Public Health

The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District now has equipment on every engine that will perform chest compressions for people suffering from cardiac arrest. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman has the details. 

Providing chest compressions is tough work. When done manually, it requires multiple paramedics to switch off every two minutes.

Yama Rongomas

A student at the University of Nevada, Reno is the only blood-borne Zika case in Nevada. Our reporter Yama Rongomas has more.

Healing With Music Therapy

Dec 18, 2016
Anh Gray

A couple of times a week, music therapy is offered to patients in the pediatric unit at Renown Health. It’s a clinical intervention providing a therapeutic benefit. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray visits the hospital to learn more.

Doctors. Medical exams. IVs.  A hospital can be an unpleasant place for sick children. That’s why the Renown pediatric unit offers music therapy to help reduce pain and anxiety.

Urban Institute

A new report by a nonpartisan think tank predicts a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act without replacing it could lead to 371,000 Nevadans losing health coverage by 2019.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

As the Trump administration prepares to take office, many lawmakers have pushed for the complete or partial repeal of the act.

Reno Startup Develops Smartphone Stethoscope

Dec 12, 2016
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One Reno startup is making it possible for patients to convert their smartphone into a stethoscope in order to allow a doctor to remotely listen to their heart and lungs. Our contributor Brook Bentley of the Northern Nevada Business Weekly has this business profile.

Life Guard International Flying ICU

The recent crash of an air ambulance plane in Elko killed all four passengers on board and took a multi-million dollar aircraft out of service.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick checked in with the company that operated the plane to see what’s next.

The destroyed plane was one of five operated by American Medflight, and this was the first fatal incident the company has seen.

President and CEO Jeff Burruel says after the crash, the company grounded all planes until they were fully inspected and pilots were re-trained in low to the ground emergency situations.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

A grant awarded to the Nevada Department of Agriculture will help farmers prevent produce-related disease outbreaks.

Reno Public Radio's Marcus Lavergne has more.

The $2 million award, dispersed over the next five years, will help Nevada farmers comply with guidelines set by the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011. In addition, the department will offer various workshops and training to farmers around the state.

Ashley Jeppson is a state agriculturalist. She says if food makes consumers sick in one region, there could be national repercussions.

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The closure of a Tonopah hospital last year, the only one in a 100-mile radius, has put a huge strain on local volunteer EMS crews.

That region’s struggle highlights pervasive health care challenges facing rural Nevada. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

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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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