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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
Credit North Idaho College / http://www.nic.edu/about/

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.
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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Public Health Services
7:21 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Oregon County Turns Public Health Function Over To State

Counties across the Northwest are heavily dependent on timber revenue from federal lands have been struggling to provide public health services. Now, one county in Oregon has told the state it will no longer provide those services. That's left state officials scrambling to figure out how to cover the gap. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Health Care
5:45 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

State High Court Hears Pyschiatric Boarding Case

Parking mentally ill patients in the ER is controversial yet common.
Credit Taber Andrew Bain / Flickr

Parking mentally ill patients in the ER is controversial yet common. Now the state Supreme Court is considering whether that’s constitutional.

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Rock Doc
5:00 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Will Changes To FDA's New Food Labels Help Consumers Make Healthier Choices?

Dr. E. Kirsten Peters, aka the "Rock Doc."
Credit Washington State University

While I have been dinking around for months, trying to lose five pounds, two of my friends have gotten serious about weight loss. Each of them is down 50 pounds.

I’m pleased for them, of course, and truly impressed by their accomplishments. Successfully combating overweight and obesity is one of the best things people can do for their health. It can help everything from joint pain to heart function, from Type 2 diabetes to certain aspects of mental health.

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Tick Removal
6:16 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

How To Remove A Tick - And Why A Hot Match Won’t Work

Memorial Day weekend in the Northwest coincides with prime time for ticks.
Credit Washington State Department of Health

Memorial Day weekend in the Northwest coincides with prime time for ticks. These arthropods can drink your blood for days without you knowing.

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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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