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February 28, 2015

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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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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 ...
People flock to enrollment sites for last-minute health insurance sign-ups
Open enrollment for government-subsidized plans is midnight today
Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015
The clock is ticking to sign up for government-subsidized health insurance plans: Open enrollment ends at midnight tonight. Silver State Health Insurance Exchange officials expect Nevada enrollment numbers to ...
For less than $5,000, UNLV researchers will decode your DNA to try to keep you healthy
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015
Seeded with a $2.5 million grant and matching funds from UNLV, the Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine will decode people's genomes to predict susceptibility to ...
Officials confirm fifth measles case in Clark County
Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
An infant with measles is the fifth confirmed case of the infectious disease in Clark County so far this year. The infant is believed to have been the ...
A 46-year journey of love, self-discovery and fulfillment
Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
In 2003, Jeff stumbled upon a website for cross-dressers and came across the word “transgender,” a term for people whose gender identity, expression or behavior differs from their assigned sex at birth. The posts mesmerized Jeff because suddenly his answer was right there on the screen. He wasn’t meant to be a Jeff ...
Las Vegas restaurant worker, child diagnosed with measles
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015
Two more Clark County residents have been diagnosed with measles, the Southern Nevada Health District reported today. There have been four confirmed cases ...
Sunday is deadline to get subsidized health insurance
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
Attention Nevadans in need of health insurance: The deadline to enroll in government-subsidzed health plans is Sunday. Nevada Health Link is the state-created organization that ...
Finding love in Las Vegas?
Experts take aim on how to find the one in the city of sin
Monday, Feb. 9, 2015
Dating is tough anywhere, but Las Vegas can be an especially challenging environment. The city’s fantasylike atmosphere, where good looks carry heavy weight, can contribute to ...
Too few customers leads to closure of NLV public health center
Friday, Feb. 6, 2015
The Southern Nevada Health District has closed the North Las Vegas public health center, citing low client turnout at that location ...
Breach exposes private data of Nevadans insured by Anthem
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015
A cyberattack against Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield — the second-largest insurance carrier in Nevada — has compromised current and former policyholders' personal information ...
Las Vegas welcome sign, High Roller going red for women’s heart health
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015
The famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign will be aglow in red Friday to spread awareness about heart disease, especially among women ...
Health District offering free HIV testing
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015
To mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Saturday, the Southern Nevada Health District and its partners will offer free HIV testing at two locations. The Gay and Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada, 401 S. Maryland Parkway, is offering ...
Nevada health exchange names new chief operating officer
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange announced today that a current staff member will become its next chief operating officer. Damon Haycock, the exchange’s ...
Health District encourages mothers to breastfeed babies
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
The Southern Nevada Health District has a message for new moms: Don’t hesitate to breastfeed your infants. The district’s board of health recently ...
Diamonds may be drivers’ new best friend
Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
A newly designed highway interchange that opened this week at Horizon Drive and U.S. 95 in Henderson temporarily routes drivers to the left side of an overpass bridge. Why? State Department of Transportation officials say “diverging diamond interchanges” improve traffic flow and increase safety for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians because ...
2 Las Vegas hospitals hosting job fairs next week
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
Spring Valley Hospital and Valley Hospital are holding job fairs next week as they seek to fill a variety of positions, such as nurses, physical therapists and ...
Las Vegas ranked among least healthy cities
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Las Vegas is a mecca for many things, but health does not appear to be one of them. The Healthy Cities Index ranked Las Vegas the seventh least healthy metro area in the nation. A high number of uninsured residents and poor ...
Officials report first Clark County measles case since 2011
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
A school-age child in Clark County has been diagnosed with measles, prompting health officials to urge parents to watch for signs of the contagious disease ...
Las Vegas hospital gets tech boost in cardiac care
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
A tech-savvy procedure involving magnets to fix heart arrhythmias debuted at Desert Springs Hospital Tuesday and is the first of its kind in ...
Nevada among most ‘emotionally recharged’ states, study finds
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
If a recent survey is any indication, Nevadans are starting the new year feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. About 67 percent of residents are participating in activities that ...
