Wearable defibrillator saves man's life

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

Ray Tabor wasn't too keen on wearing a contraption that, to him, resembled a woman's bra. But at the urging of his doctor, Tabor relented.

Keep your head up: Text neck takes a toll on the spine

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

All those times your mother told you to stand up tall and sit up straight were for good reason.

Agency adds $9 million in services for mental health

By Marissa Harshman December 18, 2014 7:37 p.m.

Mental health services will become more robust in Southwest Washington in 2015.

Clark County acupuncturist's license suspended

By Marissa Harshman December 18, 2014 10:28 a.m.

State health officials have suspended the license of Kooyeoll K. “Eric” Jung, the Clark County acupuncturist charged with second-degree rape.

PeaceHealth endowment honors Miller

By Marissa Harshman December 15, 2014 7:49 p.m.

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation has created a $1 million endowment to fund continuing education for neuroscience caregivers.

Promising tool deployed in lung cancer fight

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

Jerri Westby was 76 when she was diagnosed with Stage 1B lung cancer in June. She lost her life to the disease Oct. 22.

Vancouver man, doctor fight against breast cancer

By Marissa Harshman December 14, 2014 4:30 p.m.

Jarrett LeClaire and his wife, Irene, were newlyweds trying to start a family when Irene discovered a small tumor in her right breast.

Therapy dog taking bite out of dental visits

By Marissa Harshman December 8, 2014 6 a.m.

As Kyi walked into the treatment room at Adventure Dental in Salmon Creek, he was greeted with familiar smiles from the dental office staff.

Walk & Knock keeps volunteers busy

By Marissa Harshman December 6, 2014 5:29 p.m.

An estimated 1 of every 4 children in Clark County goes to bed hungry. Thousands of volunteers who scoured neighborhoods on a rainy Saturday morning hope to change that statistic — at least for a few months.

Parent-Child Assistance Program: Raising mothers from trouble

By Marissa Harshman December 6, 2014 5:19 p.m.

Rachael was addicted to heroin when she learned she was 2½ months pregnant.

Vancouver police pursue, arrest driver in stolen vehicle

By Marissa Harshman December 6, 2014 4:53 p.m.

Vancouver police arrested a man in a stolen vehicle after short pursuit Saturday morning.

Washougal's former finance director sentenced to three months

By Marissa Harshman December 3, 2014 5:04 p.m.

Jeffrey Bivens, Washougal's former finance director and a licensed tax attorney, was sentenced Nov. 20 to three months in federal prison — finally resolving the charges he pleaded guilty to more than four years ago.

E-cigarette poisoning calls on the rise

By Marissa Harshman December 1, 2014 6 a.m.

As the popularity of electronic cigarettes has soared, so too have the number of liquid nicotine poisoning calls to the Washington Poison Center.

Needle exchange reduces rate of infectious diseases

By Marissa Harshman November 28, 2014 4 p.m.

In 12 months, Clark County Public Health's needle exchange program has collected 1.2 million dirty syringes and handed out nearly 1 million clean needles to drug users.

Shortages spur plea for blood donations

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

Local blood donation centers facing supply shortages are issuing pleas for donations this week and throughout the holiday season.

Doctors prescribe walks at Fort Vancouver National Site

By Marissa Harshman November 24, 2014 6 a.m.

Some Clark County physicians will soon be writing new prescriptions for their patients.

Take care cooking holiday turkey

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

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Plates will soon be filled with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie — and a side of salmonella?

State health exchange 'off to a strong start'

By Marissa Harshman November 19, 2014 5:08 p.m.

Nearly 25,000 Washington residents completed applications for health plans in the first three days of open enrollment through Washington Healthplanfinder.

Traffic Calming Program showing signs of popularity

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

Motorists driving along East Evergreen Boulevard are now welcomed to the Edgewood Park Neighborhood with brightly colored signs featuring friendly reminders.

Vancouver 12-year-old battling scleroderma  

By Marissa Harshman November 20, 2014 11:30 a.m.

Lilliane Grahek, lower left, was just 2 years old when the first blotch appeared.

Health overhaul Round 2 begins

By Marissa Harshman November 14, 2014 5:52 p.m.

Open enrollment for health plans on the state-based insurance exchange begins Saturday, giving Washington residents who purchased plans last year their first opportunity to make changes to their coverage.

Hundreds turn out for free flu shot clinic in Vancouver

By Marissa Harshman November 11, 2014 5:46 p.m.

Hundreds of Clark County residents are now protected against the flu, thanks to a free flu shot clinic offered by Legacy Health. Legacy Health offered the vaccines Tuesday at each of its five hospital campuses in the Portland-Vancouver area. More than 100 people were waiting in line when the event at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center began at 3 p.m. People began lining up an hour early to take advantage of the free vaccines, said hospital spokesman Brian Willoughby.

Army musician's new mission: serving in health care  

By Marissa Harshman November 11, 2014 6 a.m.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jon Shinn never saw combat. He never experienced the front lines. His life was never threatened. He never even touched a weapon after basic training.

Navigating health plan maze to get the best coverage, price

By Marissa Harshman November 10, 2014 6 a.m.

