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PNS Daily News - August 22, 2017 


We're featuring a variety of stories in today’s news including: a new strategy for Afghanistan; an increase in hate groups is not just an issue in the South; and high blood pressure becoming a more common problem among children and teens.

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A new report ranks Oregon fourth overall among states for its long-term care system. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon ranks fourth in the nation for providing long-term care options for its residents, according to a report released today. The report measures the care available in states based on accessibility, choice and quality, and also assesses their support for family caregivers and the tr

A new report finds that one-quarter of the people on Oregon's death row have an intellectual disability. (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. — One-quarter of people on Oregon's death row most likely suffer from some form of intellectual disability or brain damage, according to a new report. The Fair Punishment Project found that, alongside those with intellectual disabilities, people who endured severe childhood tr

There are more than 800,000 people living with a disability in Oregon. (pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. - More than 800,000 Oregonians are living with a disability, and this week the attention is on making sure they have an opportunity to vote. It's National Disability Voter Registration Week, and groups including Deaf People United and the Autism Society of Oregon are assisting with vo

One in seven Oregon households struggled to put food on the table at some point last year, according to a recent Gallup poll. (Melodi2/Morguefile)

PORTLAND, Ore. - One in seven households in Oregon struggled to afford food last year, according to a new survey conducted by Gallup. Although more than 14 percent of families still struggled with hunger at some point last year, the rate has been steadily decreasing since the Great Recession. In 201

Using people-first language to talk about mental disorders can help fight the stigma of these health conditions. (pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. – May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and experts say we should think twice the next time we call someone crazy or mentally ill. One in five adults experiences some form of mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Chris B

Nearly 700,000 U.S. troops were involved in the first Gulf War. (PHC D. W. Holmes/US Navy)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the ceasefire that ended the first Gulf War. During the short conflict, nearly 700,000 U.S. troops were engaged. Dr. Ronald Grewenow, clinical director at the Portland Veteran Affairs Medical Center, says the war produced fewer physical injuri

Mobile clinics are becoming a popular way to serve veterans health care, according to Rep. Cedric Hayden, R-Cottage Grove. (William Heimbuch/U.S. Navy)

PORTLAND, Ore. - In small Oregon towns where there are no clinics to visit, the clinics visit the residents. Mobile clinics are gaining popularity across the state for people who have limited or no access to nearby facilities, and they are providing an array of health services. State Representat

Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill to make naloxone, a lifesaving antidote to opioid overdose, available without a prescription. (cohdra/morguefile)
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Three people die from prescription opioid overdose in Oregon each week, according to the Oregon Health Authority, and lawmakers in Salem are taking notice. The House Committee on Health Care is expected to hammer out during a work session today the details of a bill allowing pharma

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