Health http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Hey, Miss Idaho, Is That An Insulin Pump On Your Bikini? http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/hey-miss-idaho-insulin-pump-your-bikini There she is, Miss Idaho. And there <em>it </em>is, the insulin pump attached to her bikini bottom during the swimsuit competition. Since posting the photo on social media on Monday, Sierra Sandison has become a new hero to the Type 1 diabetes community.<p>One mother <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152989744311677&set=a.191833896676.139973.585201676&type=1&comment_id=10152993351736677&offset=0&total_comments=95">wrote on Facebook</a>, "You changed my 11-year-old daughter's summer! Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:54:00 +0000 editor 49003 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Hey, Miss Idaho, Is That An Insulin Pump On Your Bikini? As Boise Is Surrounded By Wildfires, Smoke Could Be Here For Weeks http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-surrounded-wildfires-smoke-could-be-here-weeks <p></p><p>Smoke is settling in the Treasure Valley from wildfires burning in <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/update-idahos-whiskey-complex-wildfire-closes-sections-boise-county" target="_blank">Idaho</a>, Oregon, Washington and Canada. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is forecasting moderate to unhealthy air conditions for the next couple of days.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:36:21 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 48997 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org As Boise Is Surrounded By Wildfires, Smoke Could Be Here For Weeks Norovirus To Blame For Sickness At Southwest Idaho Park http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/norovirus-blame-sickness-southwest-idaho-park <p>Health officials in southwest Idaho say norovirus is what sickened dozens of people at Eagle Island State Park last weekend.</p><p>The Central District Health Department says the likely source is a sick person who swam in the water or became sick at the park.</p><p>Department spokeswoman Kimberly Link says the virus can spread from one person to another through recreational water, food and direct contact.</p><p>She says human waste and vomit are the main sources of norovirus.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:58:57 +0000 Associated Press 48989 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Study: Fungus Found In Chobani Yogurt More Dangerous Than First Reported http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/study-fungus-found-chobani-yogurt-more-dangerous-first-reported <p></p><p>A fungus found in Chobani yogurt produced at its Twin Falls facility last year that led to a voluntary recall was more virulent than first thought.</p><p>In August and September 2013 more than 200 people were made sick by the Greek yogurt after a strain of fungus called Mucor circinelloides was detected in the product.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:52:59 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 48933 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Study: Fungus Found In Chobani Yogurt More Dangerous Than First Reported Coeur d'Alene Lost $1.5 Million Crisis Center After Regional Lawmakers Opposed Project http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/coeur-dalene-lost-15-million-crisis-center-after-regional-lawmakers-opposed-project <p>Northern Idaho lawmakers opposing a bill to fund three mental health crisis centers is part of the reason Coeur d'Alene didn't get a $1.5 million behavioral-health crisis center.</p><p>Information obtained by the <a href="http://bit.ly/1jxuOVR" target="_blank">Coeur d'Alene Press</a> through a public records request shows that a committee gave the city a higher score than winner Idaho Falls.</p><p>But criteria also included lawmaker support, which the center attained in eastern Idaho.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:46:53 +0000 Associated Press 48926 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Number Of Gonorrhea Cases Increasing Outside Urban Hubs http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/number-gonorrhea-cases-increasing-outside-urban-hubs <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071514JR_STDs_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Public health officials in the Northwest say they're seeing gonorrhea infections at levels they haven't seen in years. Three counties in Washington state are now in the midst of an outbreak. Parts of Oregon and Idaho are set to top even last year's high numbers.<p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 01:12:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 48900 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Number Of Gonorrhea Cases Increasing Outside Urban Hubs Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline Receives $50,000 United Way Grant http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-suicide-prevention-hotline-receives-50000-united-way-grant <p>The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline (ISPH) is one step closer to being a fulltime crisis line.&nbsp;</p><p>Thursday hotline staff announced they received a $50,000 grant from the United Way of the Treasure Valley. ISPH Executive Director John Reusser says the award will go a long way in helping the hotline become a 24/7 resource. He says the United Way first gave them funds when they started in 2012.&nbsp;</p><p>"The United Way has been very supportive," says Reusser. "This donation will help fund operations as we get through the last leg of expansion."</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:41:26 +0000 Frankie Barnhill 47805 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline Receives $50,000 United Way Grant Anti-Smoking Group No Longer Supports An Idaho City's Proposed Ban http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/anti-smoking-group-no-longer-supports-idaho-citys-proposed-ban <p></p><p>Smokefree Idaho has withdrawn its support of a southwest Idaho city's proposed smoking ban after city leaders adopted a less restrictive version.</p><p>Spokeswoman Stacy Satterlee <a href="http://bit.ly/Tjb0sA" target="_blank">tells the Idaho Statesman in a story</a> on Wednesday that the amendments the Garden City Council adopted Monday mean the ordinance no longer protects all workers from secondhand smoke.</p><p>The council moved ahead with a ban on smoking in most indoor public places but not in bars and bingo halls for people age 21 and over.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:28:00 +0000 Associated Press 47711 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Anti-Smoking Group No Longer Supports An Idaho City's Proposed Ban Football And Concussions: An Interview With 'League Of Denial' Author Steve Fainaru http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/football-and-concussions-interview-league-denial-author-steve-fainaru <p> "<em>This program is an encore and was originally broadcast in November of 2013"</em></p><p>“Iron Mike” Webster was one of the most revered and beloved Pittsburgh Steelers of all time. The Hall of Fame center was a tough, hardworking and disciplined player who gave everything he had to football.</p><p>But after retiring from the NFL in 1990, he suffered a severe decline in both physical and mental health. When he died 12 years later at age 50, his body made one of its most significant contributions to the sport, and to the fellow players he loved.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 35567 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Football And Concussions: An Interview With 'League Of Denial' Author Steve Fainaru Fire Season Increases Potential For Hazardous Smoke http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/fire-season-increases-potential-hazardous-smoke <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/061914CL_wildfire_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Hot and dry conditions are expected to create above-normal wildfire conditions in parts of the Northwest this summer. While relatively few people will have to flee the flames, many more will experience a side effect of the fires: <a href="http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/">thick, acrid smoke</a>.