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Hospitals and clinics are federally required to provide language assistance services for individuals who speak or understand limited English. However, a study on health disparities found that nearly one-third of hospitals in the country do not provide interpretation services. Our bilingual reporter Jazmin Orozco-Rodriguez helps us understand these laws and what they mean for individuals.

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The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees approved multiple lesson plans this week for the revised high school sexual education curriculum. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano was there for the vote, where multiple community members expressed that their voices weren’t being heard during the process. KUNR's Stephanie Serrano spoke to them and has this report.

 

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Community members in Reno gathered this week at a local school to look over a proposed sexual education curriculum for high school students. KUNR’s Stephanie Serrano was there and has this report.

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Renown Health is investing $650,000 for a new health and addiction center in Reno. Our contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View Reports.

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Although Reno is the 87th largest city in the nation, it ranks 37th in terms of the health of its residents.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

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Doctor shortages in Nevada have caused critical access issues for rural communities.

Tonopah closed its only hospital last year, leaving residents 100 miles away from the nearest facility. Now health care officials are working to find solutions.

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It's one of the most universal recommendations in all of public health: Floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities.

Except there's little proof that flossing works.

Still, the federal government, dental organizations and manufacturers of floss have pushed the practice for decades. Dentists provide samples to their patients; the American Dental Association insists on its website that, "Flossing is an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums."

Nevada ranks near the bottom nationwide in overall child well-being. That’s according to a study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Many people in the Truckee Meadows are sweltering this week from several days of triple-digit temperatures. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports heat stroke is a health risk in the dead heat of summer.

A few scary things happen when someone suffers a heat stroke. A person’s temperature rises rapidly and then the body’s ability to sweat shuts down. This leaves the person unable to cool down and the body temperature can spike to a dangerous level of 106 degrees or higher, along with other symptoms.

Douglas County Ranked Healthiest In Nevada

Mar 19, 2016
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A recent report looking at the overall health of counties in Nevada, ranked Douglas County as the healthiest in state. Mineral County came in last and Washoe was third. 

The report is put out every year by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin. 

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Last year, a University of Nevada, Reno student was at the center of a contentious legal battle that raised serious questions about what constitutes the end of life. That student died before a judge could issue her final ruling. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

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According to an annual nationwide report, Nevada ranked 38th in overall public health this year. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick has more on what needs to be done to improve that score.

Since 1990, the United Health Foundation has been analyzing health data across the country. In all that time, Nevada has never ranked higher than 37th.

Dr. Laurine Tibaldi is chief medical officer for United Healthcare Nevada. She says the state’s biggest challenge is a lack of education.

Adults Need Flu Shots, Too

Dec 9, 2015
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The Centers for Disease Control is giving Nevada nearly $940,000 to increase adult immunizations across the state.

The money will go to the state's Division of Public Health, which plans to launch a two-year program that will include collaborating with pharmacies, community health centers and local doctors.

Money will also go toward the nonprofit Immunize Nevada to increase educational outreach. Spokeswoman Lynette Bellin says a lot of adults simply don't know that they need to maintain their vaccines after childhood.

Washoe Health District Wants E-Cigarettes Regulated

Mar 25, 2015

Washoe County health officials are urging lawmakers to regulate electronic cigarettes. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli reports.

With the number of young people using e-cigarettes growing nationwide, the Washoe County Health District released a position statement this week calling on the state legislature to set up some ground rules.

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A bill under consideration now would collect more information about obesity in Nevada and the efforts to prevent it. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

A senate committee heard testimony Monday on a bill that would require the state to give an annual report on obesity rates, including a demographic breakdown of the problem.