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Division of Health Sciences

Nevada gets its first case of Zika virus

• Las Vegas Review-Journal

James Wilson, director of the Nevada State Infectious Disease Forecast Station at the University of Nevada, Reno, said the main threat of Zika is to couples who could have children.


Univ. of Nevada Helps Avoid Medication Misuse, Stresses Important Issue For Seniors

• KTVN Ch. 2

Medicines are important for living well, but when a patient uses a lot of medications both over-the-counter and prescriptions, there is a lot of risk involved. "Every medication that you add is increasing your risk," said Greta Engelbrecht with University of Nevada’s Sanford Center for Aging.


Health Watch: Macmillan

• KUNR

To learn more, Anne McMillin with the University of Nevada School of Medicine interviewed Kelley Macmillan, the director of community and social services for the Sanford Center.

Health officials say major Zika outbreak unlikely in Nevada

• Las Vegas Review-Journal

Travel could bring infected people from these regions to the Silver State, said James H. Wilson, director of the Nevada State Infectious Disease Forecast Station at the University of Nevada, Reno.


Breaking down barriers to healthcare

• KUNR

The school's Division of Health Sciences brought in Deon Haywood for that conversation. She runs a nonprofit in New Orleans that's been helping under-served populations for almost three decades.


Health Watch: UNR Program To Reduce Sexual Assault, Violence

• KUNR

Tobie Barton, a program manager of CASAT, speaks with Anne McMillin of the School of Medicine about what the program offers our community and how we can work together to stem sexual violence.


SERMO poll gathers physician insights regarding cervical cancer prevention

• Providence Business News

Dr. James Wilson, a pediatrician and infectious disease forecaster at the University of Nevada, Reno, responded, “There is currently a substantial surge in STD transmission … a proxy for HIV and HPV exposure. I'm shocked to see an [obstetrician/gynecologist] assert, ‘It is not a public health concern … as other infectious diseases.’ Cervical cancer is potentially lethal and can cost a woman her ability to bear children. I advocate mandatory vaccination for all school children.”


Half of Doctors Think There’s No Way to Avoid a Zika Virus Outbreak in the U.S

• Yahoo! Finance

Dr. James M. Wilson, Nevada State Infectious Disease Forecast Station, School of Community Health Science, University of Nevada, Reno, added his thoughts on the potential for an outbreak in the U.S.


Health Watch: Zika Virus

• KUNR

Dr. James Wilson, a research associate professor and infectious disease expert in the School of Community Health Sciences gives us insight about the Zika virus that goes beyond what is being mentioned by world health organizations.


Gun deaths in US remain highest among high-income nations

• Science Codex
Related: Huffington Post

Gun deaths in US remain highest among high-income nations "More than two-thirds of the homicides in the U.S. are firearm homicides and studies have suggested that the non-gun homicide rate in the U.S. may be high because the gun homicide rate is high," explained Erin Grinshteyn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno, School of Community Health Science.

55 percent of 1,952 doctors say the HPV vaccine should be mandated by states

• Crowdsourcing.org

Dr. James Wilson, pediatrician and infectious disease forecaster based out of the University of Nevada, Reno, responded, “There is currently a substantial surge in STD transmission in this country, which is a proxy for HIV and HPV exposure."


Health Watch: Community Wellness Programs

• KUNR

Anne McMillin talks with Harris to find out more about how the programs, which are offered at the Sanford Center for Aging, are designed to support people on their path to health and wellness.


People on the Move: Feb. 22

• Reno Gazette-Journal

Steven L. Phillips, MD, has been named medical director of the new geriatric assessment and care management clinic at the Sanford Center for Aging at the University of Nevada, Reno.


Health Watch: Liberals Live Longer Than Conservatives, Study Shows

• KUNR

A new study from Dr. Roman Pabayo at the University of Nevada, Reno, finds liberals live longer than conservatives.



Disneyland measles outbreak isn't largest in recent memory

• FoxNews

Multistate measles outbreaks have occurred before, but when a "location has name-brand recognition to society, like Disneyland, it's going to get a lot of media attention," said Dr. James Wilson, a pediatrician and disease forecaster at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Face the State: Vaccinations

• KTVN Ch. 2

Pediatrician Dr. Trudy Larson with UNR's School of Community Health Sciences makes the argument for vaccinations on 'Face the State.'



Music healing Alzheimer's

• KOLO Ch. 8

Today my guest is Peter Reed of the Sanford Center for Aging at UNR.


Sanford Center for Aging hosts free screening of ‘Alive Inside’

• ThisIsReno.com

The public is invited to attend a free special screening of “Alive Inside”, a documentary exploring music’s ability to combat memory loss, on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building at the University of Nevada, Reno.



Sanford Center hosts Alive Inside event

• KOLO Ch. 8


Do conservatives die sooner than liberals? New study weighs in

• Los Angeles Times

Some studies have found that conservatives appear to be healthier than liberals; others have found that Republicans are less likely to report being in poor health than Democrats. But such papers typically didn’t look at both political party affiliation and political ideology, said lead author Roman Pabayo, a social epidemiologist who did the research while at Harvard and is now at the University of Nevada, Reno.