Check out the changing world of medicine or catch up with an Omaha icon who is going strong at 97.
Medical science has made remarkable strides over roughly the past 75 years, beating back many once life-threatening illnesses and helping to extend the life expectancy of a child born in 2016 to nearly 79 years.
Elaine Jabenis has never really retired. It wasn’t until she was 80, she says, that she started writing with passion. The “grande dame” of the Omaha Community Playhouse was acting in plays until age 84. Now, at 97, three years after publishing her first work of fiction, she’s working on her autobiography.
Technological advancements are in every part of our lives, including the medical field. X-rays once made on film now are digital and can be transmitted anywhere in seconds. The amount of oxygen in one’s blood can be measured by sliding a soft, thimble-like device onto the end of a finger.