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Jackie Valley


Jackie has lived in northwest Indiana, South Carolina, Cleveland and Dayton, Ohio. A Cleveland girl at heart, she graduated from Kent State University, where she was the student newspaper editor. She completed a Dow Jones copy editing internship at the Virginian-Pilot in summer 2009 and a year later joined the Sun, where she now covers health care.

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For them, serving veterans is personal
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Leading up to Memorial Day and Veterans Day, Marianne Schwartz and George Barnett station themselves at local grocery stores to hand out poppies in honor of the men and women who have served in the U.S. military. The pair donates the money they raise to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the USO centers in McCarran International Airport and U.S. Vets in Las Vegas. Much of the money goes toward ...
Report: More domestic-violence victims seeking help
Thursday, May 14, 2015
More than 40,000 domestic-violence victims sought help from state-funded programs in 2014, a 13 percent increase over the previous year, according to an annual report released today by ...
A call to ‘citizen scientists’: Project urges being proactive on brain health
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
You might know your body mass index (BMI), but do you know your brain health index?
If you were terminally ill, would you want the right to die?
Monday, May 11, 2015
You are given six months to live. The diagnosis: cancer, ALS or some other terrible, fatal disease. The symptoms begin to take hold. Seizures. Mood changes. Loss of motor skills. Do you suffer through the pain, grateful for the time you have left, and savor every last moment, good or bad? Or do you ...
New website provides public access to Southern Nevada health data
Friday, May 8, 2015
Curious how many local high school students eat the right amount of fruit?
How Clark County is coping with a string of teen suicides
Friday, May 8, 2015
From January through April, a 14-year-old, a 15-year-old and two 17-year-olds committed suicide in Southern Nevada, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office. Dr. Jay Fisher, medical director of pediatric emergency services at University Medical Center, said there has been a steady, slow increase in adolescent suicides and suicide attempts over the past 50 years that doesn’t seem to be waning. A 12-year-old was hospitalized earlier this month after attempting suicide, Fisher said.
Abortion bill could be undone by the same group that proposed it — Republicans
Thursday, May 7, 2015
A controversial bill that would require parental notification for minors who want an abortion won approval last month in the Nevada Assembly, but supporters say friendly fire by Republicans in the Senate could be its demise. Assembly Bill 405, the first abortion-related measure taken up by the Nevada Legislature in years, requires that parents be notified if an unmarried girl ...
New southwest valley health care center opening in September
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
The healthcare company broke ground on the construction project last fall ...
Las Vegas doctor get 4 years for reusing needle guides
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
The former operator of Green Valley Urology has been sentenced to four years in federal prison and one year of supervised release for reusing needle guides intended for ...
Report: Las Vegas not too terrible a place for asthma sufferers
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Las Vegas became an even more challenging place to live for asthma-sufferers in the past year, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ...
Amid fight hoopla, protesters call out Mayweather over domestic abuse
Friday, May 1, 2015
Under a giant decal on the MGM Grand advertising the mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, several dozen protesters on Friday chanted at passing vehicles ...
UMC lab named among best in the nation
Thursday, April 30, 2015
University Medical Center’s laboratory has been named one of the best in the nation, according to a medical industry publication. Medical Laboratory Observer designated ...
Doctor has sewn up his role in boxing
Volunteering with Top Rank gives local plastic surgeon thrilling access to fighters
Monday, April 27, 2015
The first time Dr. Jeffrey Roth sewed up Manny Pacquiao, it happened by chance. Since then, Roth has stitched up multiple boxers, including Zab Judah and Antonio Margarito, as a volunteer with promotions company Top Rank Boxing ...
The perfect summer camps for kids
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Southern Nevada boasts a plethora of day camps that can ease restlessness and provide a safety net for children whose parents work. Many aim to educate as well as entertain. With names like “Grossology,” “Jump, Jump Trampoline” and “Avengers University,” there’s an option for every ...
Southwest Medical opening North Las Vegas health center Saturday
Friday, April 24, 2015
The health center — which will include primary and preventive care, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics and an urgent care — is designed to meet the needs of ...
‘Never be afraid to show emotion’: What death has taught Clark County coroner
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
After 13 years at the helm of an office that handled more than 15,000 deaths last year, Mike Murphy will say goodbye to the Clark County coroner's office and continue his mission of ...
So you want to be a blood donor?
Monday, April 20, 2015
Blood supplies are low locally and nationally, and need typically increases in summer — when tourists invade town and the likelihood of mishaps increases ...
STDs are on the rise — are you part of the problem?
Monday, April 20, 2015
Cases of sexually transmitted diseases in Clark County are on the rise. Chlamydia climbed by 18 percent, gonorrhea by 33 percent and HIV by 17 percent ....
MountainView Hospital to host health fair Saturday
Friday, April 17, 2015
MountainView Hospital is hosting a health fair Saturday featuring free medical screenings and a display of a new robotic surgical system. The H2U (Health to You) fair will run from ...
Nevada health exchange enrollment continues climbing
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
A total of 73,596 Nevada residents had selected an insurance plan through the Nevada health exchange as of Feb. 22, according to ...
Strong winds kick up dust across the valley
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
For the second week in a row, an air quality advisory was issued for blowing dust, this time as a result of gusts and the strongest cold front so far this year ...
