Health Notes

Going Batty: A Warning about Rabies

by Dr. Rudolf Kotula on September 8, 2016

“Rabies! Rabies!”

Ok, so maybe it’s not quite like a scene from “The Goonies,” but yes, it’s getting to be that time of year when bats are becoming more active outdoors. Now one of my most recent cases is prompting a warning.

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Travel Warnings for Zika Now Include U.S.

by Dr. Rudolf Kotula on August 2, 2016

After confirmed cases of transmission in a Miami, Fla., neighborhood have quickly doubled, the CDC has just issued its first travel warning inside the U.S. when it comes to the dreaded Zika virus.

Pregnant women are being advised to avoid the area of Wynwood, a small community just north of downtown Miami, while the virus is circulating. The warning comes after 10 additional people were diagnosed with Zika after being bitten by local mosquitoes, bringing the total number of infections to 14.

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World Hepatitis Day Aims to Spread the Word, Cure the Disease

July 28, 2016
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It’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 […]

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Olympic Traveler Prepares for Healthy Trip to Rio

July 18, 2016
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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 […]

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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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