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Nation Nov 26Most Americans would pay more to avoid using plastic, poll says
These PBS NewsHour and Marist Poll results come as environmental experts project disastrous levels of plastic that are already permeating the water you drink, the food you eat and the air you breathe.
Politics Nov 19Americans remain split on impeachment after public hearings begin, poll says
This week's impeachment hearings give Democrats more chances to sway public opinion -- unless Americans stick to already rigid partisan lines, according to a new poll from the PBS NewsHour, NPR and Marist.
Health Nov 13Obamacare signups are down, but the marketplaces are still healthy
The future of the Affordable Care Act exchanges is murky, with enrollment down so far this year and their fate wrapped up in court. But the marketplace remains strong, analysts have found, despite efforts to undermine it.
Health Nov 06Why mental health care deserts persist for U.S. children
This disparity emerged even though the profession has grown by 21 percent, according to a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics.
Health Oct 31How a proposed rule change could affect free lunch for some kids in need
The Trump administration reopened the comment period for a proposed rule that could alter categorical eligibility for food stamp benefits and cut off aid for an estimated 3 million Americans.
Health Oct 25Even if your drinking water gets a ‘passing grade,’ it may not be safe
There are no federal limits on half of the contaminants detected in drinking water, according to the report released this week from the Environmental Working Group, and establishing such regulations takes years.
Health Oct 22Welcome to flu season. Here’s your best shot at staying healthy
It’s the start of flu season, but you can relax (a little) if you follow these expert recommendations.
Health Oct 18Youth suicide rates are on the rise in the U.S.
No racial or ethnic group has been spared in this rising rate among young people, federal data suggests.
Politics Oct 10Support for Trump impeachment inquiry rises, new poll shows
These latest poll findings are consistent with a trend in rising public support for impeachment proceedings into Trump’s use of the powers of the presidency.
Health Oct 09Gun deaths started to rise after more than a decade of being stable
These firearm death numbers reveal wide variation among the states, but researchers say more data is needed to fully understand the toll of gun violence nationwide.