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Jackie Valley

Health Care Reporter

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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Ruvo Center seeks participants for Alzheimer’s study
Thursday, July 30, 2015
The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is looking for people with mild to moderate forms of Alzheimer's disease to participate in ...
St. Rose Dominican Hospitals — Siena Campus to hold open house Saturday
Thursday, July 30, 2015
St. Rose Dominican Hospitals — Siena Campus is hosting an open house Saturday to show off its new five-story tower. The preview party will be held from ...
Consumer Reports ranks Centennial Hills as best hospital in region at avoiding infections
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Centennial Hills Hospital is a local leader in preventing potentially-deadly infections.
Law enforcement discusses Islamic State threat in Las Vegas with interfaith group
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Homegrown extremists influenced by the Islamic State remain a top security concern, law enforcement officials told community members ...
A step-by-step guide to complaining to your landlord
Monday, July 27, 2015
By law, your apartment or rental home must be kept safe and in a condition that provides reasonable comfort for the average person, meaning it has running water, working toilets and bathing facilities, heating, electricity and other requirements. Rental properties that violate housing and health codes are not considered habitable, and your landlord must make repairs. How do you go about getting him or her to do so? The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada suggests following these steps ...
Health care outside the male and female checkboxes
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Jackson Nightshade is counting down the days until open enrollment for government-subsidized health insurance begins again in November. The 28-year-old ...
How dinner can feed relationships with senior citizens
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Mealtimes last nearly twice as long (43 minutes on average) when seniors share meals with others than when they eat alone (22 minutes). The Sunday Dinner Pledge is an online commitment people can make pledging to eat dinner with their elderly relatives at least once a month ...
Desert Springs Hospital launches new cardiac program
Friday, July 24, 2015
Desert Springs Hospital has opened a cardiac rehabilitation unit to strengthen patients’ heart muscles and help them adopt healthier lifestyles. Called “Phase II” cardiac rehab, the personalized program ...
Calls to Rape Crisis Center climb 12 percent in six months
Thursday, July 23, 2015
The Rape Crisis Center says it needs volunteers to meet the demands of an increasing number of hotline calls and in-person visits. The nonprofit received ...
Renovations begin for Health District building set to open this year
Thursday, July 23, 2015
A vacant Target in a half-empty shopping complex near Meadows Mall will be buzzing with activity in a few months — this time as the new headquarters for the Southern Nevada Health District.
Southwest Medical to offer free immunizations for children
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Southwest Medical is offering free immunizations and sports physicals for children and high school students Aug. 1 at ...
23 percent of Nevada children live in poverty
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Nearly 1 in 4 of Nevada’s youngest residents were living in poverty in 2013, according to the most recent data in a new report released today.
Las Vegas’ smallest sovereign nation
Southern Paiutes have cultivated land and business in the valley for centuries
Monday, July 20, 2015
Just north of downtown, sandwiched between Ewing Brothers Towing and Main Street, lies a sovereign nation. The 31-acre plot of land belongs to the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, which ...
What’s on the menu in jail
They’re not exotic, but Clark County inmates’ meals are a far cry from bread and water
Monday, July 20, 2015
The kitchen staff at the Clark County Detention Center generates about 9,000 hot meals daily – breakfast, lunch and dinner – for roughly 3,000 inmates. Inmates receive ...
Nevada’s doctor shortage affects Clark County
Monday, July 20, 2015
Nevada politicians, educators and health care workers point to Nevada’s doctor shortage as one of the state’s most pressing concerns. It creates long waitlists for patients ...
Nonprofit aims to fill void left by shuttered organics program
Friday, July 17, 2015
Curious where you can find local organic products? Basin and Range Organics, a nonprofit recently formed during a meeting of organic growers and industry leaders in Nevada, hopes to ...
Henderson Hospital foundation pouring signals advance of Union Village
Friday, July 10, 2015
The facility is being built on 30 acres of the planned Union Village health care complex, which will anchor a 170-acre mixed-use development at ...
Flood insurance 101: What you need to know when water strikes
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Floods are one of the top three weather-related hazards Nevada residents will face. The National Weather Service already issued several flash-flood warnings this week when rain water swept through the northwest valley and flooded roads near the Linq ...
Acting commissioner appointed for state Division of Insurance
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Amy Parks, chief insurance counsel and hearing officer for the Nevada Division of Insurance, will serve as acting insurance commissioner following the departure of Scott Kipper last week. Bruce Breslow, Nevada's director of ...
Men topple nursing walls in Nevada and nationwide
Health care field becoming more popular, especially for those changing careers
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Nursing programs in Southern Nevada have seen a growing number of men. Last year, 35 men enrolled in UNLV’s College of Nursing, more than double the number of male nursing students in 2009. Female enrollment, on the other hand, while still the majority, dipped from 130 in 2009 to 109 last year ...
