PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

New research finds stiffer prison terms do not deter drug use. Also on our nationwide rundown: We take you to a state where 4 in 10 adults have guns; and “ghost” fishing gear is killing whales and seals in oceans.

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Public News Service - IL: Health Issues

More than 844 million people worldwide lack access to clean drinking water. (

CHICAGO – The 25th United Nations World Water Day is being recognized this week, and advocates are hoping the message that comes with it will inspire people to sign up for a fundraising event this spring that aims to make access to clean water easier. The Global 6K for Water walk/run is happ

Brightly-colored medication might be mistaken for candy, a reminder to parents for Illinois' Poison Prevention Month. (

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Accidental medicine poisoning sends a child under age 6 to an emergency room every nine minutes in this country - and every 12 days, a child dies. Last year, the Illinois Poison Center handled nearly 77,000 cases of people ingesting potentially harmful substances, and more

Dynegy Energy has asked for a $400 million bailout, saying that without it, thousands of local jobs will be lost. (

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A new state report says Illinois has plenty of power, and environmental advocates say that means there's few reasons to bail out coal plants belonging to Dynegy. The company asked the Illinois Commerce Commission to relax some environmental protections that have been in pl

Exercise and eating right are two recommended ways to avoid heart disease. (

CHICAGO - Heart disease is the number one health issue for men and women, and an Illinois doctor who's been treating people with heart problems for more than three decades says preventive cardiology should be the rule, not the exception. Dr. Harry Cohen, a cardiologist at Presence Health in Chicago

Washing fruit and vegetables before eating them is one way to avoid foodborne illness. (

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — March is the month many people start planning vacations as spring is around the corner, and summer's just a few months away. And health advocates say it's not too early to start thinking about food safety, especially if you're going out of the country. Dierdre Schlunegger

Women are most often affected by broken heart syndrome, which mimics a heart attack and can be fatal without prompt medical attention. (Virginia Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - As many celebrate Valentine's Day, some people are head-over-heels in love while others experience heartache. That leads to the question: Can you die of a broken heart? According to some experts, the answer is "yes." Broken heart syndrome, or takotsubo cardiomyopathy, can even b

Advocates say low-income residents in Illinois are most impacted by pollution from power plants. (

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Residents, and health and environmental experts are pushing back against a state government plan to aid Dynegy Coal Plants, claiming the company is being allowed to rewrite clean-air rules.
 Opponents of the plan say efforts to change how emissions are controlled and

There are 40 safety-net hospitals serving low-income and uninsured residents in Illinois. (

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois lawmakers have been discussing funding for so-called safety-net hospitals: those that are required to provide medical services regardless of a patient’s ability to pay, and that often are the only facilities that will accept low-income patients. The facilities a

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