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New Mexico legislation would boost protections for LGBTQ students, Idaho makes a big jump in higher-education attainment, and this year's Monarch butterfly winter count showed significant improvement.

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The Senate considers police reforms in the wake of Tyre Nichols' killing, members of Congress want a new vote on the Equal Rights Amendment, and George Santos voluntarily steps down from his committee appointments.

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"Brain Gain?" Research shows rural population is actually growing, especially in recreational areas; other small towns are having success offering relocation incentives like free building lots, cash, complimentary dinners and even internet credits; and researchers say the key is flexibility and creativity.

Eye-care professionals say limiting screen time before bedtime, using blue light-blocking filters on your devices, and wearing blue light-blocking glasses can all help protect from potential health risks. (Pixabay)
Eye-care professionals say limiting screen time before bedtime, using blue light-blocking filters on your devices, and wearing blue light-blocking glasses can all help protect from potential health risks. (Pixabay)

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
With the increasing use of digital devices and computers in daily life, we're all exposed to more and more blue light. They may be convenient and …

From 2019 to 2020, the U.S. saw a 6% increase in deaths from cardiovascular disease. (Adobe Stock)
From 2019 to 2020, the U.S. saw a 6% increase in deaths from cardiovascular disease. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
The U.S. saw a surge in cardiovascular-related deaths during the first year of the pandemic, and voices from South Dakota's health community hope it …

The CDC recommends schools, businesses and public gathering places keep an artificial external defibrillator available. (Adobe Stock)
The CDC recommends schools, businesses and public gathering places keep an artificial external defibrillator available. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
February is American Heart Month, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the number one cause of death in …

The death penalty was abolished in Washington state in 2018. (Felipe Caparrós/Adobe Stock)
The death penalty was abolished in Washington state in 2018. (Felipe Caparrós/Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
A new book by a University of Washington professor on the death penalty finds support for executions may be motivated by people's own fear of death…

Those behind a new report calling for a more robust behavioral-health workforce say like other professions, the pandemic has placed a lot of strain on provider networks around the United States. (Adobe Stock)
Those behind a new report calling for a more robust behavioral-health workforce say like other professions, the pandemic has placed a lot of strain on provider networks around the United States. (Adobe Stock)

Like many other states, Minnesota has its share of provider gaps when it comes to mental-health care, and a new report cited steps Congress and other …

Those behind a new report calling for a more robust behavioral health workforce say that, as with other professions, the pandemic has placed a lot of strain on provider networks around the United States. (Adobe Stock)
Those behind a new report calling for a more robust behavioral health workforce say that, as with other professions, the pandemic has placed a lot of strain on provider networks around the United States. (Adobe Stock)

Most South Dakotans live in federally designated mental-health professional shortage areas, and a new report recommended steps Congress and other …

Clinics providing abortions in Minnesota have reported a surge in patients since neighboring states were given the legal path to enact bans. It has fueled broader concerns about access to the procedure, as well as reproductive care. (Adobe Stock)
Clinics providing abortions in Minnesota have reported a surge in patients since neighboring states were given the legal path to enact bans. It has fueled broader concerns about access to the procedure, as well as reproductive care. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Reproductive rights advocates are cheering Minnesota's new law centering around abortion access. Supporters predict it could help in other ways for …

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More than 80% of women with disabilities have been sexually assaulted, and research suggests that these women experience more frequent and more severe acts of violence, according to <a href="https://www.ywca.org/wp-content/uploads/Survivors-w-Disabilities-Fact-Sheet.pdf" target="_blank">data</a> from the YWCA. (Adobe Stock)<br />
More than 80% of women with disabilities have been sexually assaulted, and research suggests that these women experience more frequent and more severe acts of violence, according to data from the YWCA. (Adobe Stock)

Ohio community groups seeking ways to increase support for sexual assault survivors living with disabilities. A January 23rd training session hosted …

Federal labor analysts say across all age groups, persons with disabilities were much less likely to be employed than those with no disabilities. (Adobe Stock)
Federal labor analysts say across all age groups, persons with disabilities were much less likely to be employed than those with no disabilities. (Adobe Stock)

Medicaid "Buy In" is considered a key health insurance tool for workers with disabilities. But according to a new report, the reach of these programs …

So-called "zero-tolerance" forms of discipline have resulted in Black students facing disproportionately harsher punishment than white students in public schools. (Adobe Stock)
So-called "zero-tolerance" forms of discipline have resulted in Black students facing disproportionately harsher punishment than white students in public schools. (Adobe Stock)

A new federal grant is giving schools in three Missouri counties and St. Louis City a fresh look at the challenges of students of color living with …

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Among adolescents who currently use any tobacco product, the proportion whose first tobacco product was e-cigarettes increased from 27.2% in 2014 to 78.3% in 2019 and remained at 77.0% in 2021. (Adobe Stock)
Among adolescents who currently use any tobacco product, the proportion whose first tobacco product was e-cigarettes increased from 27.2% in 2014 to 78.3% in 2019 and remained at 77.0% in 2021. (Adobe Stock)

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson said more than $8 million will be the state's share of a multistate lawsuit against e-cigarette maker Juul Lab…

Early diagnosis rates in America have increased 17% over the last five years. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Early diagnosis rates in America have increased 17% over the last five years. (Adobe Stock)

The American Lung Association has released its 2022 State of Lung Cancer report, which shows Indiana has some work to do. The leading cause of lung …

Tobacco advertising for menthol products in particular has long targeted the African American community. (American Heart Association)
Tobacco advertising for menthol products in particular has long targeted the African American community. (American Heart Association)

A new report from Stanford University finds tobacco companies continue to directly target African Americans, women, and young people with their …

In 2020, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded $4.64 million to health departments and community-based organizations in Arkansas for HIV prevention and care. (Oatawa/Adobe Stock)
In 2020, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded $4.64 million to health departments and community-based organizations in Arkansas for HIV prevention and care. (Oatawa/Adobe Stock)

Today is World AIDS Day, observed internationally to remember those lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and raise awareness about the disease. Health …

There are five "parts" to the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, based on the legislation that created it. Georgia participates in Part A, which provides grants to cities and counties most severely affected by HIV. (SIAM/Adobe Stock)
There are five "parts" to the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, based on the legislation that created it. Georgia participates in Part A, which provides grants to cities and counties most severely affected by HIV. (SIAM/Adobe Stock)

Today is World AIDS Day, an annual observance to support people living with HIV and remember those who have died from the virus, and encourage others …

Annual infections have decreased by more than two-thirds since the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. (Adobe Stock)
Annual infections have decreased by more than two-thirds since the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. (Adobe Stock)

Today is National HIV Testing Day, and doctors and advocates for people living with HIV and AIDS are urging everyone to make sure they know their …

 

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