BOISE — One of the most popular resolutions at the beginning of each year is the desire to quit smoking, with more than 70% of smokers reporting they want to quit. Smoking is a risk factor for severe illness from COVID-19, which makes 2021 an even more opportune time to begin the journey to …

Pedestrian fatalities in the United States are up from 4,100 in 2009 to nearly 6,300 deaths in 2018, a 53% increase in just 10 years.

BOISE — As vaccine continues to arrive in Idaho, and in alignment with the state and public health districts, St. Luke’s Health System announced Monday it will begin administering COVID-19 vaccine this week to broader groups of community members in the next high-risk group. People who qualif…

THE CONVERSATION — After a year of toxic stress ignited by so much fear and uncertainty, now is a good time to reset, pay attention to your mental health and develop some healthy ways to manage the pressures going forward.

BOISE — Kori Albi, nurse and supervisor in the Saint Alphonsus COVID intensive care unit in Boise, has something important to say. It’s about her daily work that deals in sickness and sometimes death from a pandemic that she worries not enough people take seriously. But you won’t see her mak…

Saltzer Home Health announced in a press release that it is dropping the DBA name Saltzer Home Health and will assume the parent company name of Terrace Home Health. The name change reflects the company’s broader vision and focuses on health management’s future by providing patient-centered …

Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties — In a press release, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) have provided options to reduce the isolation period for people without symptoms (asymptomatic) who are close contacts of…

BOISE — One of the most popular resolutions at the beginning of each year is the desire to quit smoking, with more than 70% of smokers reporting they want to quit. Smoking is a risk factor for severe illness from COVID-19, which makes 2021 an even more opportune time to begin the journey to …

Pedestrian fatalities in the United States are up from 4,100 in 2009 to nearly 6,300 deaths in 2018, a 53% increase in just 10 years.

BOISE — As vaccine continues to arrive in Idaho, and in alignment with the state and public health districts, St. Luke’s Health System announced Monday it will begin administering COVID-19 vaccine this week to broader groups of community members in the next high-risk group. People who qualif…

THE CONVERSATION — After a year of toxic stress ignited by so much fear and uncertainty, now is a good time to reset, pay attention to your mental health and develop some healthy ways to manage the pressures going forward.

BOISE — Kori Albi, nurse and supervisor in the Saint Alphonsus COVID intensive care unit in Boise, has something important to say. It’s about her daily work that deals in sickness and sometimes death from a pandemic that she worries not enough people take seriously. But you won’t see her mak…

Saltzer Home Health announced in a press release that it is dropping the DBA name Saltzer Home Health and will assume the parent company name of Terrace Home Health. The name change reflects the company’s broader vision and focuses on health management’s future by providing patient-centered …

Ada, Boise, Elmore, and Valley Counties — In a press release, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) have provided options to reduce the isolation period for people without symptoms (asymptomatic) who are close contacts of…

Saltzer Health announced in a press release the opening of the state’s first 24-hour urgent care clinic on Monday, Dec. 14 at the Saltzer Health Medical Campus, 867 S. Vanguard Way at Ten Mile & I-84 in Meridian.

For many of us, the pandemic has strained our well-being in many ways, whether mentally, emotionally or financially. At times it can be difficult to know where to turn for assistance, so we have compiled a list of resources in Ada and Canyon counties.

One of today’s most prevalent food trends is plant-based eating. According to the CDC, only 9% of adults meet the recommendations for daily vegetable servings a day. Also, seven of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States are from chronic diseases and eating a diet rich in pla…

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States. The number of people who die from lung cancer has risen over the past 25 years and is greater than the number who die from breast, prostate, and colorectal ca…

In several press releases it was announced that Idaho National Guard personnel are training to assist in COVID-19 efforts at Saint Alphonsus COVID-19 testing clinics and at multiple Primary Health Medical Group clinics among others, offering COVID-19 screening and testing services as Idaho f…

Wow! Am I the only one feeling bombarded with Medicare Advantage plans or insurance broker companies on TV offering a ton of sometimes difficult to understand “better than traditional/original Medicare benefits?” To help sort through the flood of information, let’s walk through the basics.

Devan Hromcik didn’t begin on a path to nursing. “I started college as a biology student and ended up switching to the nursing program,” she said. She was drawn to the connection between “people and science … and helping people to be better at protecting their bodies. Also, I’ve always been …

MERIDIAN — Scentsy “is prepared to wow again” this holiday season with their Christmas lights, the company announced in a press release.

Every day we are learning more about the novel coronavirus COVID-19; how it spreads, how to treat it, and what new therapeutics are available. Ultimately, there will be a vaccine.

MOSCOW — The University of Idaho announced in a press release it has joined an elite list of land-grant institutions to earn full accreditation from an international organization that recognizes commitment to quality animal care and science.

As more is known about COVID-19, worried parents and guardians can feel better about one detail: In a majority of cases, the disease seems to be much milder in babies and young children.

Fred Meyer has announced in a press release plans for Black Friday events. The company has placed a priority on safety throughout the pandemic, said the release, and has now made deliberate adjustments to Black Friday plans that will allow customers to shop aggressive deals with confidence.

BOISE — A popular program for dogs and their owners is back. Ann Morrison Park, 1000 S. Americana Blvd., and Optimist Youth Sports Complex, 9889 W. Hill Road Parkway, became seasonal dog off-leash areas starting Sunday, Nov. 1. The program runs through the end of February, a press release an…

BOISE — Saint Alphonsus announced in a press release it has opened a new clinic dedicated to providing care for patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or are persons under investigation (PUIs) of having the virus. Patients will be seen by a provider for their acute — and should they …

MERIDIAN — The City of Meridian announced in a press release it will follow Governor Little’s lead and roll back a phase for internal operations. Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the Treasure Valley, and reports from local hospitals showing increased concern for capaci…

Thirteen-year-old Alyssa Grace Proffitt, “Aly” for short, is pretty much a typical teen. She likes playing soccer, hanging out with friends and skateboarding. She also has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, and anxiety.

During this time of COVID-19, healthcare providers are taking extra precautions to keep their patients, staff and our community safe from the coronavirus. This includes intensive deep cleaning of equipment and surfaces, reducing seating in waiting rooms and wearing masks and other protective…

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When it comes to streaming radio services, I prefer Pandora over Amazon Music. You see, Pandora offers deep cuts while Amazon plays mostly predictable hits. Even though I’m an Amazon Prime member and benefit from no commercials, I opt for the advertisement-laden Pandora radio. What can I say…