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PNS Daily Newscast - June 26, 2019 


Mueller to testify in open session; migrant children returned to troubled detention center; plus ending the school-to-prison pipeline, and seeking justice for Native Americans killed at Wounded Knee.

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Public News Service - TN: Health

Tennesseeans filled about 885,000 fewer prescriptions for opioids in 2018 than they did in 2017, a one-year decrease of 13.4%.  (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Opioid prescriptions in Tennessee dropped by about one-third between 2013 and 2018, according to new data released by the Tennessee Medical Association. The figures show a steady decrease in the numbers of opioid prescriptions filled statewide – from more than 8.5 mi

In Tennessee, 60% of people 45 and older currently are providing unpaid care for a loved one, according to Tennessee AARP. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A new state regulation goes into effect Thursday that aims to help Tennessee's hospitals integrate family caregivers into their loved ones' medical records. According to AARP, 60% of Tennesseans 45 and older currently provide unpaid care for a loved one. The Caregiver Ad

More than 80,000 children in Tennessee are no longer enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP, and likely have lost health insurance, according to a new report. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The number of children who are not enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP, the Children's Health Insurance Program, is on the rise. A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families estimates more than 88,000 children in Tennessee are no longer enrolled in M

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for women in Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Health Department. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This week is Women's Health Week and the Tennessee Department of Health is urging women to make sure they're caught up on preventive screenings, such as mammograms. Kelly Luskin, section chief of reproductive and women's health at the Tennessee Department of Health, says w

More than 1 million Tennesseans currently receive their health care through the state's Medicaid program, TennCare. (Adobe Stock) <br /><br />

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State lawmakers have passed legislation that would shift federal funding for Tennessee's Medicaid program into a block grant. Co-sponsored by several lawmakers, including state Sen. Paul Bailey, a Republican from Sparta, and Rep. Timothy Hill, a Blountville Republican, the

The measles virus is highly contagious and can stay airborne or live on surfaces for several hours. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An East Tennessee resident has been diagnosed with measles, and public health officials have released new information on when and where people might have been exposed. Anyone who spent time at a Mapco Mart in Chattanooga on April 11, and at a Speedway gas station in Clinto

Ground meat, leafy greens, and other foods can be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. (Microgen/Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The number of confirmed E. coli infections in Tennessee has grown from 21 to 26, according to the latest counts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People typically become sick from E. coli two to five days after being infected. Symptoms include diarrhea,

Regional overdose-prevention specialists in Tennessee have given away 35,000 units of naloxone across the state. (@monsterphotoiso/Twenty20)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A regional overdose-prevention program that equips citizens with naloxone is expanding across the state. Tennessee has seen increasing numbers of overdose deaths in recent years because of opioid use. But the program, which already has put 35,000 naloxone kits into residen

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