Las Vegas, Nevada - OCD, or obsessive compulsive disorder, continues to be stigmatized as a health issue even though there's a paradoxical adoption of the term in the English language. Somewhere along the way, it not only became an adjective, but also a rather cool quirk we use in our day-to-day language.

Washington, DC - Scientists at the National Institutes of Health have identified a genetic mutation responsible for a rare form of inherited hives induced by vibration, also known as vibratory urticaria. Running, hand clapping, towel drying or even taking a bumpy bus ride can cause temporary skin rashes in people with this rare disorder. By studying affected families, researchers discovered how vibration promotes the release of inflammatory chemicals from the immune system’s mast cells, causing hives and other allergic symptoms.

Stanford, California - One person's risky bet is another's exciting opportunity. The difference between those outlooks comes down to more than just disposition: It turns out that people with a stronger connection between two brain regions have a more cautious financial outlook.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Friday, approved Alecensa (alectinib) to treat people with advanced (metastatic) ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease has worsened after, or who could not tolerate treatment with, another therapy called Xalkori (crizotinib).

Washington, DC - The American Heart Association (AHA) applauds the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) on the release of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Las Vegas, Nevada - The Division of Public and Behavioral Health’s (DPBH) Immunization Program is one of ten awardees of a new Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The application process was competitive, and Immunization Program leadership is excited to announce that Nevada will receive $938,606 to focus on comprehensive efforts to increase adult immunization rates across the state.

Ann Arbor, Michigan - The results from the latest national survey in the Monitoring the Future series on use of licit and illicit drugs by American teenagers show that some important improvements are taking place.

Carson City, Nevada - Over the past few weeks, the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) has collaborated with other state and local agencies and licensing boards to review public health and safety concerns of cryogenic chamber machines, also called a cryosauna. DPBH has conducted site visits to the known open facilities that have the machines and consulted with a major distributer of the machines in the United States, CryoUSA, located in Dallas, Texas.

San Antonio, Texas - Adding carboplatin to presurgery chemotherapy improved disease-free survival for patients with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), according to results from the randomized phase II GeparSixto clinical trial presented at the 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held December 8–12.

Carson City, Nevada - The Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) is leading Nevada by example by promoting the Great American Smokeout event happening November 19, 2015. DPBH will strive to go 100% smoke free for one day. The Great American Smokeout, sanctioned by the American Cancer Society, encourages smokers to refrain from smoking for just one day and to consider modalities of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and/or other evidence-based smoking cessation practices. DPBH wants to take the opportunity to practice what they preach and promote internally and to the public worksite wellness through local resources for smoking cessation such as 1-800-QUITNOW.