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Marissa Harshman

health reporter


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Preparing the body for baby

By Marissa Harshman January 26, 2015 6 a.m.

A healthy lifestyle during pregnancy is important, and, as local obstetricians point out, the steps women take before conceiving can have a big impact on the pregnancy, and the health of mom and baby.

Frustrating wait for health care

By Marissa Harshman January 23, 2015 6:53 p.m.

When Jake and Natalie Koprowski decided to adopt two young girls from the Democratic Republic of Congo, they did so with the desire to give the girls better lives than they had in orphanages.

County gets power to douse smoking

By Marissa Harshman January 23, 2015 6:06 p.m.

Clark County Public Health is stepping up its enforcement of the state ban on smoking in indoor public places.

Legacy implements 'kangaroo care' for premature babies

By Marissa Harshman January 19, 2015 6 a.m.

Louisa Escobar sits in a rocking chair in the dimly lit room of the neonatal intensive care unit. She lowers the straps of her tank top and places baby Maria-Magdolena, born with a full head of dark hair, on her bare chest.

Integration effort seeks to streamline Medicaid

By Marissa Harshman January 18, 2015 6 a.m.

John Smith enrolled in Medicaid after losing his job and, with it, his employer-provided health insurance.

Medicaid rates fall for some providers

By Marissa Harshman January 16, 2015 6 a.m.

With the start of the new year comes less money for some local primary care providers seeing Medicaid clients.

Phat Hoops = fit fun

By Marissa Harshman January 12, 2015 6 a.m.

Sandra Elton was 10 when she last picked up a hula hoop. But a demonstration at the Clark County Fair last summer encouraged the 67-year-old to take up hooping again.

Understanding of laws regarding e-cigarettes often hazy

By Marissa Harshman January 12, 2015 6 a.m.

Smoking has long been banned inside public places. But with the emergence and surging popularity of electronic cigarettes, local public health officials are fielding a common question among business owners: What about vaping?

Art cart is baby's legacy

By Marissa Harshman January 11, 2015 6 a.m.

Baby Sam Al-Ghamdi arrived much earlier than doctors had hoped.

Hospitals impose visitor restrictions as flu activity rises

By Marissa Harshman January 8, 2015 5:32 p.m.

Local hospitals are imposing visitor restrictions as flu activity continues to rise.

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