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PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2020 


Seven Democrats debate in South Carolina. And helping kelp forests off the West coast.

2020Talks - February 25, 2020 


Tonight's the last debate before the South Carolina primaries, but it's also the last before Super Tuesday, which includes California and its 494 delegates.

Public News Service - OR: Health

Under an Oregon bill, part-time college and university faculty would have to pay only 10% of their insurance premium costs. (Gorodenkoff/Adobe Stock)

SALEM, Ore. - Part-time college professors are struggling to afford health care. A bill in the Oregon Legislature would change that. Adjunct faculty at Oregon colleges and universities may not be eligible for health insurance, even if they teach a full load by working at multiple institutions. Sar

Folks can ask their local pharmacist to go through their medications with them. (Jacob Lund/Adobe Stock)

MEDFORD, Ore. -- It's a new year and pharmacists say people should take time to reflect on the medications they're using. An annual evaluation is especially important for older adults. One in four people age 65 and older takes five or more medications for chronic disease management. Rob Reinhard

Parents should avoid buying toys with strong magnets. According to OSPIRG, in just over a month, Portland doctors recently removed 54 magnets that had been ingested by four children. (OHSU)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Choking hazards, hidden toxins and privacy concerns are among the dangers toy buyers should watch out for as the holiday shopping season begins, according to an annual report. The 34th "Trouble in Toyland" report from the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group Foundation

In a survey, nearly half of Oregonians age 40 and older say they are a current or former family caregiver. (New Africa/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. – November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the important role these folks play in many people’s lives. There are about 460,000 family caregivers in Oregon, providing care worth nearly $6 billion a year, according to AARP Oregon. In doing this l

The incidence of gum disease is two to three times higher for people with diabetes, and either condition can exacerbate the other. (vetkit/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Connections are becoming clearer between good oral health and treating high blood sugar. November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and one way folks can better manage the disease is by seeing a dentist. Dr. Lisa Bozzetti is the dental director at the Virginia Garcia Memorial H

A new report says pesticide runoff is poisoning Chinook salmon, a main food source for the Northwest's orcas. (Oregon State University/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The wide use of pesticides is pushing some species in Oregon and across the country to the brink. A new report from the Endangered Species Coalition highlights ten of the nearly 1,200 species imperiled by these chemicals. In the Northwest, pesticide runoff hampers the swimmi

There are nearly 860,000 Oregonians who have health coverage through Medicare. (HuzaimePhotography/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Starting Tuesday, Medicare enrollees and folks new to the program can review their plans or sign up for 2020. Open enrollment in the health insurance program runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, giving nearly 860,000 Oregonians the opportunity to change their coverage if they choose

More than 11% of Oregonians ages 10 to 17 are considered obese, according to the Trust for America's Health. (adrian_ilie825/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. - To combat rising obesity rates among children, experts say healthy eating habits are key. One program aiming to put kids on track for healthier food choices is Food Roots in Tillamook County, which partners with six schools in the area. Its farm-to-school program manager, Rachel Pe

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