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Layoffs at University Medical Center called necessary, overdue
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Layoffs at University Medical Center are expected to save $21 million in the next nine months and help make the public hospital more sustainable, officials said today. “This isn’t something we want to do, but there’s an understanding of why we’re doing it,” CEO Lawrence Barnard said, reflecting on some of the reactions he’s gotten from hospital staff. “We need to structure ourselves in a way that’s sustainable.” The layoffs eliminated ...
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AIDS advocate: ‘We are beginning to lose control of the epidemic’
Thursday, August 21, 2014
In 1986, with much of the country still trying its best to ignore the growing AIDS epidemic, a small community-minded gesture would lead to an event that has continued for nearly three decades. It started as a small birthday party, where instead of presents the guests brought canned goods to donate to the Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) food bank, founded two years earlier. The event's name: The Black and White Party, a reference to ...
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Nevada gets 174 applications for 76 medical marijuana dispensaries
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
A total of 174 applications were submitted by Monday’s deadline to operate 76 medical marijuana dispensaries in Nevada, the state Division of Public and Behavioral Health reported. Of those, 140 came from Clark County...
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Courage, leadership, investment needed to effectively push medical tourism here, experts say
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
When people fly out of town for medical care, they often go abroad for low-cost surgery or head to such world-class centers as the Mayo Clinic for care they can’t get at home. They don't usually think of coming to Las Vegas for ...
Farmer Boys grows chain of restaurants; dim sum dining spot shutters at Palms
Farmer Boys grows chain of restaurants; dim sum dining spot shutters at Palms
Monday, August 11, 2014
Openings & Closings:
A national brand promising farm-to-table quality opens a new location and searches for opportunities to expand while the Palms makes way for a new Chinese restaurant. Meanwhile, a luxury British brand arrives in Las Vegas and ...
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Very happy meals: Program provides summer relief for needy kids
Thursday, August 7, 2014
For kids who receive free or reduced-price meals at school, summer can mean days of missed meals and weeks of hunger. Parents sometimes struggle to find money or time to provide their children with the meals they eat at school But thanks to a program supported by the federal government, help is ...
Resort spas might be key to luring medical tourists to Las Vegas, report says
Resort spas might be key to luring medical tourists to Las Vegas, report says
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Despite its abysmal doctor shortage, business boosters are hoping to make Las Vegas a hot spot for medical tourism, a long hoped-for but elusive ...
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VA executive: Wait times can be fixed in 2 years
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Long wait times for veterans to get health care can be cleared up in two years, along with investigations of employees accused of falsifying data to hide the problem, Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson said. Gibson, who toured the Denver VA hospital, said his department has to change its ...
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Chikungunya, a disease with an odd name but painful symptoms, turns up in Nevada
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
It has a funky name, is transmitted by a particularly aggressive mosquito and has spread throughout the Caribbean and into the U.S. since its introduction to the Western Hemisphere late last year. Chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus previously limited to Asia, has now appeared in Nevada, too. The Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed that the illness was found in a Clark County resident returning from vacation, adding Nevada to the list of states touched by the virus' expansion in 2014. The illness will most likely be limited ...
Mosquitoes in valley test positive for West Nile Virus
Mosquitoes in valley test positive for West Nile Virus
Monday, August 4, 2014
Mosquitoes in the Las Vegas Valley have tested positive for West Nile Virus, the Southern Nevada Health District announced today. Officials set mosquito traps in the ZIP codes of...
Plan calls for $26.7 million state funding request to launch UNLV medical school
Friday, August 1, 2014
Planning for the proposed UNLV School of Medicine took a step forward Friday with the unveiling of a business plan calling for the state of Nevada to spend ...
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Gov. Sandoval tours Mount Charleston; new flood warning issued
Friday, August 1, 2014
A boil-water order for residents of the lower Rainbow subdivision on Mount Charleston has been lifted, Las Vegas Valley Water District officials announced today. The order had been...
Health insurance rates likely to rise for Nevadans next year
Health insurance rates likely to rise for Nevadans next year
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Whether it's a plan on the Silver State Exchange or one offered by a small business, insurance companies want Nevadans to pay more for health care plans next year ...
Task force: Graduate medical education a key to solving Nevada’s doctor shortage
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
HEALTH CARE: Officials say recommendation won't affect UNLV medical school plan
While UNLV continues to form a budget proposal for its medical school, a governor’s task force has recommended that the state spend $12 million to ...
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Warm hearts meet high tech: UNLV team crafting new hand for Las Vegas girl
Friday, July 25, 2014
When the mother of a 4-year-old Las Vegas girl made a plea for engineers at UNLV to help build her daughter a prosthetic hand, they listened. The result is a wonder of modern technology, created with a 3-D printer and allowing the girl to ...

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