<p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:49:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 47409 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Fire Season Increases Potential For Hazardous Smoke How One Young Girl Could Change Idaho's Strict Marijuana Laws http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-one-young-girl-could-change-idahos-strict-marijuana-laws <p>Nine-year-old Alexis Carey has a rare form of epilepsy called <a href="http://www.dravetfoundation.org/dravet-syndrome/what-is-dravet-syndrome" target="_blank">Dravet Syndrome</a>. She started having seizures when she was a couple months old. Her mom Clare says Alexis is a happy kid, but she can't speak or potty train.</p><p>“You have seizures that go on for over an hour and nothing stops them,” Clare says.</p><p>“It’s so hard to helplessly watch your kid seizing for an hour,” Alexis’ dad Michael Carey says. “You can’t describe how painful it is.”</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:29:00 +0000 Adam Cotterell 47175 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How One Young Girl Could Change Idaho's Strict Marijuana Laws Gorge Amphitheater In Violation Of State Health Regulations http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/gorge-amphitheater-violation-state-health-regulations <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/05/052914JR_GorgeSewage_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>One of the largest concert venues in the Northwest is in trouble with the Washington State Department of&#160;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Health</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. <a href="http://www.gorgeamphitheatre.net/">The Gorge Amphitheater</a> turns into a small city during summer music festivals like Sasquatch and </span>Paradiso<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 00:39:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 46206 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Gorge Amphitheater In Violation Of State Health Regulations How A Boise State Class Is Using Yoga To Help Sexual Assault Victims http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-boise-state-class-using-yoga-help-sexual-assault-victims <p><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/sv-datasheet-a.pdf" target="_blank">The Centers for Disease Control</a> <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/sv-datasheet-a.pdf" target="_blank">says</a> one in five women is sexually assaulted in college, a statistic that prompted the <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/report_0.pdf" target="_blank">White House to release guidelines</a> to help those victims. Thu, 29 May 2014 17:10:31 +0000 Jessica Murri 46158 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How A Boise State Class Is Using Yoga To Help Sexual Assault Victims How To Remove Ticks -- And Why A Hot Match Won’t Work http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-remove-ticks-and-why-hot-match-won-t-work <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/05/052314JR_AllAboutTicks_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Memorial Day weekend in the Northwest coincides with prime time for ticks. These arthropods can drink your blood for days without you knowing.<p> Fri, 23 May 2014 22:58:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 45871 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How To Remove Ticks -- And Why A Hot Match Won’t Work Source Of Fungal Illness Discovered In Eastern Washington Soil http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/source-fungal-illness-discovered-eastern-washington-soil <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/05/050514JR_NastyFungus_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A disease-causing fungus thought to be confined to the deserts of the U.S. Southwest has been discovered in soil samples from eastern Washington.<p> Mon, 05 May 2014 23:40:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 44736 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Source Of Fungal Illness Discovered In Eastern Washington Soil Mixed News For Northwest Exchanges As Enrollment Deadline Approaches http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/mixed-news-northwest-exchanges-enrollment-deadline-approaches <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/031314CL_exchanges_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>You only have until the end of this month to sign up for coverage using one of the new health insurance exchanges.<p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:17:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 41681 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Mixed News For Northwest Exchanges As Enrollment Deadline Approaches University Of Idaho Researchers Find Common Chemical Changes Fetal Monkey Genes http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/university-idaho-researchers-find-common-chemical-changes-fetal-monkey-genes <p>The chemical BPA, or bisphenol A, is commonly found in plastics, soup cans, and store receipts. Scientists&nbsp;continue to study&nbsp;how the chemical affects people. New research from the University of Idaho may sound a cautionary note for humans.&nbsp;</p><p>Gordon Murdoch is an associate professor of physiology at the University of Idaho. He focused on fetal heart development in rhesus monkeys.</p><p>For the study, pregnant monkeys were fed fruit containing BPA. “Our question was did it affect the genes in the fetal heart?” he asked, “And to our surprise and dismay, it did.”</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Samantha Wright 41320 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org University Of Idaho Researchers Find Common Chemical Changes Fetal Monkey Genes Death Of Northwest Family Shows Hazards Of Carbon Monoxide http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/death-northwest-family-shows-hazards-carbon-monoxide <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/02/022514JR_CODetectors_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Local officials say the deaths of a Pocatello, Idaho, couple and their teenage sons is one of the worst tragedies in recent memory in the southeast Idaho community.<p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:56:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 40814 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Death Of Northwest Family Shows Hazards Of Carbon Monoxide Little Progress In Fighting Spread Of Gonorrhea In Northwest http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/little-progress-fighting-spread-gonorrhea-northwest <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/01/011714JR_GonorrheaOutbreak_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Public health officials in the Northwest say a series of gonorrhea outbreaks shows little sign of letting up. In fact, in some places, rates of the STD may be getting worse.<p> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 14:22:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 38770 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Little Progress In Fighting Spread Of Gonorrhea In Northwest Flu Season Arrives In Northwest, Bringing New Cases Of H1N1 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/flu-season-arrives-northwest-bringing-new-cases-h1n1 <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/01/010313JR_NWFlu_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Washington, Oregon and Idaho are among 25 states now facing widespread cases of the flu.<p> Sat, 04 Jan 2014 01:18:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 37992 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Flu Season Arrives In Northwest, Bringing New Cases Of H1N1