Health

Efforts are being made to detect signs of depression in earlier stages. We talk with health care professionals about spotting the symptoms early on.

Back in April, the Idaho Department of Insurance issued a directive requiring insurance companies to start insuring some therapies for individuals on the autism spectrum. We talk about the benefits to the child, the family and the schools when insurance supports autism therapy.

Last week, stakeholders in the state's mental healthcare community met to develop a collaboration to better serve Idahoans and encourage investment in treatment for addiction. Idaho Behavioral Health Alliance coordinator Ceci Thunes joins Idaho Matters to talk about those efforts.

Cancer centers are working to increase HPV vaccinations across the nation, but particularly in Mountain West states, where vaccination rates are low.

The X-Games qualifiers are in Boise this weekend and we talk to a doctor about just how dangerous some of those events are and the safety precautions daredevils across the valley should heed.

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A new report in the medical journal PLOS Medicine finds Idaho is home to nearly every county among the top 10 in states allowing non-medical exemptions for childhood immunizations.

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In the past, we’ve brought you stories of the plague in cats, dogs and rodents -- mainly ground squirrels. But this year, for the first time in decades, Idaho has reported a case of the disease in humans.

St. Luke's

Dr. Dan Zuckerman, executive medical director for St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute, joins us in studio to discuss new advances in breast cancer research.

This month, Colorado became the first state in the nation to allow school nurses to administer medical marijuana to students. But not all nurses may be on board.

Advance care planning allows people to make choices about their healthcare should they become unable to do so in the future. We discuss the options and advantages of advance care planning with Honoring Choices Idaho, a nonprofit organization that promotes discussions about the importance of planning.

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Youth Empowerment Services (YES) provides mental health care for youths in Idaho by coordinating the services of multiple agencies, including the Department of Health and Welfare, State Department of Education and Idaho Department of Juvenile Correction. 

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University of Idaho nutrition professor SeAnne Waite has researched what behaviors allow centanarians to live past 100 years. She joins Idaho Matters to talk about how diet and lifestyle can extend our life expectancy.

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With many schools on summer vacation and the summer travel season here, deaths on Idaho roadways are spiking in what the Idaho State Police call the 100 Deadliest Days.

Our region ranks in the top ten for suicide. A new study from the University of Utah shows there may be a reason for that.

Boise State University

Boise State University's Owen McDougal has been researching how acralymides develop in cooked foods. Acralymides can have carcinogenic effects on the human body and in California, a judge recently ruled coffee growers need to label the acralymide content of their beans. Idaho Matters will talk with McDougal about his work on acralymides and potatoes.

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