• UNMC adds online Ebola education course

    (AP) - The University of Nebraska Medical Center and affiliated Nebraska Medicine clinics have launched a free online public education course on Ebola. The medical center's chancellor Dr. Jeffrey Gold says it's important the public has access to accurate and trustworthy information based on facts and scientific evidence. The course explains Ebola in easy to understand terms including signs and symptoms, how it is spread and coping with stress. It also explains how to talk with children during infectious disease outbreaks. The course is available at and soon will be available through the iTunes Store, and the iTunes University app for iPad and iPhone users. The medical center houses the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, one of just four in the nation where two Ebola patients have been successfully treated and released. Read More
  • Finalists for NU President could be released Monday

    (AP) - The University of Nebraska's presidential search committee could name four finalists for the job on Monday. The committee has amended its agenda for a scheduled meeting to allow for a vote on names that would be presented to the university's Board of Regents. Regent Howard Hawks, the board chairman, says in a statement that the amendment doesn't guarantee that four finalists will be chosen on Monday. But it will give search-committee members the opportunity to vote. Nebraska law requires that names of the finalists be made public. The search for a new president officially began in March after former President J.B. Milliken left the university to become chancellor of the City University of New York. Read More
  • Novartis announces layoffs at Lincoln plant

    (AP) - Novartis has announced more layoffs at its manufacturing plant in Lincoln. Company spokeswoman Julie Masow tells the Lincoln Journal Star ( ) that 75 jobs were eliminated Thursday. That includes 31 positions that were open. The cuts represent the third phase of restructuring at the plant that Novartis announced in April 2013. In January, the company laid off 27 people and eliminated 58 open positions. In May 2013, it laid off 72 people and eliminated 41 open positions. The layoffs were in response to the plant shutting down for a year and a half after the Food and Drug Administration found numerous quality-control problems. The Lincoln plant manufactures Excedrin, TheraFlu and the animal health product Sentinel. Read More
  • Peace activist set for UNK presentation

    (UNK)- Mark Braverman, a peace advocate, will discuss the role of religious beliefs and theology in the search for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Braverman will present "Israel, the Palestinians, and the Failure of Global Diplomacy: The emerging grassroots movement to bring about a just and lasting peace" at 10 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 5) in Copeland Hall room 130. The presentation is free and open to the public. Trained in clinical psychology and crisis management, Braverman worked with groups and individuals undergoing traumatic stress. But while traveling in Israel and Palestine in 2006, Braverman was transformed by witnessing the occupation of Palestine and by encounters with peace activists and civil society leaders from Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities. Braverman, a fifth generation Palestinian Jew, was born in Jerusalem and emigrated to the United States as a young man. He has been closely involved in the growth of the international church movement to support the cause of Palestinian rights. Braverman is the author of "Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land" and "A Wall in Jerusalem: Hope, healing, and the struggle for peace in Israel and Palestine." For more information, go to Read More
  • Good Sam Medical Group expands and moves

    (NRG)- Good Samaritan Medical Group has partnered with Good Samaritan Specialists to become an expanded medical group to better serve the region's health care needs. The enlarged Good Samaritan Medical Group will include seventeen care providers. To make room for this growth, Good Samaritan Medical Group will move to the second floor of their current medical office building at 3219 Central Avenue, Suite 200 on November 3. The medical office building is adjacent to CHI Health Good Samaritan. The team includes Dr. Richard Hranac, Dr. Anirban Ghosh, Erin Stickney, APRN, and Natalie Waskowiak, PA-C. Good Samaritan Specialists, which has now joined Good Samaritan Medical Group, includes health care providers in seven specialty areas. The team includes Dr. Victor Jaramillo, neurology; Dr. Chinyere Obasi, neurosurgery; Dr. Imtiaz Islam, nephrology; Dr. George Kassis and Dr. Radu Neamu, pulmonology; Dr. Arif Nawaz and Dr. Anwaar Khan, gastroenterology; and Marcia Leonard, APRN and Debbie Sheldon, APRN in palliative care. The group also includes infectious disease specialists. There will be no change in the health care services you currently receive from Good Samaritan Specialists or Good Samaritan Medical Group. Office procedures and billing will also remain the same. The newly expanded Good Samaritan Medical Group remains in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, and will accept the same insurance plans as both clinics have previously. The expanded Good Samaritan Medical Group will relocate to the second floor of their current medical office building on November 3. Their new address is 3219 Central Avenue, Suite 200. You can contact the clinic at 308.865.2370. Read More