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Boise State University

Students and Other Broncos Enjoying Recovery (SOBER) is a program at Boise State University that provides peer support for students coping with alcohol and drug addictions. Idaho Matters talks with one of the founders of SOBER and the current president of the organization about the challenges of identifying and treating addiction in the collegiate setting.

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As youth sports leagues become increasingly competitive, so too does the intensity of the athlete. Most athletes learn to live through injuries, but concussions can prove to be dangerous, especially for younger participants. 

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The so-called Medicaid Express bus is on a two-week tour of Idaho to promote a “Yes” vote on an initiative to expand Medicaid in the Gem State. 


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With school in session, many people shift their daily schedules to accommodate the school calendar. Recent studies show that these shifts in routine have a more significant impact on children than was earlier thought. Idaho Matters looks into the changes in mood, rhythm, and body clocks that occur in children when their daily schedule is altered.

Reclaim Idaho

Earlier this year, more than 60,000 Idahoans signed a petition to put Medicaid expansion on the November ballot. Now the group Reclaim Idaho wants to convince a majority of voters to support the expansion.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported record drug overdose numbers in 2017, but a handful of states saw a decrease last year including here in the Mountain West.

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AMEN, the Adventist Medical Evangelical Network, brings together physicians, dentists and healthcare professionals to provide free services for homeless and low-income patients. AMEN comes to Boise on September 12-14 to work with uninsured residents. Its clinic director and community outreach coordinator join Idaho Matters to talk about their health services.

Cleveland Clinic

Up to 90% of colorectal cancer occurrences could be averted by the simple process of health screenings. Idaho Matters looks at preventative medicine and previews an upcoming health fair sponsored by Saint Alphonsus Health.

Idaho Matters examines trends in suicide rates among America's senior population. Our guest, Ron Larsen, from Optum Idaho, looks at the impact here in the Gem State. 

For people in crisis, the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline is always accessible via phone or text at 208-398-4357.

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School began Monday, August 20, at many public and private schools throughout the state. Idaho Matters speaks with a policeman about safely getting kids to the classroom, seasonal traffic patterns for drivers in school zones, and how to properly drive past a school bus.

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A second rabid bat has been found in Idaho this season, this time in Boise County. 

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Every parent knows how hard it is to pry cell phones and tablets from the hands of kids but recent studies show overuse could contribute to a deterioration of fine motor skills. We find out how much screen time is too much and how it could be impacting children in the classroom.

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Nurse practitioner Bradley Bigford operates Table Rock Mobile Medicine, making house calls in the Treasure Valley. Bigford joins Idaho Matters to discuss the benefits of mobile healthcare.

Boise Period Project

The Boise Period Project just completed their first distribution of hygiene products and are ramping up for their next event.  The founders join Idaho Matters in studio to describe their progress.

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So you think you understand health care in Idaho? One reporter for the Idaho Statesman thought so, until she had a baby. Audrey Dutton tells her story on Idaho Matters.

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