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PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2018 


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Public News Service - MT: Health Issues

Some Native Americans are turning to traditional healing methods and culture to address health disparities for their communities. (Kate Brady/Flickr)

MISSOULA, Mont. – It was when Annie Belcourt was having her own children that she realized some of the insidious ways health disparities for Native Americans reveal themselves. Belcourt, a psychologist and University of Montana professor who grew up on a Blackfeet Reservation, now studies th

New research finds taking a hike makes people feel better about their bodies. (daveynin/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Montanans have access to an abundance of what the doctor ordered to promote a more positive body image – the outdoors. A new series of studies has found exposure to nature makes people feel better about their bodies. In the first study, researchers found that simply l

Setting realistic goals is the key to following through, according to a psychology professor at DePaul University. (USA-Reiseblogger/Pixabay)

HELENA, Mont. – It's the time of year for resolutions, but the question is how do folks make sure they'll follow through? Joseph Ferrari, a psychology professor at DePaul University in Chicago, has a few tips for making good on goals this year. Ferrari, who studies chronic procrastinators,

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HELENA, Mont. – The number of people with Alzheimer's symptoms will more than double in the coming decades. Is Montana ready for this dramatic increase? According to a new study from UCLA, about 15 million Americans will have Alzheimer's dementia or cognitive impairment by 2060. Today, about

Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., visited a small meat processor after reports it had been harassed by a federal meat inspector. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

BUTTE, Mont. – Small meat processors in Montana hope the state's Congressional delegation will act soon to rein in a regional food inspector from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Last month, Montana Standard ran a story on harassment from Food Safety and Inspection Service front-line supe

Direct-care workers could lose out on benefits if Montana lawmakers choose to make drastic cuts to the Dept. of Health and Human Services. (Drew Tarvin/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Montana home-care workers are urging the Legislature to find a better way to fill a massive hole in the state budget. The state could slash agency budgets by 10 percent in order to make up its $228-million deficit. Cuts to the Department of Health and Human Services would come

Asbestos is a toxin linked to deadly illnesses, but critics say it is still not properly regulated in the United States. (Ktorbeck/Flickr)

LIBBY, Mont. – The Regulatory Accountability Act in the U.S. Senate follows the lead of President Trump and the House in changing how federal agencies make regulations. But Montana critics of the bill are concerned it would set the bar too high for passing regulations and weaken agencies' abil

A new report points to Montana's smoke-free laws in buildings as a good step toward cancer prevention. (Pixabay)

HELENA, Mont. – Montana is making progress in helping people prevent cancer but still has room to improve, according to a new report. An annual report from the American Cancer Society's "Cancer Action Network" gives the state passing grades for its smoke-free laws in buildings and for increa

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