As wildfires in the West burn during this hot summer, the Idaho Conservation League has created a worksheet to help protect you and your loved ones from wildfire smoke and poor air quality days. This worksheet helps folks understand their health risks and make a plan.

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Unfortunately, living with smoke from wildfires has become a way of life for us in the Treasure Valley. This year, we’re seeing smoke earlier than normal. There is predicted to be a substantial increase in the number of days with smoke in the air, so it’s important that people who are at ris…

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TREASURE VALLEY — Genesis Community Health announced in a press release it is accepting new patients for its free medical, dental, and mental-health counseling clinics. With a second Treasure Valley location recently added and the current high availability of openings, now more low-income re…

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BOISE — Six more Idaho schools are now able to support students with behavioral health needs thanks to a grant from the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. A press release issued by Blue Cross stated that the schools each received a Technical Assistance Award that will enable them to …

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NAMPA — A new state-of-the-art cancer care center is slated to open in Nampa. St. Luke’s Cancer Institute announced in a press release it has completed its new facility that not only helps to accommodate the growth of the Western Treasure Valley, but better unites cancer care services with t…

As wildfires in the West burn during this hot summer, the Idaho Conservation League has created a worksheet to help protect you and your loved ones from wildfire smoke and poor air quality days. This worksheet helps folks understand their health risks and make a plan.

Unfortunately, living with smoke from wildfires has become a way of life for us in the Treasure Valley. This year, we’re seeing smoke earlier than normal. There is predicted to be a substantial increase in the number of days with smoke in the air, so it’s important that people who are at ris…

TREASURE VALLEY — Genesis Community Health announced in a press release it is accepting new patients for its free medical, dental, and mental-health counseling clinics. With a second Treasure Valley location recently added and the current high availability of openings, now more low-income re…

NEW YORK — Naomi Osaka says former first lady Michelle Obama and sports stars Novak Djokovic, Michael Phelps and Stephen Curry were among those who reached out to offer support after she withdrew from the French Open to take a mental health break.

BOISE — Six more Idaho schools are now able to support students with behavioral health needs thanks to a grant from the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. A press release issued by Blue Cross stated that the schools each received a Technical Assistance Award that will enable them to …

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NAMPA — A new state-of-the-art cancer care center is slated to open in Nampa. St. Luke’s Cancer Institute announced in a press release it has completed its new facility that not only helps to accommodate the growth of the Western Treasure Valley, but better unites cancer care services with t…

BOISE — The American Red Cross announced in a press release it is experiencing a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries rise — and deplete the nation’s blood inventory. Donors of all blood types — especially type O and those giving plate…

There’s an old saying that only time a man goes to the doctor is when his mother, wife or girlfriend makes him go, and it is true that the biggest obstacle in providing health care to men is getting them into the office. Many men feel they only need to see a healthcare provider when somethin…

BOISE — With summer here, many parents are signing up their kids up for in-person summer camps again this year. Lower COVID-19 positivity rates and the COVID-19 vaccine have some families feeling like it’s safe to go back.

BOISE — The American Heart Association and Saint Alphonsus are coming together to say it’s a good time to stop and take stock of your overall health and wellbeing by connecting with your doctor to schedule any check-ups you may have missed in the past year and to manage any conditions you ma…

About 800,000 people a year in the United States suffer a stroke, and more than 140,000 of them will die from it. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the country, and one person dies from stroke every 3.1 minutes. May is Stroke Awareness Month, and it’s a good time to look at what …

“My mother got my name from a story she read in Redbook magazine, ‘Leilia.’ She called that ‘Lee-eye-la’ and named me that. The bad part is, nobody can pronounce it,” said Leilia Inlow. Inlow, an active 87 year old, lives with her husband, Jim, in an apartment at Touchmark at Meadow Lake Vil…

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people on Thursday, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings.

On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the go-ahead to administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children between the ages of 12 and 15. Already, the FDA has granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the vaccine to be given to children between the ages of 16 to 18.

BOISE — St. Luke’s FitOne announced in a press release it will provide two race options for the 2021 event: runners and walkers can choose either to participate in-person or virtually. Registration for both versions kicks off Wed., June 30.

Urolithiasis, the presence of stones within the urinary tract, can take many forms. Stones in the kidneys can lead to worsening kidney function with time, stones in the ureters can lead to obstruction and pain, and stones in the bladder can cause bleeding, irritation, and are prone to infect…

On April 28, Amazon announced in a press release that its Nampa fulfillment center held the second day of a three-day onsite COVID-19 vaccine event for employees and their family members. The week prior, the company notified employees of the opportunity to get a free vaccine and, so far, hun…

She was the “pioneer patient.” One of the first COVID-19 patients at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, and the first one who was placed on a ventilator due to the virus.

BOISE — St. Luke’s announced in a press release it is hitting the road with lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines and taking them to people in rural, remote and underserved communities in Idaho.

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BOISE — Due to the pandemic, children missed out on many typical summer activities last year, including swim lessons. As National Water Safety Month kicks off this May, David Duro, Treasure Valley Family YMCA president and CEO, sees an increased need for these essential, life-saving programs.

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BOISE — Delta Dental Plans Association (of which Delta Dental of Idaho is a member company) announced in a press release the release of the 2020 State of America's Oral Health Report, a nationwide analysis of consumer opinions and behaviors relating to oral health. Based on findings from two…

New research published in BMJ Open outlines findings from a study on multiorgan impairment in individuals with persistent symptoms following recovery from COVID-19 infection — a condition referred to as long COVID. The study included characterization of organ function using global medical te…

BOISE — In its ongoing efforts to create one of the safest and most responsible environments possible, the Treasure Valley Family YMCA announced in a press release it is installing an air purification system in all its facilities — a sophisticated bipolar ionization (BPI) process to further …

CALDWELL — West Valley Medical Center and the Treasure Valley Family YMCA announced in a press release they have teamed up to carry on a 15-year community tradition to benefit the Caldwell YMCA Wellness Programs with a walk/run for the whole family. This year’s West Valley Rock’n’Run 5k/10k …

Esophageal cancer is the sixth most common cause of cancer deaths worldwide. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 19,000 new esophageal cancers diagnosed in the United States in 2021. April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s a good time to learn more abou…

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As if it’s not already hot enough here in the Treasure Valley, now we have Olympic fever.

Tim Woodward’s new columns will alternate with previously published “Woodward Classics” during the pandemic. This one originally ran in The Idaho Statesman in 1995.

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