Public Health

Washoe County commissioners voted unanimously today to ban vaping inside county properties. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports.

A policy was implemented 13 years ago, which prohibited smoking cigarettes on county property.  But with the popularity of vaping products like e-cigarettes, the county is updating that policy.

Kevin Dick with Washoe’s health district says there are no federal or state regulations right now.

California College of Ayurveda

The popularity of ayurvedic medicine is growing in the U.S., but there isn't a formal system yet to license practitioners. To learn more, our contributor Luiza Vieira talked to Marc Halpern in Nevada City, who is at the forefront of this movement.

Ayurveda originated in India approximately 5,000 years ago.  It uses a combination of natural medicines, foods, colors, sounds and touch to help patients.

Marc Halpern is the president of the California College of Ayurveda in Nevada City. The school also runs a community clinic.

Douglas County Ranked Healthiest In Nevada

Mar 19, 2016
Alexa Ard

A recent report looking at the overall health of counties in Nevada, ranked Douglas County as the healthiest in state. Mineral County came in last and Washoe was third. 

The report is put out every year by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin. 

Are You Consuming Dangerous Amounts Of Mercury?

Mar 17, 2016

Pregnant women following the government's guidelines on seafood may be consuming toxic levels of mercury. 

The FDA and EPA advise pregnant women to consume more seafood in order to get extra doses of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to a baby's development. But a report out today from the nonprofit Environmental Working Group finds that pregnant women following that advice may also be ingesting toxic levels of mercury. Report author Sonya Lunder explains.

This week about two hundred people gathered in downtown Reno to celebrate a new chapter for a nonprofit community health center. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray was there and has this report.

Northern Nevada HOPES offers integrated healthcare that addresses homelessness, poverty, addiction and behavioral health regardless of people’s ability to pay.

CEO Sharon Chamberlain spoke at the event and said the center’s new three-story, nearly 40,000-square-foot building is a vast improvement.

Nevada Department of Transportation

In Nevada, pedestrian deaths have now outpaced deaths from breast cancer and the flu. Preliminary reports show that 19 people died on Nevada roads in just January and February. That's a 46 percent increase over the same timeframe last year. 

Nevada Ranked As One Of Worst States For Women

Mar 10, 2016
Wallethub.com

Nevada has been ranked as one of the worst states for women to live in. Reporter Rocio Hernandez explores why.

New PA Program Aims To Ease Healthcare Access

Mar 10, 2016
Alexa Ard

The University of Nevada School of Medicine will likely have a new physician assistant or PA program launching next year. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne has the details.

Visitors See US Healthcare Through Global Lens

Mar 8, 2016
Julia Ritchey

The University of Nevada, Reno, and the nonprofit group Immunize Nevada held a vaccine clinic for students on Tuesday with the help of several volunteers from other countries, like Adishetu Adams, a nutritional officer with Ghana's Ministry of Health.

Adams works to reduce malnutrition in pregnant women and children, which in turn helps decrease the infant mortality rate.

After Flint, A Closer Look At Reno's Water Quality

Mar 3, 2016
Julia Ritchey

The Obama administration announced plans this week to step up its oversight of state agencies in charge of drinking water. This follows revelations earlier this year that authorities in Flint, Mich., repeatedly ignored evidence that lead-contaminated water was reaching the public. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey spoke to some local water managers to get their thoughts on the Flint crisis and how they're working to keep our taps safe.

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