Health http://boisestatepublicradio.org en 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 Adult Over 60 Becomes Idaho's First Flu Casualty http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/adult-over-60-becomes-idahos-first-flu-casualty <p>The deadly side of the flu emerged in Idaho this week, with an adult over 60 becoming the first person to die this season after being infected with the virus.</p><p>The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare made the announcement on Monday.</p><p>Every year, influenza contributes to the deaths of 36,000 people in the United States and causes more than 200,000 hospitalizations.</p><p>Idaho's share of the tragedy last flu season amounted to 35 people.</p><p>The dominant strain of flu being detected is a strain that first began circulating in 2009.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:43:22 +0000 Associated Press 37804 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Bannock County Bans E-Cigs In County Buildings http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/bannock-county-bans-e-cigs-county-buildings <p></p><p>Bannock County commissioners have decided to include electronic cigarettes in the smoking ban in county buildings.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/1iH0Kpy">Idaho State Journal reports</a> commissioners unanimously approved the resolution Wednesday.</p><p>Commissioner Howard Manwaring says they received some complaints about the use of e-cigarettes in county facilities. He says their use is still perceived as smoking and they do have some odor.</p><p>Manwaring says no one spoke against the resolution during the public hearing before Wednesday's vote.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:45:35 +0000 Associated Press 36544 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Bannock County Bans E-Cigs In County Buildings Idaho’s Suicide Hotline Expands Hours http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-s-suicide-hotline-expands-hours <p>Since the end of October, <a href="http://www.idahosuicideprevention.org/#&amp;panel1-1" target="_blank">Idaho's Suicide Prevention hotline</a> has fielded more than 800 calls. Now, the year-old hotline is expanding its hours of operation and may soon receive national accreditation.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 01:01:53 +0000 Samantha Wright 36445 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho’s Suicide Hotline Expands Hours 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>“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, 15 Nov 2013 23:23:31 +0000 Bob Kustra 35567 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Football And Concussions: An Interview With 'League Of Denial' Author Steve Fainaru Slow Start, Mixed Results For Health Care Law In Northwest http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/slow-start-mixed-results-health-care-law-northwest <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/11/111313_HealthExchanges_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The first numbers on enrollment under the new health care law confirm a slow start and mixed results in Northwest states.<p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 17:43:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 35480 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Slow Start, Mixed Results For Health Care Law In Northwest So, You Have Gonorrhea. Who Tells Your Ex? http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/so-you-have-gonorrhea-who-tells-your-ex In an effort to stop a spate of gonorrhea outbreaks, at least one public health department in the Pacific Northwest is offering a helpful service to infected patients: anonymous notification of former sexual partners.<p>That's right. A government worker will track down and contact each ex for you. Awkward for all concerned? Yes. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:31:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 35385 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org So, You Have Gonorrhea. Who Tells Your Ex? Uptick In Measles Cases Highlights Need For Vaccination http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/uptick-measles-cases-highlights-need-vaccination <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/11/110813CL_measles_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Public health officials say recent measles cases in the Northwest highlight the need to be vaccinated against the infection.<p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:53:05 +0000 Chris Lehman 35298 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Uptick In Measles Cases Highlights Need For Vaccination Report: Most Idaho Kids Don’t Get Screened For Developmental Problems http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/report-most-idaho-kids-don-t-get-screened-developmental-problems <p>Less than 30 percent of Idaho kids get developmental screenings recommended by doctors. That’s according to a report out this week from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.</p><p>The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends kids get screened for developmental problems at nine-months-old, 18-to-24 months and at 30 months.</p><p>Perry Brown, pediatric education director at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho says those screenings are questionnaires doctors give to parents. Brown leafs through a file and pulls one out for parents of a 24-month-old.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 15:28:04 +0000 Adam Cotterell 35167 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Report: Most Idaho Kids Don’t Get Screened For Developmental Problems Poor Idaho School Brings Health Care To Students http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/poor-idaho-school-brings-health-care-students <p></p><p>A southwestern Idaho school district is building an in-school medical clinic at Meridian's poorest elementary school in an effort to boost student health and reduce absenteeism.</p><p>Meridian School District Superintendent Linda Clark <a href="http://bit.ly/1aHJybx">told the Idaho Statesman</a> that the clinic will be the first in-school clinic in Idaho.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:25:04 +0000 Associated Press 34754 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Poor Idaho School Brings Health Care To Students Health Officials Perplexed By Number Of Northwest Gonorrhea Cases http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/health-officials-perplexed-number-northwest-gonorrhea-cases <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/10/102413JR_Gonorrhea_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Health officials across the Northwest are trying to figure out why they’re seeing a big upswing in the number of people with gonorrhea this year.<p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 22:01:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 34437 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Warning: Some Columbia River Fish Not Safe To Eat http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/warning-some-columbia-river-fish-not-safe-eat <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/09/092313AK_Columbiafish_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>New advisories from health officials in Washington and Oregon warn that some fish in the Columbia River aren’t safe to eat.<p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:50:00 +0000 Anna King 32818 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Warning: Some Columbia River Fish Not Safe To Eat Why More Idaho Moms Breastfeed Than Anywhere In The U.S. http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/why-more-idaho-moms-breastfeed-anywhere-us <p>A <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/pdf/2013BreastfeedingReportCard.pdf" target="_blank">report issued</a> by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month shows more Idaho moms breastfeed their babies than anywhere else in the country.</p><p>We wanted to know why. It turns out Idaho's cultural and racial makeup are two of the largest contributing factors to the increasing number of breastfeeding moms.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 30666 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Why More Idaho Moms Breastfeed Than Anywhere In The U.S. Report: Idaho Latinos Face Disparities In Weight, Health Care http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/report-idaho-latinos-face-disparities-weight-health-care <p>A new report finds Latinos in Idaho are struggling with many of the same health problems as the rest of the state’s population - but to an even worse extent. The wide-ranging demographic study is intended to guide policymakers on issues that affect Hispanics.<br><br>Overall, the findings paint a picture of a Hispanic population that's young and mostly born in the U.S. About half speak English at home and Latinos in Idaho are more likely to own their home than Latinos in other states.<br> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 17:58:59 +0000 Jessica Robinson 20640 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Schools Get Grant To Provide Healthy Snacks http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-schools-get-grant-provide-healthy-snacks <p>More than 100 Idaho schools have been selected to receive a federal grant to give kids more fresh fruits and vegetables. The grants are meant to provide healthy snacks outside of the school lunch and breakfast program.</p> Thu, 24 May 2012 23:47:11 +0000 Adam Cotterell 6885 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Schools Get Grant To Provide Healthy Snacks Boise Schools Raise Lunch Prices; Others Soon To Follow http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-schools-raise-lunch-prices-others-soon-follow <p>Students in Boise schools will pay more for lunch this fall. And lunch prices in other districts are likely to go up as well.</p><p>Peggy Bodnar says the Boise School District has tried hard to keep from raising the <a href="http://www.boiseschools.org/food/mealsel.html" target="_blank">lunch price</a>. But the district&rsquo;s Food Service Supervisor says now they have to. She explains, &ldquo;there were numerous changes that came about with that <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/legislation/cnr_2010.htm" target="_blank">Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act</a>.&rdquo;</p> Sun, 20 May 2012 00:10:57 +0000 Adam Cotterell 6488 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise Schools Raise Lunch Prices; Others Soon To Follow