Scottsdale, Arizona - A review of the weight gain risks and challenges faced by women in midlife has led Mayo Clinic researchers to a series of recommendations for this patient population. The findings are published in this month's edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Want to better understand what it means to be transgender? Here's a primer on the basics, as well as the definitions of common terms used to describe gender identity.

Washington, DC - In this week’s address, President Obama discussed Open Enrollment on the Health Insurance Marketplace, which began November 1. The deadline to sign up for coverage beginning on January 1 is this Thursday, December 15, and the final deadline to sign up for 2017 coverage is January 31.

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.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Over-the-counter cold remedies aren't off-limits if you have high blood pressure, but it's important to make careful choices.

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:

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 - 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.”

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.

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.