When the state-based insurance exchange opens for business Saturday, Washington residents will have nearly twice as many health plans to choose from as they did in the 2014 exchange.

Small-business health insurance exchange expanding

By Marissa Harshman November 9, 2014 6 a.m.

The small-business health insurance marketplace offered only in Clark and Cowlitz counties in 2014 will expand to include the rest of the state in 2015, allowing businesses with 25 employees or fewer to purchase health plans and cash in on a 50 percent tax credit.

Health plan regains Medicaid contract

By Marissa Harshman November 7, 2014 5:04 p.m.

Columbia United Providers will once again have a direct contract with the Washington State Health Care Authority to manage Medicaid care for Clark County residents.

Flu sickens many more than Ebola, enterovius D68

By Marissa Harshman November 3, 2014 6 a.m.

Viruses have been a hot topic across the country this fall.

Health insurance exchange ready for second round

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

Open enrollment for the state-based insurance exchange is set to begin in two weeks, and officials are hoping Round 2 goes a little smoother.

Hysterectomy leaves no scars  

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

Ten years ago, a hysterectomy would have required an incision that spanned the length of the woman's abdomen and left a considerable scar.

Neighbors describe growing tension

By Lauren Dake , Marissa Harshman and Stephanie Rice October 31, 2014 9:44 p.m.

John B. Kendall lived next door to Erich and Abigail Mounce, and the neighbors had been in a legal feud for nearly two years, court records show. The primary source of tension was the fact Kendall had as many as five tenants and a home business in violation of subdivision restrictions.

Vancouver acupuncturist arrested on rape allegations

By Marissa Harshman and Patty Hastings October 30, 2014 8:56 p.m.

Vancouver police arrested a 54-year-old acupuncturist accused of sexually assaulting one of his female clients.

State to get breast cancer license plates

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

Vancouver resident Maureen Gatens Thompson had seen pink-tinged breast cancer awareness license plates on cars in other states, and she wanted to see similar pink-ribboned plates in Washington.

Halloween treats can be a horror for braces

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

The sticky sweets and chewy treats of Halloween can cause frightful problems for little goblins wearing dental braces.

Gift of Lift: New boost, new life

By Marissa Harshman October 26, 2014 5:35 p.m.

A fizzling community effort to collect brassieres for women in need is getting a much-needed lift.

Out of cancer, into the light

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

Last fall was an exciting time for Kendall Jones.

Health information of Vancouver VA patients inadvertently released

By Marissa Harshman October 17, 2014 10:25 a.m.

The Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center is offering credit monitoring to 1,740 patients who received care at the Vancouver campus after learning the patients’ protected health information was inadvertently released.

CenteringPregnancy aims to help moms-to-be

By Marissa Harshman October 16, 2014 7:55 p.m.

Clark County women seeking prenatal care now have the opportunity to receive more comprehensive care without increased cost.

Fundraising site fulfills diabetic girl's birthday wish

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

When Julie Mourao turns 11 years old next month, she'll receive the one thing she's asked for since being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes three years ago: an insulin pump.

Cosmetic contact lenses frightening if not from a pro

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

A brightly colored or funkily patterned pair of contact lenses may be the final touch to complete a Halloween costume. But local ophthalmologists urge people to see an eye care professional, rather than Dr. Google, to find the perfect pair of cosmetic lenses.

Duncan Lou Who meets the Queen

By Marissa Harshman October 11, 2014 6 a.m.

Duncan Lou Who's celebrity continues to grow.

Girl hopes for freedom at 11 with insulin pump

By Marissa Harshman October 6, 2014 6 a.m.

Ten-year-old Julie Mourao uses a needle to inject insulin into her stomach about five times a day. After her 11th birthday next month, though, she hopes to be able to abandon the needles in favor of an insulin pump.

Keeping cancer survivors in the pink

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

After years of providing care for breast cancer survivors, Dr. Allen Gabriel realized he wasn't equipped to handle a key component of their recovery.

Man’s breast cancer diagnosis was surprise

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

Dean Black has been healthy his whole life.

Local doctor makes case for annual mammograms

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

Earlier this year, a Canadian study challenging the need for annual mammograms prompted women across the country to question whether they needed the yearly X-rays.

Matt's Chemo Bags started after mom's diagnosis

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

Matt Ferguson was 14 years old when his mom, Julie Ferguson, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

CrossFit gave Vancouver woman fitness for the fight

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

Susan Gotshall had always struggled to find activities that motivated her to exercise.

Botox plays powerful healing role

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

The decision to undergo a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery was an easy one for Erin Graves.

Body image, personal choices factor into breast reconstruction surgery

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

Susan Pagel was diagnosed with breast cancer Sept. 16, 2013.

Help is here for Medicare confusions

By Marissa Harshman October 4, 2014 8:50 p.m.

Clark County seniors are getting bombarded with information about health plans, prescription drug coverage and rising premiums as Medicare open enrollment approaches.

Mold makes Vancouver house uninhabitable

By Marissa Harshman September 29, 2014 8:42 p.m.

Craig and Shelly Johnson bought their Andresen neighborhood home 24 years ago. To the high school sweethearts, it was the perfect place to raise their kids and enjoy their future grandkids.