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Colon test causes fear

It’s a proven lifesaver — the American Cancer Society estimates 65 percent of deaths from colorectal cancer could be avoided if everyone older than 50 had screening tests every 10 years –– yet only about half of Americans have the procedures.

Leukemia movies omit final scenes

The Hollywood treatment of a childhood bout with leukemia, one that makes your tears flow in the movie theater or living room, often involves a seriously ill boy or girl whose wise physician uses all the therapies at his command to bring the youngster back to cheerful good health.

Example for nation set here in Nevada

It can be done. It has been done. Right here in Nevada, where health care seldom receives accolades. Deadly central line-associated bloodstream infections ---- part of the reason 99,000 Americans die each year from preventable hospital-acquired...

Men do just fine as caregivers

Ernest Williams, an 81-year-old Korean War veteran, was so matter of fact about it. For nearly six years he had bathed and dressed and fed his 76-year-old wife, Inas, who suffered with Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia. He had...

Vaccines offer simple answers

For years there has been broad agreement in the public health and scientific community that while better flu vaccines are needed, a yearly seasonal flu vaccine is the best preventive method against influenza. So it's not surprising that health...

Obesity quietly taking its toll

What Dr. Otis Brawley of the American Cancer Society didn't say the other day in the nation's capital was the last straw. Oh, the first part of what he said was great: Death rates from cancer continue to inch down in the United States. Then he added...

It's time to value the rest of life

I looked across the dance floor and for a moment they were there. Doing the jitterbug. Laughing. New Year's Eve 2012. What I saw in my mind's eye from my teenage years ---- my parents enjoying themselves ---- brought home an unpleasant reality yet...

More organ donors needed

Peggy Maze Johnson, a longtime political activist, used to think it was hard work to get out the vote. Or making sure that public sentiment was against using Yucca Mountain for nuclear waste. Turns out, she now says, neither effort was as tough as...

Felon can practice medicine

Talk about bizarre. Dr. Ralph Conti is a convicted felon awaiting sentencing on fraud charges growing out of a stem cell implant scheme ---- he and accomplice Alfred Sapse are described by the Food and Drug Administration as "predators who prey on...

Therapist's similes deliver smiles

It doesn't take long to determine that Adrien Pettit finds helping children with speech problems a fulfilling and rewarding career. Her face lights up when she talks about a child who's overcome stuttering or an inability to produce certain sounds...

Is anyone watching the pharmacy industry?

The more you follow the outbreak of meningitis, which is linked to tainted spinal injections developed by a compounding pharmacy out of Massachusetts, the more disgusted you become. And the more you look into whether compounding pharmacies are well-regulated in Nevada, the more worried you become.