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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A Nebraska man accused of threatening to stab someone with a syringe that he said held HIV-tainted blood has pleaded guilty to a reduced Iowa robbery charge.

Despite the fact Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska is pulling out of the Health Insurance Marketplace, there are still about 15 plans to choose from in the state.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Regional Poison Control Center says it's important to keep kids away from holiday hazards like alcohol, disc batteries and visiting relatives' medications.

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, nearly 43 million adults in the United States provided unpaid care to an adult or disabled child in the last 12 months.

The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System will hold a Veterans’ Town Hall tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6:30.

Last week, a student attending classes at Benson High School went to a doctor’s appointment and tested positive for active Tuberculosis.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha health officials have confirmed that a Benson High School student has tuberculosis, exposing nearly 200 students and a dozen school staff members to the contagious lung disease.

Last week was the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout.  It’s a day that encourages tobacco users to give up the habit.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers who have fought for years to expand Medicaid coverage under the federal health care law are backing off their effort now that Donald Trump has won the presidential race and Republicans held their majority in Congress.

A new National Center for Health Security and Biopreparedness will be built at UNMC. 

Thanks to a $300,000 federal grant to UNMC’s Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska, (BHECN), and Monroe-Meyer Institute, 21 masters-level counseling students from four Nebraska universities will receive paid internships.  

A lot of the controversy over prostate cancer screening tests started several years ago when the US Preventative Services Task Force came out with a recommendation saying men should not be screened for prostate cancer.

Open enrollment season is here for both the National Health Insurance Marketplace as well as for employers.

Kids will be trick-or-treating next Monday night and Jason Kerkman, Safe Kids Nebraska Coordinator for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, wants them to be safe when they do.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two Omaha health systems plan to create a network for pediatric clinical trials.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A state agency that serves people with developmental disabilities says it has taken new steps to prevent the kind of billing errors that could force Nebraska to repay millions of dollars to the federal government.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska health officials are exploring how to use technology to provide mental health and substance abuse treatment for rural patients who must otherwise travel for hours to access behavioral health care.

Dr. Cheng Wang, assistant professor in UNMC’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, recently received a $40,000 grant from Colleen’s Dream Foundation to continue his work in developing an early detection test for ovarian cancer. 

The Missing Senior Network is a free service created by Home Instead designed to help families locate an elder family member who has wandered off.  

A new report from US Census Bureau data says 50,000 more Nebraskans were insured in 2015 than in 2013, but roughly 154,000 remain uninsured.  

“Strength and Motivation for Life’s Challenges” is the theme of the 19th annual Omaha Women’s Health & Wellness Conference.

A new report released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine calls for changes in the area of family caregiving of elders, something it says nearly 18 million Americans are involved in.  

  Two medical start-up companies affiliated with UNMC will present their technologies at the first-ever University Start-Ups Demo Day in Washington, D.C. next week.  

The Visiting Nurse Association will begin its Flu Immunization Clinics starting next Monday, September 12th.

Tonight’s Omaha Science Café focuses on Sex Trafficking in Nebraska.

A new partnership between UNMC and Purdue Pharma, LP will increase graduate student research opportunities and hopefully bring some UNMC researchers’ drug therapies to market sooner. 

The College of St. Mary has a new Physician Assistant program this year, and along with its first cohort of 30 students, it has a new 8-cadaver lab.  

The VNA Senior Speaker Series continues next week with the topic “End of Life Decisions,” and is geared toward seniors, caregivers and health-care professionals. 

With more and more people getting immunizations at their local pharmacies, having access to accurate records about who needs what can be challenging.   

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Aug 3, 2016

The new school year is right around the corner and because of that, August has been deemed National Immunization Awareness Month.

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