Health http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Blaine County Reports Idaho's First Human Case Of West Nile Virus This Year http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/blaine-county-reports-idahos-first-human-case-west-nile-virus-year <p>Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare has confirmed the state’s first human case of West Nile virus of 2014. A Blaine County woman in her 20s is recovering from a virus-induced fever. Eight other Idaho counties have found West Nile in mosquitoes this summer, but the Blaine County case is the first confirmed human infection.</p><p></p><p>Last year, 40 known people in Idaho contracted West Nile and two died. A 2006 outbreak saw nearly 1,000 cases and 23 deaths in Idaho.</p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:39:04 +0000 Adam Cotterell 50518 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Blaine County Reports Idaho's First Human Case Of West Nile Virus This Year Study: Idaho Gives State Workers Premium Health Coverage http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/study-idaho-gives-state-workers-premium-health-coverage <p></p><p>Idaho's employee health insurance plans are comparable to the federal government's most expensive option offered under the Affordable Care Act and better than what most private companies provide.</p><p>According to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts released Tuesday, Idaho covers 93 percent of all medical costs for state employees.</p><p>That compares to private Idaho employers, where plans generally cover 80 percent of medical costs.</p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:40:52 +0000 Associated Press 50481 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Study: Idaho Gives State Workers Premium Health Coverage How A Rescue Attempt, A Death, And A TV Story Are Causing Problems For Boise http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-rescue-attempt-death-and-tv-story-are-causing-problems-boise <p></p><p></p><p>Boise’s ethics commission next week will look into a case of a city firefighter who rescued a man from an irrigation canal, who then died several days later.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In June, Boise firefighter Brent Matthews jumped into one of the area’s biggest and fastest irrigation canals to rescue a man who had fallen in. Local TV station </span><a href="http://www.ktvb.com/story/news/local/2014/07/15/12692049/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">KTVB did a story</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> praising Matthews for his heroism.</span></p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 19:17:58 +0000 Adam Cotterell 50184 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How A Rescue Attempt, A Death, And A TV Story Are Causing Problems For Boise West Nile Virus Spreads To 7 Idaho Counties http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/west-nile-virus-spreads-7-idaho-counties <p></p><p>West Nile virus has now been reported in seven Idaho counties. The mosquito-borne virus has shown up in Adams, Ada, Bingham, Boundary, Canyon, Gem and Payette counties.</p><p>The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says all instances of the virus have been discovered in mosquito pools, no human cases of the disease have been reported.</p><p></p><p>Last year, West Nile was found in 16 Idaho counties. Forty people were infected with the virus and two Idahoans died. One of the worst West Nile years on record was 2006 when nearly 1,000 Idahoans were infected and 23 people died.</p> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 16:19:39 +0000 Samantha Wright 50053 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org West Nile Virus Spreads To 7 Idaho Counties Northwest Meth Houses To Get Scrubbed Under EPA Program http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/northwest-meth-houses-get-scrubbed-under-epa-program <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/meth.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Federal dollars meant to restore toxic areas like old factories, mines and gas stations are now going to clean up after another long-time industry: methamphetamine.<p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:31:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 49486 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Northwest Meth Houses To Get Scrubbed Under EPA Program West Nile Virus Found In Ada County http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/west-nile-virus-found-ada-county <p><a href="http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/health/diseasesconditions/westnilevirus/tabid/112/default.aspx" target="_blank">West Nile virus</a> is in Ada County. A mosquito trap near Star, Idaho tested positive for West Nile this week. It the first instance of the disease in Ada County this year.<br /> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:32:31 +0000 Samantha Wright 49465 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org West Nile Virus Found In Ada County 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 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's Health Exchange Director To Head New Mexico Exchange http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-health-exchange-director-head-new-mexico-exchange <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px;">New Mexico's health insurance exchange is hiring an Idaho&nbsp;official to run the online marketplace as it prepares for the next round of enrollment.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:52:59 +0000 Associated Press 48692 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's Health Exchange Director To Head New Mexico Exchange 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 Idaho Falls Chosen For $1.5 Million Crisis Center http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-falls-chosen-15-million-crisis-center <p>A $1.5 million state-funded behavioral-health crisis center will be built in Idaho Falls in eastern Idaho</p><p>Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter made the announcement Thursday morning at the Idaho Falls Regional Airport.</p><p>Boise in southwestern Idaho and Coeur d'Alene in northern Idaho had also been in the running for the center.</p><p>The center is intended to serve as a safety net to treat at-risk mentally ill people whose symptoms often land them in hospitals or jail.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:55:35 +0000 Associated Press 47779 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 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 St. Al's To Pay $52 Million In MRI Firm Dispute http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/st-als-pay-52-million-mri-firm-dispute <p>The Idaho Supreme Court upheld a district court's decision Tuesday ordering a Boise hospital to pay more than $52 million for violating a partnership it had with an MRI company.</p><p>The decision is the latest development in the St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center's lawsuit involving one the largest awards to come out of Idaho district courts.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:12:18 +0000 Associated Press 47259 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise VA Director Responds To Audit Of Medical Care http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/boise-va-director-responds-audit-medical-care <p>In the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/in-dealing-with-va-scandal-congress-unites-for-a-change/" target="_blank">medical scandal</a> that's forced patients to wait for care, a new audit shows Boise’s VA Medical Center scored well in some areas, and not so well in others.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:54:14 +0000 Samantha Wright 46962 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Boise VA Director Responds To Audit Of Medical Care 3 Idaho Cities Vie For $1.5 Million Mental Health Crisis Center http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/3-idaho-cities-vie-15-million-mental-health-crisis-center <p>The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says a decision about where to build a $1.5 million state-funded behavioral-health crisis center will likely be within a week.</p><p>Spokeswoman Niki Forbing-Orr <a href="http://www.postregister.com/node/56659" target="_blank">tells the Post Register</a> that a committee is reviewing proposals from three cities.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:54:17 +0000 Associated Press 46961 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Most Idaho Veterans Wait Less Than 30 Days For VA Appointment, Audit Finds http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/most-idaho-veterans-wait-less-30-days-va-appointment-audit-finds <p>A new audit from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs shows that most Idaho veterans receiving care at the Boise VA Medical Center wait less than a month for their first appointment. But the average wait time for those who need to see a specialist is 52 days.</p><p>The wide-ranging audit, released Monday, is the first nationwide look at the VA network after an outcry arose over long wait times and cover-ups at the Phoenix VA center.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:08:35 +0000 Associated Press 46758 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Most Idaho Veterans Wait Less Than 30 Days For VA Appointment, Audit Finds 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 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