Las Vegas, Nevada - Tobacco Prevention and Control Program of the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health and associated partners are pleased to announce the 2016 PRIDE Festival in Las Vegas will be smoke-free. In addition to traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes and vaping products will not be allowed at the festival.

Carson City, Nevada - Mosquito season and West Nile virus (WNV) continues in Nevada.  Nevada usually sees WNV cases around mid-June through October.  Thus far this year, six human cases have been reported in Churchill County. Statewide, Nevada has seen a total of 10 cases in 2016. There have been human cases of WNV in Nevada every year since 2003. Case counts statewide having been as high as 124 reported in 2006 and as low as two in 2010.  Most of Nevada is experiencing severe to exceptional drought.  With fewer water sources, mosquitoes and animals are coming into closer contact as they are searching for water.  As Nevadans enjoy being outside, it is important to remember easy ways to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes.  The best way to avoid WNV is to prevent mosquito bites.

Washington, DC - New recommendations that all U.S. donated blood be tested for Zika virus have been issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The plan begins immediately in Florida, moves to southern-tier and border states within the next month, then the rest of the country has until November to comply.

Rochester, Minnesota - Zika isn’t the only health concern now that the games have begun in Rio. Massive crowds from around the globe will be at the Olympics, and that means a world-class array of germs will mix with them. Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert Gregory Poland, M.D., offers several tips for avoiding illness when you are around lots of people, whether at the Olympics, a professional sports event, convention, concert or other major event.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Maintaining a consistent routine, including a heart-healthy diet and regular exercise, is an important part of managing your cholesterol. But that doesn't mean breaking from your routine for travel has to be off-limits. With some planning and a positive mindset, you can keep up your healthy habits — whether you're traveling for business or pleasure. To manage your cholesterol when you're away from home, consider these tips:

Rochester, Minnesota - Incidence of head and neck cancers – usually defined as malignancies above the collarbone but outside the brain – are on the rise, according to statistics from the American Cancer Society (ACS).  The most common is thyroid cancer, with more than 62,000 cases annually.

Carson City, Nevada - Richard Whitley, Director of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), today announced that the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has approved a Division of Health Care Financing Policy (DHCFP) Nevada Medicaid State Plan Amendment (SPA) that updates coverage and reimbursement to include Community Paramedicine services. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Nevada to fill the gaps in health care in both rural and urban locations around the state,” DHCFP Acting Administrator Marta Jensen said. “Over time, this should reduce costly hospital re-admissions and free up physicians’ time to see more critical cases as well as provide wellness interventions to the citizens of Nevada.”

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.

Scottsdale, Arizona - For most initial prostate cancer treatments, the answer is no. For instance, if your initial treatment is surgery to remove the prostate (prostatectomy), radiation therapy and hormone therapy may be options for you later, if necessary.

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.