The Nebraska State Fire Marshal's office says 144 people were injured in 2010 by misuse of fireworks.
In the city of Omaha, residents can shoot off fireworks from 8 am to 11 pm through Wednesday. An ophthalmologist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center says if you choose to do so, wear eye protection and don't let children use fireworks.
Dr. John Peters says 1,300 people suffered eye injuries nationwide last year due to misuse of fireworks. He says about half of those injuries were to people under age 19.
The American Red Cross says there’s an urgent need for donations of blood and platelets.
April Oppliger, Program Manager for the Mid-American Blood Services Division, says there have been 50,000 fewer donations in June than anticipated. She says that’s about half the blood supply the Red Cross had at this time last year.
Oppliger says a pint of whole blood has a shelf life of 42 days. Platelets have a shelf life of only five days, and Oppliger says those donations are always in high demand. She says donations of all blood types are needed.
What can people do to render aid before the ambulance arrives? Metro Community College’s new Trauma First Response class provides the training to help answer that question.
MCC’s Fremont campus is offering numerous eight-hour courses in Trauma First Response this summer. Craig Jacobus, EMS Program Coordinator for the Fremont campus, says the classes are geared toward the non-traditional first responder.
He says the courses take complex information and put it at a level that is immediately applicable. Jacobus says this is not a sit down class.
Six recent cases of flesh eating bacteria are not connected, according to the Director of The Nebraska Medical Center’s Hyperbaric Oxygen Unit.
Dr. Jeff Cooper says all six individuals were infected with different organisms. He says though some individuals, such as those with diabetes, those who smoke, and the obese are more susceptible to flesh eating bacteria, contracting a virus is largely a matter of bad luck.
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.
A Creighton University oncologist is critical of an announcement by the United States Preventive Services Task Force about PSA-based screenings.
The Task Force announced this afternoon its recommendation against prostate-specific antigen or PSA-based screenings for all men regardless of age. Dr. Henry Lynch is the Director of the Hereditary Cancer Center at Creighton.
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.