Health Care

Hawthorne’s only dentist wants to retire, underscoring state’s rural health shortage

BY: - September 7, 2021

For almost four decades, Dr. Bruce Dow has filled cavities, pulled teeth and provided other essential dental health care in his hometown of Hawthorne, Nevada. As his wife, Michelle Dow, describes it: “real, down-to-earth dentistry.” The Dows are now looking to retire. But they are aware the dentist’s departure is likely to leave a tremendous […]

Eyes on Congress after Supremes refuse to block Texas abortion ban 

BY: - September 3, 2021

Ending Texas’s ban on abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy is now up to Congress, experts say, given the refusal of the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court to block the controversial law, which relies on citizens, rather than the state, to sue anyone they believe may have assisted in the provision of […]

Casinos want to pay for California’s social ills. Why not Nevada’s?

BY: - September 2, 2021

Four casino companies with big footprints in Nevada want on-line sports betting rights in California, and they’re willing to pay a ten percent gaming tax that would assist indigenous people, fund homeless services, and mental health treatment in the Golden State.  The proposed ballot measure, the California Solutions to Homelessness and Mental Health Support Act, […]

Officials hope $75 million will leverage much more for ‘public purpose’ projects

BY: - August 30, 2021

The elusive idea of “Infrastructure Week” circulated by the Trump Administration promising a trillion-dollars to fix the nation’s deteriorating and neglected roads, bridges and airports never quite materialized. Nevada’s “Infrastructure Week,” which kicked off in mid-August with the launch of the State Infrastructure Bank, though substantially smaller in scope, seems to be actually taking shape. […]

Tobacco tax hike would break Biden’s promise, business group says

BY: - August 26, 2021

The reconciliation bill being considered by Congress is often described as sweeping legislation that will slow and help mitigate the impacts of climate change, expand health care coverage, and extend monthly payments to families, lifting millions of children out of poverty. It also promises to transform social services and programs in the U.S. to a […]

Sisolak urges Nevadans get vaccinated, considers mandate for college students

BY: - August 5, 2021

Gov. Steve Sisolak on Thursday announced new steps the state is taking to slow the spread of Covid-19, including considering requiring vaccines for college students, but he stopped short of implementing new restrictions or mandates.  “I don’t want to look at more restrictions,” Sisolak said. “What I want to do is explain to people why […]

Vaccination photo disappears from Lombardo’s campaign Flickr

BY: - July 30, 2021

As the head of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Sheriff Joe Lombardo isn’t an anti-vaxxer. But as a gubernatorial candidate, he might not mind if you think he is. Lombardo’s official campaign Flickr page originally included a photo that appears to show him receiving a vaccination against COVID-19 at University Medical Center, the Current […]

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Public health officials urge people missing 2nd dose of vaccine to catch up

BY: - July 26, 2021

New state data reveals that 12.2% of people who received the first dose of a covid-19 vaccine in Nevada are overdue for their second, with more than two-thirds six or more weeks overdue. It’s a worrisome component of the state’s overall vaccination effort, which has slowed over time despite rising case numbers and the emergence […]

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Nevada awarded $441k by CDC to study maternal mortality

BY: - July 22, 2021

Nevada’s maternal mortality review committee will receive more than $441,000 over the next three years to improve birth outcomes among pregnant women. The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services announced the award Thursday. The funds are part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Enhancing Reviews and Surveillance to Eliminate Maternal Mortality (ERASE […]

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Rehab with lucrative county contract failed state infection control inspection

BY: - July 19, 2021

This story was updated on Aug. 2 with additional information from the state inspection. Clark County paid $1,875 a day per bed to CrossRoads of Southern Nevada to house mostly homeless individuals with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, but the substance abuse treatment and transitional housing facility “failed to ensure safe infection control practices […]

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Health care reforms should benefit everyone — including veterans

BY: - July 18, 2021

There are currently 19 million US veterans, and as another Independence Day has come and gone, we must ask ourselves what is going on with these veterans, and America’s treatment of them. It has been a hard year for all of us, especially trying to stay safe during the global pandemic. Some veterans need to […]

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State resumes weekly briefings as cases rise and feds send help to boost vaccinations

BY: - July 8, 2021

Additional federal resources to boost Nevada’s vaccination rates and reverse a surge in covid-19 cases will arrive next week, according to state officials. The announcement was made Thursday as Nevada Health Response, the group set up by the governor to coordinate and disseminate information on covid mitigation efforts, resumed weekly calls to provide the public […]