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Consumer health advocates urge governor to sign bill package; NY protests for Jewish democracy heighten as Netanyahu meets UN today; Multiple Utah cities set to use ranked-choice voting in next election.

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The Pentagon wants to help service members denied benefits under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," advocates back a new federal office of gun violence prevention, and a top GOP member assures the Ukrainian president more help is coming.

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An Indigenous project in South Dakota seeks to protect tribal data sovereignty, advocates in North Carolina are pushing back against attacks on public schools, and Arkansas wants the hungriest to have access to more fruits and veggies.

Among 12- to 17-year-olds nationwide, 2.08 million or 8.33% report using drugs in the last month. (Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, September 21, 2023
In the wake of the devastating overdose epidemic in North Carolina, the state's Department of Health and Human Services is stepping up to aid …

Medicare becomes available for most Americans at age 65. (airdone/Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, September 21, 2023
The open enrollment period for people with Medicare health coverage can feel daunting, but it is also an opportunity get the plan to best meet a …

Health coverage aid groups and providers warn if you wait until the last minute and rush your enrollment for an insurance plan, you could end up in the wrong program or with benefits that do not suit your needs. (Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, September 21, 2023
When it comes to open enrollment and navigating health insurance options, experts say starting your research sooner rather than later is the best …

Nearly 85% of youth who vape report using flavored e-cigarettes and more than half said they use disposable e-cigarettes, according to federal data. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Widespread vaping among young Kentuckians continues to be a public health concern - and some local communities are coming up with innovative ways to t…

A study analyzing Massachusetts' menthol ban found there were some increases in cross-border sales of menthols, although they weren't statistically significant. (Adobe Stock)
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The Food and Drug Administration will be releasing guidance on its proposed menthol cigarette ban by month's end. In Virginia, these cigarettes make …

While cigarette pollution takes up to 10 years to degrade, disposable vapes are not biodegradable. Experts said the cartridges endanger ocean creatures inadvertently consuming the plastics. (Adobe Stock)
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Disposable vapes are posing a growing environmental threat in Georgia and across the country, according to a new report. The U.S. Public Interest …

Screen time before bed can be especially detrimental for teenagers and their developing brains. (Brian/Adobe Stock)
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Monday, September 18, 2023
School is back and one way parents can set their kids up for success is ensuring screen time is not getting in the way of sleep. Dr. Maida Chen…

In 2021, suicide was the leading cause of death for Americans aged 10-14 and 20-34. (Carl/Adobestock)
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This is National Suicide Prevention Week, part of National Suicide Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness of the problem, and ways to prevent it…

Crisis clinicians say some behaviors that indicate a serious risk of suicide include talking about feeling trapped or being a burden to others, increasing the use of drugs or alcohol and withdrawing from loved ones. (Adobe Photo Stock) <br />
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Recently approved legislation provides funding for barriers on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge - a scenic but unfortunate hot spot for suicide attempts…

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Washington state fared better than most states at preventing infant mortality. (Thanumporn/Adobe Stock)
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September brings attention to an unfortunate and painful issue: infant deaths in the United States. This month is Infant Mortality Awareness Month…

More than 22 states have imposed bans or restrictions on abortion, with Idaho enacting a law prohibiting the transport of minors across state lines for abortion care. (Adobe Stock)
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A lawsuit has been filed against the Alabama Attorney General over what plaintiffs call "threats to criminalize" those who aid individuals who go out-…

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one in five people reports mistreatment while receiving maternity care. Mistreatment is reported most often by Black, Hispanic and multiracial moms, and those with public health insurance or no insurance. (Adobe Stock)
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A new study finds that people of color often experience different treatment during and after their pregnancy than do their white counterparts in encou…

The CDC says about one in three Indiana adults lives with some type of disability, in categories that include mental, cognition, hearing, vision or self-care. (Adobe Stock)
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This election season, Indiana will have a new governor or perhaps a new mayor of Indianapolis. One group is working to increase voter participation …

The Americans with Disabilities Act, the Voting Rights Act and the Helping America Vote Act, as well as Michigan election laws, require accessible voting for all. The policies have been in place for decades. (PondShots/Adobe Stock)
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In Michigan and across the country, nearly 25% of the population encounters challenges in voting and accessing the polls. The Carter Center and …

An Advocates for Children of New York report finds 454 New York City public schools are fully accessible to some people with disabilities, 263 are only partially accessible, 65 aren't fully accessible, and 547 are completely inaccessible with no plans for renovation. (Adobe Stock)
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A recent report finds only around 31% of New York City public schools are disability accessible. The report, from Advocates for Children of New …

A national coalition of more than 130 organizations recently released a roadmap for lawmakers and public health officials for distribution of more than $50 billion in opioid settlement funds.(Adobe Stock)<br />
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This week, Gov. Jim Justice announced five new appointments to the West Virginia First Foundation, the private foundation responsible for the …

In 2020 alone, drug overdose deaths in Kentucky increased by nearly 50%, according to the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General. (Adobe Stock)
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More than 615,000 dollars is going to nonprofit groups in Kentucky working to end opioid addiction. According to state data, more than 2,100 …

According to the National Survey on Drug Use conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, 16.5% of construction workers reported "heavy" alcohol consumption within the past month, nearly twice the average of all full-time workers surveyed. (Adobe Stock)
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Construction workers are more likely to die by suicide or of a drug overdose than workers in almost any other field, and a St. Louis-based peer …

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Research suggests that non-parental child care, particularly center-based care, may attenuate the negative influences of some forms of intimate-partner violence on young children's behavioral outcomes. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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Kentucky's child-care crisis could get worse when federal assistance for child-care centers runs out, and that could increase barriers for survivors …

In 2020, the University of South Dakota became the latest academic institution to develop a graduate-level studies program, inspired by the Zero Abuse Project, that gives students a more realistic experience in responding to child maltreatment cases. (Adobe Stock)
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A South Dakota academic program that enhances training for those who respond to child abuse and neglect cases is gaining momentum. In the past …

If you are a victim of human trafficking or suspect you know someone who is, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline, a national 24-hour, toll-free, multilingual resource: 1-888-373-7888. (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)
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Sunday is World Day Against Trafficking in Humans, and in Iowa state officials are calling on residents to do more to help. Reports of trafficking …

In a 2020 report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Hoosiers will face an average lifetime cost of $510,000 to treat their HIV infection. (Adobe Stock)
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Once viewed as an automatic death sentence with the first diagnosis in 1981, HIV today is met with effective treatment options. Today is National HIV …

More than 72% of newly diagnosed HIV infection occurred in adult/adolescent Black/African American men, according to North Carolina's 2021 HIV Surveillance report. (Adobe Stock)
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Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and advocates say barriers remain when it comes to testing and social stigma. More than 40% percent …

In 2020, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded $4.64 million to health departments and community-based organizations in Arkansas for HIV prevention and care. (Oatawa/Adobe Stock)
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Today is World AIDS Day, observed internationally to remember those lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and raise awareness about the disease. Health …

 

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