Vancouver doctors helping women near & far

By Marissa Harshman July 28, 2014 6 a.m.

At their office in Vancouver, Drs. Leslie Struxness and Lynn Osmundsen provide gynecological services to women. Earlier this year, they took their expertise overseas to help women in Nepal and Ethiopia.

Stores react to fruit recall

By Marissa Harshman July 24, 2014 8:32 p.m.

If you've purchased certain stone fruit from local Fred Meyer stores recently, you may be getting a phone call from the grocer alerting you to a product recall.

Felida-area residents renew efforts to turn railroad crossing into quiet zone

By Marissa Harshman July 23, 2014 6 a.m.

When Alvin Black moved into his Felida home in January, he expected to hear the lugging of trains moving along the tracks. He didn't expect to hear four blares of the horn from each passing train.

Boy healing quickly after heart transplant

By Marissa Harshman July 22, 2014 6 a.m.

In less than two weeks, Jack Conover went from being a 7-year-old in need of a heart transplant to a vibrant boy walking out of the hospital with a new heart.

Those living with diabetes find a team with Tour de Cure

By Marissa Harshman July 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Blake Bell has pricked his finger with a needle roughly 18,000 times in the past five years.

Marijuana and pain contracts: Tough choices

By Marissa Harshman July 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Christopher has suffered from migraines since he was 2. He experiences insomnia that leaves him to roam his home throughout the night.

Dialysis center opens in Battle Ground

By Marissa Harshman July 15, 2014 6:08 p.m.

Dialysis patients and the overcrowded facilities trying to meet the growing need for treatment are getting a little relief.

Shining light on sunscreen

By Marissa Harshman July 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Walking down the sunscreen aisle can be intimidating.

Late diagnosis of colorectal cancer is an alarming trend

By Marissa Harshman July 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Medical providers at Legacy Health hospitals are seeing a disturbing new trend: high rates of late-stage colorectal cancer cases showing up in emergency departments.

Seahawks excite Clark County fans again  

By Marissa Harshman July 11, 2014 7:54 p.m.

The reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks will begin working toward another NFL title in 55 days. That’s when Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Beast Mode and all of the other players will run onto the field for the first game of the 2014 season.

Health officials reopen Vancouver Lake

By Marissa Harshman July 11, 2014 4 p.m.

Clark County health officials reopened Vancouver Lake to swimmers Friday afternoon, just one day after closing the lake due to elevated E. coli bacteria levels.

E. coli bacteria closes Vancouver Lake to swimmers

By Marissa Harshman July 10, 2014 12:44 p.m.

Clark County residents will have one fewer swimming spot to enjoy as temperatures climb. Health officials have closed Vancouver Lake to swimming and wading after detecting elevated levels of the E. coli bacteria.

Kindergarten immunization rate falls slightly in county

By Marissa Harshman July 8, 2014 4:47 p.m.

About 79 percent of Clark County kindergartners received all of the immunizations required for school entry for the 2013-14 school year — a rate 4 percentage points lower than the state average.

Battle Ground man inspires a ride for research

By Marissa Harshman July 7, 2014 6 a.m.

Two dozen Clark County cyclists outfitted in lime green and pink jerseys will ride in support of the Battle Ground man whose name is stitched on their right shoulders: Brian Epp.

Blood donors needed in hot months

By Marissa Harshman June 30, 2014 6 a.m.

Blood donors may take vacations during the summer months but the need for donated blood doesn't.

Cooking up healthful options  

By Marissa Harshman June 26, 2014 6 a.m.

Ninety percent of adults eat more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet.

Special enrollment offers alternative to COBRA

By Marissa Harshman June 23, 2014 6:04 p.m.

Washington Healthplanfinder is offering a limited special enrollment period for those who are currently covered by COBRA but would rather purchase a plan through the state-based insurance exchange.

On the road to good summer health

By Marissa Harshman June 23, 2014 6 a.m.

The sun is shining. The kids are out of school. Summer has officially begun.

Police investigating robbery at Umpqua Bank

By Marissa Harshman June 20, 2014 5:18 p.m.

Vancouver police are investigating a robbery at an Umpqua Bank in Vancouver.

Yard cleanup gets Facebook boost

By Marissa Harshman June 20, 2014 6 a.m.

The beige house in the Fourth Plain Village neighborhood where Melissa Simmons grew up is unidentifiable from the street.

Ridgefield boy, 7, undergoes heart transplant

By Marissa Harshman June 18, 2014 10 a.m.

Jack Conover was just 4 days old when he had his first open-heart surgery. The second came four months later.

Debilitating disease forges strong friendship

By Marissa Harshman June 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Susan Wickersham still remembers the summer weekend in 1954 that forever changed her life.

Flag Day at the Fort

By Marissa Harshman June 14, 2014 8:54 p.m.

Old Glory was the star of the show Saturday at the Fort Vancouver National Site.

Armed robbery at iQ Credit Union

By Marissa Harshman June 14, 2014 2:48 p.m.

Vancouver police are investigating an armed robbery at the iQ Credit Union near Westfield Vancouver mall.

Legacy Salmon Creek program reduces return of heart failure patients

By Marissa Harshman June 13, 2014 10:05 p.m.

Providers at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center enjoy helping people feel better, but they'd rather not see their patients again.

Charming 'hero' overcomes leukemia

By Marissa Harshman June 9, 2014 5:59 a.m.

