence Steinberg will discuss his research into teen risk-taking and brain development at the upcoming annual conference of Teenwise Minnesota. Courtesy of Steinberg.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A person is apt to make more risky decisions as a teenager than at any other time in life, and research shows that's partly because of neurological reasons. In early adolescence, said Temple University psychology professor Laurence Steinberg, the brain systems that process and eva

Child care experts are reminding providers and parents about the importance of safe sleep habits when it comes to preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The rate of SIDS has leveled off in recent years after a trend of decline. CREDIT: Jessica Merz

ST. PAUL, Minn. – After dropping for years, the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in the U.S. has stayed somewhat level for some time, so experts are again reminding parents and providers about the importance of safe sleep habits. Cory Woosley, professional development director of Child C

IMAGE: The American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study-3 is giving Minnesotans a chance to get directly involved in life-saving cancer research. Courtesy of the ACS.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The search is on for thousands of Minnesotans who may be able to help researchers find the answers to cancer. The American Cancer Society is looking to enroll 300,000 people nationwide to take part in Cancer Prevention Study 3. In Minnesota, said principal investigator Alpa Patel,

PHOTO: The Statewide Health Improvement Program is aimed at making a healthier Minnesota, though such things as workplace wellness programs, smoke-free policies and farm to school programs. About 1 in 3 adults are said to be overweight or obese. Courtesy American Heart Association.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Lawmakers return from their spring break next week, and among the budget decisions still to be resolved is whether to continue funding the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP). The program has already seen its budget slashed by more than two-thirds. Julie Seiber, SHIP coor

PHOTO: Melanoma is the most rapidly increasing cancer in the state, even though it's almost always preventable.

WILLMAR, Minn. - There is some good news in the battle against cancer, although the latest data show serious challenges remain on several fronts. Dermatologist Cindy Firkins Smith of Willmar says overall death rates continue to decline in the U.S. for all of the most common cancer sites, including l

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