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PNS Daily Newscast - November 20, 2017 


On our Monday nationwide rundown; decision day for the Keystone XL pipeline; a border patrol agent killed in the line of duty in Texas; and time is running out to comment on fees that could double or triple at many National Parks in 2018.

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Public News Service - WA: Health Issues

The U.S. House-passed version of the GOP tax bill could lead to $25 billion in cuts to Medicare next year. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

AUBURN, Wash. – On Thursday, the House approved the GOP's efforts to overhaul the nation's tax code. But some health professionals are concerned the bill will lead to cuts in programs like Medicare. The changes to the tax system are estimated to increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion in the n

Nearly 500,000 people die from smoking each year in the United States. (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

SEATTLE – Thursday is the Great American Smokeout, an event challenging people to make plans to quit smoking. There are more than 36 million smokers nationwide, and health experts are reminding people that tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and death in the world.

Cranberries may be a good source of vitamin C, but experts say they aren't useful for treating urinary tract infections. (Steve Johnson/Flickr)

SEATTLE – If you've ever had a urinary tract infection, chances are someone has suggested drinking cranberry juice as a natural way to cure it. The suggestion that the fruit product can cure infections exists widely, including on health websites. But does cranberry juice actually treat UTIs?

There are more than 800,000 family caregivers in Washington state. (Hauoratrust/Wikimedia Commons)

SEATTLE – Health care professionals, providers and educators are gathering to brainstorm ideas for making sure the future is more friendly for older Americans. The sixth annual Elder Friendly Futures Conference is taking place at the University of Washington Thursday and Friday and bringing t

Health experts say kids should be involved in activities such as soccer to fight the growing epidemic of childhood obesity. (Edward N. Johnson/Flickr)

SEATTLE – The growing epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States has health experts worried about children's well-being. The percent of children who are considered overweight has more than tripled since the 1970s, and being overweight can lead to devastating health effects. Kaiser Pe

An app in development at the University of Washington could be an inexpensive way to more accurately diagnose concussions in youth sports. (C Watts/Flickr)

SEATTLE – Football season is here again and, while the National Football League and college football sometimes are seen as punting on the issue, concussions are a big deal. But it isn't always easy to know when an athlete has a concussion. Researchers at the University of Washington have d

Washingtonians should check for the ISO certified seal of approval when looking for solar eclipse-viewing glasses. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

SEATTLE - As eclipse fever grips the nation, Washingtonians won't see Monday's complete solar eclipse but still will have a very good view of this celestial event. Eye-health experts want to make sure everyone knows how to protect their eyes. Sunglasses won't be enough, since they only block the su

Farmworkers on Sarbanand Farms say they discovered their work visas expired a month ago. (Community to Community Development)

SUMAS, Wash. - Farmworkers and community members are demanding accountability from Sarbanand Farms in Whatcom County, after a worker died there over the weekend. Workers say Honesto Silva Ibarra complained to his employer about feeling ill before he collapsed in the fields last week. Ibarra took hi

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