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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 

President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.

2020Talks - October 23, 2020 

The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Public News Service - OH: Health

Critics of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's stay-at-home order intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 have said it was unconstitutional.  (Becker1999/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's bold steps in the early days of the pandemic to reduce the spread of the virus earned him poor marks in a new conservative ranking of the nation's governors. A new report from the American Legislative Exchange Council, a right-wing group of lawmakers and bu

Alzheimer's rates are expected to rise more than 13% in Ohio by 2025. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The impact of Alzheimer's disease in Ohio is expected to rise dramatically in coming years, and researchers say Appalachian counties could be particularly affected. A recent study from The Ohio State University examines the prevalence of Alzheimer's and other related cognitive di

Medicare beneficiaries can sign up online for virtual enrollment counseling at '' (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The pandemic has changed many aspects of life, and the annual Medicare enrollment period which kicks off today is no exception. The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program and other outreach organizations are offering plan reviews by phone or online, as in-person assistan

COVID-19 created physical barriers between nursing home residents and their loved ones. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Spending time with a loved one has been out of reach since March for some of the most vulnerable Ohioans. And starting today, they'll be able to make contact once again. Nursing homes and assisted-living facilities can now allow indoor visitation, if they follow certain health an

One in four school-age children is affected by vision problems, which in turn can affect everything from self-esteem to academic outcomes. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The shift to virtual and blended learning to reduce the spread of COVID-19 could have an unintended consequence for children's vision. Chief Eye Care Officer with UnitedHealthcare Dr. Scott Edmonds explained the increased screen time raises the risk of digital eye strain and possi

Medical experts say regular immunizations protect the community from preventable disease outbreaks, but COVID-19 has kept some parents from bringing kids to doctors' offices. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With all the national speculation about the release of a novel coronavirus vaccine, some health experts are encouraging Ohio parents to do what they can to prevent the spread of other diseases. The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that orders for regu

The majority of American workers don't have paid time off from their employer. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Some Ohio policy experts, business leaders and parents are calling on Congress to create permanent paid-leave policies that will support working families through the pandemic and beyond. During a virtual roundtable discussion about paid leave this week, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-

There is a $200,000 difference between the highest and lowest listed price for an inpatient bypass surgery in Ohio. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The price tag for the same medical procedure varies greatly from hospital to hospital in Ohio, according to a new report. The Center for Community Solutions examined "chargemaster" information for Ohio's 206 hospitals - those are prices hospitals set for services, not what consum

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