LINCOLN – On Friday, Governor Pete Ricketts, Nebraska Department of Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt, education leaders, and the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry will host a press conference.  Gov. Ricketts and education leaders will announce the guidance they will use for school closures.  Additionally, leaders will make remarks on how the Nebraska business community is preparing for the coronavirus pandemic.

More Than a Workout

Jan 3, 2020

The boom of boutique fitness in America would likely not exist without a young girl from rural Iowa. In this episode, we get into the Midwestern origins of Jazzercise with founder and CEO, Judi Sheppard Missett. Then we discuss the changing face and message of “female fitness” today. Join us as we talk about the hormonal, skeletal, and social structures that makes working out different across genders and sexes.

New Vaping Ordinance Approved

Dec 17, 2019

(Lincoln, NE)  --  A new vaping ordinance is approved in Lincoln.  The Lincoln City Council approved an ordinance yesterday banning vaping at restaurants, bars and businesses. The same restrictions currently apply to cigarettes.  Several Lincoln and Lancaster County health officials testified last week in favor of the change.

Kiewit Middle School sent a letter this morning to parents reporting that a student at the school has been diagnosed with pertussis, also known as whooping cough.  The school included information on whooping cough and the diagnosed student's schedule in the letter.  They also alerted families that if they receive a second email then their student shared a classroom with the impacted one.

Kiewit Middle School urges families of those who shared a classroom with the sick student to watch for signs of a cough or persistent cold and then take their child the doctor immediately.

If you are a parent of a student and did not receive a second email then your child did not share a classroom with this student.

The content of the letter is posted below:

Dear Kiewit Families,

I want to share that unfortunately one of our students has been diagnosed with pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough. We wish the student a speedy recovery!

As we always do, we have shared this information, along with the student's schedule, with the Douglas County Health Department. They will direct us to send a letter to families of students who may have been exposed. If those students develop a persistent cough or cold, they should be seen by a doctor.

We also want to inform the school community, so everyone is aware. I'm including information on whooping cough. Families that have a student that may have shared a classroom with this student will receive another email from IC Messenger message with signs to look for. If you do not receive a second email. your student did not share a classroom with this student.

Please reach out to our school nurse if you have any questions at 402-715-1470.

Thank you,
Marshall Smith

Health Department Encourages Flu Shots

Oct 3, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  The Douglas County Health Department is encouraging people to prepare for flu season by getting a flu shot.  Health department officials say nearly 38-hundred cases were reported in the county during the last flu season.  Douglas County residents are being urged to get vaccinated by the end of October.    

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials say they're received the state's first report of a death associated with vaping.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said Monday that the unidentified person died in May, was older than 65 years old and lived in the Omaha area. No other details were given.

Nebraska officials say there have been 12 deaths reported in 10 other states.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln says one student has been diagnosed with the mumps and another student is showing symptoms of the contagious disease.

The Daily Nebraskan reports that the university announced the mumps diagnosis Wednesday.

The university says both students live off campus and are being isolated to try to prevent the disease from spreading. The university recommends in its statement that all students take pro-active measures, such as washing hands, covering coughs and avoiding others if they are sick.

Grand Island Vaping Ban Starts Wednesday

Sep 10, 2019

(Grand Island, NE)  --  Starting on Wednesday, vaping is not allowed in public spaces in Grand Island.  The ban was recently approved unanimously by the Grand Island City Council.  Violators can face fines up to five-hundred dollars.  There is growing concern about the effects of vaping after a number of reports of mystery lung diseases that officials believe are being caused by the activity.

State Health Officials Issue Mumps Warning

Aug 30, 2019

State health officials are warning of a significant uptick in the number of mumps cases in parts of Nebraska.  Authorities say at least 30 cases have been identified in two recent outbreaks of the disease.  The first outbreak appears to have originated somewhere in Cedar, Dixon, Thurston or Wayne counties.  The second arose from somewhere in Butler, Polk, York and/or Seward counties.  Health officials say mumps is spread by coughing, sneezing and sharing saliva.  Symptoms include the swelling of glands in the face and neck, as well as jaw and testicular pain, ear-ache, fatigue, muscle ache

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Education Department intends to provide school districts with guidance on students' sunscreen use during the school year.

Officials say various districts have wrestled with the issue and have sought state direction.

Rules vary from district to district. Some require the sunscreen be sent from home and require parents to sign permission notes guiding administrators on application. Some require notes from doctors and some don't. Some districts have no policies at all.

Possible Norovirus Outbreak

Apr 29, 2019

(Lincoln, NE)  --  A possible norovirus outbreak is under investigation at a Lincoln school.  Officials say more than 140 students were absent from class at West Lincoln Elementary on Friday, which is more than one-fourth of the total student enrollment.  The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department says the exact illness will not be known until testing is complete, but the symptoms resemble norovirus.  Symptoms of the contagious virus include diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain and vomiting.   

The Omaha Public Library is partnering with Boys Town Pediatrics' Center for Childhood Deafness, Language and Learning; and Lions Club International to offer a new storytime series this fall. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Farm and ranch families will have a new health insurance option under a new group plan unveiled by a Nebraska agricultural group.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Most epilepsy patients taking cannabis-derived oil in a clinical trial at the University of Nebraska Medical Center continue to see improvement in their seizures.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Health officials say more cases of the West Nile virus are being found in Nebraska this year, especially on the eastern end of the state.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Officials have announced a $6.5 million statewide commitment to improve stroke response and care in Nebraska.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska is phasing in a new electronic benefits card for the program that services low-income women and children.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska residents who use the Affordable Care Act's marketplace for health insurance could see a much smaller rate increase in 2019 compared to previous years.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha-based health system has established a community garden to offer more access to healthy food for its patients in the city.

The Salvation Army has long offered cooling stations for those who need a break from the oppressive heat during the hot Nebraska summers.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Midwest grocery store chain Hy-Vee Inc. has recalled its store-brand spring pasta salad after 20 people got salmonella in Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska health officials say several bats found around the state this year have tested positive for rabies, including seven in Lincoln.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in five pediatric specialties in its new 2018-19 Best Children’s Hospitals report.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has unveiled a new set of goals for the current fiscal year as part of its annual business plan.

Summertime means vacations, swimming pools, barbeques and lots of other outdoor fun.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraskans with disabilities and those who are at least 60 years old can continue to receive services through a state program made permanent by Gov. Pete Ricketts.

Patients and caregivers both have better, safer experiences when the caregiver is an active participant in the patient’s care.

Late last month the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new enzyme substitution therapy for adults with a rare and serious genetic disease known as phenylketonuria or PKU.  

Tips for Better Hearing

Jun 6, 2018

Hearing loss affects more than 48 million people nationwide. 

Researchers at UNMC studying Cholangiocarcinoma

May 31, 2018

Cholangiocarcinoma is a cancer of the bile ducts that extends from the liver to the small intestine.