Health care

Antidepressant use during pregnancy linked to autism, study says

Dec 15th, 2015 | By

 By Melissa Healy Los Angeles Times (TNS) Women who took a class of widely used antidepressants during their second and third trimesters of pregnancy were roughly twice as likely as those who did not to have a child who would later receive a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, says a new study. The new research,
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Idaho Doctors’ Hospital receives award for excellent patient experience

Nov 24th, 2015 | By
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CEO Louis Kraml holds the Pinnacle of Excellence Award for Patient Experience awarded to the Idaho Doctors' Hospital.

BLACKFOOT — The Idaho Doctors’ Hospital at Bingham Memorial Hospital received the Pinnacle of Excellence Award for Patient Experience on Tuesday.



‘Inconceivable’? Not with new fertility clinic in Idaho Falls

Nov 20th, 2015 | By
Deirdre Conway, right, reproductive endocrinologist, talks to a patient recently.

By Greg Eichelberger For the Journal IDAHO FALLS — Although most couples can conceive through much less aggressive and less expensive treatments than in vitro fertilization (IVF), providing this service locally for those who need it is a huge benefit. Before the Idaho Fertility Center opened in Idaho Falls in July, clients were forced to
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Hyperbaric treatment helps veterans with PTSD

Nov 13th, 2015 | By
Cydney McFarland/Idaho State Journal
Pastor Jim Jones, left, and Thomas Dixon, right, are both Navy veterans who treated their PTSD with hyperbaric oxygen therapy at the Idaho Doctors Hospital Healing Center in Pocatello with hyperbaric wound specialist Jeff Hampsten, center.

By Cydney McFarland cmcfarland@journalnet.com POCATELLO — For veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder, many of the medications and therapies prescribed by Veterans Affairs aren’t giving them the quality of life they want. Jeff Hampsten and Jeff Ellis at Idaho Doctors Hospital Healing Center in Pocatello may have an answer: hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
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Idaho prepares to let 25 sick children use marijuana extract

Oct 19th, 2015 | By

BOISE (AP) — Up to 25 Idaho children with persistent seizures will soon have access to an experimental drug derived from marijuana, but experts say far more children could benefit from the treatment. An April executive order from Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is allowing the very limited use of the non-psychoactive drug. Otter signed the
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Idaho prepares to let 25 sick children use marijuana extract

Oct 19th, 2015 | By

BOISE (AP) — Up to 25 Idaho children with persistent seizures will soon have access to an experimental drug derived from marijuana, but experts say far more children could benefit from the treatment. An April executive order from Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is allowing the very limited use of the non-psychoactive drug. Otter signed the
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House Republicans reject Utah’s latest Medicaid plan

Oct 15th, 2015 | By

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The latest attempt to help more of Utah’s poor get health insurance failed Tuesday night when Republicans in Utah’s House of Representatives rejected a plan to expand Medicaid in the state. Members of the House Republican caucus discussed the issue behind closed doors Tuesday evening and only seven of 63
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PMC CEO talks Medicaid expansion

Oct 7th, 2015 | By
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By MICHAEL H. O’DONNELL modonnell@journalnet.com   POCATELLO — Dan Ordyna, CEO of the Portneuf Medical Center, had a simple message for Idaho legislators gathered at PMC as part of their recent tour of Southeast Idaho — the Medicaid gap is costing hospitals in the Gem State. “Idaho tax dollars are going to other states with
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Idaho, U.S. rank poorly for mental health services

Oct 7th, 2015 | By

By CYDNEY MCFARLAND cmcfarland@journalnet.com For the second time this year a mass shooting has brought the issues of mental health care and mental illness back into the spotlight. However, the violent acts like those committed by the shooter at Umpqua Community College on Thursday and the terrorism charges leveled against a mentally ill Blackfoot man
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Utah lawmakers to hold 1st open debate on Medicaid plan next week

Oct 2nd, 2015 | By

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Medicaid plan crafted by a small group of Utah’s GOP officials in closed-door meetings will get its first open hearing next week.