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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.

Idaho Has Hankering For Christmas M&Ms

Dec 21, 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.


We look at how the stresses of the holidays can trigger or exacerbate addictive behaviors and even relapse for those in recovery with Northpoint Recovery.

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People tend to think about the hungry during the holiday season, when organizations participate in canned food drives. In the Wood River valley, though, they want to change people’s perceptions about when to think about the hungry and how to think about their food.


This interview was originally broadcast November 8, 2018.

Idaho Matters examines the process with a St. Luke's program director and a parent who has adopted a child.


This interview was originally broadcast October 1, 2018.

Idaho Matters examines changing sexual norms, the definition of "consent" and how the role of body positivity in interpersonal relationships is evolving.

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This interview was originally broadcast 10/8/18.

Meridian Police Officer Ray Ellis and West Ada School District Resource Officer Shannon Garza have put together a program to help teach students the importance of establishing physical boundaries and respecting body autonomy. They will join Idaho Matters to talk about why this is an important topic today and why children should learn about it from a young age.

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The number of uninsured children across the country has increased for the first time in more than a decade.

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For Idahoans under 65 on Medicare, the three-month timeframe to purchase a Medicare supplement plan will close on December 31.



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380,000 babies are born prematurely in the United States, according to the March of Dimes. We speak with two St. Luke's doctors about why this rate is so high and what can be done to lower the chances of a premature birth.

The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that measles cases around the world increased by 31 percent from 2016 to 2017.

While the U.S. saw an increase of almost 40 percent during that period, only two states in the Mountain West region reported measles cases. Colorado had one each year, and Utah had no cases in 2016 and three the following year.


Elevated levels of lead found in a Boise school in October led to further testing throughout the district. Nearly one in six samples tested positive for unacceptable lead levels in 26 area schools. We'll look at lead levels in school drinking water on Monday's Idaho Matters.


Idaho Matters looks at St. Alphonsus' programs for providing healthcare and support for refugees resettling in the Treasure Valley.

Planned Parenthood Rolls Back Primary Care In Idaho

Nov 30, 2018
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After receiving letters announcing an end to primary care services, some Boise residents were worried about the state of Planned Parenthood in Idaho. It turns out that the change does not impact any of the group’s reproductive health services.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that the U.S. life expectancy continues to decline. This trend is driven in part by an increase is drug overdoses and suicide. The Mountain West is especially vulnerable when it comes to suicide.