Carson City, Nevada - The sixth annual County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI), outline the health status for counties in Nevada.

Carson City, Nevada - The first medical marijuana establishment (MME) to open in the state of Nevada is Sierra Wellness Connection, a cultivation facility located in Reno.  SWC successfully passed all local and state inspections, and is prepared to begin growing medical marijuana. 

Carson City, Nevada - With more than 86 million Americans living with prediabetes and nearly 90 percent of them unaware of it, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced that they have joined forces to take urgent action to Prevent Diabetes STAT: Screen, Test, Act - Today™, and Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Section of the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health joins these national leaders in health in this critical effort.

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.

Carson City, Nevada - March 10th marks the annual National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide observance that encourages women to take control in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness by offering support, encouraging discussion, and teaching women and girls about prevention, testing for and the management of HIV/AIDS.

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.

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 - 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 - 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.

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.