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Barton Health nurses vote to join California Nurses Association labor union

November 19, 2017 — Nurses at Barton Health have voted to unionize, a move that will undoubtedly alter how one of the area’s largest employers interacts with some of its most vital employees. Exact vote totals were not disclosed Wednesday night, but the vote was 87 percent in favor

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Weekend for wellness

November 17, 2017 — Last weekend, nestled among the trees, transformational seminars and workshops welcomed a community of kindhearted souls for Wellness Weekend on Nov. 11-12. In years past, the event has been for women-only and hosted by Granlibakken Tahoe. This year, they opened the doors to both men

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Tahoe Forest Hospital recognized for excellence

November 15, 2017 — The Tahoe Forest Hospital has been recognized for performance excellence in three categories by The Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC). CALNOC Performance Excellence Awards recognize top performers in hospital safety. Tahoe Forest was recognized for best performance in preventing moderate and injury falls, best

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Barton Health nurses to vote on joining union

November 11, 2017 — For only the second time in the organization’s history, a group of employees at Barton Health will vote on whether or not they want to unionize. If the approximately 150 registered nurses who are eligible to vote in the upcoming election this week decide to

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Link between PPIs and kidney disease not certain

November 2, 2017 — Dear Doctor: Proton pump inhibitors, which I take for my severe heartburn, have made my life enjoyable again. Now I’m reading that they may cause kidney damage. How serious is the risk? I really don’t want to give them up. Dear Reader: Severe heartburn, which

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Tahoe Top 5: Yoga for life

November 2, 2017 — Few feelings compare to the sense of unity that is present during each class offered by the Truckee Yoga Collective. Community members show up for class each day, making room for one another to practice in a room filled with people looking to benefit their

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Douglas County commissioners OK $275K health subsidy for employees

October 22, 2017 — Douglas County will subsidize employee health care to the tune of $275,000, commissioners decided 3-2 on Thursday, Oct. 19. Commissioners Dave Nelson and Larry Walsh voted against the raise. The county plans on paying for the subsidy using personnel cost savings, which run about $575,000

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Melatonin and COQ10 have been shown to prevent migraines

October 20, 2017 — Dear Doctor: I’ve suffered with migraines for years, and my doctor wants to give me a daily medication to prevent them. I’m reluctant to rely too heavily on drugs. Aren’t there any vitamins or non-prescription medications I can take to prevent migraines? Dear Reader: The

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Most Nevadans won’t be affected by health care subsidies cuts

October 14, 2017 — The head of the Silver State Health Exchange says President Trump’s decision to cancel Cost Sharing Reduction subsidies to insurance companies will impact few Nevadans who get insurance through the exchange. “It will take time,” said Heather Korbulac. “Those likely will not have an impact

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Colorado doctor: Health effects of living in mountains unknown to medical establishment

October 12, 2017 — Dr. Christine Ebert-Santos, M.D., is on a mission. The longtime Summit County pediatrician has, for several years, been trying to spread the word on an acute altitude illness that even locals can develop no matter how long they’ve been residents. If not diagnosed or treated

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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval urges re-authorization of CHIP

September 30, 2017 — Gov. Brian Sandoval on Friday, Sept. 29, sent a statement to Congress urging the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as quickly as possible. CHIP is to expire Saturday, September 30. “Nevada Check Up is essential in our efforts to ensure all Nevadans,

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Rep. Titus says GOP health care would leave 250,000 in Nevada without insurance

September 23, 2017 — Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., said Thursday, Sept. 21, the GOP’s proposed health care repeal would cost 243,000 Nevadans health insurance coverage. She quoted a report by the Center for American Progress that details what its analysts see as the impact of the Graham-Cassidy-Heller bill. That

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Sandoval prefers health care plan from governors over Sen. Heller’s bill

September 19, 2017 — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval issued a statement Tuesday, Sept. 19, saying while he’s working with Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada on health care, he prefers the bipartisan approach offered by the governors association. The bill authored by Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina and Sen.

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Flu vaccines available in Incline Village

September 13, 2017 — The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District will offer flu vaccinations for people 8 and older starting Sept. 12. The vaccines cost $30 and are available until supplies run out. The vaccines are offered at the fire district's main station at 875 Tanager St., Incline

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Digestive problems could be solved by ‘addition diet’

September 2, 2017 — Dear Doctor: Are there foods and drinks that can help firm up loose stool, so that there isn’t an occasional “surprise” when passing gas? Probiotics haven’t helped, and multiple tests have proven negative for anything but chronic inflammation. Dear Reader: We’re glad to hear that

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Independent physician association expands into Nevada County

August 29, 2017 — Effective Aug. 1, Hill Physicians Medical Group, Northern California’s largest independent physician association, has signed agreements with two major health plans to expand into western Nevada County. Agreements are currently with UnitedHealthcare and Anthem, with the possibility of new plans being added in the future.

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Tahoe Top 5: North Lake Massage and Skin Care in Tahoe Vista shares their top five tips for incorporating healthful benefits of essential oils into your daily routine

August 26, 2017 — Aromatherapy is something that can be introduced into a person's daily routine to offer stress relief and overall feel-good vibes, no matter what life throws their way. "Scents are very powerful, they can remind us of a memory, which reduces stress and makes us feel

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South Lake Tahoe local’s nonprofit confirms $2 million deal with Kenyan government

August 20, 2017 — In 2012, South Lake Tahoe local John Cefalu traveled to Africa for a charity trip at the age of 17 — and it ended up changing his life. After observing health issues in Kenya, Cefalu was inspired to create sustainable means for the population to

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Local returns home as spine specialist for Barton Health

August 19, 2017 — A South Lake Tahoe-raised doctor has joined the Barton Health team as a spine specialist at the Tahoe Center for Orthopedics and Tahoe Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Dr. Zachary Child is a board certified orthopedic spine surgeon and musculoskeletal oncologist. He attended medical school at

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Deal will provide health insurance in all Nevada counties

August 17, 2017 — Gov. Brian Sandoval on Tuesday, Aug. 15, announced a partnership between Silver Summit Healthcare and Nevada's Hometown Health to provide insurance plans to residents of all 17 Nevada counties. "There will be no Nevada counties without healthcare insurance options in the state of Nevada," he

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