Ground broken at VA for local Fisher House

By Tom Vogt September 19, 2014 6:24 p.m.

Officials broke ground Friday on Vancouver's VA campus for the nation's 67th Fisher House — which means they've learned something since 1990 about building them.

Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown

By CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAY, Associated Press September 19, 2014 12:22 p.m.

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Sierra Leone confined its 6 million people to their homes Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages.

Author slams stigma surrounding addiction

By Scott Hewitt September 17, 2014 10:01 p.m.

After journalist David Sheff's heartbreaking memoir about his son's struggles with addiction — and with the American health care system — came out in 2008, the author started getting letters.

Only 4 states will see cuts to food stamps

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press September 17, 2014 10:18 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found.

Touchmark offers free balance assessments

September 16, 2014 5:13 p.m.

Touchmark Health & Fitness Club is offering free balance assessments and other activities in honor of Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Roller derby team recruiting Wednesday

By The Columbian September 15, 2014 6 a.m.

Vancouver's roller derby team, Storm City Roller Girls, will hold an open recruitment and orientation event 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Storm Shelter, 7503 N.E. 47th Ave., Vancouver.

Study: 'Magic mushrooms' help smokers kick the habit

By Michelle Fay Cortez, Bloomberg News September 15, 2014 6 a.m.

Just two or three experiences with "magic mushrooms" helped a dozen long-term smokers quit, succeeding in a study where numerous other approaches failed.

Birth trauma gains attention

By Michele Munz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch September 15, 2014 6 a.m.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — At first, Erin Shetler was angry the doctor had performed the procedures without her knowing. He had cut her vaginal opening, used vacuum extraction to deliver her baby and reached into her uterus to remove the placenta — all of which carry risks.

Taking on heroin ODs, one shot at a time

By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun September 15, 2014 6 a.m.

BALTIMORE — Robert Taylor Jr. and Camille Haviland thought they were being safe — within the bounds of their dangerous heroin habit, that is.

Foam rollers let you give yourself a deep-tissue massage

By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times September 15, 2014 6 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — Maybe your shoulders are achy from time spent bent over a computer keyboard. Perhaps your running has tightened your quads and calves to the point of cramping.

Cardiac patients taking Mount St. Helens to heart

By Marissa Harshman September 15, 2014 6 a.m.

Mark Ray ended the summer of 2013 with a heart attack.

For optimal skin care, try a multitasking mask

By Debra D. Bass, St. Louis Post-Dispatch September 15, 2014 6 a.m.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — In the quest for better skin there's a step that most people skip, chalking it up to an overrated indulgence. But if you've got a skin complaint — too dry, acne, too oily, uneven, big pores, fine lines, whatever — you should be using a mask.

Contamination closes Firstenburg pool

By The Columbian September 14, 2014 7:40 p.m.

The Firstenburg Community Center’s pool and spa is closed until 4 p.m. Monday because of contamination, according to the city of Vancouver.

Cyclists enjoy sharing stories, s'mores

By Susan Parrish September 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Newlyweds Matthew and Shannon Vilhauer didn't fly to Maui or Mexico for their honeymoon.

Kaiser Permanente's switch reverberates

By Courtney Sherwood September 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Across the country, millions of newly insured people are flooding major hospitals, but industry leaders in Clark County say health reform is playing out differently here.

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