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Skate the Lake raises nearly $30K for breast cancer awareness

August 23, 2018 — Fifteen-year-old Katie Lyssand has raised more money than any other at the annual Skate the Lake event for the past several years. And with her donation of nearly $1,500 this year, she's raised more than $16,000 in four years at Skate the Lake. While Lyssand

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Nevada wants out of federal health exchange

February 10, 2018 — Nevada’s Silver State Health Insurance Exchange took the first step on Thursday to getting out of the federal healthcare.gov system and build its own exchange. The Legislative Interim Finance Committee granted SSHIX $1 million from its own reserves to put together an RFP and find

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Plan to correct mentally ill housing presented to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval

January 24, 2018 — After inspecting 142 Community Based Living Arrangement homes last weekend, the head of Nevada’s Health and Human Services says none of the residents had to be removed because of immediate health or safety risks. But Richard Whitley advised Gov. Brian Sandoval a number of providers

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Gov. Brian Sandoval looks to fix major problems found by auditors

January 22, 2018 — Gov. Brian Sandoval returned from his holiday break to face a series of highly critical audits exposing major problems in the Department of Corrections, DMV and Adult Mental Health Services. His own Executive Branch Audit Committee told him the Department of Corrections overtime has spiraled

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Deficient conditions found in Nevada’s homes for mentally ill

January 18, 2018 — Legislative auditors on Wednesday, Jan. 17, painted a horrific picture of conditions in Nevada’s community-based homes for the mentally ill, saying there were seriously deficient conditions in all 37 of the homes inspected. Auditor Todd Peterson said his team found extremely unsanitary conditions in 36

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Tahoe Top 5: new year, new you

January 18, 2018 — Many people look to improve their health in the new year, and Tahoe Forest Center for Health in Truckee offers free community education, exercise tools and experts to help their clients reach their wellness goals. Wendy Buchanan, MS, is director of wellness programs at the

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Widespread flu outbreak affects Nevada

January 15, 2018 — An influenza epidemic has affected 49 of 50 states this season with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting Nevada as one of 26 states with high flu activity. Hawaii is the only state not experiencing a widespread flu outbreak. For a one-month period

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Nevada Board of Medical Examiners puts opioid regulations on hold

January 12, 2018 — It will take several months of workshops to iron out regulations that implement Nevada’s new controls over opioid drug prescriptions. The Nevada Board of Medical Examiners issued a statement Thursday, Jan. 11, saying a public workshop on the proposed disciplinary regulations revealed considerable confusion about

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Tahoe Top 5: Real resolutions for 2018

January 3, 2018 — New Year's resolutions are well intended but can be difficult to abide by once the first of January is a distant memory. Luckily, Kings Beach chiropractor Dr. Lily Kuehne (D.C.), says there are simple steps people can start making to optimize health, long-term. Kuehne owns

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Signups for 2018 ObamaCare plans fall just short of 2017 levels, despite cuts

January 1, 2018 — Despite a reduction in the length of the open enrollment sign-up period for health insurance for 2018, the numbers on Healthcare.gov nearly matched those of 2017. Final figures for 2018 show 8.8 million enrolled on the federal exchange compared to 9.2 million or 2017. That

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Flu season in full swing in Northern Nevada

December 22, 2017 — With the flu season in full swing and the spread of the disease increasing nationally, it’s important for the residents of Carson City to get their vaccines. According to the Center for Disease Control, the number of people seeing their providers for influenza has been

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Nevada health insurance exchange enrolls more than 90,000

December 22, 2017 — Despite having an open enrollment period half as long as last year, the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange enrolled a record 90,962 Nevadans this year. Enrollment this year opened Nov. 1 and ended Dec. 15. That’s six weeks shorter than last year. “Given the shortened

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A ‘game changer’: Reno doctors see ketamine a solution for mental illnesses

December 18, 2017 — Ketamine was first used in the 1960s as an anesthetic for wounded soldiers on the Vietnam battlefields. Research on the drug progressed, and it has been found to be a viable treatment for pain management and, more important, mental health disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder,

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Nevada County names interim head of Behavioral Health

December 10, 2017 — Phebe Bell, the Truckee-based program manager for Health and Human Services in Nevada and Placer counties, will start Monday as the county’s interim Behavioral Health Department director, officials said. Bell is taking the role previously filled by Rebecca Slade, who retired Dec. 1 from the

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Federal tax reform could impact real estate market, health care costs

December 8, 2017 — As congressional leaders in the House and the Senate work to rectify differences in two different bills that would drastically reform the nation’s tax code, many are wondering how they might be personally affected by the changes. With the negotiation process playing out behind closed

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22,500 Nevadans sign up for health insurance

November 26, 2017 — A total of 22,517 people in Nevada signed up for health insurance using the Healthcare.gov platform, according to data released Wednesday, Nov. 22. Open enrollment for the United States government-run marketplace started on Nov. 1. The marketplace gives users who don’t have health insurance to

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Think before you treat

November 25, 2017 — Thanksgiving has come and gone, and your dog is likely just as excited about the leftovers as you are. Area experts warn that dog lovers, while acting from the goodness of their hearts, might unknowingly be feeding their four-legged friends foods that aren't good for

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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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