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).

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.

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.

Washington, DC - As the Affordable Care Act’s coverage provisions have taken effect, 17.6 million Americans have gained coverage, and, since 2010, we’ve reduced the uninsured rate in this country by 45 percent.  The nation’s uninsured rate now stands at its lowest level ever. But still, in communities across the country, 10.5 million people eligible for Marketplace coverage remain uninsured.

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.

Carson City, Nevada - With the recent death in Las Vegas while using a cryogenic chamber machine, health experts at the Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) are working with other state and local agencies and licensing boards to determine whether cryogenic chamber machines are safe for use by the general public.

Carson City, Nevada - Richard Whitley, director of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), today announced that effective January 1, 2016, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will be covered by the Division of Health Care Financing and Policy (DHCFP).

Sparks, Nevada - Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services (NNAMHS) and Rural Community Health Services (RCHS) will celebrate National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Community Month by hosting an open house. NNAMHS and RCHS are State of Nevada agencies that provide inpatient and outpatient mental health services to northern and rural Nevada residents. NNAMHS is a comprehensive, community-based behavioral health system for adult consumers located in Sparks. RCHS serves both children and adults under an integrated care model and includes 15 behavioral health, 13 community health, and one fully integrated clinic located throughout rural Nevada.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Support groups bring together people facing similar issues, whether that's illness, relationship problems or major life changes. Members of support groups often share experiences and advice. It can be helpful just getting to talk with other people who are in the same situation.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Medicare beneficiaries across the country have the opportunity to make changes to their coverage during the annual Open Enrollment period, which starts this Thursday, October 15, and runs through December 7.  As individual health needs change and as health care insurance providers may change their benefits and costs each year, it is important for beneficiaries to review their Medicare choices each fall during the annual open enrollment period.