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April 26, 2015

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Cuts in Medicare Advantage program could affect 130,000 Nevada patients
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The federal government is considering enacting a 1 percent payment reduction to Medicare Advantage health providers in 2016 in an effort to reduce taxpayer costs. But patients and advocates say such a change would hurt health care in Southern Nevada and beyond.
Bill would ban smoking in cars with children present
Bill would ban smoking in cars with children present
Thursday, March 26, 2015
A coalition of heath organizations offered its support today to a bill that would make it illegal for adults to smoke tobacco in a car with children present. Assemblyman Michael Sprinkle said his bill ...
Community health fair features free medical screenings
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
A community health fair featuring medical screenings and fitness activities will be held Saturday in the eastern Las Vegas Valley. Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada is sponsoring the ...
Photo: Branch Whitney, left, founder of the 52 Peak Club,
Who are healthier: Southern Nevadans or Northern Nevadans?
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
In the north-south battle gripping Nevada, Washoe County can add another victory to its column — better overall health of its residents. Clark County scored lower than its northern rival in quality of life as well as health factors such as alcohol usage, obesity and physical activity, according to ...
Photo: Blossoms from a Palmer's penstemon are shown at th
Season to suffer: Here’s why your allergies are flaring up
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Las Vegas allergy sufferers are in for a long week, as a high pollen forecast will continue to trigger the all-too-familiar symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, sore throat and watery eyes. It's all part of the spring allergy season. The potent allergens in the air are coming from ...
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Lifestyle and workout regimens of people who make Las Vegas beautiful
Monday, March 16, 2015
From sinewy dancers to hulking bodybuilders, Las Vegas is home to physiques that turn heads. Some use their bodies to perform amazing feats onstage. Others inspire with unconventional beauty and confidence. For a few, strength is the ultimate reward. Whether they’re dazzling crowds, posing for judges or just gazing in the mirror, one thing’s for sure — getting and maintaining the look takes work. Sensible eating, an active lifestyle and a healthy dose of grit are just part of the regimens these athletes and performers follow to maintain their form ...
Why health exchange is scrambling to open call center in tax season
Why health exchange is scrambling to open call center in tax season
Friday, March 13, 2015
State Government:
The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange is hurrying to open a Consumer Assistance Center by April 1 to field consumers’ tax-related questions. The reason for the rush ...
Photo: (From right) Dr. Florence Jameson, a veteran OB/GY
Free clinic downtown will serve Southern Nevadans who are still uninsured
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Since the rollout of the federal health care law, the percentage of uninsured Nevadans has dropped nearly 10 percent. But there are still more than 300,000 people without health insurance in the state. Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, a nonprofit group, hopes to fill that void with a downtown clinic, scheduled to open in August.
Elaine Wynn foundation donates $2 million for Parkinson’s studies
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation recently donated $2 million to the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health to study Parkinson’s disease. The foundation gifted ...
Photo: Ashley Hentze, left, of Lakeland, Fla., gets help
Health care checkup: State legislation, Supreme Court case prompt question about Nevada’s exchange
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
With the Affordable Care Act still under a full-scale assault from detractors on both the national and state level, the future of the law is uncertain for Nevadans and the ...
Nevada adds extra health exchange enrollment period
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Nevada residents who didn’t buy health insurance in 2014 and face a tax penalty as a result can avoid a similar situation next year, thanks to a ...
Bill aims to reverse Nevada doctor shortage
Friday, March 6, 2015
Doctors who train in Las Vegas stay in Las Vegas. That’s the hope of local, state and federal officials addressing Nevada’s doctor shortage, which is one of the worst ...
Photo: Nicole Ann Cavenagh, clinical director of the Cent
Why investing in autism treatment is seen as crucial for Nevada
Friday, March 6, 2015
The state’s Aging and Disability Services Division will make its pitch for increased autism funding to the Nevada Legislature. The request dovetails with Gov. Brian Sandoval’s pledge to dramatically boost ...
State investigating fetuses in Las Vegas hospital laundry
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Nevada state health officials are investigating after two dead babies were discovered by workers at a laundry facility as they were cleaning linens from a Las Vegas hospital. The Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance is ...
Photo: life expectancy map
Where you reside plays a role in how long you live
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Babies born today in the suburban southeast valley are projected to live 87 years. Life expectancy is only 71 years nine miles north, near the Strip. In West Las Vegas, life expectancy is 73 years.

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