Monday, October 25, 2021

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Younger children may soon be able to get the COVID vaccine, plus a legal dispute over social-studies standards in South Dakota simmers over references to Native American culture.

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President Biden makes his case for his spending package in New Jersey as Sen. Joe Manchin says a deal could be reached this week; plus former Facebook employee Frances Haugen testifies before Parliament in London.

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An all-Black Oklahoma town joins big cities in seeking reparations; a Kentucky vaccination skeptic does a 180; telehealth proves invaluable during pandemic; and spooky destinations lure tourists at Halloween.

Cardiovascular disease occurs every 39 seconds and still is the No. 1 killer of Americans, according to the American Heart Association. (Adobe stock)<br />
Cardiovascular disease occurs every 39 seconds and still is the No. 1 killer of Americans, according to the American Heart Association. (Adobe stock)

Monday, October 25, 2021
ARLINGTON, Va. -- COVID-19 has exposed inequities in health care, and this year's Greater Washington Region Heart Walk aims to raise funds to close …

One vial of insulin to manage diabetes can cost as much as $300 without health insurance. (AdobeStock)
One vial of insulin to manage diabetes can cost as much as $300 without health insurance. (AdobeStock)

Monday, October 25, 2021
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Congress has an opportunity to help lower prescription-drug costs for Ohioans, who, along with other Americans pay roughly three …

Health professionals compare bike-helmet laws to laws requiring people to wear seat belts. (Maridav/Adobe Stock)
Health professionals compare bike-helmet laws to laws requiring people to wear seat belts. (Maridav/Adobe Stock)

Monday, October 25, 2021
SEATTLE - A proposal to repeal King County's law requiring helmets while riding bicycles has health professionals concerned. The King County Board …

If Roe v. Wade is overturned, a 1931 Michigan law banning abortion could go back into effect. (Adobe Stock)
If Roe v. Wade is overturned, a 1931 Michigan law banning abortion could go back into effect. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, October 25, 2021
LANSING, Mich. -- Advocates for reproductive care in Michigan are echoing the Department of Justice's call for the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate the …

In 2017, 99% of Kentucky counties lacked a clinic that would perform an abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute. (Adobe Stock)
In 2017, 99% of Kentucky counties lacked a clinic that would perform an abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - U.S. Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case involving a 2018 Kentucky abortion law that bans a medical …

Pro-choice groups are encouraging Iowans to educate themselves about reproductive rights before they possibly consider a constitutional amendment in the coming years pushed by pro-life lawmakers. (Adobe Stock)
Pro-choice groups are encouraging Iowans to educate themselves about reproductive rights before they possibly consider a constitutional amendment in the coming years pushed by pro-life lawmakers. (Adobe Stock)

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa is not among the states that have so-called "trigger laws" that could be enacted if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn …

California has collected more than 600 tons of unwanted prescription drugs since the Take-Back Day program began in 2010. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)
California has collected more than 600 tons of unwanted prescription drugs since the Take-Back Day program began in 2010. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

Friday, October 22, 2021
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, when the Drug Enforcement Administration encourages everyone to clean out …

September is National Recovery Month, established more than 30 years ago. (xpix/Adobe Stock)
September is National Recovery Month, established more than 30 years ago. (xpix/Adobe Stock)

MANCHESTER, N.H. - September is National Recovery Month, and New Hampshire groups are working to raise awareness about the many paths to recovery …

Approximately 3% of the 1,500 students in Montgomery County who were screened for behavioral health indicators were found to be at risk of substance use. (Adobe Stock)
Approximately 3% of the 1,500 students in Montgomery County who were screened for behavioral health indicators were found to be at risk of substance use. (Adobe Stock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- An Ohio county is taking a trauma-informed approach to its work on preventing marijuana use in teens. As marijuana policy changes …

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Incarcerated women who participated in the Prisoners Too art project hug in front of the installation at a South Carolina prison. (South Carolina Department of Corrections)<br />
Incarcerated women who participated in the Prisoners Too art project hug in front of the installation at a South Carolina prison. (South Carolina Department of Corrections)

Friday, October 22, 2021
BALTIMORE - This month marks the four-year anniversary of the #MeToo movement, and an art project aims to help incarcerated survivors heal by telling …

Worldwide, it's estimated that nearly 40% of all murders of women are committed by intimate partners. (Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence)
Worldwide, it's estimated that nearly 40% of all murders of women are committed by intimate partners. (Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Advocates for ending domestic violence urged Congress to renew the Violence Against Women Act and other federal legislation …

The Violence Against Women Act has been stalled in the U.S. Senate since it expired in 2019. (nito/Adobe Stock)
The Violence Against Women Act has been stalled in the U.S. Senate since it expired in 2019. (nito/Adobe Stock)

