Health Notes

The diagnosis Hepatitis written on a clipboardIt’s a disease that affects 400 million people worldwide, yet an estimated 95 percent of people with hepatitis don’t even know they have it. That’s the reason why the World Health Organization (WHO) declared July 28th as World Hepatitis Day.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. It can lead to scarring, cirrhosis or even liver cancer and death. Most cases of hepatitis are caused by one of five different viruses, but you can also get it through toxic substances such as alcohol or drugs, or also through autoimmune diseases.

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Olympic Traveler Prepares for Healthy Trip to Rio

by Katina Granger on July 18, 2016

Richard Smith once had Olympic dreams of his own.

As a member of the U.S. National Wrestling Team in the 80s, the Bryan High School graduate traveled the world competing against top international competitors.

“Germany, Poland, England, France, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Peru, Colombia, Argentina,” said Richard, listing off just a few of the countries he has visited. “We would go to a lot of different places in the world and wrestle there. I love going to different countries and seeing how people live.”

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On the Lookout for Mumps

June 6, 2016
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Did your student bring home a little something extra for summer break? An outbreak of the mumps is spreading across Nebraska. The state Department of Health and Human Services says an outbreak of the mumps that began with 10 cases at Midland University has now more than doubled to 21. The outbreak began just as […]

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New Guidelines Aimed at Zika Risk Prevention

May 10, 2016
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As researchers learn more and more about the dangerous Zika virus, officials are narrowing down the focus on who is at risk and how to stop the disease. Once thought to be a virus with relatively harmless symptoms such as fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes, the rapidly-spreading virus has now officially been linked […]

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What You Should Know about Elizabethkingia

April 19, 2016
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A common bacteria is having an uncommon outbreak – making dozens of people deathly ill in three states. And unfortunately, no one knows exactly why or where it’s coming from. Right now, the greatest outbreak of Elizabethkingia is in Wisconsin, where 59 people have taken ill with the disease. About a third those patients confirmed […]

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Fighting TB with Every Breath

March 10, 2016
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It’s a little poke under the skin, but the results can be life-saving. Tuberculosis (TB) is a deadly disease – one of the deadliest in the world, but most importantly, it’s also treatable and preventable. World TB Day is March 24th, and it’s a great time to look at the prevention and control of this […]

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Zika Virus: What You Need to Know

February 4, 2016
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It’s the virus that’s making headlines internationally and now here locally with the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring Zika virus as a global health emergency. Just this week, there have been two confirmed cases of Zika in Douglas and Sarpy counties here in Nebraska. In both cases, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services […]

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Top 8 Tips for Staying Healthy

February 4, 2016
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It’s that time of year again when it seems like everything is catching. Colds, flu and everything in between is making for misery at home, school and in the workplace. So how can you keep yourself safe from what’s going around? Here are my top eight tips to protect your good health:

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CDC Issues Travel Warning for Pregnant Women

January 15, 2016
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If the cold winter weather has you considering a trip south, you may want to pay close attention to a virus making headlines – especially if you are expecting. The CDC just issued new warnings and guidelines for pregnant women traveling to countries hit by the Zika virus. The agency has received reports of 26 cases […]

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Charlie Sheen Announcement Brings Awareness to HIV

November 18, 2015
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On Tuesday, Hollywood icon Charlie Sheen announced to the world that he is HIV positive. In an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC’s TODAY Show, he said he learned of his diagnosis four years ago. Every time I hear a celebrity talk about their medical challenges – whatever they may be – I believe it’s […]

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