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This segment originally aired July 18, 2019.

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.

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Known for 50 years as the Mountain States Tumor Institute, the Boise facility is now being renamed the St. Luke’s Cancer Institute. Idaho Matters speaks with two generations of doctors from the center about how cancer treatment has changed over the last five decades. 


This segment originally aired January 23, 2019.

The Snake River Seed Cooperative encourages regional growers to produce organic, non-GMO seed for both farmers and backyard gardeners. We meet the co-op's founder and director and learn why this program can lead to healthier communities and wealthier growers.

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Value-based healthcare is designed to incentivize high quality care to Medicare patients. The goal is to help lower and middle income families receive high quality care without private insurance. As more providers move toward this model, Boise State University is launching a certificate program in January to train folks in the healthcare industry. We learn more from the program's director. 

A report out this week found that people seeking mental health treatment go out-of-network more than they do for primary care. Essentially, that means that for consumers, it’s often more expensive to treat mind than body, and the disparity seems to have gotten worse in recent years. 

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Antibiotics are used to combat bacterial infections and have been an important medication since their inception. However, there has been a startling finding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Around 30% of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary. Idaho Matters takes a closer look at this issue with Dr. Harold Kunz.

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After nearly 10 years with St. Luke's, CEO Dr. David Pate says he will retire in January, 2020. He talks with Idaho Matters about his time with the health organization, how he helped to shape the company, and what he hopes to see happen in the future.

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Becoming a parent is often associated with the most joyful parts of a person’s life. But many mothers experience anxiety and other mental health issues within the first few weeks after the birth of the child. Postpartum depression -- as it is often called -- can result in various symptoms such as mood swings, anger and hopelessness. A counselor at Saint Alphonsus Hospital in Boise created a program geared to alleviate these symptoms, and she explains how they are treating these moms. 

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For more than 20 years, studying guns and health has been a challenge for the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

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Lights and decorations are a way for people to show their holiday spirit and bring some light into the long dark days of winter. But as people decorate their homes, there is also a spike in shoulder injuries. Idaho Matter talks to an orthopedic surgeon about how to avoid a trip to his office this holiday season (hint: make sure your ladder is stable and tall enough to reach your roof while decorating). 

Moody’s Analytics just looked at the economic consequences of a report by Blue Cross Blue Shield on millennial health. And it’s not good.   

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Eating disorders are the second deadliest of the mental health disorders according to the National Eating Disorders Association. Recently, the Treasure Valley has seen a rise in these eating disorders among students in elementary school, with schools and parents trying to identify a cause. Idaho Matters talks with a dietitian to learn about the causes of eating disorders and how to prevent them.

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Enrollment for Idaho’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion officially begins Friday. For the next several weeks, St. Luke’s will be helping people fill out Medicaid enrollment forms at locations in Boise, Meridian, Nampa and Twin Falls.

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The United States has been battling the opioid epidemic for years, with much of the focus on medical doctors and how they prescribe these medications. However, dentists work with one of the most sensitive parts of the human body and will often prescribe painkillers for their patients. Idaho Matters looks at what responsibility falls on dentists and their practices, and what patients need to know.


Breast cancer is a disease that impacts one in eight women and well as one in 880 men. Lots of research has been conducted into treatments for breast cancer, but there are ways that you can lower your risk of getting it through certain lifestyle changes. St. Luke's Hospital surgeon Rhiana Menen joins Idaho Matters during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to explain how diet, exercise and habitual choices impact your chance of getting the disease.

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Adverse childhood experiences, otherwise known as ACEs, are traumatic experiences that occur during childhood. These events can greatly affect a person’s life trajectory, but there is increasing effort being put into limiting these issues. Dr. Ron Larson joins Idaho Matters to discuss how people develop resiliency and why studying it can benefit many people.

A new report shows youth suicide rates have spiked alarmingly in recent years, especially in the Mountain West.


This segment originally aired June 6, 2019.

Yoga therapist Kaelyn Rogers spent a year-and-a-half traveleing the world, studying yoga and contemplating how she could bring that experience back to Boise to the benefit of the community. Rogers' solution was to bring yoga into IDOC facilities and train inmates. She joins Idaho Matters with Deputy Warden Randy Valley from the Idaho State Correctional Institution.

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A team of nurses and respiratory therapists based in Boise was recently named the top neonatal and pediatric team in the country by the Association of Air Medical Services. The team focuses on neo-natal and pediatric transport, serving moms and babies around the state. We talk with one of the members of the team to learn more about their work.

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'This Is My Brave' is a community performance of storytellers who share their experiences to try to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness. The next performance is October 19. Idaho Matters speaks to two storytellers about their stories and how they want to change lives.

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Pediatric palliative care is designed to help medically fragile patients by focusing on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of an illness. The goal to improve the quality of life for both the child and the family. St. Luke’s joins Idaho Matters to examine their new program.

It's flu season, so public health officials are pushing the flu shot, but many in the Mountain West are particularly bad at taking that advice.

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Traumatic events often lead to a psychological problems, particularly in young children. However, the human brain has adapted to deal with these events over time. Idaho Matters discusses an upcoming Idaho Public Television documentary highlighting these issues.

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The World Health Organization gave the U.S. Measles elimination status in 2000, but the country is now on the brink of losing it. Idaho Matters talks to people representing different viewpoints on this issue, with Dr. Peter Hotez of Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Christine Hahn of Idaho Department Health and Welfare, Dr. Alicia Lachiondo of St. Luke's and Leslie Manokian of Health Freedom Idaho.

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Starting Wednesday, the United States could lose its measles elimination status. What does that mean for the country and for Idaho?