Health Care

2:33 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

VA of Nebraska-western Iowa hiring additional mental health care clinicians

The VA Medical Center in Omaha.

The VA of Nebraska-western Iowa plans to add 16 additional personnel to provide mental health care to veterans.

It’s part of a nationwide initiative by the VA to add 1,600 mental health clinicians nationwide.

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8:21 am
Mon June 18, 2012

DHHS announces new services for young people with developmental disabilities

About 325 Nebraska children with developmental disabilities will have new services available to them.

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5:06 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Breakthrough Drug Brings New Hope for Cystic Fibrosis Patients

The director of UNMC’s Adult Cystic Fibrosis program says he’s excited about a new treatment called Kalydeco.

Dr. Peter J. Murphy says Kalydeco is a drug that specifically targets a certain class of genetic mutation that causes cystic fibrosis in some patients.  Cystic fibrosis is a disease that primarily affects the lungs, with thick secretions that may sometimes become infected and make it difficult for patients to breathe.  

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8:33 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Forum focuses on veterans' health care needs

The VA medical center in Lincoln.
courtesy VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa

A forum next week in Lincoln focuses on the health care needs of veterans.

The VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa is hosting the forum next Wednesday evening. It’s an opportunity for veterans to ask questions about health care and find out what services they’re eligible for.

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2:06 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Severe obesity is forecast to double by 2030

The Douglas County Health Department’s Chief of Community Health and Nutrition Services is in Washington DC for the Weight of the Nation Conference.

Mary Balluff says the purpose of the conference is to figure out how we as a community are going to combat the obesity issue.  A recent article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine predicts an increase in the percentage of obese and very obese Americans over the next twenty years.  

Balluff says Douglas County has done a number of things locally to try to stem the tide of obesity in the Omaha area.

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3:30 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Workplace wellness challenge brings city of Omaha, middle school, businesses together


A recent study by Gallup found that U-S businesses lose more than 150-billion dollars each year due to employees’ health-related issues.

The city of Omaha, an elementary school, and 13 businesses recently completed a 12-week wellness challenge. The program, called the Weight No More Wellness Challenge, sought to get participants exercising regularly and eating healthy.

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11:45 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Creighton president says partnership with Alegent will expand opportunities

Creighton University Medical Center will become an Alegent Health hospital in July.
courtesy CUMC


Creighton University’s president says new partnerships with Alegent Health mean health science students will have quality training for years to come.

One agreement expands Alegent’s teaching affiliation with Creighton’s health sciences programs. Creighton president Father Timothy Lannon says the move is good for medical students, and will better address community needs.

Alegent’s Bergan Mercy Medical Center and Immanuel Hospital provide residency slots for Creighton’s medical students.

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5:06 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Heyday on May Day!

The number one priority on the City of Omaha’s Transportation Master Plan is the Market to Midtown Connector.

The connector would convert Harney Street, from midtown to the Old Market, into a street that supports multiple modes of transportation, including biking and walking.  

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1:26 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Alegent Health to acquire Creighton University Medical Center, expand teaching affiliations


Alegent Health expects its two new agreements with Creighton University to become official July first.

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8:09 am
Tue April 24, 2012

April is Get Yourself Tested Month

Dr. Adi Pour, Director of the Douglas County Health Department, says they’ve known since 2004 that the rate of STD infections in Douglas County is at an epidemic level.

She says the health department wants to take every opportunity to keep young people healthy.  Dr. Pour says one of the ways to do so is to increase screening rates. 

She says often these types of infections are asymptomatic, so people may not know they are infected.

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