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.

Vancouver boy's window fall turned into children's safety book

By Marissa Harshman April 9, 2014 1:14 p.m.

If the Keen Cunninghams had a yard made out of peanut butter, 3-year-old Thomas would have gotten sticky and gooey when he fell out of the family's second story window. But that's not real.

Arts district expected soon for downtown Vancouver

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

A project 17 years in the making appears as though it will finally come to fruition this month.

Patients to soon have easier access to their doctors' notes

By Marissa Harshman April 8, 2014 6:05 p.m.

More than 1 million people in Oregon and Southwest Washington will soon have easy access to the notes their providers write during medical appointments.

Springtime can mean risk of salmonella

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

Springtime and the approaching Easter holiday are causing concern among health officials.

More babies born naturally: PeaceHealth reduces C-sections

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

Brooke Barber entered the world March 28. Her arrival was uneventful, especially compared to the entrance her sister, Cora, made two years earlier.

2-legged dog charms millions  

By Marissa Harshman April 3, 2014 9:36 p.m.

Duncan Lou Who may be missing half of his legs, but he has no shortage of spirit — or fans.

Clark County nurse suspended after being charged with rape

By Marissa Harshman April 3, 2014 12:10 p.m.

A Clark County nurse’s license has been immediately suspended based on charges he had sexual contact with a child.

Tuberculosis on rise in state but uncommon in Clark County

By Marissa Harshman March 31, 2014 6 a.m.

For the first time in several years, the number of tuberculosis cases in Washington is on the rise.

Insurance enrollment deadline Monday night

By Marissa Harshman March 27, 2014 8:53 p.m.

The countdown is on. Washington residents have only a few days to complete their applications and submit payments for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Once the 11:59 p.m. Monday deadline passes, those who are uninsured will be unable to purchase health insurance until the next open enrollment begins Nov. 15.

Tobacco sales to minors trouble officials

By Marissa Harshman March 27, 2014 6:21 p.m.

Retailers across the state continue to illegally sell tobacco to minors at higher rates than much of the past decade. An annual report that tracks the illegal sales shows nearly 15 percent of tobacco retailers sold to minors in 2013 — a rate similar to that in 2012. The lowest rate in the past decade was in 2006 when about 5 percent of retailers sold tobacco to minors.

County ranks as state’s 10th-healthiest

By Marissa Harshman March 26, 2014 7:48 p.m.

Clark County is the 10th-healthiest county in the state, according to a national report released Wednesday.

Spring brings itchy eyes, sneezing and congestion

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

Spring has arrived. And so has the allergy season.

Health care collaboration cuts C. difficile infections

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

A microscopic germ is becoming a gigantic problem at health care facilities across the United States.

Health plan enrollment rises in Clark County

By Marissa Harshman March 20, 2014 5:02 p.m.

Another 11,000 Clark County residents enrolled in health plans through the state-based insurance exchange in the month of February, bringing the county's total up to more than 47,000.

Clark County Food Bank's recipe contest promotes nutrition

By Marissa Harshman March 20, 2014 10 a.m.

The Clark County Food Bank is celebrating nutrition month with a countywide recipe contest.

Trainers, doctors tout need to be active while aging

By Marissa Harshman March 17, 2014 6 a.m.

David Williams has always been an active guy. But when the 61-year-old could no longer hike on hunting trips without huffing and puffing and stopping to rest, Williams realized he had let his physical fitness slip away.

Push is on to insure this month

By Marissa Harshman March 15, 2014 9:24 p.m.

Washington Healthplanfinder is making its final push to get people signed up for health plans before the open enrollment period ends this month.

Free dentistry pulls 'em in

By Marissa Harshman March 15, 2014 6:42 p.m.

Saturday was a life-changing day for Gina Brown. The 37-year-old Vancouver woman had about $1,000 worth of dental work — work she's needed for years but couldn't afford — provided for free. The three composite fillings she received addressed Brown's tooth decay and related oral pain, improved the appearance of her teeth and boosted her confidence.

Hit-and-run victim remains in serious condition

By Marissa Harshman March 15, 2014 5:30 p.m.

The Vancouver man struck while crossing Northeast Andresen Road Thursday morning remains hospitalized.

Chamber official to seek county commissioner job

By Marissa Harshman March 15, 2014 4:43 p.m.

Kelly Love Parker, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, announced Saturday she is adding her name to the list of candidates to fill the county commissioner seat currently held by Steve Stuart.

