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PNS Daily Newscast - February 28 2020 


Coronavirus updates from coast to coast; and safety-net programs face deep cuts by Trump administration.

2020Talks - February 28, 2020 


Tomorrow are the South Carolina primaries, and former VP Joe Biden leads in the poll, followed by winner of the first three contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. Some Republican South Carolinians may vote for Sanders because they want closed primaries.

Public News Service - MN: Smoking Prevention

In Minnesota, health officials say among 8th-grade students, e-cigarette use nearly doubled from 2016 to 2019, and one in four 11th graders now use e-cigarettes. (Isabella Mendes/Librestock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Ten Minnesota cities have adopted some form of restrictions for selling flavored tobacco products – and advocates of these policies hope a statewide ban will follow suit. They are especially concerned about how these products are marketed to teens and communities of c

Just like public health officials, law enforcement agencies are trying to figure out the dangers of illegal vaping products, and who is selling them. (AAFP.org)

NEW HOPE, Minn. — States across the country, including Minnesota, are investigating a rise in vaping-related illnesses and deaths. In some states, public health officials have even declared an emergency. In addition to efforts by the medical community, law enforcement agencies are tracking dow

Since 2005, the average number of cigarettes smoked per day by daily smokers has declined from about 17 cigarettes to 14. (Myriams-Fotos/Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Smokers in Minnesota and worldwide are being encouraged to toss out their cigarettes today for "World No Tobacco Day." Taking a page from the "Meatless Mondays" playbook, this year the Johns Hopkins Institute for Global Tobacco Control has introduced "Quit and Stay Quit Mon

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

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