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Patient speaks the truth about Aphasia

• KOLO Channel 8 News

“Aphasia doesn't go away,” says Tami Brancamp Ph.D an Associate Professor in the Speech Pathology Department at UNR School of Medicine . “It is an injury to the brain that has impacted language. So, it can be treated. The person will continue to improve. I can't promise that you will be exactly as you were the moment before the stroke. But it will definitely get better,” she says.

Federal Funds Being Used To Ramp Up Coronavirus Testing In Nevada


Gov. Steve Sisolak appointed Nevada State Public Health Laboratory Director Dr. Mark Pandori as the state’s Chief of Testing, where he will “help direct and coordinate Nevada’s immediate and long-term testing strategy.”

Telemedicine: not just for rural patients anymore

• KOLO Channel 8 News

UNR Med's Dr. Maria Fernandez says in medical school they talked about telemedicine as a method to service rural areas. But these days she says it is becoming more common place no matter where the patient lives.

State will expand COVID-19 testing, contact tracing

• Las Vegas Review Journal

The governor named Mark Pandori, director of the state public health lab and an associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, to serve as the state’s chief of testing.

The challenges of examining visual fields in children

• Ophthalmology News

Mitchell Strominger, MD, pointed out that physicians should be aware that some children compensate for their visual field defects, with, for example, head turns related to visual field loss that are not related to strabismus. “They may have head turning or head thrusting toward the nonseeing field or use touch to help navigate around,” said Dr. Strominger, professor of ophthalmology and pediatrics, Renown Medical Center, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

Head of Renown Children’s Hospital warns about risk of measles outbreak

• Reno Gazette Journal

A side effect of the coronavirus pandemic could be a deadly measles outbreak as parents skip immunizations for their children. According to Dr. Max Coppes, head of pediatrics for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and at Renown Health, regular vaccinations are down by more than 65 percent for the past two months.

CORONAVIRUS IndyVideo: How coronavirus testing works

• The Nevada Independent

Public health officials say testing is an important part of the long road out of the coronavirus pandemic, but what exactly is happening with testing in Nevada — and what does it mean to get tested? How does it work and what components are needed? And how is it a bit like cake mix, as one state health professional has said? This video explainer walks you through the process and the supply chain ramp-up that is underway.

For Washoe, More Than Half Of COVID-19 Deaths Are From Long-Term Care Facilities


The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected those living in long-term care facilities nationwide. In most states, at least a third of deaths are in those hotspots. And in Washoe County, the deaths associated at these centers account for more than half of the 48 total deaths so far. KUNR’s Anh Gray reports that the pandemic exposes some particular vulnerabilities for older adults.

Nevada Genomics Center unlocking the coronavirus

• KOLO Channel 8 News

At the Nevada Genomics Center, director Paul Hartley is busy testing samples from patients who had COVID 19. He says back in March he was contacted by UNR Med and the state health lab and asked to breakdown the samples and plot the DNA sequencing of each sample he received.

Nevada State Lab Planning May Start for Virus Antibody Tests

• U.S. News & World Report

The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory plans to begin antibody studies this month to better understand how many people have been infected by the new coronavirus and how many may have some immunity.

Local COVID-19 patient wants to help other patients to recovery

• KOLO Channel 8 News

Contacted by researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Lisa Sharpe is part of a program that hopes to take antibodies from her plasma and help patients who aren't fairing as well as she is with the virus.

Virtual Hooding Ceremony Celebrates New Doctors


Med school graduate Tarra Becher reflects on what it’s like to finish her program and head into a completely new medical landscape, one that has been changed by a pandemic. Even though Becher is disappointed that it wasn’t possible to have an in-person ceremony, she enjoyed having her two young sons participate.

UNR Med Virtual Hooding Ceremony

• KTVN Channel 2 News

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine held it's first-ever virtual hooding ceremony, today.

UNR Med's Dr. Vince Lombardi on Nevada NewsMakers

• Nevada NewsMakers

UNR Med's Dr. Vince Lombardi discusses how the University’s Nevada Genomics Center is working with the Nevada State Public Health Lab and School of Medicine researchers to advance scientific knowledge of novel coronavirus through genomic sequencing of COVID-19 samples. (Dr. Lombardi's interview begins 16 minutes into the video.)

COVID antibody testing underway in Nevada

• KOLO Channel 8 News

researchers here in Nevada are taking blood samples submitted to detect other medical conditions and looking for antibodies to COVID 19. “It allows us to at least say, hey with regard to anybody who used the state health lab in the last few months, is there any prevalence of an antibody as we call it, prevalence-percentage of people who have the antibody,” says Dr. Mark Pandori, Director of the Nevada State Public Health Lab.