Friday, October 7, 2022

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Following a settlement with tribes, SD phases In voting-access reforms; older voters: formidable factor in Maine gubernatorial race; walking: a simple way to boost heart health.

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Biden makes a major move on marijuana laws; the U.S. and its allies begin exercises amid North Korean threats; and Generation Z says it's paying close attention to the 2022 midterms.

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Rural residents are more vulnerable to a winter wave of COVID-19, branding could be key for rural communities attracting newcomers, and the Lummi Nation's totem pole made it from Washington state to D.C.

According to a 2021 study by the American Heart Association, people who take at least 7,000 steps a day have a 50% to 70% lower risk of dying than those who take fewer daily steps. (Adobe Stock)
According to a 2021 study by the American Heart Association, people who take at least 7,000 steps a day have a 50% to 70% lower risk of dying than those who take fewer daily steps. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, October 7, 2022
Even for Virginians who think they're too busy to exercise, experts say there's one surefire way to squeeze in a modest workout: walking. Although …

According to the Campaign for Action, Black students account for about 20% of nursing school graduates in Georgia, compared with 31.5% of the general population. (Pixabay)
According to the Campaign for Action, Black students account for about 20% of nursing school graduates in Georgia, compared with 31.5% of the general population. (Pixabay)

Thursday, October 6, 2022
The connection between hospital patient outcomes and nurse staffing has been well documented in health care research, and experts believe a workforce …

Abortion pills cannot legally be mailed in Arizona, so a Phoenix clinic is counseling women to pick them up in towns just inside the California border. (Kzenon/Adobe Stock)
Abortion pills cannot legally be mailed in Arizona, so a Phoenix clinic is counseling women to pick them up in towns just inside the California border. (Kzenon/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, October 5, 2022
An Arizona women's health clinic has devised a novel workaround to help women end their pregnancy without running afoul of the state's strict anti-abo…

The Help America Vote act of 2002 requires each polling place have at least one accessible voting system. (Adobe Stock)
The Help America Vote act of 2002 requires each polling place have at least one accessible voting system. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, October 6, 2022
With absentee voting under way, election season has arrived in Missouri, but voters with disabilities still face challenges. While poll workers can …

The State of Florida encourages the public, especially citizens with disabilities and other special needs, to plan ahead for an emergency situation and know what to do in the event of an emergency. (Pixabay)
The State of Florida encourages the public, especially citizens with disabilities and other special needs, to plan ahead for an emergency situation and know what to do in the event of an emergency. (Pixabay)

In an appeal to the public as Hurricane Ian barreled toward Florida, an advocate for persons with disabilities urged everyone to consider checking in …

Pictured in the center is Francine "Fran" Pace, one of 11 graduates of this summer's Youth Leadership Academy for Iowans with disabilities. (Photo courtesy of DD Council).
Pictured in the center is Francine "Fran" Pace, one of 11 graduates of this summer's Youth Leadership Academy for Iowans with disabilities. (Photo courtesy of DD Council).

Nearly a dozen Iowa youths with disabilities are taking newly developed leadership skills out into the world. A summer academy wrapped up this month…

The National Alliance on Mental Health reports 11% of American adults with mental illness lacked health insurance coverage in 2020. (Adobe Stock)
The National Alliance on Mental Health reports 11% of American adults with mental illness lacked health insurance coverage in 2020. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
With many people still struggling in the wake of the pandemic, this week's National Depression Screening Day on Oct. 6 is a reminder to Hoosiers to …

The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that each year, 21 million American adults experience a major depressive episode. (Adobe Stock)
The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that each year, 21 million American adults experience a major depressive episode. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
With many people still struggling in the wake of the pandemic, this week's National Depression Screening Day Oct. 6 is a reminder to Missourians to …

The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports one in five adults says the pandemic has had a "significant negative impact" on their mental health. (Adobe Stock)
The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports one in five adults says the pandemic has had a "significant negative impact" on their mental health. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, October 4, 2022
With many people still struggling in the wake of the pandemic, this week's National Depression Screening Day is a reminder to Marylanders to take …

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According to the Recovery Ecosystem Index Mapping Tool, a little more than half of drug-related deaths between 2015 and 2019 in New Hampshire were white people with at least a high school education, ages 15-64. (Adobe Stock)
According to the Recovery Ecosystem Index Mapping Tool, a little more than half of drug-related deaths between 2015 and 2019 in New Hampshire were white people with at least a high school education, ages 15-64. (Adobe Stock)

A new tool is locating areas in the U.S. in need of robust recovery systems for people dealing with substance abuse. The Recovery Ecosystem Index …

The synthetic opioid Fentanyl was present in 93% of the drug-overdose deaths in 2021 for which a toxicology screen was performed, according to the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health. (Adobe Stock)
The synthetic opioid Fentanyl was present in 93% of the drug-overdose deaths in 2021 for which a toxicology screen was performed, according to the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health. (Adobe Stock)

At libraries, colleges and even movie theaters, more people in Massachusetts are learning how to prevent an opioid overdose death by administering …

Data from a national survey of adults found that excessive drinking increased 21% during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Adobe Stock)
Data from a national survey of adults found that excessive drinking increased 21% during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

Missourians who want a new health challenge can participate in Sober October. In addition to the sobriety pledge, it offers the chance to raise money …

