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ADHD diagnosis up in Nebraska as awareness grows

According to findings from a new Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Health of America report, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder) diagnoses grew 39 percent between 2010 to 2017 among Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) members’ children. In Omaha, the percentage of increase was 37 percent. “There has been a slight uptick

By |2019-03-28T08:32:48-05:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on ADHD diagnosis up in Nebraska as awareness grows

Rural opioid deaths outpacing urban, Nebraska remains vigilant, makes suggestions to USDA

With rural opioid deaths now outnumbering urban deaths, representatives of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently came to Lincoln to hold a roundtable discussion on what can be done to combat this growing nationwide problem. While Nebraska has a relatively low rate of addiction, members of law enforcement, lawmakers, health experts and the

By |2019-08-07T11:12:34-05:00November 6th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Rural opioid deaths outpacing urban, Nebraska remains vigilant, makes suggestions to USDA

‘My life has changed,’ after collaborative approach to losing 45 pounds

Wade Whitsel knows what it’s like to receive that phone call. “It’s pretty mind-boggling,” he says. Over the last 10 months, the 50-year-old resident of Rosalie, Nebraska, has flashed from ominous test results to a biopsy to that call confirming an aggressive form of prostate cancer. A radical prostatectomy in May gave way to seven

By |2018-08-13T08:32:15-05:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on ‘My life has changed,’ after collaborative approach to losing 45 pounds

Opioid prescriptions decrease nearly 20 percent in Nebraska

The number of opioid medications filled by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) members declined 19 percent from 2014 to 2017.  “There has been a lot more attention given by providers to their patients who may be misusing the drugs, filling too frequently, filling before they’ve run out, or maybe having symptoms

By |2018-07-12T11:18:51-05:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Opioid prescriptions decrease nearly 20 percent in Nebraska