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Women now outnumber men in national workforce

• KOLO Channel 8 News

Over at UNR’s school of medicine, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Nicole Jacobs says the trend has been a gradual, decades-long process. “Back in 1966 only 7% of medical students were female,” explained Jacobs. ”I’ve been here for over 12 years and have seen the class sizes slowly increasing.” Jacobs added that while UNR’s medical school is almost exactly 50/50, nationally there are more women in medical schools.


People: Tony Slonim, John Packham appointed to new state health commission

• Northern Nevada Business View

On Dec. 19, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced the appointment of 11 members and an executive director to the Patient Protection Commission (PPC). John Packham, Ph.D., associate dean for the Office of Statewide Initiatives at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine, was named chairman of the panel that is tasked with identifying ways to improve healthcare affordability and quality in Nevada.

Nevada State Public Health Lab: Scientific sleuths find answers

• KOLO Channel 8 News

Dr. Mark Pandori is the lab's latest director.“We are tucked away here. But really the amount of testing, the variety testing we do is extremely broad,” says Dr. Mark Pandori, the Nevada State Public Health Lab Director.The lab is affiliated with the UNR School of Medicine and is located on the north end of campus.


Nevada governor names new Patient Protection Commission

• Las Vegas Sun

An associate dean at the UNR School of Medicine has been named chairman of an 11-member state panel tasked with identifying ways to improve health care affordability and quality in Nevada.Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Thursday that Dr. John Packham will head the Patient Protection Commission created by the Legislature this year.


University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine associate dean named chairman of state panel

• KRNV Channel 4 News

An associate dean at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine has been named the chairman of an 11-member state panel tasked with identifying ways to improve health care affordability and quality in Nevada.Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Thursday that Dr. John Packham will head the Patient Protection Commission created by the Legislature this year.


Nevada governor names new Patient Protection Commission

• The Washington Times

An associate dean at the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine has been named chairman of an 11-member state panel tasked with identifying ways to improve health care affordability and quality in Nevada. Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Thursday that Dr. John Packham will head the Patient Protection Commission created by the Legislature this year.


Marijuana use and pregnancy: a growing trend

• KOLO Channel 8 News

A study from the Journal of the American Medical Association shows 70% of women believe there is minimal to no harm from using marijuana during pregnancy. One recent study shows about 16% of pregnant women smoke marijuana on a daily basis. “I think that using marijuana has more social acceptability now because of the legalization,” says Dr. Catherine McCarthy, a professor with the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine Family Practice Program.


UTSA biologist joins new research center dedicated to sperm epigenomics

• UTSA Today

The Department of Biology’s John McCarrey is now part of a renowned group of researchers collaborating to investigate men’s reproductive health in a study through the National Center for Translational Research in Reproduction and Infertility. McCarrey, along with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, and The Lundquist Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center are now part of the newly created Center for Male Reproductive Epigenomics.



Nevada Health to begin second phase in March

• Elko Daily Free Press

Nevada Health is getting closer to its goal of raising $3.9 million to renovate and expand the health center. The project is the second phase of the campaign which began with the renovation of the back wing of the 50-year-old Elko Family Medical and Dental Center building to house Nevada Health Center and the UNR School of Medicine’s rural residency program in 2018.


The Ladder: Mark Pandori new head of state health lab

• Las Vegas Review-Journal

The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory has a new director. Mark Pandori will lead the lab and be a full-time faculty member at UNR Med, teaching medical students, fellows and residents in the field of microbiology.

Charting The Future Of Health Care In Rural Nevada

• KNPR Nevada Public Radio

A growing program could help with health care in rural Nevada. Project ECHO links primary care physicians in rural and underserved urban areas with groups of specialists through telemedicine connections. Dr. Mordechai Lavi is the medical director for the project in Nevada. He said the program works to multiply the efforts of health professionals.



Officials Seek To Revive Rural Tonopah Hospital

• KNPR Nevada Public Radio

John Packham is the associate dean for the Office of Statewide Initiatives at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Its mission is to improve healthcare around the state. He said one of the problems with the Nye Regional Medical Center, which closed in 2015, and other rural health centers is there are not enough in-patients to justify a full hospital.


UNR Med co-hosts program to introduce female youth to medical, engineering careers

• Northern Nevada Business View

On Nov. 16, roughly 40 Northern Nevada high school girls were equipped with power tools, pins, clamps and rods that enabled them to saw through artificial bone during mock surgery sessions while learning the basics of orthopedic surgery and engineering concepts at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.


Dentistry Today

• Dentistry Today

Patients suffering from a specific form of schizophrenia have a wider oral palate than people with other forms of the disease and people without schizophrenia, according to an international team of researchers led by the University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) and the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD).


From housing to skimpy services: Area experts trace systemic health risks

• Nevada Current

Over the past decade Nevada has seen steady growth in the number of licensed health professionals, including the addition of almost 900 doctors over the past two years, said John Packham, associate dean for the Office of Statewide Initiatives at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.


Study Finds Oral Palate Differences in Patients With Schizophrenia

• Decisions in Dentistry

New research from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) and University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) suggests patients with deficit schizophrenia have a wider oral palate than people with other forms of the disease, as well as those without the mental disorder.



Young women pursuing STEM careers

• KTVN Channel 2 News

Local northern Nevada high school girls got to learn hands-on, today, with power tools, pins, clams and rods as a part of a program that teaches young girls about the importance of going into orthopedic surgery and engineering.


Rural Health Day addresses challenges

• Elko Daily Free Press

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Office of Statewide Initiatives, Nevada State Office of Rural Health and Nevada Rural Hospital Partners hosted CEOs and clinicians from 15 rural Nevada communities at a Rural Health Day event this week to address the challenges and solutions to the statewide shortage of primary care doctors and specialists.



Study Finds Oral Palate Differences in Patients With Schizophrenia

• Decisions in Dentistry

New research from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) and University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) suggests patients with deficit schizophrenia have a wider oral palate than people with other forms of the disease, as well as those without the mental disorder.


UNR Med, Carson Tahoe Health form partnership

• Northern Nevada Business View

Following a collaborative recruitment between the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Carson Tahoe Health, Lorrel Toft, M.D., F.A.C.C., a cardiovascular critical care physician and researcher, was recently hired as an associate professor for UNR Med’s Department of Internal Medicine, as well as a cardiologist on staff with Carson Tahoe Health.


Omega-3 fatty acids with statin therapy reduce major adverse CV events

• Healio Cardiology Today

“Overall, this study demonstrated that EPA (in a higher dose, 1,800 mg/day) in conjunction with standard statin therapy could be a very promising drug in preventing major adverse CV events and, therefore, it should be added to the conventional statin therapy at a very early phase for maximal benefits,” Rajkumar Doshi, MD, MPH, internal medicine resident physician at University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote. “This is especially important, as EPA has mild to none documented side effects but shown to have significant favorable profile as shown in this study.”