UNMC Announces a New Clinical Coordinating Center

Oct 30, 2013

UNMC is now the clinical coordinating center for a new $12.2 million dollar study targeting aortic aneurysms.

New Report Focuses on Clinical Trials in Nebraska

Oct 28, 2013

Jeff Trewhitt, spokesman for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, authored the new report “Research in your Backyard: Developing Cures, Creating Jobs.”

VA, UNMC conducting 4-year study on Vitamin D and diabetes

Oct 28, 2013

VA and UNMC researchers are teaming up to study whether Vitamin D can help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes in high-risk pre-diabetic patients.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event Saturday

Oct 21, 2013

Saturday is the DEA’s National Drug Take-Back Day.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska Medical Center has been awarded a more than $11.2 million grant to continue and expand its nanotechnology research.

The VNA Opens Flu Clinics This Week

Sep 16, 2013

Beginning today (Monday) the VNA is opening its flu vaccination clinics.

The National Institutes of Health recently awarded Creighton University nearly $5 million in grants to the School of Medicine. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials have reported the first human case of West Nile virus in Lancaster County this year.

UNO opens biomechanics research facility

Sep 5, 2013

A dedication will be held Thursday for the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s new biomechanics research building.

Nebraska Faces Shortage of Dentists

Aug 12, 2013

The number of dentists in the state is on the decline.  Nationally, there are 62 dentists for every 100,000 people.  In Nebraska, there are 55. 

UNMC in  partnership with Project Extra Mile, co-authored a report on underage drinking in Nebraska.  Data was collected from a variety of sources. 

UNMC’s stroke center is one of 11 centers that is part of a novel national study that will use adult stem cells to treat stroke patients.

The Osteoporosis Research Center at Alegent Creighton University Medical Center will be the home of a new state-of-the-art high resolution 3D X-ray microscope.

All of the cancer centers in the Big 10 are joining forces to create the Big 10 Cancer Research Consortium.

VNA Head to Toe Home Safety Event

Jun 18, 2013

One in three elderly people will experience a fall.  And most of these falls will take place in the home.

A new study led by the VA of Nebraska-western Iowa found that more expensive drug therapies for rheumatoid arthritis don’t necessarily work better than generic ones.

UNMC's new College of Pharmacy to open in 2015

Jun 14, 2013

UNMC is building a new College of Pharmacy.

VA Research Week: 155 studies ongoing at Omaha VA Medical Center

May 13, 2013
VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa

The VA of Nebraska-Western Iowa received $10 million in grants last year for research in to treatment for diabetes, battlefield injuries, and more.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska Medical Center has found no evidence of research misconduct after questions were raised about data integrity in an academic article.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad has signed into law a bill that would give some counties a share of $11.6 million to continue treatment of mental health patients as the state transitions to a regional system.

The General Assembly approved the bill, which aids 26 of the 32 counties seeking extra funding to get them through this fiscal year.

Branstad signed the measure Thursday, though he had earlier voiced support for $3.8 million, a figure recommended by the Department of Human Services.

March is Low Vision Month

Mar 27, 2013

The most common causes of low vision are macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Relief from Decades of Pain

Mar 7, 2013

A new clinic at the Nebraska Medical Center treats patients who have non-malignant issues or conditions with their pancreas or biliary tract. 

Medicare Open Enrollment deadline is Friday

Dec 7, 2012

About 300 Douglas County residents will have to find a new Medicare plan next year.

American Legion says VA does a great job

Nov 1, 2012

Overall the VA is providing quality healthcare to the nation’s veterans. 

The Democratic candidate for Nebraska’s Second Congressional District says changes are needed to the Medicare system to keep it solvent.

A new biobank at UNMC will allow researchers access to a larger number of blood samples that aren't specific to any one disease. Dr. Jennifer Larsen, vice chancellor for research, says a biobank holds biologic samples to be used in future research. 

Currently, UNMC has several condition-specific biobanks. But this new biobank would contain blood samples obtained from individuals when they go to the doctor for a routine visit.

American Red Cross: blood, platelet donations urgently needed

Jun 29, 2012

The American Red Cross says there’s an urgent need for donations of blood and platelets.

April Oppliger, Program Manager for the Mid-American Blood Services Division, says there have been 50,000 fewer donations in June than anticipated. She says that’s about half the blood supply the Red Cross had at this time last year.

Oppliger says a pint of whole blood has a shelf life of 42 days. Platelets have a shelf life of only five days, and Oppliger says those donations are always in high demand. She says donations of all blood types are needed.  

Trauma First Response Classes at MCC

Jun 13, 2012

What can people do to render aid before the ambulance arrives?  Metro Community College’s new Trauma First Response class provides the training to help answer that question.  

MCC’s Fremont campus is offering numerous eight-hour courses in Trauma First Response this summer.  Craig Jacobus, EMS Program Coordinator for the Fremont campus, says the classes are geared toward the non-traditional first responder. 

He says the courses take complex information and put it at a level that is immediately applicable.  Jacobus says this is not a sit down class.

A Creighton University oncologist is critical of an announcement by the United States Preventive Services Task Force about PSA-based screenings.

The Task Force announced this afternoon its recommendation against prostate-specific antigen or PSA-based screenings for all men regardless of age. Dr. Henry Lynch is the Director of the Hereditary Cancer Center at Creighton. 


Alegent Health expects its two new agreements with Creighton University to become official July first.