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PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2018 


Robert Muller now expected to reveal findings of his probe right after the November Midterm Elections. Also on the Thursday rundown: the poorest people pay the highest taxes in states like Nevada; and the terminator fights gerrymandering.

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Public News Service - OH: Health Issues

The number of Ohioans without health insurance has remained steady since 2015. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – New research indicates Medicaid is a valuable program for the Buckeye State. In the Ohio Health Issues Poll, released by the group Interact for Health, nearly seven in 10 Ohioans have a favorable view of Medicaid, which provides health insurance coverage for more than 3 milli

Overdose deaths due to synthetic opioids skyrocketed in the United States after 2014. (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Despite the public awareness of the opioid epidemic, record numbers of Ohioans are dying from drug overdoses. State data shows unintentional drug overdoses rose nearly 33 percent from 2016 to 2017, claiming the lives of more than 4,000 people. Assistant professor of health p

Ohio is among the top five states with the highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio is getting a $16 million piece of a $1 billion pie to help combat the opioid epidemic. The funding announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will go toward prevention efforts in both rural and urban communities, and for health centers in th

Researchers say teens often rely on their friends when they have questions about sexual and reproductive health. (Pixabay)

CLEVELAND – While having "the talk" with kids about the birds and the bees is typically a parent's duty, some researchers say comprehensive sexual-health education is also vital – and it's information some Ohio kids are missing out on. Shaina Munoz is a policy and planning associate fo

About 640,000 Ohioans currently are enrolled in health-care coverage through Medicaid expansion. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gov. John Kasich went against the wishes of some people in his own political party when he expanded Medicaid in 2014. Now, years later, a new assessment indicates the decision has paid off for hundreds of thousands of Ohioans. As a followup to a 2016 report, the Ohio Departme

About 45 percent of Americans know someone who has had a blood transfusion. (Howard Lake/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the busy July 4 holiday week over, emergency officials are hoping Ohioans have some time to help save lives in their community. The American Red Cross has issued an urgent call for eligible blood donors as donations are being sent to hospitals faster than they are coming

In 2015, 15,500 people with mental illness or substance-use disorders were serving time in Ohio's county jails. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Researchers say access to health and social services are vital to help prevent people struggling with mental health challenges or addiction from ending up behind bars. But are those who are incarcerated receiving the services they need to get back on track? A new report rele

The Columbus-area Jubilee Market and Cafe has dietitians on hand to help folks with specific dietary concerns. (Lower Lights Christian Health Center)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Some Community Health Centers are stepping outside the exam room to ensure that patients and others can access nutritious foods they need for a healthy lifestyle. The Columbus-area community of Franklinton has been without a grocery store for years, which means some resident

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