Durham, North Carolina - Physical declines begin sooner in life than typically detected, often when people are still in their 50s, according to a Duke Health study that focused on a large group of U.S. adults across a variety of age groups.

Washington, DC - AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross are issuing a critical appeal for blood and platelet donors across the country. With the nation’s blood supply facing significantly low inventory levels, the blood community encourages individuals throughout the U.S. to schedule an appointment to donate.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Among Nevada’s troubling health care stats: The state lacks an officially designated National Cancer Institute (NCI). Elsewhere such institutes have been responsible for many treatment breakthroughs and give their communities access to potentially life-saving research trials. One of the newest hires at UNLV’s School of Medicine aims to change that.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Clark County's Department of Air Quality (DAQ) extended an advisory for today through Thursday, June 30, for potentially elevated levels of ozone and smoke due to wildfires burning in the Southern California and the local Lovell Canyon fire. Air Quality officials say smoke is made of small dust particles and other pollutants that can aggravate respiratory diseases and contribute to ground-level ozone formation.

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Every woman who has ever had a baby shower has had to sit through the gruesome war stories about labor and childbirth.

Las Vegas, Nevada - With Fourth of July celebrations coming soon, Clark County has partnered with area police, fire and other     public agencies on an outreach effort aimed at reminding residents that only fireworks labeled "safe and sane" are legal for use in Clark County, and only from Tuesday, June 28, through Monday, July 4, when it's legal for authorized vendors to sell them.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Epclusa to treat adult patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) both with and without cirrhosis (advanced liver disease). For patients with moderate to severe cirrhosis (decompensated cirrhosis), Epclusa is approved for use in combination with the drug ribavirin. Epclusa is a fixed-dose combination tablet containing sofosbuvir, a drug approved in 2013, and velpatasvir, a new drug, and is the first to treat all six major forms of HCV.

Washington, DC - US government agencies and their colorectal cancer prevention partners have set a goal that at least 80% of adults ages 50-75 will be screened for colorectal cancer.  A recently published study conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the U.S. healthcare system has the capacity to make this goal a reality.

Washington, DC - As pharma and insurance company behemoths lock horns in a battle over profits, Consumer Reports finds consumers are reeling from the rampant rise in drug prices. Nearly one-third of Americans polled by Consumer Reports said they had experienced a drug price hike in the past year, shelling out a total of $2 billion more for a drug they routinely take.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Clark County Department of Air Quality (DAQ) issued an advisory for today through Monday, June 27 for potentially elevated levels of ozone and smoke due to wildfires burning in the Southern California and Arizona. Air Quality officials say smoke is made of small dust particles and other pollutants that can aggravate respiratory diseases and contribute to ground-level ozone formation.