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Vaccinations
5:30 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Northwest Lawmakers Debate Vaccine Exemptions

CDC

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 5:22 pm

Northwest lawmakers are considering whether to make it harder for parents to opt out of immunizing their children.

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School Immunization
4:53 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Move To Limit Vaccine Exemptions Draws Opposition From Some Parents

Opponents of mandatory vaccination testify to the state House Health Care Committee in Olympia Tuesday.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 4:45 pm

Legislative moves to limit school immunization exemptions are drawing vocal opposition from some parents. Opponents of mandatory vaccination crowded a public hearing at the state capitol in Olympia Tuesday, and the scene could repeat itself in Salem Wednesday.

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Childhood Vaccinations
6:22 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Northwest Lawmakers Aim For Higher Immunization Rates

Credit Centers for Disease Control

Some Northwest lawmakers want to make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children.

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Health and Medicine
5:40 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Idaho Health Officials Getting More Calls On Laundry Packets

Nationally, more than 17,000 kids were exposed to laundry detergent packets in 2012-2013 with 800 of them hospitalized.
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Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare said more calls are coming about bright and colorful laundry detergent packets this year, compared to last.

So far this year, 69 Idaho children have been exposed to the packets.  Forty of those went to the emergency room and five ended up in the hospital.

Niki Forbing-Orr is with the health department. She said there’s been a 30 percent increase in calls about the packets in Idaho this year.

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Health And Medicine
5:57 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Oregon Leads In Un-Vaccinated Kids

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 7.1 percent of kindergartners in Oregon were exempted from vaccinations during last school year.
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 According to the report, in Idaho, 6.4 percent of kindergartners were exempt, while in Washington it was 4.7 percent.A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows 7.1 percent of kindergartners in Oregon were exempted from vaccinations during last school year. Most of the exemptions were for religious or philosophic reasons.

That’s a far cry from just a few years ago when Washington has the highest rate of unvaccinated kindergartners in the county.

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Pot Poisoning
5:14 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Accidental Pot Poisoning In Kids Continues Upward Trend

The concentrated liquid nicotine used to fill e-cigarettes can be brightly colored and flavored...and can be harmful to children.
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According to two new reports from the Washington Poison Center, the number of unintended marijuana poisonings in children in Washington state continues to go up. And now e-cigarettes are a growing concern.

In a report out today, the Washington Poison Control center says most of the cases of accidental marijuana poisoning are among older kids, ages 13 to 19.

But whether they're nine or 19, the results can be the same: When kids get into something they shouldn't -- like their parents' pot stash -- they can get sick.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:41 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Getting Kids To Practice Music — Without Tears Or Tantrums

How do you encourage your kid to practice with a smile instead of a scream?
iStock

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 1:45 pm

When friends learn that my nearly six-year-old has been playing violin for three years, their voices shift a bit, especially if they also have a child learning an instrument. Two questions come in quick succession: "Does she like it?" and "How do you get her to practice?" There's a nervous energy to their queries, and usually a little laugh, too. Either they've been struggling with kids who have a hard time practicing, or they recall their own childhood boredom.

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Birth Defect Investigation
5:54 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Health Officials Plan Next Steps In Birth Defect Investigation

Investigators still aren’t sure what is causing a cluster of birth defects in central Washington.
Credit Bridget Coila / Flickr

Investigators still aren’t sure what is causing a cluster of birth defects in central Washington. The rate of the rare defect is four times the national average. Health officials met today to figure out what to do next.

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Foster Care Case
7:19 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Idaho Woman's Fight For Foster Daughter Reveals A System Of Difficult Choices

Andrea Butler of Rathdrum, Idaho, stands in the room Dee had in her home for the four and a half years Butler fostered her.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Adoptions are usually private affairs, sealed forever in court documents and known only to the families involved. But recently, one decision by Idaho's child welfare service exploded into the public sphere. A foster mom in Rathdrum in north Idaho says the state made a terrible mistake when it took her foster daughter away after four years in her home. Correspondent Jessica Robinson brings us this glimpse into the life-changing decisions the state has to make about children – where often there are no easy answers.

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Birth Defects
7:42 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Washington Needs Your Help In Birth Defect Mystery

At a meeting in Kennewick, the health department asked people to raise concerns about a rare birth defect that officials may not have considered yet. Twenty-three babies were born with anencephaly in Central Washington from 2010-2013.
Credit Courtney Flatt / Earth Fix

Over the past three years, a rare birth defect has shown up Central Washington at about four times the national average. Now, the state health department is turning to the public for clues about what’s causing the fatal defect. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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