Communication key in caring for Southern Nevada’s aging population
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
A UNLV program teaches current and future health care professionals to communicate with one another to improve patient care, especially for seniors.
Private university buys Nevada Cancer Institute building for its med school
Monday, April 13, 2015
The former Nevada Cancer Institute building will remain a part of the region's medical community. Roseman University of Health Sciences announced Monday that ...
Health fair kicks off the National Infant Immunization Week
Monday, April 13, 2015
A multi-state measles outbreak earlier this year reminded the nation that potentially dangerous childhood illnesses have not been eradicated. To boost community protection against ...
Blowing dust predicted for Tuesday prompts advisory
Monday, April 6, 2015
An air quality advisory has been issued for Tuesday because of expected high winds and blowing dust, county officials said. The Clark County Department of Air Quality issued the advisory for ...
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.
Did Child Protective Services drop the ball?
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Eight-month-old Ily Yost coos and wiggles in her bouncy seat. She beams as she looks up at her father. No one knows if she actually sees him. In mid-November, Ily landed in Sunrise Children’s Hospital with what doctors referred to as ...
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 ...
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 ...
From the ground up: UNLV medical school taking shape
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Supporters say Las Vegas’ first allopathic medical school will improve health care in Southern Nevada and be an economic driver. To make that happen, though, UNLV and Nevada System of Higher Education officials say they need nearly $27 million up front from the state ...
Nevada a hotbed for geothermal activity
Monday, March 16, 2015
As of 2013, there were 29 operating geothermal power plants in Nevada producing 518 megawatts of electricity. By 2016, plants producing another 834 megawatts are expected to come online ...
Why health exchange is scrambling to open call center in tax season
Friday, March 13, 2015
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Almost a quarter of people are sexually abused by age 18; grant aims to stop abuse
Saturday, March 7, 2015
The Enough Abuse Campaign aims to teach adults about the prevalence of child sexual abuse and equip them with skills to prevent it, teach parents how to talk to children about abuse and advocate for training and policies that can protect children.
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 ...
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.
Deciphering health care
Scratching your head about medical bills from your insurance company? You’re not alone
Monday, March 2, 2015
Study after study confirms that when it comes to health literacy — knowing how to find a doctor, fill a prescription and pay medical bills — many people fail miserably ...
Chair, vice-chair named for Nevada health exchange board
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange Board has elected new leadership following two member departures. Leslie Johnstone, a board member since 2011, was elected ...
Health officials believe 3 new measles cases linked to restaurant worker
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
The Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed three more measles cases it believes were transmitted from an under-vaccinated restaurant worker diagnosed several weeks ago. The three new patients are all adults under ...
App would help those suffering from brain illness
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
A Las Vegas software development firm has teamed up with the Cleveland Clinic’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health to create an app to help those suffering from a brain illness. Raster, a company that ...
Measles: Is it really scary? What’s the big deal?
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
Measles is back in Nevada, and people are scared. Six Clark County residents ­— three adults and three children — have been diagnosed with the virus, which spreads with coughs and sneezes and can linger in the air for two hours. Before January, Clark County had been free of measles since 2011. Across the country, 141 people in 17 states have been infected, as of Feb. 13. Most are linked to an outbreak that began at Disneyland.
Measles virus 101
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
Measles, also called rubeola, is a highly infectious respiratory disease caused by a virus. Before vaccines were developed, it was a common childhood disease ...
Guide to vaccinating
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
The Southern Nevada Health District offers immunizations at its public health centers. Free immunizations at the following clinics are also available to children enrolled in Nevada Women, Infants and Children ...
Sixth case of measles confirmed in Clark County
Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
A sixth case of measles this year has been confirmed in Clark County, the Southern Nevada Health District said today. The Health District confirmed the latest case — an adult whose immunization status ...
New pediatric clinic aims to help preemies
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
The Positively Kids Neopediatric Clinic will serve children born at 32 to 37 weeks gestation to try to catch problems — and offer intervention — early.
More than 72,000 Nevadans sign up for health insurance through exchange
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
Open enrollment for government-subisized health insurance ended with 72,127 Nevada residents selecting a plan or re-enrolling, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today.
More than 50,000 of those people ...
Health District condemns e-cigarettes, wants tighter regulations
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
The Southern Nevada Health District today issued an advisory condemning electronic cigarettes and pledging to back efforts to restrict their sale. Citing continued studies that show e-cigarettes contain carcinogens — cancer-causing substances — the Health District is urging ...
Reno tops Las Vegas in rankings of physically fit cities
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
A Fit Cities Index found that Reno residents are more physically fit than Las Vegans. The data-driven study ranked Reno No. 17 and Las Vegas No. 31 out of ...

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