Nathan Magdaleno is a rambunctious 2-year-old, never content to sit still.

PeaceHealth looks to raise $10M for neurosciences care

By Marissa Harshman June 4, 2014 7:10 p.m.

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation is launching a $10 million fundraising campaign today to enhance neurosciences care at the Vancouver hospital.

Hepatitis C testing, investigation continue

By Marissa Harshman June 3, 2014 7:30 p.m.

The hepatitis C testing of more than 900 former PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center patients is ongoing and will continue for the next several weeks.

PeaceHealth Southwest offers genetic screening to pregnant women

By Marissa Harshman June 2, 2014 6 a.m.

Cessiley Southard was first offered genetic screening when she was 12 weeks pregnant. At the time, she and her boyfriend, Stephen Vroman, had no interest in the testing.

Special delivery unites soldier, wife and baby son

By Marissa Harshman May 28, 2014 4:01 p.m.

After six days of anticipation, 12 hours of flying, a sleepless night in the airport and a short drive from the airport to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, U.S. Army Spc. Carlos Maldonado held his newborn son for the first time.

Stay in shape while traveling

By Marissa Harshman May 26, 2014 6 a.m.

Family vacations, road trips and camping weekends are just around the corner as Clark County inches toward summer.

Dentists ride to the rescue at Free Clinic

By Marissa Harshman May 25, 2014 7:16 p.m.

The waiting game for uninsured Clark County residents in need of dental services can stretch for months at the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington.

Medical marijuana users living in limbo

By Marissa Harshman May 25, 2014 6 a.m.

John first smoked marijuana to alleviate his pain in 2010. That first hit came after taking thousands of narcotic pain reliever pills prescribed over several years.

Providers alert for Medicaid overflow

By Marissa Harshman May 23, 2014 8:59 p.m.

The Vancouver Clinic's announcement this week that it will not accept new Medicaid clients has left other local providers to wonder where the patients will go.

Vancouver Clinic to reduce Medicaid services

By Marissa Harshman May 21, 2014 8:24 p.m.

The Vancouver Clinic will no longer accept new Medicaid clients and, over the next three years, will reduce the amount of Medicaid services it provides to Clark County residents.

Hepatitis C testing advised for 936 hospital patients

By Marissa Harshman May 20, 2014 4:07 p.m.

Clark County Public Health and PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center are advising 936 former hospital patients to be tested for hepatitis C.

New vaccine, new hope in attacking brain tumors

By Marissa Harshman May 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Valerie Miles is living with a tumor on the left side of her brain and the remnants of another tumor on the right side of her brain.

Bungled coverage puts off a biopsy

By Marissa Harshman May 17, 2014 5:03 p.m.

Scott Sheffield of Camas has been paying the premiums for his health plan since December. But a week ago, Sheffield learned his insurance company has received only two of those payments.

Insurance options likely to grow in Clark County

By Marissa Harshman May 13, 2014 7:25 p.m.

Clark County residents will likely have more options for health coverage when this year's open enrollment period opens Nov. 15.

Dietitians list foods to avoid

By Marissa Harshman May 12, 2014 6 a.m.

Ditch gluten. Avoid carbohydrates. Choose low-fat.

Hepatitis C investigation continues

By Marissa Harshman May 8, 2014 7:32 p.m.

In the days since health officials announced a former hospital employee may have exposed patients to hepatitis C, more details about the situation are coming to light.

Illahee Elementary puts focus on fitness

By Marissa Harshman May 8, 2014 4:14 p.m.

This fall, only 27 percent of fifth-graders at Illahee Elementary School, where VanLaeken teaches, met fitness standards in four testing areas — aerobic capacity, push ups, curl ups and flexibility. But those test scores aren’t unusual; they’ve become quite typical among elementary school kids, VanLaeken said.

Does the ancient practice of oil pulling live up to the oral-health hype?

By Marissa Harshman May 5, 2014 6 a.m.

Every morning, Cindy Haas melts a teaspoon of coconut oil, pours the liquid into her mouth and vigorously swishes for 15 minutes.

Boy's wait for new lungs continues, day after day

By Marissa Harshman May 3, 2014 5:09 p.m.

Alex Campbell was added to the list of children in need of new lungs in early February. And nearly three months later, the 9-year-old Vancouver boy is still waiting.

Students have a ball in Washougal

By Marissa Harshman April 28, 2014 6 a.m.

The fourth-graders at Cape Horn-Skye Elementary in Washougal start their day with squats.

Medicaid puts strain on system

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

Clark County's Medicaid population has increased by about 24 percent in the last six months — an increase that translates to more than 19,000 new adults enrolled in the health program for low-income people.

Health insurance enrollment tops 60,000 in Clark County

By Marissa Harshman April 23, 2014 4:29 p.m.

More than 60,000 Clark County residents enrolled in health plans during the state’s six-month open enrollment period.

Be Fit Club provides free activities, advice to promote health

By Marissa Harshman April 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Jim Schaefer had to hit bottom, crawling on hands and knees due to the pain in his feet, before he decided to take his diabetes seriously.

B.G. HealthCare expands to offer dental care to low-income adults

By Marissa Harshman April 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Dana Duback de Sanchez has never been able to keep up with the dental work she needs.

Arthritis not stopping 20-year-old nursing student

By Marissa Harshman April 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Twenty-year-old Kelly Slauson doesn't know life without rheumatoid arthritis.