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PNS Daily Newscast - November 14, 2019 


New evidence arises from the first impeachment hearing; one in four federal student loan borrowers defaults early on; and growing proof that vaping isn't the healthy alternative it was thought to be.

2020Talks - November 14, 2019 


It's World Diabetes Day, and health care, including the high cost of insulin and other drugs, is a top issue for many voters. Plus, do early states like Iowa and New Hampshire have an outsized role in the nomination process?

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Public News Service - TX: Health

The Dell Medical Center at UT-Austin will study an initiative to prove the value of non-medical care outside of traditional settings. (Flickr)

AUSTIN, Texas – A new initiative seeks to improve a patient's health without a visit to a doctor or a hospital. The Factor Health program at the University of Texas at Austin's Dell Medical School, funded by a $2.6 million grant from the Episcopal Health Foundation, aligns unconventional par

Before Medicare, nearly half of Americans age 65-plus had no insurance to cover hospitalization. (AdobeStock)

AUSTIN, Texas — It’s shopping time for the 2.5 million Texans who have Medicare coverage. Open enrollment for the program starts today and runs through December 7. It’s the one time of year beneficiaries can review their plan, and switch coverage if needed. State Director of AARP

A new study shows such factors as race, housing, transportation and food availability all can have profound effects on the life expectancy in a neighborhood. (Soryn/Adobe Stock)

HOUSTON – Where you live in Texas can be a determining factor in how long you live, according to new research. The map, developed by the Episcopal Health Foundation, analyzed census tracts to reveal significant differences in life expectancy in neighborhoods sometimes only a few miles apart.

At least 1,396 people have gone on hunger strike in 18 U.S. detention centers since May 2015, according to the group Freedom for Immigrants. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Wikimedia Commons)

EL PASO, Texas – Today marks Day 60 of a hunger strike by three political refugees from India, detained for more than a year in an El Paso Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility. The policy of indefinite detention began under the Obama administration, and has continued under President

Texas ranks 27th nationally in breastfeeding, where 83% of babies have been breastfed. (Pixabay)

AUSTIN, Texas – August is National Breastfeeding Month, and children's advocates are reminding lawmakers that paid family leave would help more babies get the bonding and nutrition they need from their moms. Lucy Sullivan, executive director of the group 1,000 Days, says moms are more than t

Nearly a third of patients at Texas community health centers are children. (Pixabay)

UVALDE, Texas - Families are invited to come out to Uvalde High School this Friday to meet Superman and Princess Leia, and get free immunizations, school supplies, backpacks and more. The Wellness Fair Carnival is part of a series of events across the nation celebrating National Health Center Week

Maria Covernali took part in a huge survey of attitudes about the region in Juarez and El Paso. (Dan Heyman)

EL PASO, Texas – People in El Paso and Juarez often regard their communities as one big city. But recent research, as covered in the local press confirms that the hardening of the U.S.-Mexico border is getting in the way of that. A recently released survey of citizen perception confirms de

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee will meet Thursday to discuss the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019. (Andy Dean/Adobe Stock)

AUSTIN, Texas - As efforts to bring down the cost of prescription medications intensify on Capitol Hill, some Texas groups say it can't come fast enough. The U.S. Senate Finance Committee meets Thursday to debate the bipartisan Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019. Charles Cascio, associ

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