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.

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.

Carson City, Nevada - Smokers in Nevada can get free medications gum, patches and lozenges from the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program of the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health between June 20 - July 1, or while supplies last. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Tips From Former Smokers national tobacco education campaign will encourage smokers to call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) for free help getting medication and quit assistance. In order to take advantage of the free offer, which will run June 20 – July 1, tobacco users must enroll in the Nevada Tobacco Quitline with a trained coach and be medically eligible to receive the free medication.

Washington, DC - American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) release of the final tobacco deeming rule that gives the agency authority to regulate tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, hookah and cigars:

Carson City, Nevada - Free HIV testing is available in Carson City, Reno, and Las Vegas. If you need to find a testing center in your local area please refer to https://gettested.cdc.gov. There will be four locations in Nevada offering free HIV testing on Monday, June 27, the National HIV Testing Day.  The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health urges Nevadans to “Start Talking. Stop HIV.” Knowing your status is important, and testing is quick and easy.

Carson City, Nevada - As Mother’s Day approaches, the Division of Public and Behavioral Health wants to recognize the efforts of moms throughout the state for their efforts related to breastfeeding.

Carson City, Nevada - Governor Brian Sandoval and First Lady Kathleen Sandoval today announced they will host a State Summit on Prescription Drug Abuse in June, 2016. The Summit will provide the opportunity for the First Lady’s Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force and subsequently the Multidisciplinary Prevention Advisory Committee (MPAC) to update the community on existing laws put into place as a result of the 78th Legislative Session and Nevada’s Strategic Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan.

Scottsdale, Arizona - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that Zika virus causes a severe birth defect called, microcephaly. The CDC report, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows there is no single piece of evidence, rather a number of evidence-based conclusions.

Carson City, Nevada -  On May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a rule extending its authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco and other electronic nicotine delivery systems.  The main tenet of this rule will allow the FDA to improve public health and protect future generations from the dangers of tobacco by restricting the sale of these product to minors nationwide. Nevada has been a national leader in this effort by already restricting the sale of these tobacco products to anyone under 18. 

Scottsdale, Arizona - Some home cholesterol test kits are as accurate as the test your doctor uses, but it often depends on how precisely you follow the directions. Accuracy also varies from brand to brand. The most accurate test kits may be ones that are affiliated with a tracking program offered through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.