Washington, DC - In a tumultuous 2017, gains made to expand insurance coverage were threatened by various legislative and executive actions. Physicians responded with a strong voice in favor of proposals to stabilize the individual insurance market and against plans that would lead to millions fewer uninsured. Here is how AMA Wire® covered these vital developments.

Las Vegas, Nevada - The Clark County Medical Society is set to host The Opioid Epidemic and its Impact on Local Healthcare Providers Town Hall, a collaboration with the Las Vegas Medical District (LVMD), Nevada State Medical Association (NSMA), University Medical Center (UMC), PACT Coalition and the Clark County Medical Society Alliance (CCMSA) at the Las Vegas City Hall Council Chambers on Tuesday, December 5th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in an effort to educate Nevada's physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, Residents and Fellows on all topics revolving around Nevada's new legislation ABA474. AB474 passed in response to opioid abuse and overdoses. Nevada has the fourth highest overdose mortality rate, 20.7 per 100,00 residents in 2010. ABA474 goes into effect January 1, 2018.

Scottsdale, Arizona - It's very unlikely that you would get genital herpes from a toilet seat. Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) spread by skin-to-skin contact.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Although being lean can often be healthy, being underweight can be a concern if it's the result of poor nutrition or if you are pregnant or have other health concerns. So, if you're underweight, see your doctor or dietitian for an evaluation. Together, you can plan how to meet your goal weight.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Certain genes make you more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. Genes control the function of every cell in your body. Some genes determine basic characteristics, such as the color of your eyes and hair. Other genes can make you more likely to develop certain diseases, including Alzheimer's disease.

Washington, DC - A new online resource is now available to help people recognize and find high quality care for alcohol use disorder, which affects more than 15 million adults in the United States. The Alcohol Treatment Navigator, designed by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, is a comprehensive, yet easy-to-use tool to help individuals and their loved ones navigate the often-complicated process of choosing treatment for alcohol problems. With many treatment options available, the navigator makes the search easier by telling them what they need to know - and what they need to do to find appropriate, quality care.

Rochester, Minnesota - Ovarian cancer is hard to detect in its early stages, because symptoms are usually either nonexistent or they are vague. Unfortunately, by the time symptoms become more obvious, the disease often has spread beyond the ovaries. There are no screening tests for ovarian cancer. A number of factors, including genetics, can raise a woman's risk for the disease.

Las Vegas, Nevada - The Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD) State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides unbiased, free Medicare assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and their families statewide. Nevada SHIP is available to review and compare health and drug plans to help beneficiaries decide and enroll in a plan that will go into effect January 1, 2018. Certified SHIP Benefits Counselors are available for over the phone and in person assistance at various locations throughout the state.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Calcium supplements or antacids containing calcium, can interfere with the absorption of thyroid hormone replacement medications, such as synthetic thyroid hormones levothyroxine (Synthroid, Unithroid, others) and liothyronine (Cytomel), as well as thyroid extract supplements.

Rochester, Minnesota - Individualized medicine - the concept of matching medical care precisely to each patient's genes, lifestyle and environment is no longer just a theory. Experts in individualized medicine also known as personalized or precision medicine will be in Rochester Oct. 9-10, presenting the latest ways to apply precision medicine to all patients. They are available for interviews on groundbreaking discoveries at Individualizing Medicine 2017: Advancing Care Through Genomics, which will be held at Mayo Civic Center.