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Traditionally, youth behavioral health services meant either short, outpatient treatment sessions or longer-term inpatient institutionalization. St. Luke's Children's Day Treatment Center provides a program in the middle, a mid-morning through early-evening program to aid youths, 12-17, coping with depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD and other non-violent diagnoses. Idaho Matters will talk about the program with St. Luke's Children's.

Boise Period Project

The Boise Period Project gathers menstrual hygiene products to create period packs for the local homeless community in Boise. They aim to end the stigmas that surround both periods and homelessness. We talk with the project about an often over-looked need of homeless women.

Nuclear testing during the Cold War sent radioactive fallout far away from the actual test sites. Politicians are moving to expand who can be compensated by the government for getting sick after exposure to that fallout.

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Last month, St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute performed Idaho's first allogeneic stem cell transplant. The technique involves the transplanting of stem cells from a donor's bone marrow to a recipient, in this case a leukemia patient.  We speak with a St. Luke's oncologist about the procedure.

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Idaho Falls will soon be home to its first internal medicine residents in an attempt to retain more doctors in the Gem State.

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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