The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting its first human case of West Nile virus in Southern Nevada in 2019. The individual, a female over the age of 50, had the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness and has recovered. There were no reported human cases of West Nile virus in Clark County last year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting 465 cases of measles in 19 states so far this year. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the United States since measles was eliminated in 2000. The Southern Nevada Health District reported two confirmed cases of measles in Clark County the last six months. The CDC is urging people to protect themselves before traveling, especially to international destinations.
The Valley Health System Graduate Medical Education (VHSGME) Consortium filled 100 percent of its residency openings for its new Family Medicine and General Surgery programs during the National Resident Matching Program’s Match Week activities earlier this month.
Patients at risk for type 2 diabetes may head down a path that’s difficult for them to navigate in the future. However, a systematic process for diabetes prevention can help patients take control of and improve their health.
Did you know there is a National Doctor’s Day? Yes, it’s for real and in the United States, it is a holiday which is celebrated annually on March 30th. National Doctor’s Day honors physicians for the work they do for their patients, their communities, and society as a whole. On National Doctors Day, we say “thank you” to our physicians for all that they do for us and our loved ones.
It is no surprise that Nevada, and moreover Las Vegas, needs more physicians. We are near the bottom of physician to patient ratios and would need to add thousands of new physicians just to get to the 50th percentile. Recruitment of physicians can be problematic, as some see Las Vegas as the party destination it is portrayed as in the movies—they do not see the schools, community, and cultural offerings such as the Smith Center or Nevada Ballet Theatre that many of us have fallen in love with as residents of this great city. There are few places better to move one’s family and practice medicine—though reimbursement rates continue to be an issue, opportunity abounds.
The Surgeon General of the United States has declared that vaping is an epidemic among U.S. teens.
An epidemic refers to an increase, often suddenly, in the number of cases of a disease above what is normally expected in that population in that area. A pandemic refers to an epidemic that has spread over several countries or continents, usually affecting many people.
The Southern Nevada Health District issued a call-to-action to community partners and health care providers to implement HIV/AIDS interventions and strategies to achieve the goal of 90-90-90 in Nevada. The 90-90-90 concept is part of a broader framework of goals introduced by the United Nations to eliminate HIV/AIDS as a public health threat. It is based on the principle that 90 percent of people who are infected with HIV will be diagnosed, 90 percent of those diagnosed will be treated with antiretrovirals, and 90 percent of those receiving treatment will be virally suppressed.