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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


We’re covering stories from around the nation including a victory for safety for nuclear site workers; President Trump chastises Republicans for not securing border wall funding; and a predicted spike in population fuels concerns about the need for care.

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Public News Service - TN: Health Issues

In Tennessee alone, according to the Arthritis Foundation, 1.3 million people, including nearly 6,000 children, have a doctor's diagnosis of arthritis. (Twenty20)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – People in Tennessee with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions confront pain in their body, and in their lifestyle, according to a report card released this month from the American College of Rheumatology. The college gives Tennessee a C grade in terms of quality of lif

Experts urge caution around the backs of pontoon boats, especially those parked close together. (ttarasiuk/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Carbon monoxide often is thought of as a winter threat with the use of heaters, but summer recreation activities also can generate the gas that could prove deadly if you're exposed to it in confined spaces. Every year, the state receives reports of carbon monoxide poisonin

Texas v. U.S. is projected by legal scholars to be the most important case on the U.S. Supreme Court's docket this season. (Phil Roeder/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The future of the Affordable Care Act rests in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court in a case brought to the court by the state of Texas. While both are hundreds of miles away from Tennessee, the outcome is expected to have an impact on the coverage and protections Tennesse

Health insurance premiums in Tennessee will increase by at least one-third for many people next year, according to the Congressional Budget Office. (Lira_n4/Twenty20)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennesseans who have to purchase their own health insurance plans can expect to dig even deeper next year to pay for them. The Congressional Budget Office estimates a 31- to 54-percent premium spike. Tennessee is one of the states that didn't opt to expand Medicaid under

Elizabeth Clarke of Unicoi County rings the victory bell at the Provision CARES Proton Therapy Center – a traditional rite of passage when patients complete their treatment. (Elizabeth Clarke)

ERWIN, Tenn. – There's one last hope for Tennesseans who might benefit from a state-of-the-art cancer treatment. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed the Cancer Patient Choice Act late last week, but there's talk of a possible special session to override his veto. The legislation would manda

Tennessee is leading many neighboring southern states in the reduction of opioid prescriptions and,  most recently, legislation to work to curb addiction. (Twenty20)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This week, Tennessee stands out among many other states in the country – with the most comprehensive and restrictive laws around opioid prescriptions. The legislation (Senate Bill 2257/House Bill 1831) proposed by Gov. Bill Haslam in January became law this week and

Tennis star Serena Williams reportedly had problems getting doctors to take her medical issues seriously upon the birth of her child last year. (motivationforgood/Pixabay)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Black women are three to four times more likely to die during childbirth than white women. It's just one startling statistic that has prompted the creation of the nation's first "Black Maternal Health Week," which started on Wednesday. A group known as the Black Mamas Matt

There are more than 435,000 caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias in Tennessee. (Marianne/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Thhe Tennessee General Assembly this week is expected to approve a resolution that would declare Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias a public health issue. The state ranks seventh in the country for Alzheimer's deaths. While Alzheimer's has long been viewed as an agin

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