health care

Idaho Marijuana Bill
6:45 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Idaho Lawmakers Will Introduce Bill To Legalize Marijuana Extract For Epilepsy

Alexis Carey (seen here with parents Clare and Micheal Carey) is now 10 years old. She suffers from life threatening seizures that took her ability to walk and speak at a very young age.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho lawmakers will introduce a bill Wednesday that will allow people to use some oils extracted from cannabis plants. Idaho currently does not allow any form of medical marijuana. But other states without medical pot have passed exemptions similar to this new bill.

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Abortion Laws
4:25 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

ACLU Files Case Against Public Hospital, Over Failure to Provide Abortions

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington State is suing Skagit Regional Health, alleging that the public hospital system doesn't provide abortion services in accordance with state law.
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The ACLU of Washington is launching an effort to ensure that hospitals are following the state’s abortion rights laws.

Thursday the ACLU filed a lawsuit seeking to have Skagit Regional Health comply with Washington’s Reproductive Privacy Act, or RPA.

The ACLU’s Doug Hoening says the public hospital has a policy of not providing abortion services, in violation of state law.

Hoening says The ACLU also has sent letters to three other public hospital districts in Mason County, Jefferson County, and Whidbey Island that have the same policy:

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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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Veterans Services
12:20 am
Thu January 15, 2015

In Remote Washington, Veterans Services Are Ferry Ride Away

The ferry pulls in to Friday Harbor, the only incorporated city in San Juan County, Wash. Veterans will often travel the hourlong ferry ride to reach VA services here.
Patricia Murphy KUOW

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 10:45 am

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base." This story is part of a three-part series about veteran benefits (Part 1 / Part 2).

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Direct Primary Care
7:59 am
Fri December 19, 2014

For Some Employers, A New Health Care Trend Means Healthier Employees

Mike Hoon leads a staff meeting at Emerald Care nursing home.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety / Northwest Public Radio

There's a small but growing trend in healthcare--a trend where doctors are paid differently, so they can focus on a relationship with their patients, and where patients are able to see doctors without worrying  about the cost.

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Idaho Medical Tourism
7:09 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Idaho A Medical Destination For Canadian Boomers

CNA Taylor Jasper makes up the bed in a patient room at Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls, Idaho.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A hospital in North Idaho is marketing itself to Canadian tourists -- medical tourists, that is.

Most of the patients who come into Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls, Idaho, are from the local area -- plus a few from Washington and Montana.

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Health Education
5:32 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Idaho College Gets $6.4 Million To Train Health Care Workers Where They're Needed

An overview of the North Idaho College campus, where the grant will help train healthcare technicians and assistants
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A community college in Idaho today received a major grant to train people in rural areas for hard-to-fill jobs in the health care industry. The $6.4 million dollar grant is the largest in the school’s history. It’s part of a job training program set up in the 2009 stimulus package.

Lita Burns is the vice president of instruction at North Idaho College (NIC) in Coeur d’Alene, the school that got the grant. She says hospitals have told them it’s hard to get people trained as technicians and assistants to relocate from another state. This includes EMTs and dental assistants.

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Psychiatric Boarding
5:25 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Wash. Must Find 200 Beds For Psychiatric Patients

Washington state has been sending involuntarily committed mental health patients to regular hospitals and acute care centers unlawfully.
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The state of Washington is scrambling to find beds by Aug. 27 for an estimated 200 mental health patients by Aug. 27. That's when the state must comply with a Washington Supreme Court ruling that said detaining psychiatric patients in emergency room beds is unlawful.

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Grizzly Research
6:41 am
Wed August 6, 2014

How A Fat Grizzly Bear Could Help You Avoid Diabetes

Washington State University is home to the nation's only captive grizzly bear research center.
Credit Courtney Flatt / EarthFix

Washington State University’s mascot is the cougar, but the university is also home to the nation’s only captive grizzly bear research center. Correspondent Tom Banse reports a new study involving those bears yields insights into possible therapies for human obesity and diabetes.

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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.
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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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