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The CDC reported 185 youth deaths as a result of the flu last season. One in three parents will not get flu shots for their kids. We'll look at the dangers of not getting annual flu shots for both your kids and the community.

Doctors Discuss Benefits Of CBD Oil

Nov 20, 2018
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Utah and Missouri joined 31 other states in making marijuana legal for medicinal use. While it is still illegal in Idaho, the state has conducted programs looking at the efficacy and safety of using Cannabidiol (CBD) for treating epilepsy in children. The cannabis by-product is used to treat an array of ailments, but it's still considered marijuana in many jurisdictions. 

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The FDA recently announced a planned ban on flavored e-cigarettes in an effort to curb the growing number of teens who use vaping products. We speak with St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute about this phenomenon, the health implications and their use as smoking cessation devices.


Pancreatic cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in America and we learn about advances in detection and treatment, and meet a survivor.

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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.

Death Cafe takes the discussion of dying out of the zone of discomfort and makes it something socially palatable. The focus isn't on grief counseling — it's more about having honest discussions about buying the farm "with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives."

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Your Health Idaho was established following the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010. One of the provisions of the ACA is that each state maintains a health insurance marketplace where consumers can comparitively shop for plans. On today's Idaho Matters, we speak with Pat Kelly, executive director of Your Health Idaho, about the open enrollment period and the impact of Medicaid expansion on Idaho healthcare plans.

Therapist Elizabeth Heaney spent years traveling from base to base counseling military veterans and their families for post traumatic stress disorder and she chronicled her experience in the book The Honor Was Mine. She joins Idaho Matters to talk about addressing these veteran issues.

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Healthcare professionals are looking at new ways of administering palliative care to late-stage cancer patients. We look at efforts to improve the quality of life for those suffering from cancer.

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A local advocacy group for people with disabilities released a report this week that claims a Nampa behavioral health treatment center is unsafe for residents.


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Idaho Democratic representative Mat Erpelding has introduced legislation that would provide coverage for first responders who suffer from PTSD as a result of their service. The Boise lawmaker joins Idaho Matters with Boise's fire chief to parse out the bill and the importance of addressing mental as well as physical health for first responders.

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A piece of legislation is advancing through Washington that would expand access to treatment for opioid addicts. Idaho Matters looks at the pending bill and how it could help combat addiction in the Gem State.

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.

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On Saturday, October 26, the Drug Enforcement Agency is hosting prescription pill take back events around Idaho. They’re intended to help stem the problem of addiction.

Denver is hosting one of the country's biggest nursing conferences. One issue on the agenda is the ongoing, nationwide nursing shortage.


October 27 is the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Drug Take Back Day and Idaho Matters looks at safe ways to dispose of pharmaceutical narcotics.


This week is National Teen Driving Safety Week and we look at efforts to build the groundwork for safe driving from an early age.

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October is stillbirth/miscarriage awareness month and we look at efforts to help families cope with loss.


Idaho Matters looks at St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute's research into 3D mammography and efforts to make these examinations more accessible.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we look at the state of detection and treatment with Jackie Babb, the Women's and Children's Service Line Director at St. Alphonsus Health System and Howard Schaff, a radiologist with Gem State Radiology.

BalmShot Markets Lip Care Products With Unique Packaging

Oct 12, 2018

Wayne Forrey was being treated for lip cancer in 1983 when he found that after his recovery, he had trouble finding a product to protect his lips from the sun. That's why he and his wife, Karen, created Balm Shot. It's a uniquely-packaged lip treatment designed to appeal to a consumer segment not usually targeted by lip balms - men. The Forreys join us in studio to talk about creating Balm Shot and overcoming the obstacles faced in building a small business.

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We preview an upcoming panel discussion about Proposition 2 - Idaho's Medicaid expansion proposal. The conversation will take place Thursday, October 11 at 6 p.m. at the Yanke Family Research Building and will include Panelists will include state Rep. Christy Perry, the co-chair of Idahoans for Healthcare; House Majority Caucus Chairman John Vander Woude; community member Donna Scranton; and HuffPost senior reporter Jonathan Cohn. The discussion will be moderated by James Dawson of Boise State Public Radio and is part of Huffpost's 'Listen to America' RV tour.

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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.

What happens if you're camping or skiing and there's an accident? It can take time to get help and "Stop the Bleed" is designed to teach you how to use a tourniquet and keep the victim alive until professionals arrive.