Growing an improved healing garden

By Marissa Harshman May 20, 2015 10 a.m.

The third-floor terrace garden at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center has the privacy of a fishbowl.

Agency suspends license of local masseur

By Marissa Harshman May 19, 2015 7:21 p.m.

The state Department of Health has summarily suspended the license of a Vancouver massage practitioner accused of sexual misconduct.

Clark County saw gonorrhea outbreak in 2014

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

The number of gonorrhea cases across the state spiked in 2014, with six counties, including Clark County, experiencing outbreaks of the sexually transmitted disease.

Legacy Salmon Creek worker's service saluted

By Marissa Harshman May 14, 2015 8:37 p.m.

George Pobi plays a crucial role as an employee at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, but he fills a position most people don't think about when they visit the hospital.

Health plan options likely to increase in Clark County

By Marissa Harshman May 11, 2015 6:07 p.m.

Clark County residents who purchase individual health plans will likely have more insurers to choose from when open enrollment begins this fall.

A common myth knuckles under

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

Moms who hate hearing kids crack their knuckles aren't going to like hearing this: Those threats that knuckle-cracking will cause arthritis just aren't true.

Vancouver Clinic in Salmon Creek official pollen counting station

By Marissa Harshman May 7, 2015 9:46 p.m.

Allergy sufferers in Clark County have a new resource for monitoring pollen levels — just in time for the dreaded grass season when hay fever reaches fever pitch.

Local students take to 2 wheels on National Bike to School Day

By Marissa Harshman May 6, 2015 6:36 p.m.

Wyatt Varashupe and Gary McCulley usually walk the short distance from their homes to Walnut Grove Elementary School.

Futuristic technology makes unsightly reminders of the past disappear

By Marissa Harshman May 4, 2015 6 a.m.

Gloria Hellsund was diagnosed with breast cancer 16 years ago.

Clark County bans e-cigarettes in public places

By Marissa Harshman April 30, 2015 11:22 a.m.

Beginning June 1, the use of electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices will not be allowed anywhere in Clark County where smoking is banned, except for specialty vape shops.

County poised to ban e-cigarettes in most public places

By Marissa Harshman April 29, 2015 6:49 p.m.

Clark County isn't alone in its desire to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices in public places.

Therapy dogs calm stressed Cougars at WSUV

By Marissa Harshman April 28, 2015 6:26 p.m.

Albert lounged in the grass next to the quad at Washington State University Vancouver, panting as his tongue stretched out of his mouth.

Clark County nurse suspended over sex charge

By Marissa Harshman April 28, 2015 11:44 a.m.

A Clark County nurse's license has been suspended for at least nine years based on charges he had sexual contact with a child.

Lymph node transfer eases painful swelling

By Marissa Harshman April 27, 2015 6 a.m.

For two years, Carol Prather of Vancouver endured painful swelling in her feet and ankles, unsure why her lower legs were retaining fluid.

Provider access a primary concern

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

The Medicaid expansion implemented under the Affordable Care Act added more than 32,000 Clark County adults to the state health plan for low-income people.

Proposed e-cigarette restrictions include exception for vape shops

By Marissa Harshman April 22, 2015 7:03 p.m.

The Clark County Board of Health is poised to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices but made one concession after listening to public testimony.

Gang-affected youth bond through boxing program

By Marissa Harshman April 22, 2015 6 a.m.

When leaders of the Maplewood Neighborhood Association first suggested the organization counter persistent gang issues by donating money to a boxing program for gang-affected youth, some residents were skeptical.

Whooping cough, chickenpox cases rising in Clark County

By Marissa Harshman April 21, 2015 3:33 p.m.

Public health officials are urging immunizations as several vaccine-preventable diseases make a resurgence in Clark County and across the state.

COPD lung diseases have no cure; symptoms can be controlled

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

A year and a half ago, Tiffany Aplet was a frequent visitor to the hospital emergency room.

County to consider passing e-cigarette ordinance

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

The Clark County Board of Health will consider an ordinance to prohibit electronic cigarette use in public places where tobacco products are banned.

Yacolt farm voluntarily recalls raw milk, cream in listeria scare

By Marissa Harshman April 15, 2015 11:26 a.m.

Spanish Sonrise Dairy in Yacolt is recalling raw milk and cream products after routine testing revealed listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Camas man's dramatic weight loss inspires book, other people

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

Dale Rule weighed 335 pounds when he went for his first walk.

Special health plan deadline near

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

Procrastinators beware: Only five days are left to purchase a health plan during Washington Healthplanfinder's special spring enrollment period.

More PeaceHealth leadership leaves company

By Marissa Harshman April 8, 2015 5:12 p.m.

PeaceHealth has announced the departures of two more members of the Vancouver-based health care system's leadership team — just a week after the top two officials at its Vancouver hospital said they were leaving.

Faith-Based Coffee about "loving and serving"

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

One morning a month, Trinity Lutheran Church's Stolee Hall turns into a makeshift coffee shop.

Wy'east Middle School PE class adapts to students

By Marissa Harshman April 6, 2015 6 a.m.

Xela Bryce stood at one end of the Wy'east Middle School gymnasium, a bright yellow disc in her hand. Classmate Elizabeth Plush wrapped her hand over Xela's and moved the girl's arm across her body, mimicking the motion for throwing the disc.

PeaceHealth CEO, chief nursing officer leaving hospital

By Marissa Harshman April 1, 2015 6:05 p.m.

The top two members of the PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center leadership team will leave their posts at the Vancouver hospital later this month.

Growth spurs cuts to Legacy Salmon Creek's pediatric services

By Marissa Harshman March 30, 2015 5:39 p.m.

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center is eliminating many of its inpatient pediatric services to make room for the growing number of adult patients.

Camas woman breaks her silence on Crohn's disease

By Marissa Harshman March 30, 2015 6 a.m.

Susanna Meeks knew something was wrong.

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.