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UNR Med reports on doctor shortage

• Elko Daily Free Press

A physician shortage continues to be a problem in Nevada and is hindering patient care access hardest in rural regions, according to a recent report focusing on health care workforce trends in the Silver State. According to the latest data published in the report, “Physician Workforce in Nevada: A Chartbook—January 2020,” demand for physicians in Nevada continues to exceed the current supply.


COMMENTARY: Medical schools vital to Nevada’s future

• Las Vegas Review Journal

With the recent news that Nevada’s population has surpassed 3 million residents, the demand for health care has never been greater. For years, our state has been unable to meet its health care needs.

Nevada Week: Healthcare in Rural Nevada

• Vegas PBS

Here in Nevada, healthcare continues to be a challenge for 300,000 Nevadans living in our state's rural lands. Hospital closures, reductions in emergency services, and a lack of specialized healthcare providers are putting rural residents’ health at risk. On this episode of Nevada Week, we talk to providers on the front lines of rural healthcare about the possible solutions to this ongoing problem.


UNR, UNLV recognized for community engagement from Carnegie Foundation

• Reno Gazette Journal

The University of Nevada, Reno is celebrating its part in making Reno a true college town. On Friday, it was announced that UNR has received a Carnegie classification for Community Engagement. The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine increased the number of community faculty from 636 to more than 1,100. Its Project Echo telehealth clinics provided more than 300,000 rural Nevadans with healthcare in 2017.


Valley wearing red for women’s health awareness

• The Record Courier

The American Heart Association Northern Nevada is kicking off American Heart Month 10 a.m. today at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. February marks American Heart Month.


Research Offers Promise for Treating Schizophrenia

• Health News Digest

Research by a University of Georgia psychologist shows that targeting one particular symptom of schizophrenia has a positive effect on other symptoms, offering significant promise for treating an aspect of schizophrenia that currently has no pharmaceutical options. A team led by Gregory Strauss published a study confirming that successfully treating the symptom avolition—reduced motivation—has a positive effect on other negative symptoms of schizophrenia. In addition to Sayama and Zamani Esfahlani, co-authors on the most recent paper include Brian Kirkpatrick (University of Nevada, Reno); Remy Luthringer (Minerva Neurosciences); Mark Opler (Medavante-Prophase LLC); and Michael Davidson (Minerva Neurosciences and Tel Aviv University).


Research Offers Promise For Treating Schizophrenia

• ScienceBlog

Research by a University of Georgia psychologist shows that targeting one particular symptom of schizophrenia has a positive effect on other symptoms, offering significant promise for treating an aspect of schizophrenia that currently has no pharmaceutical options. A team led by Gregory Strauss published a study confirming that successfully treating the symptom avolition—reduced motivation—has a positive effect on other negative symptoms of schizophrenia. The results, published in Schizophrenia Bulletin, were based on a phase 2b trial of the compound roluperidone by Minerva Neurosciences. Co-authors on the most recent paper include Brian Kirkpatrick (University of Nevada, Reno); Remy Luthringer (Minerva Neurosciences); Mark Opler (Medavante-Prophase LLC); and Michael Davidson (Minerva Neurosciences and Tel Aviv University).


Legislation passes to raise minimum age of tobacco, nicotine sale to 21

• Nevada Sagebrush

Dr. Max Coppes, a professor of the university’s School of Medicine, wrote a report on the use of the various products. “Electronic cigarettes in various forms have become the most commonly used tobacco product among youth,” Coppes wrote. “With an estimated 3.2 million adolescents vaping and an estimated additional 10 million teens at risk to start using e-cigarettes.”


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).