More than 75% of democratic voters say the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade makes them more likely to vote, according to an NPR/Marist Poll. (Adobe Stock)
More than 75% of democratic voters say the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade makes them more likely to vote, according to an NPR/Marist Poll. (Adobe Stock)

With only four weeks left before the state's voter-registration deadline, advocacy groups say they are sounding the alarm on a ballot initiative …

Susie Martinez of the Nevada AFL-CIO speaks at a news conference organized by the Cortez Masto campaign on Wednesday. (Tony Hernandez)
Susie Martinez of the Nevada AFL-CIO speaks at a news conference organized by the Cortez Masto campaign on Wednesday. (Tony Hernandez)

U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., and her Republican challenger, former state attorney general Adam Laxalt, are accusing each other of …

Abortions are still legal in Pennsylvania through the 23rd week of pregnancy. (TRAC1/Adobe Stock)
Abortions are still legal in Pennsylvania through the 23rd week of pregnancy. (TRAC1/Adobe Stock)

In about a month, the Pennsylvania General Assembly revisits a controversial proposal with five separate amendments to the state Constitution…

Earlier year, the FDA temporarily banned all Juul products from the market, but was forced to reverse that decision after the company challenged the agency in court. (Adobe Stock)
Earlier year, the FDA temporarily banned all Juul products from the market, but was forced to reverse that decision after the company challenged the agency in court. (Adobe Stock)

After an investigation found the e-cigarette maker Juul Labs deliberately targeted young people using a variety of marketing practices, Tennessee is …

Menthol in cigarettes reduces the physical irritation of smoking, which can make it more difficult to quit smoking. (Adobe Stock)
Menthol in cigarettes reduces the physical irritation of smoking, which can make it more difficult to quit smoking. (Adobe Stock)

The Food and Drug Administration could soon ban the manufacture and sale of menthol cigarettes, a move advocates in Ohio said could have a positive …

Kentucky advocacy groups have launched "Nix the Next," a campaign that aims to curb the vaping crisis among youths in the Commonwealth. (Adobe Stock)
Kentucky advocacy groups have launched "Nix the Next," a campaign that aims to curb the vaping crisis among youths in the Commonwealth. (Adobe Stock)

Last week President Joe Biden signed legislation that allows the Food and Drug Administration to regulate synthetic nicotine, used in vape products …

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Engaging Men addresses bringing men into the conversation both as survivors of sexual violence and as allies. (Adobe Stock)
Engaging Men addresses bringing men into the conversation both as survivors of sexual violence and as allies. (Adobe Stock)

An initiative at one Ohio nonprofit is taking on the topic of men and sexual violence. There is a false notion men are not experiencing sexual …

Minnesota's Safe at Home program began operating in 2007. (Adobe Stock)
Minnesota's Safe at Home program began operating in 2007. (Adobe Stock)

A new Minnesota law has gone into effect this week involving a program that keeps address information confidential for victims of domestic abuse…

Some abusers use gaslighting and control tactics to undermine their partner's ability to leave. (Adobe Stock)
Some abusers use gaslighting and control tactics to undermine their partner's ability to leave. (Adobe Stock)

New work is being done in Ohio to help free people who are caught in the complex web of domestic violence, addiction and mental health. Cheryl Stahl…

Annual infections have decreased by more than two-thirds since the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. (Adobe Stock)
Annual infections have decreased by more than two-thirds since the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. (Adobe Stock)

Today is National HIV Testing Day, and doctors and advocates for people living with HIV and AIDS are urging everyone to make sure they know their …

Maryland also offers the Maryland AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which ensures underinsured and uninsured people living with HIV/AIDS in the state are able to pay for medication. (Adobe Stock)
Maryland also offers the Maryland AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which ensures underinsured and uninsured people living with HIV/AIDS in the state are able to pay for medication. (Adobe Stock)

February 7 marks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and Maryland health-care advocates see it as an opportunity to provide health-care options …

At the start of 2020, nearly 25,000 Ohioans had been diagnosed with HIV, according to state data. (Adobe Stock)
At the start of 2020, nearly 25,000 Ohioans had been diagnosed with HIV, according to state data. (Adobe Stock)

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Today marks World AIDS Day, observed internationally to remember those lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and raise awareness about the …

Just about half of teenage mothers earn their high school degree before age 22. (AdobeStock)
Just about half of teenage mothers earn their high school degree before age 22. (AdobeStock)

LANSING, Mich. -- The voices of expectant and parenting youths are being amplified by the first-ever Michigan Young Parent Advisory Council. Diamond …

Only 13 states in the nation have passed legislation requiring sex education to be medically accurate. (Adobe Stock)
Only 13 states in the nation have passed legislation requiring sex education to be medically accurate. (Adobe Stock)

WHITESBURG, Ky. — Access to sex education is on the decline in rural areas, but one eastern Kentucky native aims to fill the knowledge gap with …

More than one-third of Tennessee counties have teen pregnancy rates high enough to mandate Family Life education in their public schools. Credit: grietgriet/morguefile.com
More than one-third of Tennessee counties have teen pregnancy rates high enough to mandate Family Life education in their public schools. Credit: grietgriet/morguefile.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennesseans can now get a clearer picture of teen pregnancies in the state. The State Comptroller's office has released an …

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