Public Health

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Renown Health is expanding its video health consultation network to four rural hospitals in Nevada.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

The videoconferencing service, known as telehealth, allows doctors in Reno to connect with patients in rural areas who may not have access to specialty services, like neurology or pediatrics.

Kirk Gillis is the vice president for accountable care with Renown, and he says the need for specialty care in rural areas is critical.

Bennet Omalu Foundation

When former Steelers center Mike Webster passed away at the age of 50 from a heart attack, one pathologist took a leap of faith to make one of the most significant discoveries in brain health in recent years.

Dr. Bennet Omalu's unearthing of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE, highlighted the inherent danger of impact sports, especially American football.

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Prestige Care and Carson Tahoe Health recently broke ground on a new skilled nursing and memory care center in Carson City. Our contributor Brook Bentley of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly reports.

The facility, expected to open late next year, will be in a two-story, 88,000 square foot building. There will be 80 skilled nursing beds on the first floor and 54 beds for memory care assisted-living residents on the second floor.

Noah Glick

Some local advocates are calling for the creation of walk-in mental health crisis centers in Nevada. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick has more.

Tim Lenard

A cycling group called Project Hero encourages rehabilitation for veterans by helping them get out and ride. Our contributor Tim Lenard attended a rally to learn more about what they do.

Renown Health

Nevada will soon be home to a large-scale public health study focusing on personal genetic information. It's a combined-effort by Renown Health, the Desert Research Institute, and a genetic-testing company called 23andMe.

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We recently reported on the first case of a zika pregnancy in Washoe County. To learn more about what this means for the community, our News Director Michelle Billman spoke to Dr. Jim Wilson, who heads the Nevada Center for Infectious Disease Forecasting at the University of Nevada, Reno.

TMCC Considering Tobacco-Free Campus

Sep 14, 2016
Truckee Meadows Community College

Truckee Meadows Community College is considering becoming a smoke-free campus after receiving a grant that will go towards that effort.

"Truckee Meadows Community College has always been a place that is concerned about the health and safety of our students, faculty and other employees," says Kate Kirkpatrick, a representative from TMCC. "We're not a smoke-free campus yet, but we did receive a $10,000 grant from the Truth Initiative to explore going smoke-free over the next 18 months." 

Low-Income Seniors, Kids Receive Free Shots

Sep 9, 2016
Sarah Parks

A special partnership is now providing free immunizations and other health related aid to children and seniors in Reno who are in need. Reno Public Radio's Sarah Parks reports.

Renown Health is providing Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada with a grant that covers all expenses of the vaccinations, which according to Wendy Damonte, can otherwise come with a hefty fee.

"If you go out to a pharmacy and have to pay for them, they can be expensive, upwards of a couple hundred dollars each, so for them to be able to have this service brought to them is key."

Alexa Ard

The Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, recently announced that it's opening some doors for research into cannabis, but at least for now, the drug will remain listed as a Schedule I controlled substance. Our contributor Brook Bentley of Northern Nevada Business Weekly breaks down what this all means.

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