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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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Public News Service - WI: Health Issues

A survey shows half the employees in the United States don't know where the AED is at their workplace, much less how to use it. (Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

DELAFIELD, Wis. – Odds are strong that if you have a cardiac emergency at work, no one there will know what to do to help you in the precious moments before paramedics arrive. The American Heart Association says even though there are about 10,000 cardiac arrests in the workplace each year, m

Sulfide mining creates massive amounts of waste, which environmental organization say is full of toxic substances. (Per Anders Pettersson/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. — According to the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, a closed-door effort is under way to draft a bill that would weaken the state's mining law. The group said the bill would pave the way for industrial acid mining, also called sulfide mining. Mining companies have ident

Dr. Byron Crouse, who runs a program that recruits physicians to practice in rural Wisconsin, is seen here talking with a dairy farmer in Belleville. (UW photo)

ADISON, Wis. - Nearly a third of Wisconsinites - 29 percent - live in one of the state's many rural areas, but only 13 percent of the physicians in Wisconsin have rural practices. The Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM), a program to recruit doctors to serve in rural areas of the state, is h

Whether they're for or against GMOs, most people want to know if their food contains any genetically modified organisms. (Pacific Press/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. – There is as much passion as there is confusion in Wisconsin about GMOs – genetically modified organisms – particularly with the University of Wisconsin working on the cutting edge of GMO research and the huge role of agriculture in the state's economy. To address

Every two seconds in the United States, there's a patient with a need for blood. The American Red Cross is urging donors to come forward to ease a blood shortage. (Tim Matsui/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. – The number of blood donations usually drops off during the summer months, but the American Red Cross has now issued an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors. The organization is encouraging new donors to step up, and requesting that those who haven't donated f

Increasingly, apartment hunters are looking for a building that provides a smoke-free environment, and are willing to pay more to not deal with secondhand smoke. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – According to the American Lung Association, more than 80 percent of Wisconsinites have a no-smoking policy inside their homes, and increasingly, renters are demanding smoke-free buildings. Next week marks the 7th anniversary of Wisconsin's Smoke-Free Air Law, which was aim

AARP says 580,000 Wisconsinites are unpaid caregivers for a family member. (Matt Curdy/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. - While a new scorecard from AARP ranks the Badger State sixth in the nation in serving older adults and people with disabilities, it indicates that things could be done to improve the lot of family caregivers. The vast majority of older Wisconsinites want to live independently, at ho

Women still are far more likely than men to get regular medical checkups. (BrooksCraft/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. - According to the Men's Health Network, there is a silent health crisis in America: On average, American men are sicker and die younger than American women. June is Men's Health Month, and Dr. Patrick Remington, associate dean for public health at the University of Wisconsin's School

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