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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Even though officials say Omaha's tap water has met federal standards for lead for years, a local health organization is planning to test tap water for lead in light of the widespread contamination in Flint, Michigan.

The Munroe-Meyer Institute at UNMC and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ Nebraska Respite Program are looking for individuals across the state who are interested in being trained to provide respite care services.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska state agency says it has improved how quickly it processes applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program after it failed to meet federal standards last year.

Health officials say there’s a very low risk of contracting the Zika virus following a report of two cases in Nebraska.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Health officials say two travel-related cases of Zika virus have been reported in Nebraska.

Nebraska public health officials say the Zika virus poses very little threat to residents.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Public Health says flu activity is on the rise in Iowa. Three flu viruses are active in the state, including two types of influenza A and an influenza B strain, all of which are covered by this year's flu shots.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska health care experts are developing a program that will help hospitals and other facilities in the state continue reducing infections.

Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance recently received a $15,000 grant from the Fund for Omaha through the Omaha Community Foundation.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A legislative committee is recommending the elimination of a state program that was supposed to encourage Nebraska residents to save for their long-term care needs.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Public health officials say two central Iowa men have died from the flu and the state now has one of the highest influenza virus activity rates in the nation.

Nebraska earned a “B” letter grade on this year’s March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card.

Douglas County health officials want public input on priorities

Nov 10, 2015

The Douglas County Health Department and Live Well Omaha want to know what residents think are the county’s most pressing health issues.

Together Incorporated of Metro Omaha recently received a $30,000 grant from the Environment Protection Agency Region 7.

UNMC and Nebraska Medicine are partnering to launch a Mind and Brain Health Lab.

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a team of researchers at UNMC an $8.8 million grant to continue their work developing long-acting medicines targeting HIV/AIDS.

Your dentist may soon be able to use a simple diagnostic liquid solution on your teeth to determine whether you need a filling or not.

The 18th annual Omaha Women’s Health &Wellness Conference takes place Friday, October 30th at the LaVista Conference Center from 8 to 4:30.

The eighth annual Omaha Health Summit takes place October 22nd at the Embassy Suites Omaha-Downtown.

Public meetings set on State Alzheimer's Plan

Sep 15, 2015

A series of public meetings begin tonight on a state plan to address the needs of patients with Alzheimer’s Disease, and their caregivers.

This year’s flu vaccine will protect individuals from four different flu strains.

The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center is getting a new building which is set to open in the first quarter of 2017.

A new report from the American Cancer Society says Nebraska could do better when it comes to policies to help prevent and fight cancer.

The report, released Thursday, looks at state policies regarding items such as smoking cessation programs, coverage for Medicaid patients, and access to screening. The report says Nebraska spends only 11 percent of what the CDC recommends on tobacco control programs.

Douglas County has its first confirmed West Nile Virus case of the season.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A group of tanning salon owners is suing the Nebraska Cancer Coalition, accusing it of making false, defamatory statements about tanning that have hurt the businesses.

The business owners operate 30 tanning salons in Omaha and Lincoln and said Wednesday they will file the lawsuit in Douglas County District Court.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Governor Pete Ricketts has named two division directors to serve in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Secondary health conditions a factor in surviving lung cancer

Jun 16, 2015

A new study by a UNMC researcher has found that having a comorbid condition directly impacts a patient’s chances of surviving lung cancer.

Every year approximately one in 10 older Americans is a victim of elder abuse.

Fewer Nebraska, Iowa adolescents smoking cigarettes

Jun 2, 2015

A new report says fewer adolescents are smoking cigarettes.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts declared an emergency to make sure state agencies have what they need to battle bird flu in the state.

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