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Dr. Siobhan Wescott had been named the inaugural holder of the Dr. Susan and Susette LaFlesche Professorship in Public Health.  An Alaskan Athabascan, Dr. Wescott grew up just outside Fairbanks in a tiny 400 square foot cabin with an outhouse.  She has always been a staunch advocate for Alaskan Natives and American Indians, especially when it comes to issues of health equity and educating the next generation.  She has cultivated a nationally recognized voice, especially through her work with the American Medical Association. 

In this two-part interview with Mike Hogan on KIOS-FM, Dr. Wescott discusses the childhood that shaped her, the importance of education in her family, and what she hopes to accomplish for the Native American communities.

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Covid Patients Filling ICU Beds Once More

Jul 27, 2021

The Douglas County Health Department reports 137 new confirmed COVID-19 infections over the weekend.  The total number of cases now tops 73-thousand.  There were no new deaths reported, so that toll remains at 737.  Officials say just under 53-percent of all Douglas County residents have received one dose of the vaccine.


Nebraska Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center are notifying patients and employees whose personal information may have been compromised in a data security breach last fall. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the breach may have affected up to 219,000 people in Nebraska and other states. Health system officials said in a statement that an investigation begun in late September found no evidence that peoples’ personal information from the breach had been used to commit fraud or identity theft. System technology employees discovered the problem on Sept. 20.


A prominent Nebraska infectious disease expert is sounding the alarm about the state’s surging coronavirus cases and calling for a statewide mask mandate, which Gov. Pete Ricketts has repeatedly refused to issue. Dr. James Lawler, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said Thursday that the pandemic has reached its most dangerous point since the virus outbreak began earlier this year and described the recent increase in virus hospitalizations as unsustainable.

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Hundreds of new COVID-19 cases are reported in Nebraska. Officials confirmed 934 new cases yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 71-thousand-666. The recent surge in coronavirus cases in Nebraska prompted one expert to predict that the number of deaths linked to the virus could nearly quadruple by the start of 2021. Dr.

Nebraska Medicine Falls Victim To Cyber Attack

Sep 25, 2020

Nebraska Medicine is recovering from a cyber attack that caused significant disruption this week. Officials say many appointments had to be postponed due to the hack that impacted the information technology system. The company said patients who had critical appointments or surgeries were prioritized, and the emergency room remained open.

Omaha World Herald

State health officials reported 374 new cases of COVID-19 in Nebraska yesterday. There are now 33,101 confirmed cases of the virus in the state, and 391 deaths. The Department of Health and Human Services says 32 percent of hospital beds and 84 percent of ventilators are available. A COVID-19 cluster was recently identified at another University of Nebraska sorority. Officials say four members of Delta Delta Delta have tested positive for the virus, along with one other self-reported case. The university says those living in the house are being isolated.

A doctor at the Nebraska Medicine Biocontainment Unit says the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is on its way. Medical Director Dr. Angela Hewlett says when it comes to the numbers Nebraska looks good compared to other states, but a county comparison tells a different story. Dr. Hewlett says 600 of Nebraska's nearly 19-hundred cases come from a large meat processing plant in a single county. Dr. Hewlett also said though the state is mostly rural, Nebraskans should be prepared for hotspots to surface in the coming days and weeks around the United States.

Nebraska school officials say they're limiting spectators to the state boys basketball tournament to players' immediate family. That news comes on the heels of two more Nebraska residents testing positive for COVID-19, bringing the Nebraska total to five. A Douglas County woman who recently traveled to California and Nevada was added Tuesday. She's recovering at home. The state's fifth case is a 16-year-old student from Crofton High School in northeast Nebraska who attended the state girls basketball tournament in Lincoln last week.

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Gov. Pete Ricketts is warning that Nebraska could be dealing with the coronavirus outbreak for the next nine to 12 months, and he's urging the public to take precautionary steps to keep it from spreading. Ricketts says the number of known cases in Nebraska has risen to three, but there aren't yet indications that it's spreading within communities. The three people diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, are a 36-year-old Omaha woman and her father and brother.

Dr. David Warren is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Dr. Warren has been at UNMC for four years, and his lab has funding from the National Institute on Aging.

Dr. Warren’s lab at UNMC studies the brain systems supporting cognition, especially memory, and how those brain systems are affected by aging and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.  The lab’s research uses a variety of cognitive neuroscience methods including neuroimaging, neuropsychology, and neurostimulation.   

The good doctor stopped by for a chat with Mike Hogan about the work his lab does and how one can get involved in the research.  The war against diseases like Alzheimer's starts right here on the front lines!

For information about research opportunities with Dr. Warren’s lab at UNMC, please email or call 402-559-3158.

Hospital Addresses Data Breach

Dec 4, 2019

Nebraska Medicine is addressing a recent data breach.  Hospital officials released a statement yesterday noting that the breach was discovered in October during an audit of the medical record system.  The audit revealed that an employee accessed records outside of their job responsibility sometime between July 11th and October 1st, and that worker was immediately fired.  The hospital says letters have been sent to patients whose medical and personal information was accessed, and free credit monitoring is being offered for a year.


iEXCEL stands for the Interprofessional Experiential Center for Enduring Learning, and it’s a program that looks to revolutionize healthcare education through hands-on training, interprofessional teamwork, high-fidelity simulations and innovative technologies. iEXCEL utilizes things like augmented and virtual reality, as well as 3D and holographic visualization, to train healthcare professionals for improved learning and outcomes.

Michael Hollins, Director of Community & Business Engagement for iEXCEL stopped by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Matthias Jeske "Live & Local" about the program and its impact on the future of education. 

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NOTE:  The audio from this interview was initially lost.  The attached audio is the recovered version, and while audible, is not the quality of audio to which our listeners have become accustomed.

Heart Pump Study Complete

Sep 26, 2019

(Omaha, NE)  --  An Omaha area hospital is being praised for its heart pumps.  The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine joined nearly 70 other institutions in taking part in a three-year heart pump study.  Hospital officials say that new pumps are nearly as good for patients as getting a heart transplant.  Current heart pump patients have an 80-percent survival rate after two years.

Researchers at University of Nebraska Medical Center are taking a critical step toward eliminating the HIV virus.  Researchers from UNMC and the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University announced today they've successfully eliminated the HIV virus responsible for AIDS from living animals.  The research was published online in the journal Nature Communications.  It explains how researchers targeted the replication-competent HIV-1 DNA.

Tattoo Artists vs Human Trafficking

Jun 19, 2019

  Medical professionals and firefighters are understood to be on the front-line of Human Trafficking, but a new group of professionals is stepping up: tattoo artists. The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health is teaming up with the tattoo community to create a training model for artists; how to recognize and respond to human trafficking. Reporting from one of Omaha’s popular late-night tattoo shops, Omaha Public Radio’s Emily Chen-Newton explores the industry’s relationship to human trafficking and their efforts to subvert it. 

UNMC/Nebraska Medicine Recognized For Vital Role In Biopreparedness

Mar 30, 2018

UNMC and Nebraska Medicine were recognized this week when the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the US Department of Health and Human Services visited the campus. 

Biden Calls New Buffett Cancer Center Remarkable; Open House Tomorrow

May 26, 2017

When it opens in early June, the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center will be able to offer patients clinical trials and treatment options not available elsewhere in the state, since it will be the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in Nebraska.

Former Vice-President Joe Biden spoke at the Center’s ribbon-cutting ceremony this week, calling it “a remarkable facility,” and saying he hopes other institutions will follow the lead of UNMC and Nebraska Medicine.