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VA law prevents utility shutoffs in extreme circumstances; MI construction industry responds to a high number of worker suicides; 500,000 still without power or water in the Houston area; KY experts: Children, and babies at higher risk for heat illness.

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The House passes the SAVE Act, but fails to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in inherent contempt of Congress, and a proposed federal budget could doom much-needed public services.

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Enticing remote workers to move is a new business strategy in rural America, Eastern Kentucky preservationists want to save the 20th century home of a trailblazing coal miner, and a rule change could help small meat and poultry growers and consumers.

North Carolina has received more than 105,000 contacts to its 988 system via call, chat and text in the past 12 months. (Adobe Stock)
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Friday, July 12, 2024
North Carolina must increase its crisis response capacity for long-term success, according to a new report by the mental-health policy group …

Weill Cornell Medicine notes that, along with drinking water to remain hydrated in extreme heat, foods such as watermelon, cantaloupe, grapefruit and homemade popsicles can work well, too. (Adobe Stock)
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Friday, July 12, 2024
New York doctors are advising people how to stay healthy in the summer heat. Temperatures across the state will reach the high 80s and mid-90s in …

Older adults, very young children and people with chronic diseases are at highest risk for heat-related illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock/Generated with AI)
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Friday, July 12, 2024
Health experts are urging residents to stay hydrated and stay out of the sun during peak periods, especially during the heat wave that is gripping …

A $1 minimum wage increase could reduce suicides among those with a high school education or less by nearly 6%, according to a study funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. (SpaceOak/Adobe Stock)
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Friday, July 12, 2024
In response to an alarmingly high number of suicides among construction workers, Michigan's construction leaders have taken measures to tackle mental …

According to state data, the most common crisis that South Dakota's helpline responds to is suicide (23.5%), followed by anxiety (17.5%), family issues (16%), depression (14%) and substance use (10.4%). (Fergus Coyle, Adobe Stock)
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Since its rollout two years ago, South Dakota's Suicide and Crisis Lifeline has seen a slow but steady uptick in use, but the state says there are …

Alabama recently received a grant for certified community behavioral health clinics, which are expected to integrate mental health, substance use and primary care services under a new care model. (Adobe Stock)
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Alabama's crisis response needs some improvements to expand its coverage and effectiveness, according to a new report. The mental health policy …

Public health experts said while having one or two alcoholic beverages a day might not seem excessive, it actually falls under the category of "heavy drinking," leading to chronic health issues down the road. (Adobe Stock)
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Thursday, July 11, 2024
Often celebrated in popular culture, Wisconsin's relationship with alcohol continues to give way to troubling statistics that center around excessive …

More Americans between the ages of 18 and 49 die from opioid overdoses than any other cause, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (JITB/AdobeStock)
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More than 1,000 New Mexicans die from drug overdoses each year, and while there's been a slight drop in overdoses from opioids nationwide, it's …

A 2021 Indiana Department of Health report claims the majority of overdose deaths are among people  between ages 18 and 60, with males comprising 64% of all overdose deaths. (Adobe Stock)
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Drug overdoses are decreasing in Indiana. The data is encouraging, but too late for one mother who lost her son to a heroin overdose. The Centers …

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Roughly 57% of New Hampshire's population with disabilities has at least some college education, compared with 50% nationally, according to the University of New Hampshire.(Adobe Stock)
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Disability groups in New Hampshire are calling for an end to the word "special" to describe people with disabilities. They said terms like "special" …

Garret Frey was honored with the Lifetime Advocacy Award from the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council in 2023. (Courtesy of Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council)
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The U.S. Office for Civil Rights has issued a ruling ensuring that an Iowa man with disabilities is able to live in his home and receive round-the-…

The Summer Earn and Learn program in Texas helps thousands of students with disabilities jumpstart their careers and gain familiarity with different working environments. (Halfpoint/Adobe Stock)
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Teens and young adults in Texas who have disabilities have an opportunity to get a paid internship this summer. The Texas Workforce Commission …

Women's labor force participation would be 2.6% higher in South Dakota without the state's strict abortion laws, according to an analysis by the Institute for Women's Policy Research. (Jacob Lund/ Adobe Stock)
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Abortion bans and restrictions limit women's participation in the workforce, according to a new analysis that quantifies the negative impacts on …

The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed an appeal in an abortion case from Idaho, making the procedure still available in emergency situations. (Jude/Adobe Stock)
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A ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday will allow for abortions in emergency situations in Idaho - for now. The justices said they were …

Male fertility has been dropping worldwide in the past few decades, especially in countries that produce a lot of chemicals known to disrupt hormones, including PFAS substances. (Adobe Stock)
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A groundbreaking report from a team of Wayne State University researchers revealed fathers pass down more than genetics to their children. They are …

Some 17% of people in Indiana with HIV are unaware of their status, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)
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Today is National HIV Testing Day. First observed in the U.S. in 1995, anyone who is sexually active is urged to get tested to know their HIV status…

Today marks the 35th anniversary of World AIDS Day. (Nito/Adobe Stock)
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New Mexico activists are tapping today's World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, to announce they'll ask the State Legislature to provide more money for treatment …

Globally, an estimated 38 million people live with HIV. (Adobe Stock)
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Today is World AIDS Day, a movement to unite people and communities in the fight against HIV and AIDS. According to AIDSVu, in 2021, more than 11,00…

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Violence Free Minnesota reported in 2018 through 2022, nearly 67% of bystanders or intervenors to domestic violence were killed by an abusive person using a firearm. (Adobe Stock)
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Domestic-violence prevention organizations in Minnesota continue to express relief over a U.S. Supreme Court ruling dealing with abusers having …

Studies have found that approximately 26% of all female undergraduate students and nearly 7% of all male undergraduate students have experienced sexual assault, according to the American Association of University Women. (Adobe Stock)
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Ohio advocates said the Biden administration's new Title IX regulations better protect victims of sexual assault, even as a group of states …

Michigan consistently ranks high as a state for contact volume to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, with the 11th-highest rate in the nation in 2023. (Africa Studio)
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Four years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers are still studying its effects on society. A new report focusing on domestic …

In 2024, Nebraska is spending less than 25% of what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers best practices on tobacco control programs, according to an American Lung Association report. (Zhikun Sun/Adobe Stock)
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Nebraska needs to do better when it comes to tobacco use prevention and cessation, according to a newly released report. In the American Lung …

Nearly 85% of youth who vape report using flavored e-cigarettes and more than half said they use disposable e-cigarettes, according to federal data. (Adobe Stock)<br />
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Widespread vaping among young Kentuckians continues to be a public health concern - and some local communities are coming up with innovative ways to t…

A study analyzing Massachusetts' menthol ban found there were some increases in cross-border sales of menthols, although they weren't statistically significant. (Adobe Stock)
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The Food and Drug Administration will be releasing guidance on its proposed menthol cigarette ban by month's end. In Virginia, these cigarettes make …

 

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