Exchange signs up more than 42,000 in Clark County

By Marissa Harshman March 26, 2015 9:13 p.m.

More than 42,000 Clark County residents have enrolled in health plans through the state-based insurance exchange since the open enrollment period began in October.

Clark the 14th-healthiest county in Washington

By Marissa Harshman March 24, 2015 9:01 p.m.

Clark County ranks in the middle of the pack when it comes to community health in Washington.

Health officials warn against kissing chicks, ducklings

By Marissa Harshman March 23, 2015 4:35 p.m.

As soft and cute as little chicks and ducklings are, they shouldn't be cuddled, snuggled or kissed, health officials warn.

Retirees taking control of their health

By Marissa Harshman March 23, 2015 6 a.m.

When Helen Elder retired eight years ago, she and her husband, Jay, decided to make their health their No. 1 priority.

Express delivery: Dash didn't dawdle

By Marissa Harshman March 20, 2015 8:43 p.m.

When Hailee and Dan Stewart told friends and family they planned to name their baby boy Dash, they were often met with jokes about whether Dash would live up to his name.

Teen: Off-limits shops too appealing

By Marissa Harshman March 20, 2015 6 a.m.

Stores selling e-cigarettes, vaporizers, hookah products and marijuana are too appealing to youth. That's the take-home message from a 14-year-old Vancouver boy who spent the last few months surveying his peers and adults about the retail shops.

Infusion sought for program that aids doctor shortage

By Marissa Harshman March 18, 2015 7:17 p.m.

When Dr. Tony Stupski completed medical school, he entered the workforce with $170,000 in student loan debt. Stupski had an opportunity to get state and federal assistance in paying off those loans. In exchange, he had to commit to working in primary care in medically underserved communities.

Vancouver woman starts free fitness class at mall

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

When Reagan Darling moved to Vancouver about a year ago, she was overweight and in search of new mom friends.

American Red Cross honors community heroes  

By Marissa Harshman March 13, 2015 11:18 a.m.

While driving to work one dark morning, Waylon St. Clair noticed a strange glow ahead. The glow was coming from flames consuming a tree, fence and the side of a house.

Vaping rises among Clark County youth

By Marissa Harshman March 13, 2015 6 a.m.

Nearly a quarter of high school seniors in Clark County are using electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices — more than any other nicotine delivery method, according to the recently released 2014 Healthy Youth Survey.

Paws for a Cause: App raises money for shelters

By Marissa Harshman March 11, 2015 7:22 p.m.

Nicole Parrish has been a volunteer dog walker at the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society for nearly three years. For the past few months, Parrish's walks have not only exercised the dogs but also raised money for the no-kill shelter in Washougal.

Cardiologist uses cryoablation to combat atrial fibrillation

By Marissa Harshman March 9, 2015 6 a.m.

People experiencing atrial fibrillation that can't be sufficiently managed by medication have another option in Clark County.

Warm weather, winds contribute to grass fire

By Marissa Harshman March 7, 2015 9:44 p.m.

Clark County Fire District 3 responded to a 1-acre grass fire Saturday afternoon in Brush Prairie.

One of four hospitalized after crash sent home

By Marissa Harshman March 7, 2015 9:42 p.m.

Two passengers involved in a high-speed crash Friday night remained hospitalized Saturday evening.

Traditional Pow Wow celebrates vibrant Native American heritage

By Marissa Harshman March 7, 2015 8:55 p.m.

Drum circles lined the gymnasium of Covington Middle School. Men and women wearing colorful regalia and elaborate headdresses danced to the thumping of the drums.

Multi-vehicle crash closes northbound Portland freeway lanes for four hours

By Marissa Harshman March 7, 2015 8:18 p.m.

A five-vehicle crash closed all northbound lanes on Interstate 5 in Portland for four hours.

PeaceHealth helps heart attacks get quick response

By Marissa Harshman March 5, 2015 7:10 p.m.

People experiencing acute heart attacks in Clark and Cowlitz counties are receiving treatment more quickly than they would have just two years ago.

Get fit, not hurt, when running

By Marissa Harshman March 2, 2015 6 a.m.

As the weather slowly improves and the days get longer, more people are heading back outdoors to exercise.

E-cigarette bills gain Clark County's support

By Marissa Harshman February 25, 2015 6:36 p.m.

The Clark County Board of Health is supporting two statewide measures to limit electronic cigarette sales to and use by, minors and will next month consider an ordinance to further restrict the use of vapor devices locally.