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and advocates want to shed more light on how Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual…

Advocates for Iowans with disabilities say the caregiver shortage could erase decades of progress in self-advocacy. (Adobe Stock)
Advocates for Iowans with disabilities say the caregiver shortage could erase decades of progress in self-advocacy. (Adobe Stock)

WATERLOO, Iowa -- Advocates for Iowans with disabilities are sounding the alarm over what they describe as a caregiver crisis, pleading with …

Advocates say people with Down syndrome are engaging in more activities, including sports and exercise, thanks to better intervention programs and forms of therapy. (Adobe Stock)
Advocates say people with Down syndrome are engaging in more activities, including sports and exercise, thanks to better intervention programs and forms of therapy. (Adobe Stock)

FARGO, N.D. - People with Down syndrome are having a bigger impact on society, and their advocates in the Dakota region say it's time for the public …

People living with disabilities make up roughly 30% of the U.S. workforce, while their unemployment rate is more than double the overall rate. (Kaspars Grinvalds/Adobe Stock)
People living with disabilities make up roughly 30% of the U.S. workforce, while their unemployment rate is more than double the overall rate. (Kaspars Grinvalds/Adobe Stock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- As businesses across Illinois and the nation work to fill open positions, advocates for people with disabilities say they should …

A new report finds that Nevada needs to develop family support programs within the community.(Vejaa/Adobestock)
A new report finds that Nevada needs to develop family support programs within the community.(Vejaa/Adobestock)

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada scored a D-plus for children's mental health, according to a new report from the Children's Advocacy Alliance. …

Advocates say this year's Mental Illness Awareness Week includes a focus on the need for improved crisis response and mental-health care. (Adobe Stock)
Advocates say this year's Mental Illness Awareness Week includes a focus on the need for improved crisis response and mental-health care. (Adobe Stock)

CLIVE, Iowa - This week, more attention is being paid to the struggles of people living with mental-health conditions. In Iowa, parents are telling …

The American Psychological Association reports 81% of Gen Z teens (ages 13-17) have experienced more intense stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.(Adobe Stock)
The American Psychological Association reports 81% of Gen Z teens (ages 13-17) have experienced more intense stress during the COVID-19 pandemic.(Adobe Stock)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Degrading mental health among the nation's K-12 students over the past year and a half has alarmed health professionals. Experts …

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More than 4,500 Michiganders take PrEP, a HIV-prevention medication. (Adobe Stock)
More than 4,500 Michiganders take PrEP, a HIV-prevention medication. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. - Organizers of a summit about sexual health will provide a safe space on Friday for young Michiganders to have open, honest and …

Missouri, Nevada, Illinois and Oregon are among the most recent states to update their HIV laws.(nito/Adobe Stock)
Missouri, Nevada, Illinois and Oregon are among the most recent states to update their HIV laws.(nito/Adobe Stock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A bill that went into effect over the weekend makes the first reforms to Missouri's HIV criminalization laws since they were …

Nearly 90% of Americans acknowledged there is a stigma surrounding HIV in a 2020 survey by GLAAD. Proponents of National HIV Testing Day hope to help change that. (Syda Productions/Adobe Stock)
Nearly 90% of Americans acknowledged there is a stigma surrounding HIV in a 2020 survey by GLAAD. Proponents of National HIV Testing Day hope to help change that. (Syda Productions/Adobe Stock)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- This Sunday is National HIV Testing Day, when people are urged to find out their HIV status to protect themselves and their …

Tobacco control groups say even though a flavored tobacco ban didn't pass this session, lawmakers still could help end racial disparities caused by menthol products by passing prevention funding. (Adobe Stock)
Tobacco control groups say even though a flavored tobacco ban didn't pass this session, lawmakers still could help end racial disparities caused by menthol products by passing prevention funding. (Adobe Stock)

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Food and Drug Administration is exploring a ban on menthol-flavored cigarettes, a move tobacco-control advocates say is long …

According to anti-tobacco advocates, 85% of Black smokers use menthol cigarettes, which have been cited as a "predatory product" in communities of color. (Adobe Stock)
According to anti-tobacco advocates, 85% of Black smokers use menthol cigarettes, which have been cited as a "predatory product" in communities of color. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A proposal to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products in Minnesota has resurfaced in the Legislature. House Bill 904…

Iowa is one of nearly a dozen states that exempts casinos from smoking bans. (Adobe Stock)
Iowa is one of nearly a dozen states that exempts casinos from smoking bans. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The risks facing health-care providers, retail staff and public service employees during the COVID-19 crisis have brought renewed …

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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