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Idaho is already pretty kind. Now there's a Community Kindness Day to help instill a culture of kindness in everyone. Idaho Matters takes a closer look.

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Every year in the U.S. hundreds of babies die from sleep-related causes. That includes everything from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome to soft pillows and blankets. Every year, babies in Idaho die from these causes. Because some of these deaths can be prevented, health providers in the Gem State are putting together programs to make sure babies stay safe when they sleep. Idaho Matters talks with St. Luke's Hospital Director of Advocacy and Community Education Sherry Iverson about this issue. We also talk about National Child Passenger Safety Week. St. Luke's is providing free car seat checks around the state, find a list here.

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Officials who provide services to homeless people in the Treasure Valley say folks are falling into a crack in the system. People can’t stay at a shelter if they have a contagious illness. But there may be a solution.

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'This Is My Brave' is a community performance of storytellers sharing their experiences in an effort to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness. Through song, poetry and the spoken word, performers address the sometimes uncomfortable topics surrounding mental health and we talk with one of the performers about the upcoming performance.

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The combination of rising housing rates and increased drug abuse has facilitated growth in the area's homeless population and a greater need for healthcare services. We look at providing medical services for homeless Idahoans with representatives from Interfaith Sanctuary and the Boise Rescue Mission.

The flu epidemic was especially deadly last year. And our region was no exception. Tens of thousands of people are estimated to have died in the U.S. from the flu virus last season, including a record high of 180 children.  

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Who takes care of caregivers when they burnout from giving care? Physician burnout is very real and we look at efforts by St. Luke's and the Ada County Medical Society to alleviate the stresses felt by members of the medical community.

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Officials from Ketchum and Sun Valley are again weighing a possible consolidation of their fire departments. During a listening session last week, the Sun Valley Director of Public Safety presented a report outlining the pros and cons of combining the resources.

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This interview was originally broadcast August 7, 2018.

The United States leads the developed world in the rate of deaths among pregnant, delivering and post-natal women. We'll talk about why Americans are struggling with this statistic.

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This interview was originally broadcast Monday, June 11, 2018.

Dr. Dan Zuckerman, executive medical director for St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute, joins us in studio to discuss new advances in breast cancer research.

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Private insurance does not cover the costs for most hearing aids for youths. Efforts to change that are afoot in the state legislature and Idaho Matters speaks with a representative spearheading the initiative and the mother of three children who require hearing aids.

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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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Author August McLaughlin is unafraid to take a head-on approach to discussing human sexuality and body positivity. Her book Girl Boner advocates for open discussions and full education about the sexual condition. McLaughlin joins us to discuss her book and the importance of a healthy sexual outlook.

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Idaho’s obesity rate is on the rise again. It now ranks as the 32nd most obese state in the country according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Many college students find the challenge of eating responsibly while managing classes, extracurriculars and jobs on a tight budget nearly impossible. Ramen, pizza and assorted junk food usually fill the role as "nutritional intake" for prolonged periods of time.

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Idaho has seen a substantial increase in sexually transmitted disease rates in the past year. Gonorrhea rates in the Magic Valley have gone up more than 200%. We look at this trend and efforts to stop the spread of STDs with representatives from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the Central District Health Department.

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When talking to families in to Venezuela, Cherie Hoeger found that women there did not have access to reliable menstrual hygiene products. This inspired her to custom build a menstrual cup that can be cleaned and re-used for distribution to economically disadvantaged women around the world. Cherie joins us with her partner, Amber Sawson, to describe the role of their Idaho-based company, Saalt.

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The benefits of breastfeeding is well known; UNICEF estimates that better education regarding lactation could save 820,000 lives worldwide. We'll look at efforts to bring awareness to the importance breastfeeding plays in childhood development.

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This interview was originally broadcast Thursday, May 24, 2018.

Idaho lags behind the nation when it comes to colon cancer screening rates. Idaho Matters discusses the importance of early screenings with Dr. Dan Zuckerman, medical director of the Mountain States Tumor Institute and we hear first-hand about battling colon cancer with a survivor.

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St. Luke’s has opened the region’s first “virtual hospital” to help people in remote communities get health care without traveling to Boise.

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St. Luke's Health System is investing $3.4 million in a virtual care center - a "high tech hub" with a medical team available to provide assistance 24/7. The center will be able to connect doctors with rural Idahoans and those with mobility issues. Idaho Matters discusses this new trend in health care with St. Luke's and how this could be a game changer for underserved rural communities.

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Idaho is bordered by four states (and one country) with some form of legalized marijuana. Addictions specialists in the state are seeing an increase of patients looking to break an addiction to marijuana and the increased potency of the plant is forcing researchers to re-think its addictive qualities. Idaho Matters discusses the subject with two treatment specialists who have witnessed this increase of use.

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Eighteen states allow parents to refuse vaccinations for their children. Idaho is home to 8 of the 10 national "hotspots" of non-vaccinated kids. Idaho Matters looks at the reasons parents have for opting out of vaccinating their kids and the potential impact this has on the child and the community.

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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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