Health

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

What happens when you give organic produce to pregnant women for six months? Until now, no one had tried it. A new Boise State study shows women who ate organic produce had lower pesticide metabolites in their urine than women who ate regular fruits and vegetables. Gemma Gaudette digs into the study.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is out with a report examining health in the Gem State. It ranks Idaho’s 44 counties on a variety of factors centering on wellness. Ada, Blaine and Latah Counties are the three overall healthiest. The Treasure Valley’s Canyon County comes in at seventeen.

According to the report, the rankings are intended to help local governments understand what things effect healthy residents and how long people will live.

As a measles outbreak continues in Washington, Idaho is coping with flu season. The illness shut down entire school districts in the eastern part of the state earlier this month.

City of Nampa

This interview was originally broadcast Monday, July 23, 2018.  

The Healthy Impact Nampa Coalition is looking at growth in their region in terms of cultivating the healthiest community it can. The council is looking at housing, transportation, and especially food access that can impact both the well being of the indivdual resident and the health of the community. We speak with the program's manager about new ways to look at growth.

St. Luke's FitOne

The largest single-day running event in Idaho is scheduled for this Saturday; the St. Luke's FitOne 5K, 10K and half-marathon will allow runners to enjoy the Boise community while bringing awareness to health, fitness and education. Idaho Matters speaks with FitOne's director and race coordinator about the events.

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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.

How To Live To 100

Jun 5, 2018
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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.

Chronic Loneliness Leads To Health Problems

May 31, 2018
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Health experts are now finding deleterius correlations between loneliness and human health. With advances in the virtual world, Americans are finding themselves increasingly isolated, creating cocoons of insularity. Studies link loneliness to increased levels of stress and inflammation - the kind that leads to diabetes and heart disease.

On The Thursday, May 31, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

May 30, 2018

  • The negative health effects of loneliness.
  • How to talk to kids about school shootings.
  • Little houses that also help seniors.
  • Efforts to preserve Idaho's birds of prey.

Caldwell Elementary School Walks To Better Grades

May 14, 2018

St. Luke's is partnering with schools throughout Idaho to promote healthy lifestyles through walking. The FitOne Boise program provides walking tracks for schools and programs to make exercise fun.  Idaho Matters spoke with FitOne executive director Eric Stride and Leigh Peebles, principal of Lewis and Clark Elementary in Caldwell about how healthy students make smart students.

On The Monday, May 14, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

May 11, 2018
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A preview of Tuesday's Idaho primary elections  . . . a look at Idaho's first medical school . . . walking to a fitter community

Healthy People Make Healthy Communities

May 3, 2018

Since 2010, nearly 18 percent of the United States' gross domestic product has been spent on healthcare. Chronic conditions like heart disease, cancer and diabetes are responsible for seven of every 10 deaths in America. Those three diseases account for 75% of the nation's healthcare spending.  

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The American Lung Association is out with its annual State of the Air report, and the findings about Idaho are mixed.

Idaho Statesman

For the first time, a medical facility in Idaho will be able to collect stem cell and bone marrow donations for use around the country. Previously, donors in the Mountain West had to go as far as Seattle or Denver.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Idaho kids are less likely to be obese. That’s according to new data analyzed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Just two decades ago, adult obesity rates in states across the country were no more than 25 percent. Now, 46 states have rates above 25 percent, according to a report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Tom Michael / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho is prime viewing for the August 21 total solar eclipse. While the majority of people are excited to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event, the eclipse has a very narrow segment of the population worried.

 

Over $250K Distributed To Magic Valley Nonprofits

Jun 2, 2017
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St. Luke’s Health System is distributing over a quarter of a million dollars in grants to Magic Valley nonprofits.

A group of representatives from 30 area charity groups gathered to be awarded shares of $275,000 in Community Health Improvement Grants from St. Luke’s.

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A new statewide Community Assessment has some dramatic findings, especially for Idaho kids.

The United Way of Treasure Valley released their latest Community Assessment Thursday. Conducted every three years, the research is a snapshot of local issues, from health to education to financial stability.

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Two bills related to faith healing were introduced at the Statehouse Wednesday. The Chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee, Jeff Siddoway, said he’ll probably schedule a full public hearing for one or both of the competing measures.

U.S. Pacific Fleet

A southern Idaho man is the first person to die in the state from the flu this season.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reports the man was over the age of 50 and died from an influenza-related illness. He’s the first person in Idaho to die in the 2016-2017 season.

Last flu season, 26 people died from the flu in Idaho. The average number of deaths in a year in the Gem State is 23. In the 2012-2013 season, 35 people died.

Idaho STEP Challenge website

We all know the conventional wisdom: If you want to lose weight, you have to exercise more and eat less. Representative Mike Simpson took this advice, and says he’s lost 70 pounds in the last year-and-a-half. The nine-term Idaho congressman says he eats better and credits a Fitbit given to him by his wife, which tracks how much he walks.

Now, he’s encouraging his constituents to join his turn toward a healthier lifestyle.

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The healthiest counties in Idaho are Valley, Ada and Blaine. The least healthy are Clearwater, Benewah and Owyhee. That’s according to this year’s national county health rankings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. [For interactive versions of the maps above and to see previous years, click here.]

Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact Idaho

We learned last week that Idaho could get its first medical school two years from now. But the announcement that it would be a school of osteopathic medicine left a lot of people wondering just what that is. Everybody knows what an M.D. is. But you may not know that an M.D. has a degree in allopathic medicine. Someone with a degree in osteopathic medicine is a D.O.

Death Rates For Most Idahoans Are Not Improving

Nov 18, 2015

For the last decades of the 20th century, death rates were declining for most Americans. But so far in 21st century Idaho, that's not happening.

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