St. Alphonsus OB/GYN Dr. Eve Prues discusses the need for a maternal mortality review panel with Idaho Matters on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
Idaho is one of seven states without a maternal mortality review panel - a group of medical professionals tasked with reviewing the causes of death of pregnant women or women in childbirth. A bill before the legislature would create one and we talk with a lawmaker and a St. Al's OB/GYN about the importance of these panels.
Josie Bryan and Brittany Joplin of St. Luke's Pediatric Education and Prevention Programs discuss counterfeit car seats with Idaho Matters on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
Reports that counterfeit car seats are circulating for sale on the internet have child safety advocates concerned these cheap knock-offs could pose a serious threat in the event of a car accident. Idaho Matters looks at the importance of sourcing and installing your car seat correctly.
Immunologist Dr. Neetu Talreja of The Allergy Group in Boise discusses new techniques to treat food allergies with Idaho Matters on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.
The Allergy Group of Boise is rolling out a new treatment for people with food allergies that involves slowly building up the body's immune response to an allergen. We'll talk with the group's Dr Neetu Talreja about the new approach.
Saltzer Medical Group OB/GYN Dr. Megan Kasper discusses the Healthy Relationships/Safe Babies program with Idaho Matters on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.
The Saltzer Medical Group is launching an initiative to prevent domestic and child abuse by educating young women about healthy relationships. The Healthy Relationships/Safe Babies program is trying to get ahead of the issue by having young women ask themselves hard, honest questions about their relationships and help them to identify red flags.
St. Luke's pediatrician Dr. Alicia Lachiondo and Idaho Education News reporter Kevin Richert discuss the recent measles outbreak with Idaho Matters on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
A measles outbreak in Eastern Washington highlights the importance of childhood immunizations. Idaho Matters looks at the threat to Western Idahoans and what people can do to protect themselves and their children from measles.
Idaho Primary Care Association CEO Yvonne Ketchum, Family Medicine Residency of Idaho CEO Dr. Ted Epperly and Terry Reilly Health Services CEO Heidi Hart discuss community health centers with Idaho Matters on Friday, February 1, 2019.
St. Luke's pediatric ophthalmologist Dr. Kathy Lee discusses new treatments for vision correction with Idaho Matters on Thursday, January 31, 2019.
St. Luke's is seeking participants for the study of a new treatment for myopia, or near-sightedness. The treatment is as simple as some eye drops. We talk with the pediatric ophthalmologist heading up the study.
Mindy Plumlee, executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho discusses the organization's new facility with Idaho Matters on Thursday, January 31, 2019.
Ground will be broken this Friday for a new Ronald McDonald House in Boise. The valley's explosive growth has forced the organization to turn away families looking for a place to stay while their children receive medical care. The new $15 million facility is more than 40,000 square feet and we learn how the new building will help families seeking care for their children.
Over 35 cases of measles have been confirmed in Washington, and cases are appearing in Oregon too. With the highly contagious virus on the state’s doorstep, Idaho authorities are bracing for it to appear here.
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Public health officials scrambling to contain a measles outbreak in the U.S. Northwest warned people to vaccinate their children Monday and worried that it could take months to contain the highly contagious viral illness due to a lower-than-normal vaccination rate at the epicenter of the crisis.
Author Andrew Coussens discusses his service during the War on Terror and his book "A Failed State" with Idaho Matters on Monday, January 28, 2019.
Following his service in the military, Andrew Coussens went to work as a private military contractor in Afghanistan, Iraq and various classified locations. He found the work created incredible strains on his family, and while he assumed the risk of an active military member, he wasn't privy to the benefits afforded to military veterans. Coussens parlayed his experience into the novel, "A Failed State." He joins Idaho Matters to talk about his book and the challenges faced by private military contractors after they come home.
Every year, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network holds rallies across the country to give a voice to those impacted by cancer. Idaho’s Cancer Action Day takes place all morning at the statehouse, beginning with a “legislative breakfast” where volunteers can meet with lawmakers.
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Snuggle Buddiez founder and owner Charlotte Lindsay talks about the need for human contact with Idaho Matters on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
Researchers are learning about how isolation and loneliness contribute to both physical and emotional deterioration. A Boise entrepreneur is addressing the issue by offering human contact in the form of snuggling. We'll meet Charlotte Lindsay, founder and owner of Snuggle Buddiez.
St. Luke's OB/GYN Dr. Meghan Wallman discusses detection and treatment of cervical cancer with Idaho Matters on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and each year, nearly 13,000 women in America are diagnosed with cervical cancer. We talk about detection and treatment with Dr. Meghan Wallman, an OB/GYN with St. Luke's.
State representative Ilana Rubel and parent Gretchen Fors discuss mandating insurance coverage for youth hearing aids with Idaho Matters on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.
Private insurance does not cover the costs for most hearing aids for youths. Efforts to change that are afoot in the state legislature. Idaho Matters follows up with the representative spearheading the initiative and the mother of three children who require hearing aids.
Optum Idaho medical director Dr. Ron Larsen discusses ways to keep those New Year's resolutions with Idaho Matters on Tuesday, January 15, 2018.
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.