Carson City, Nevada - Health professional shortages have been a challenge in Nevada for decades.  The expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act has increased health care access to hundreds of thousands of Nevadans, creating even higher demand for health care professionals.  In anticipation of this increase, the NV Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) facilitated a pipeline mapping project to identify challenges across multiple sectors, and to make recommendations for bringing more health professionals to Nevada.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Maybe, but not by much. Recent research suggests that some echinacea supplements may shorten the duration of a cold by about half a day and may slightly reduce symptom severity. But these results were too minor to be deemed significant.

Henderson, Nevada - Southern Nevada residents in need of emergency medical care for a stroke may benefit from a Mayo Clinic “telestroke” program that is now available at all three campuses of Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican (Rose de Lima, Siena and San Martín). A recent agreement between St. Rose and Mayo Clinic in Arizona means the service featuring a portable, self-propelled robot has begun in southern Nevada. This service will compliment and augment the already robust certified stroke centers at all three campuses and Dignity Health is the first to partner with Mayo on this project in Nevada.

Washington, DC - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement on the School Breakfast Scorecard released today by the Food Research and Action Center:

Carson City, Nevada - Governor Brian Sandoval announced today that Richard Whitley has been appointed Interim Director of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Whitley currently serves within DHHS as the Administrator of the Division of Public and Behavioral Health Administration. Director Romaine Gilliland will return to retirement after an accomplished career in public service having worked in the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation and Administrator of the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services.

Las Vegas, Nevada - You can be contagious from a few days up to two weeks or more, depending on which virus is causing your stomach flu (gastroenteritis). A number of viruses can cause gastroenteritis, including noroviruses and rotaviruses. The contagious period - the time during which a sick person can give the illness to others - is slightly different for each virus.

Las Vegas, Nevada - More than 29 million Americans have diabetes and nearly 86 million others are on their way to a diagnosis. Type 2 diabetes has increased in prevalence simultaneously with the increase in consumption of processed foods and the rise in artificial sugars in American diets. Fortunately, evidence has shown Type 2 diabetes (or insulin resistance) can often be controlled – or even reversed – by proper eating and exercise.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Compulsive gambling, also called gambling disorder, is the uncontrollable urge to keep gambling despite the toll it takes on your life. Gambling means that you're willing to risk something you value in the hope of getting something of even greater value.

Palo Alto, California - Insilico Medicine, Inc., a longevity researcher focused on drug discovery to combat aging and age-related diseases, received the award for “Most Promising Company in Healthtech/IT” at the Personalized Medicine World Conference (PMWC 2015) in Palo Alto.

Washington, DC - Although secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure in the United States dropped by half between 1999 to 2000 and 2011 to 2012, one in four nonsmokers - 58 million people - are still exposed to SHS, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.