Public Health

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."

DEA Opens Some Doors For Cannabis Research

Sep 6, 2016
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.

Renown Health has a received $7.5 million  from the William N. Pennington Foundation to hire and retain pediatric doctors. 

On average in the U.S., there are 15 pediatricians for every 100,000 people, but in Reno, there are less than 10 pediatricians per that many residents.

That shortage is even more profound when you look at more specialized care.

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The Washoe County Health District has confirmed the first pregnancy affected by the Zika virus in this area. In a press release, district officials say that a woman traveled to a country with documented Zika virus transmission and then returned to Washoe County.

The case is actually the fourth confirmed instance of Zika virus infection in the county caused by travel.

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State officials have released a report showing West Nile Virus infections in two horses. The infections found in Churchill and Clark Counties indicate some risk for humans and other horses, but Nevada's head veterinarian says there is no cause for alarm. 

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Doctor shortages in Nevada have caused critical access issues for rural communities.

Tonopah closed its only hospital last year, leaving residents 100 miles away from the nearest facility. Now health care officials are working to find solutions.

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