The Obama Administration has been pushing for standardized electronic medical records. It would help doctors provide better and more effective treatments and it would save money because it would prevent repetitive and unnecessary testing.
The Aria Hotel and Casino recently sent letters to its guests, telling them they may have been exposed to the bacteria causing Legionnaires disease between June 21-July 4. Six former Aria guests reported being diagnosed with Legionnaires disease. So what is Legionnaires? How did it get into Aria's water system? And why is the hotel sending out warning letters now, when the CDC notified Southern Nevada health officials of the potential problem back in 2010? A Southern Nevada Health District expert joins us with some answers.
The Southern Nevada Health District started an ad campaign that claims smoking a hookah for one hour is equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes. Are hookahs dangerous? And what do hookah lounge owners have to say about this? The health district and a hookah lounge operator weigh in.
Is smoking a hookah more harmful than smoking a cigarette? That's what one high schooler decided to investigate. Centennial student Dominique DeVilbiss studied over 400 high school students. She claims teens mistakenly believe that hookah water filters out chemicals. She's taking her results to the Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Competition in Washington, D.C., this week. She joins us on the phone, and talks about whether hookah smoking is harmless, or turning into a Las Vegas epidemic.
A small company called Biotronik provides 95% of all pacemakers to UMC. So why does Biotronik hold the market on pacemakers, when the company only reaches 5% of the market nationally? Investigators claim the company hired UMC doctors as consultants, paying them $5,000 fees per month.
In a recent report, Nevada ranked 51st in America - dead last - when it came to child health care. Where are we failing kids? How many are uninsured? How can we improve? Do you have a story about your child's health care situation?
In three years, the Affordable Health Care Act will require almost all Americans to have health insurance. If you don't get insurance at work, you'll have to buy it from one of the exchanges selling policies.
People are losing their jobs and their medical benefits. Doctors are cutting back on the Medicare patients they see, and insurance companies stopped providing single policies for kids. So where do the uninsured go when they're sick? Free health clinics. How successful are they? Are they only treating the poor, or is their patient base changing in this economy? How do they afford to stay afloat if they're free? Clinic founders and patients weigh in. Do you go to health clinics? Were they helpful? Are there better options when you don't have insurance? Give us a call or write in.
That's right, medical marijuana has gone from being a cottage industry to be
a fully-fledged corporate industry. The national company is offering
franchises to local entrepreneurs who want to get into the medical marijuana
It looks as if the Obama Administration is set to shut down Yucca Mountain.
Is this the end? Will there be any other use for the repository? And how
will the administration square the end of the waste repository with its
promise to build more nuclear power plants? We discuss those issues with
experts and industry players.
Cancer seems to strike all manner of people without discrimination. But
recent research shows that race and class play a big role in who gets proper
screenings and how well they survive if cancer does strike.
Over the past few years, Clark County's beleaguered University Medical Center has been a font of bad news. The hospital has been awash in scandal and mismanagement, and loses tens of millions of dollars annually.
Obesity is an epidemic but the biggest problems may be in our children. They
eat too much fast food and soda: Who has time to prepare the fresh food
nutritionists recommend? And, then they spend so much time at the computer
or the Wii that they never get any exercise.
The health care reform legislation is still struggling to get out of the
Senate. Will it die in committee or die of compromise? Journalist Jonathan
Cohn, author of Sick: The Untold Story of America's Health Care
Crisis---and the People Who Pay the Price, joins us to give us his take on why reform is needed.