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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


What's next following the FCC vote to end net neutrality? We have a pair of reports. Also on our Friday rundown: We'll let you know why adolescents in foster care need opportunities to thrive; and steps you can take to avoid losing your holiday loot.

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Public News Service - TN: Health Issues

Experts believe increased online use may prompt suicidal thoughts among at-risk teens, as they compare their lives unfavorably to what others post. (Ryan Melaugh/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – You may want to limit your teen's use of social media over the long holiday weekend. A study released this month in the journal Clinical Psychological Science found links between use of online engagement platforms and feelings of hopelessness and suicide. According to th

Almost 30 percent of Tennesseans with COPD also have asthma. (Dennis Skley/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Almost one in 10 Tennesseans has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD - meaning the state has one of the highest rates in the country. Experts say the incurable disease, which killed almost 4,000 people in 2015 in the Volunteer State, often is undiagnosed and left u

Tennesseans can expect higher premiums as they shop for health coverage on the health exchange, because of the elimination of federal subsidies for states by the Trump administration. (Lily A/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The open enrollment period to purchase health insurance on the federal marketplace begins on Wednesday, and consumer advocates want to make sure Tennesseans understand the importance having coverage. This year, the federal government has cut funding for the health navigator pro

People working to fight the opioid crisis in Tennessee are hopeful the declaration of a public health emergency will clear the way for funding. (frankieleon/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The opioid crisis plaguing states such as Tennessee is officially declared a public health emergency. That announcement on Thursday by President Donald Trump confirms what many have already known about the country's issues with drug addiction. Supporters hope the announceme

For safety reasons, the state advises that people who visit haunted houses or corn mazes be aware of the locations of emergency exits. (Ricky Brigante/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If the weather isn't an indication Halloween is around the corner, the pumpkin patches, mazes and haunted houses surely are. While getting spooked is a holiday tradition for many, state officials want to make sure haunted houses don't provide a real-life scare. The Tennessee De

Rural hospitals in Tennessee often rely on additional federal funds to keep their doors open, when income doesn't meet expenses (Scott & White Healthcare/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Rural health care in Tennessee could take a big hit if Congress doesn't act. Two federal programs that help provide supplemental funding to rural hospitals will lose their funding at the end of this month. Currently, 34 hospitals in the Volunteer State receive funds to help

The increased access to fast food and limited availability of fresh food markets is believed to be among the causes of a high child obesity rate in Tennessee. (Jon Bunting/Flickr)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Many Tennessee children are overweight, with approximately one out of every five classified as obese, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The foundation’s State of Obesity report ranks Tennessee fifth in the nation compared to other states for its number

Health-care navigators in Tennessee report having trouble convincing people to sign up for the Health Care Exchange. (Hamza Butt/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- More than 260,000 people purchased private health care plans through the Health Care Exchange in Tennessee, but navigators report an uphill battle this year because people feel uncertain about the future of the Affordable Care Act. Mary Moore is program coordinator with Get Cov

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