New moms hit their stride at exercise class
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
Jessica Peralta, who teaches a fitness class for new mothers, can relate to her clientele — she's has three young daughters of her own.
Seniors in the LGBTQ community need not grow old alone
Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
When 64-year-old Gary Payne retired as a nurse, he encountered a problem many seniors face: boredom. But as a gay man — he recently married his partner of 37 years — Payne said he didn’t feel entirely comfortable at Southern Nevada’s many senior centers. Most are filled predominantly with straight retirees. “You feel like you’re the only person who is different,” Payne said. The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada hopes to ...
Study: Nevada teens get among the least sleep in U.S.
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Nevada teachers shouldn’t be offended if there’s an abundance of yawns during class. It’s not necessarily indicative of their teaching. Teenagers living in Nevada, on average, spend ...
Deadlines approaching for Affordable Care Act insurance
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Nevadans who want government-subsidized health insurance coverage starting Feb. 1 must sign up through Nevada Health Link by Thursday. Nevada Health Link is the state-created organization that helps ...
Find the gym that fits your life
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
The holidays are meant for indulgence — that’s why we have New Year’s resolutions. Among the most popular? Ambitious and enthusiastic vows to shed pounds, eat fewer carbohydrates and tone floppy muscles.If your New Year’s resolutions are going to stick this year, you’re going to have to pick the right gym. There are many factors to consider ...
In Las Vegas, jury selection can be a trying process
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
Twenty jurors got an early Christmas present in mid-December: dismissal from what could have been a yearlong trial. On the day opening arguments were to begin for ...
Flu season is here — and it could get worse
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
The number of influenza cases reported to the Southern Nevada Health District has been relatively low this season, but the valley is just beginning to enter flu season. Incidents of illness can ramp up in January and February ...
‘I want to give something of myself’
Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014
Hundreds of homeless people in the valley have Karin Roelf to thank for helping them stay warm in winter ...
Nonprofit trying to tackle Nevada’s mental illness crisis
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
The Nellie Bly Leadership Society was formed to focus on raising funds and awareness to help those in need of help.
Twenty people died in Clark County traffic accidents in 13 days: What happened?
Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
A construction worker. A Swiss tourist. A high school senior. A grandmother. A bicyclist. A toddler. All killed during a rash of deadly crashes on Southern Nevada roads. Twenty people dead in 13 days — one of the ...
Nevada’s most popular baby names
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
Want an unusual name for your child? We've got a list for you to avoid ...
Season of Giving: Your guide to donating time, money, clothing, furniture in Southern Nevada
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
It’s that time of year again, when Salvation Army bells ring outside stores, toy donations bins line malls and food drives kick into gear. ‘Tis the season to give. In the rush of the holiday season, it’s easy to ...
Create your own Turkey Day tradition: Friendsgiving
Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
Thousands of Las Vegans are transplants from other cities, don't have family here and aren't able to travel for the holidays. So one way to avoid the blues is to gather with friends to celebrate the season ...
Proceeds from taco sale, cafe purchases to pay for crash victims’ funeral costs
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
Fundraisers are planned to help pay for funeral costs of crash victims.
Is relief from Alzheimer’s disease on the horizon?
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health hopes to enroll 10 to 15 people with Alzheimer's disease in a study of a drug that could ...
Win-win: When Nevada gets paid to be promoted
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
Its varied terrain and empty roads make this state a favorite for filming commercials.
Anything he can do to help, he will
Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
The Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer of the Year prefers the term “Up syndrome.”
Balloon rides, Ebola and business: A talk with a hospital CEO
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Kim Anderson is CEO of Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center and the visionary behind the annual Balloon Festival, which lands in Las Vegas this weekend. He talks about how the festival got started, the growth ...
A culture of abuse: Nevada ranks among worst states for domestic violence
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
When most people think of domestic abuse, they picture the victim as a young woman.But here’s the reality: The abused person very well could be a ...
Las Vegas woman, shot and paralyzed, was a prisoner in her home
Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
More than four months after the June 1 incident, the scar on Small’s chin is barely visible, but the effect of the bullet is undeniable. Small is paralyzed from the neck down. In mid-October, she shared her story from a bed at Spring Valley Hospital, covered in blankets with an oxygen tube attached to her nose ...

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