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Tips for Better Hearing

Jun 6, 2018

Hearing loss affects more than 48 million people nationwide. 

Cholangiocarcinoma is a cancer of the bile ducts that extends from the liver to the small intestine. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — More than 600 Nebraska youths have received treatment through a new state initiative designed to help those who struggle with emotional and mental-health problems.

The title of  the VNA and Urban Abbey’s May 31st session of "Let’s Drink Coffee and Learn Things," is "The Impact of Alternative Pain Therapies on the Opioid Crisis." 

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials say switching health insurance companies would save the University of Nebraska around $12.3 million next year.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center recently released its Rural Health Care Workforce Report.

Last fall, the American Heart Association changed its guidelines about what should be considered high blood pressure.  

Omaha Public Schools recently launched its SAFE Schools Hotline. 

Earlier this month, UNMC released a new online toolkit that’s meant to make mentoring easier for providers.

During the month of April, many organizations, including the Henry Doorly Zoo and Woodmen Life, are shining blue lights in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month.

The 2018 VNA Senior Speaker Series starts with “Tips for Keeping Your Mind Sharp” on Thursday, April 19th.

UnitedHealthcare Motion allows people to access wearable devices and earn more than $1000 a year by meeting certain walking goals.

Trauma Matters Omaha is a new website focused on providing information and resources to trauma victims.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska has adopted federal guidelines on avoiding opioids as painkillers.

UNMC and Nebraska Medicine were recognized this week when the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the US Department of Health and Human Services visited the campus. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill that would offer state employees an alternative health care plan.

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April is STD Awareness Month.  In preparation, the Adolescent Health Project is encouraging teens to get tested for STD’s in a variety of ways.

A new UNMC study funded by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and Pfizer, Inc., hopes to improve treatment outcomes for women under 50 in rural Nebraska who are diagnosed with breast cancer. 

National MS Society Community Engagement Manager, Ian Kimmer, discusses the strides in research regarding MS.

During the month of March -- Colon Cancer Awareness Month -- the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force makes free FOBT kits available at nearly 140 locations in the Metro area.

A UNMC National Institutes of Health-sponsored study shows promise for a better way to treat tuberculosis.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Public Health Department says in its latest report that 157 Iowa residents have died of flu-related illnesses since Oct. 1 — the worst flu season since the swine flu outbreak in 2009.

The 2017-2018 flu season is definitely not over yet.  According to a report on DouglasCountyHealth.com, there were 515 positive influenza tests reported last week -- only 19 fewer than the week before. 

The Adolescent Health Project’s Sweet Talk campaign is meant to normalize conversations teens have with their parents or guardians about sexuality and relationships.

Omaha’s OneWorld Community Health Centers was one of hundreds of health centers nationwide whose funding was re-authorized for two years as part of the recent short-term spending bill. 

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nine organizations covering several states have filed lawsuits seeking to reverse a decision by President Donald Trump's administration to cut short funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs.

The lawsuits were filed Thursday on behalf of three Planned Parenthood affiliates, including those covering Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Hawaii, Nebraska and Washington state, as well as organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Texas and Maryland.

Creighton University has received a nearly $400,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  It will fund Finances First, a three-year research study to observe whether improving the financial status of low-income single mothers leads to better physical health as well.

The Visiting Nurse Association will host its annual Art & Soup fundraiser Sunday, February 25th.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska is planning to move its health clinic and administrative offices from Omaha to a campus southwest of the city in an effort to offer health care services to more people.

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