Gum disease can lead to tooth loss

By Marissa Harshman February 23, 2015 6 a.m.

Nearly half of American adults — roughly 64 million people — have some form of periodontal disease.

Mental health agency's CEO to leave post Friday

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

The chief executive officer of Southwest Washington Behavioral Health will leave her post at the end of the week.

Vancouver Clinic prescription: Reach Out and Read

By Marissa Harshman February 17, 2015 6 a.m.

Every year, a third of children start kindergarten without the language skills they need to learn to read. Local physicians are hoping to change that statistic.

Health plan special enrollment period gives some a reprieve

By Marissa Harshman February 17, 2015 6 a.m.

Washington residents who didn't purchase a health plan before Sunday's open enrollment deadline may be in luck. Washington Healthplanfinder announced Monday a two-month special enrollment period for people who were unaware of the tax penalty for being uninsured and for those who couldn't complete the enrollment process due to technical issues.

Can a DNA test improve your health? One Vancouver laboratory says yes

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

A diet that works for one person might not work for another. Just like an exercise routine that produced results for one person might not produce the same, or any, results for the next person.

New Vancouver practice caters to Medicaid patients

By Marissa Harshman February 13, 2015 6 a.m.

Clark County Medicaid clients struggling to find a medical provider may now be able to find some relief.

Middle schoolers ill after reportedly ingesting chili powder candy

By Emily Gillespie , Marissa Harshman and Patty Hastings February 11, 2015 4:12 p.m.

Ten students at McLoughlin Middle School in Vancouver got sick this morning after eating a spicy Mexican candy.

Street left incomplete in Sunnyside neighborhood

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

Lanay Myers was happy to see that the road she lives on was getting a face-lift last summer. But her mood turned to irritation when the project was halted a few weeks later, with the road treatment left unfinished.

PeaceHealth adds state-of-the-art suite for the heart

By Marissa Harshman February 10, 2015 8:33 p.m.

In just a few days, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center will be able to treat some of the area's most complex heart and vascular patients in a single surgical suite.

Hospital, high school students' Union benefits babies

By Marissa Harshman February 10, 2015 6 a.m.

The teenagers sitting in the waiting area at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center didn't have any firsthand experience with the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.

Legacy Salmon Creek cafe shakes up menu

By Marissa Harshman February 9, 2015 6 a.m.

Fans of afternoon milkshakes at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center will have to settle for flavorful smoothies made from fresh, whole fruits and vegetables.

Deadline to purchase health coverage looms

By Marissa Harshman February 9, 2015 6 a.m.

Uninsured Washington residents have less than a week to purchase health coverage through the state-based insurance exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder.

Which local schools have lowest vaccination rates?

By Marissa Harshman February 8, 2015 6 a.m.

At more than two dozen Clark County schools, at least 10 percent of the student population has immunization exemptions.

Vancouver naturopath facing unprofessional conduct charges

By Marissa Harshman February 4, 2015 6:31 p.m.

A Vancouver naturopath has been charged with unprofessional conduct for allegedly failing to meet the standard of care in issuing multiple medical marijuana authorizations.

Henna heals, empowers teen with alopecia

By Marissa Harshman February 2, 2015 6 a.m.

Madison Powers started losing her hair in first grade.

Dentists' group opposes law change

By Marissa Harshman January 29, 2015 6 a.m.

A proposal to update 80-year-old laws regulating dentistry in Washington is facing unexpected push-back from the state's professional organization for dentists.

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.

Technology helps with finding the right balance

By Marissa Harshman January 5, 2015 6 a.m.

After John Marshall's stroke three years ago, the Vancouver man quickly realized his body wasn't capable of what it once was.

State restricts local doctor's license

By Marissa Harshman December 31, 2014 5:38 p.m.

State health officials have immediately restricted the license of a Vancouver physician and surgeon.

Resolve to live healthier in 2015

By Marissa Harshman December 29, 2014 6 a.m.

For many Americans, ringing in the New Year comes with pledges to get healthier. Nearly half of Americans regularly make New Year's resolutions. Even more are infrequent resolution-makers. And, for many, health-related resolutions are at the top of the list.

Pursuit of parenthood takes couple to unexpected efforts

By Marissa Harshman December 27, 2014 6 a.m.

Kevin and Mindy O'Neil had their first pregnancy all planned out.

'Psychiatric boarding' comes to an end

By Marissa Harshman December 25, 2014 7:14 p.m.

Beginning Friday, Washington hospitals will no longer be able to hold mentally ill patients in their emergency departments without providing psychiatric treatment.