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Earlier this year, more than 60,000 Idahoans signed a petition to put Medicaid expansion on the November ballot. Now the group Reclaim Idaho wants to convince a majority of voters to support the expansion.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported record drug overdose numbers in 2017, but a handful of states saw a decrease last year including here in the Mountain West.

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AMEN, the Adventist Medical Evangelical Network, brings together physicians, dentists and healthcare professionals to provide free services for homeless and low-income patients. AMEN comes to Boise on September 12-14 to work with uninsured residents. Its clinic director and community outreach coordinator join Idaho Matters to talk about their health services.

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Up to 90% of colorectal cancer occurrences could be averted by the simple process of health screenings. Idaho Matters looks at preventative medicine and previews an upcoming health fair sponsored by Saint Alphonsus Health.

Idaho Matters examines trends in suicide rates among America's senior population. Our guest, Ron Larsen, from Optum Idaho, looks at the impact here in the Gem State. 

For people in crisis, the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline is always accessible via phone or text at 208-398-4357.

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School began Monday, August 20, at many public and private schools throughout the state. Idaho Matters speaks with a policeman about safely getting kids to the classroom, seasonal traffic patterns for drivers in school zones, and how to properly drive past a school bus.

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A second rabid bat has been found in Idaho this season, this time in Boise County. 

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Every parent knows how hard it is to pry cell phones and tablets from the hands of kids but recent studies show overuse could contribute to a deterioration of fine motor skills. We find out how much screen time is too much and how it could be impacting children in the classroom.

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Nurse practitioner Bradley Bigford operates Table Rock Mobile Medicine, making house calls in the Treasure Valley. Bigford joins Idaho Matters to discuss the benefits of mobile healthcare.

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The Boise Period Project just completed their first distribution of hygiene products and are ramping up for their next event.  The founders join Idaho Matters in studio to describe their progress.

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So you think you understand health care in Idaho? One reporter for the Idaho Statesman thought so, until she had a baby. Audrey Dutton tells her story on Idaho Matters.

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We want to hear YOUR questions about wildfire. Click here to submit your question to the Wanna Know Idaho podcast.

Fires across the West are creating a lot of smoke. That means poor air quality in many parts of our region. 

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Idaho is one of the most accommodating states in the nation for facilitating surrogate pregnancies, so much so that it has becoming something of a destination industry. Idaho Matters looks at why state laws are amenable to surrogacy and how it helps couples looking to start families.

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As the state's population grows, the number of healthcare professionals continues to stretch. A grant awarded to Idaho Health Care Association Foundation will help recruit and train 500 certified nursing assistants. We talk with the College of Western Idaho about the role of CNA's in Idaho.

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Healthcare management has evolved in recent years. From the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the subsequent dilluting thereof to state-by-state Medicaid expansion and the lightning fast technical developments in medicine, it can be difficult to keep up with the trends in healthcare. St. Luke's CEO and president, Dr. David Pate, joins us to parse out the changing face of healthcare.

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In an effort to keep their food local, some city-dwellers have taken to raising chickens in their backyards. As urban farming remains trendy, an unintended consequence of keeping chickens as pets is a rise in salmonella cases. It’s led to an outbreak of the illness that’s impacting Idaho and the nation.

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Traditionally, youth behavioral health services meant either short, outpatient treatment sessions or longer-term inpatient institutionalization. St. Luke's Children's Day Treatment Center provides a program in the middle, a mid-morning through early-evening program to aid youths, 12-17, coping with depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD and other non-violent diagnoses. Idaho Matters will talk about the program with St. Luke's Children's.

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The Boise Period Project gathers menstrual hygiene products to create period packs for the local homeless community in Boise. They aim to end the stigmas that surround both periods and homelessness. We talk with the project about an often over-looked need of homeless women.

Nuclear testing during the Cold War sent radioactive fallout far away from the actual test sites. Politicians are moving to expand who can be compensated by the government for getting sick after exposure to that fallout.

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Last month, St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute performed Idaho's first allogeneic stem cell transplant. The technique involves the transplanting of stem cells from a donor's bone marrow to a recipient, in this case a leukemia patient.  We speak with a St. Luke's oncologist about the procedure.

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Idaho Falls will soon be home to its first internal medicine residents in an attempt to retain more doctors in the Gem State.

Efforts are being made to detect signs of depression in earlier stages. We talk with health care professionals about spotting the symptoms early on.

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Back in April, the Idaho Department of Insurance issued a directive requiring insurance companies to start insuring some therapies for individuals on the autism spectrum. We talk about the benefits to the child, the family and the schools when insurance supports autism therapy.

Last week, stakeholders in the state's mental healthcare community met to develop a collaboration to better serve Idahoans and encourage investment in treatment for addiction. Idaho Behavioral Health Alliance coordinator Ceci Thunes joins Idaho Matters to talk about those efforts.

Cancer centers are working to increase HPV vaccinations across the nation, but particularly in Mountain West states, where vaccination rates are low.

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