Health

Medicaid
9:01 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Federal Officials Order Medicaid To Cover Autism Services

State Medicaid programs now have to cover a range of treatments for autism.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 6:13 am

When Yuri Maldonado's 6-year-old son was diagnosed with autism four years ago, she learned that getting him the therapy he needed from California's Medicaid plan for low-income children was going to be tough.

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Health
4:13 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Why Washington Is Changing How Women Labor To Avoid C-Sections

Emily Cameron, left, her husband and their five children. Her first born was delivered by C-section at 37 weeks, which she believes was unnecessary.

Public health officials across the U.S. say the number of cesarean sections being performed has gotten way out of hand. It's a life-saving surgery for complicated births, but today nearly a third of pregnancies end up as a C-section.

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Health
2:40 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Study: Idaho Gives State Workers Premium Health Coverage

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

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.

According to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts released Tuesday, Idaho covers 93 percent of all medical costs for state employees.

That compares to private Idaho employers, where plans generally cover 80 percent of medical costs.

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Wildlife
9:02 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Bat Bites Girl In Blaine County

Authorities in central Idaho are testing a bat for rabies after it bit a 6-year-old girl.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports the bite occurred Friday while the girl played in her grandmother's yard.

Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey says the grandmother captured the bat and took the girl for treatment at an area hospital.Ramsey says the girl received antibiotics but he's not sure if rabies shots have been started.

He tells the newspaper that medical officials usually wait until they test the animal that made the bite to see if it has rabies.

Health
10:19 am
Tue August 5, 2014

West Nile Virus Spreads To 7 Idaho Counties

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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.

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.

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.

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Economy
4:43 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

St. Luke's Acquisition Of Elks Rehab Could Result In More Than 100 Layoffs

Officials with the Elks Rehab System in Boise have sent letters to local mayors announcing layoffs associated with St. Luke’s takeover of Elks facilities. Elks officials say significant financial and operational challenges are forcing it to hand over its operations to the Idaho healthcare giant. 

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Health
9:31 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Northwest Meth Houses To Get Scrubbed Under EPA Program

The Salishan public housing development in Tacoma is one of the sites that will be tested and cleaned through an EPA grant.
Tacoma Housing Authority

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 4:31 pm

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.

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Smoking Ban
6:51 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Oregon Ponders Smoking Ban At All Beaches

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach viewed from U.S. Highway 101.
Roy W. Lowe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Oregon could become the first West Coast state to ban smoking on all of its beaches. The Oregon State Parks Department is seeking public input on the proposal.

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Health
12:32 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

West Nile Virus Found In Ada County

Credit Ben Rauch / Flickr

West Nile virus 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.

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Shots - Health News
12:54 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Hey, Miss Idaho, Is That An Insulin Pump On Your Bikini?

Miss Idaho Sierra Sandison, shown here in her home town of Twin Falls, Idaho, decided not to hide the insulin pump she wears to treat Type 1 diabetes during the pageant.
Photo illustration by Drew Nash/Courtesy of Times News

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 6:57 am

There she is, Miss Idaho. And there it 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.

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Health
12:36 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

As Boise Is Surrounded By Wildfires, Smoke Could Be Here For Weeks

The foothills were barely visible from southeast Boise Thursday morning.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Smoke is settling in the Treasure Valley from wildfires burning in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Canada. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is forecasting moderate to unhealthy air conditions for the next couple of days. 

"We’ll see higher levels in the early morning hours and before lunch," says DEQ's Michael Toole, "and hopefully if that pattern continues, we’ll see clearing in the afternoons which will give us some relief."

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Health
9:58 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Norovirus To Blame For Sickness At Southwest Idaho Park

Health officials in southwest Idaho say norovirus is what sickened dozens of people at Eagle Island State Park last weekend.

The Central District Health Department says the likely source is a sick person who swam in the water or became sick at the park.

Department spokeswoman Kimberly Link says the virus can spread from one person to another through recreational water, food and direct contact.

She says human waste and vomit are the main sources of norovirus.

Health
11:52 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Study: Fungus Found In Chobani Yogurt More Dangerous Than First Reported

Chobani's voluntary recall began Sept. 5, 2013. The company says the facility has been cleaned and the mold hasn't been detected since.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

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.

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.

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Public Health
9:46 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Coeur d'Alene Lost $1.5 Million Crisis Center After Regional Lawmakers Opposed Project

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.

Information obtained by the Coeur d'Alene Press through a public records request shows that a committee gave the city a higher score than winner Idaho Falls.

But criteria also included lawmaker support, which the center attained in eastern Idaho.

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Health
7:12 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Number Of Gonorrhea Cases Increasing Outside Urban Hubs

Gonorrhea bacterium

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.

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Health
3:41 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline Receives $50,000 United Way Grant

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The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline (ISPH) is one step closer to being a fulltime crisis line. 

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. 

"The United Way has been very supportive," says Reusser. "This donation will help fund operations as we get through the last leg of expansion."

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Public Health
10:28 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Anti-Smoking Group No Longer Supports An Idaho City's Proposed Ban

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Smokefree Idaho has withdrawn its support of a southwest Idaho city's proposed smoking ban after city leaders adopted a less restrictive version.

Spokeswoman Stacy Satterlee tells the Idaho Statesman in a story on Wednesday that the amendments the Garden City Council adopted Monday mean the ordinance no longer protects all workers from secondhand smoke.

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.

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Reader's Corner
3:00 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Football And Concussions: An Interview With 'League Of Denial' Author Steve Fainaru

"This program is an encore and was originally broadcast in November of 2013"

“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.

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.

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Wildfires
6:49 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Fire Season Increases Potential For Hazardous Smoke

File photo of a fire in the Douglas Complex in southern Oregon in 2013.

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: thick, acrid smoke.

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Medicaid
2:32 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

2 Years After Unanimously Recommending Medicaid Expansion, Idaho Governor's Group Reconvenes

An Idaho workgroup reconvened Wednesday to reevaluate options on how to offer medical services to low-income adults who don't have health insurance.

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has repeatedly said he does not want to expand the state's current Medicaid program but has appointed a 15-member group to consider other possibilities.

The panel first met in 2012 and recommended expanding the state's Medicaid eligibility requirements.

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