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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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12:39 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Health Rankings report shows STD rate, percent of children living in poverty up in Douglas County

A new report on county health rankings in Nebraska shows Douglas County’s STD rate and percent of children living in poverty are on the rise.

The County Health Rankings report was discussed at this week’s Board of Health Meeting.  Douglas County had 540 reported STD cases per 100,000 population, according to the 2012 rankings. The percent of children living in poverty climbed from 15 percent to 21 percent.

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5:06 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Hundreds will Link Hands for Life on Saturday

Donate Life Nebraska is inviting everyone to link hands on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge on Saturday to celebrate national Donate Life Month.

Joey Hoffman, Spokesperson for Donate Life Nebraska, says in 18 people die in America each day due to a lack of donor organs.  She says Donate Life Nebraska is joining the national campaign to sign up 20 million organ donors in 2012.  Hoffman says becoming a donor because is one of the only opportunities you’ll have in your lifetime to save someone else’s life.

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11:23 am
Wed April 18, 2012

American Cancer Society: prognosis good if prostate cancer is caught early

The American Cancer Society says the survival rate for men who have prostate cancer is nearly one hundred percent over five years if the cancer is caught early.

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett announced Tuesday that he has stage one prostate cancer. Buffett will begin a two-month course of treatment in July.

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2:11 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Focus group to examine quality of health care veterans receive

courtesy American Legion

 

A forum Wednesday in Papillion focuses on the health care needs of veterans.

The veterans’ focus group is one of 25 such meetings the American Legion’s System Worth Saving Task Force is holding throughout the U.S. At each location, they’re talking with veterans about the quality of health care they’re receiving, and if it meets their needs.

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4:05 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Innovative Aging

Courtesy of ricochet.com

The Visiting Nurse Association is offering a series of lectures centering on the Age Explosion issue.

With the baby boomer generation growing by more than 50% in the next five years, VNA President and CEO Jamie Summerfelt says the VNA decided to create this educational series.  

He says the Innovative Aging series covers topics such as health, social connections and transportation issues related to

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5:06 am
Wed April 11, 2012

The 21st Annual Well Workplace Awards Luncheon happens Thursday

Increased productivity and decreased absenteeism are just two of the benefits for employers that create a culture of health and wellness.

Rebecca Vinton Dorn is Executive Director for Wellness Council of the Midlands.  WELCOM sponsors an annual awards lunch honoring metro area companies for their efforts in promoting worksite wellness.  This year’s lunch will honor eight companies. 

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5:06 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Nebraskans Encouraged to Get Up and Walk on April 25th

Just put one foot in front of the other…it’s that easy to participate in the 6th Annual National Walk at Lunch Day.

Kathy Nellor is a wellness business consultant for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska.  She says Blue Cross Blue Shield hopes 25,000 Nebraskans will participate for 30 minutes on April 25th. 

Nellor says Blue Cross Blue Shield wants people to make walking a regular habit.   She says walking is an easy and inexpensive way to exercise that still yields great results.

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