January is Thyroid Health Awareness Month and Idaho Matters looks at the role this little gland plays in our overall health with St. Luke's internist, Sherwin D'Souza.

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Making New Year's resolutions is easy. Keeping them is another story. Idaho Matters speaks with Optum Idaho about the best way to stick to those resolutions, whether it means exercising, putting down that doughnut or quitting tobacco.


There are correlations between one's location and the quality of their health. Idaho Matters looks at a data-gathering mission examining the health of Idahoans in the Southwest part of the state.

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A new law took effect on January 1 that requires hospitals to provide pricing guidelines for consumers online. We learn about the motivation behind this ACA code and how St. Luke's will be implementing it.

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Targeting specific populations for wraparound support has been referred to in the health care community as “hotspotting.” Transportation, housing, even access to food can impact a patient’s health and health care. St. Luke’s is working on a new hotspotting program.


Big Fat Lie,” a new documentary, looks at low fat diets and how they may not be working the way you think.

The Mountain West has some of the highest teen suicide rates in the country. A new report out of the region looks at what conditions contribute to the high rate of youth suicide.

We introduce you to Boise nurse Nancy Caspersen. She's been helping people in Idaho quit using nicotine products for more than 20 years. Gemma Gaudette talks with her about her unique approach and why it works so well.


Having 'end-of-life' conversations are difficult, and oncologists find they have these discussions as a matter of nature. St. Luke's MSTI medical director Dan Zuckerman talks about those conversations. Originally aired November 15, 2018.

FACES of Hope helps victims of domestic violence with counseling and legal aid. Idaho Matters looks at efforts to mitigate the harm caused by violence and its impact on teens. Originally aired October 26, 2018.

It’s the season of parties, pastries, goody plates and candy. Each December, the treats come out en masse as the Christmas marathon brings out some of the worst dietary habits in all of us.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder is a strain of depression that shifts with the season, often spiking in the winter as sunlight and heat are reduced. As we come up on the winter solstice, we look at ways of warding off the 'winter blues' with Inger Persson from Saint Alphonsus Behavioral Health.

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One in 50people have an aneurysm and don't know it. St. Luke's Dr. Edward Duckworth describes the warning signs with Idaho Matters.


The holiday season means lots of cookies, candies, cakes and pies. Improper dental care could also mean cavities and gum disease for the New Year. Idaho Matters looks at ways to protect your choppers during the holidays.


Megan Koehler, LPC will be discussing "for women wanting to improve their sex life, and feel comfortable in their skin" at the Linen Building on January 5, 2019. She joins Idaho Matters to talk about how to get the most out of sexual intimacy.