1 person killed in 2-vehicle crash in western Las Vegas Valley
Saturday, July 4, 2015
One person died Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in the western Las Vegas Valley, according to Metro Police.
2 seriously injured in crash involving RTC bus, car, truck
Friday, July 3, 2015
Two people suffered serious injuries in a two-vehicle collision that caused a pickup truck to slam into an RTC bus Friday in the northeast valley, according to Metro Police.
Clark County director of Department of Family Services to resign
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Facing public criticism, Lisa Ruiz-Lee, director of Clark County's Department of Family Services, sent a letter to her staff Wednesday announcing her resignation. "The decision to leave was mine and it was not ...
Nevada still hopes to have patient-dumping case dismissed
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
As far as San Francisco is concerned, a lawsuit pushing back against Nevada’s one-time practice of busing mentally ill patients to California will be moving forward. But Nevada is saying not so fast. The Supreme Court ...
Health District app shows restaurant grades, violations
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Attention Las Vegas foodies: The Southern Nevada Health District has launched an app that might help you decide where — or where not — to dine. The app ...
$5 swim lessons offered at 3 Las Vegas community pools
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
As the summer swim season reaches its peak, three Las Vegas public pools are offering $5 swim lessons for ...
Every day in the emergency room is new as UMC acts as valley’s medical ‘catchall’
Each work shift brings myriad challenges for doctors
Monday, June 29, 2015
UMC operates Southern Nevada’s only Level 1 trauma center and the state’s only burn center. As such, it’s often the landing place for people with life-threatening gunshot wounds, motorists involved in car wrecks, people who attempted suicide and others barely clinging to life ...
Competitive eating is more than just chowing down
Monday, June 29, 2015
Miki Sudo is downing oysters at the Orleans. Although they’re not her favorite, Sudo grabs a half shell, raises it to her mouth, sucks out the raw oyster and swallows it whole. A few minutes later, all that remains is a stack of empty shells. A day after the oyster session, Sudo downs platefuls of pot stickers, prepping for a different competition. Last summer, she won the women’s division of Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, sucking down 34 hot dogs in 10 minutes. It’s unlikely the average diner can match Sudo, down 103 hamburgers in eight minutes like ...
Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in valley
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
The Southern Nevada Health District announced today that mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus in eight area ZIP codes. The infected mosquitoes were collected in ...
It feels like home: Group of Cleveland fans enjoys NBA Finals at local bar
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Before I even fully took my seat Thursday evening at the Boulevard Bar and Grill, the guy next to me donning a Cleveland Cavaliers hat smiled broadly and introduced himself. He must be from the Midwest, I thought. It ...
Female veterans — where are you?
Locating such servicewomen in Nevada proves to be uphill battle
Friday, June 5, 2015
As Nevada officials ponder ways to improve services for female veterans, they first must answer a puzzling question: Where are they? The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates more than 21,000 female veterans live in Nevada, but the state Department of Veterans Services has identified only about ...
Shelter plans to save 90 percent of its animals by 2020
Thursday, June 4, 2015
With barking in the background, the Animal Foundation today announced plans to save 90 percent of animals that enter its shelter by 2020. “Our board has set a goal to save all healthy and treatable animals,” said Christine Robinson, executive director of the Animal Foundation, which operates the largest shelter in Las Vegas. Animal Foundation staff will create a five-year strategic plan, which will be ...
Roseman University buys more land for medical school
Monday, June 1, 2015
Roseman University has picked up 3.5 more acres of land in Summerlin, expanding the campus for a future medical school. The university bought the land ...
Hydropower: A dam good energy source
Monday, June 1, 2015
Hydropower, derived from falling or running water, is the oldest renewable energy technology in existence and the United States’ largest source of renewable electricity. Last year, hydropower accounted for about 6 percent of total U.S. electricity generation and 52 percent of generation from all renewables. But it could produce even more. Only 3 percent of the 80,000 dams in the United States make electricity. Most were constructed for ...
Fitness center planned for Union Village health care complex
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Las Vegas Athletic Clubs plans to build its eighth fitness center at Union Village, the massive health care complex under construction in Henderson, the company announced today. The new 85,000-square-foot facility’s amenities ...
Touro students invent devices for people with disabilities
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
When Sydney Carnevale worked at a horse therapy program in Maryland, she met a U.S. Navy veteran who lost most of his right arm when a bomb exploded in Afghanistan ...
Event offers chance to get rid of unwanted prescription meds
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Are unwanted prescription medications cluttering your cabinets? A prescription pill turn-in event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at ...
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 ...

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