Vancouver woman's Etsy business combines love of tortoises, crocheting  

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

People dress their dogs in rain jackets and tutus. They put their cats in hoodies and T-shirts. And come Halloween, there's no shortage of superhero costumes for pets.

Springing forward into daylight saving time can take a few days' adjustment

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

Lingering effects of a switch to daylight saving time Sunday may mean you're feeling a little extra sleepy today.

Help available to find health plan this month

By Marissa Harshman March 4, 2014 6:14 p.m.

Those who are uninsured have until the end of the month to purchase a health plan through the insurance exchange if they want to collect a tax credit.

Doctors: Mammography still valuable diagnostic tool for breast cancer

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

A Canadian study challenging the need for annual mammograms has prompted women across the country to question whether they need the yearly X-rays.

Workplace shooting reverberates at Center for Community Health

By Marissa Harshman February 27, 2014 8:30 p.m.

The Center for Community Health may undergo some minor modifications in response to the workplace shooting on the building's fourth floor earlier this month.

Battle Ground family fears health plan costs

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

For the first time, Tracy Burgess is hoping — praying, even — that her family doesn't make money. At least, not too much money.

Skip packaging hype, read nutrition labels to determine if food is right for you

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

Grocery shopping can be a chore. Throw in competing food companies with packages claiming products are "all natural" or "whole grain," and those trips to the store can be downright daunting.

County health care enrollment rises

By Marissa Harshman February 21, 2014 6:35 p.m.

Nearly 14,000 additional Clark County residents enrolled in health plans through the state-based insurance exchange in the month of January.

Former Washougal official still in legal limbo

By Marissa Harshman February 18, 2014 7:05 p.m.

Jeffrey Bivens may have pleaded guilty to federal charges in October 2010, but more than three years later, the former Washougal city finance director and licensed tax attorney has yet to begin serving his sentence for the crime.

ACA sign-up leads to 'colossal mess' for couple

By Marissa Harshman February 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Ralph and Jana Kile's Affordable Care Act headache began in November.

Washougal mayor confronts prostate cancer

By Marissa Harshman February 17, 2014 6 a.m.

The possibility of prostate cancer has been in the back of Sean Guard's mind for years.

Dentists advise treating tiny teeth

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

Even the smallest teeth are at risk for decay. That's why dentists are urging parents to bring their little ones in for exams, even when they only have a tooth or two.

Restaurant inspections check for problems, with a goal of zero

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

Every year, Clark County Public Health officials perform more than 3,000 routine restaurant inspections. Rarely, those inspections reveal significant problems that cause health officials to immediately shut down businesses. While the closures garner plenty of public attention, most restaurant inspections are uneventful. Health officials typically find only minor problems or catch risky behavior before it leads to a food-borne illness outbreak.

Vancouver boy awaits decision on transplant

By Marissa Harshman February 4, 2014 7:44 p.m.

All Alex and Mandy Campbell can do now is wait.

Shooting reported at county health office in Vancouver

By Craig Brown , Tyler Graf , Marissa Harshman and Patty Hastings February 4, 2014 6:19 p.m.

A suspect was taken into custody, and two people were injured, following the second Vancouver office shooting in as many days.

Pump keeps Vancouver man's heart working as he awaits transplant

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

In a matter of weeks, Wesley Dameron's life took a dramatic turn.

Sign-ups for ACA in Clark County, state rise

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

The number of Clark County residents enrolled in health plans through the state-based insurance exchange more than doubled in December.

Tai chi simplified, for balance

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

Fitness instructors at Touchmark at Fairway Village are using tai chi to tackle the state's leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations.

County records another death from flu

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

Another Clark County resident has died from the flu.

Vancouver man brought back to life by CPR

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

The afternoon of Jan. 2 is a blank spot in Dick Malin's memory. The Vancouver man remembers planning a workout at Marshall Community Center, but that's it.

Trial helping halt cardiac arrest

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

The technology to prevent sudden cardiac arrest is evolving in Clark County.

Clark County sees first flu death of year

By Marissa Harshman January 16, 2014 9:04 p.m.

For the second time in as many years, the flu has proven deadly in Clark County.

Vancouver boy waits for transplant

By Marissa Harshman January 15, 2014 8:26 p.m.

PORTLAND — Alex Campbell's room is quiet. The natural light from the Portland sky illuminates the room. Handmade get-well cards sit on a shelf across from his bed. Those, he points out, were made by his friends at Salmon Creek Elementary School, where Alex is in fourth grade.

Flu spreading at faster pace in Clark County this year

By Marissa Harshman January 13, 2014 6:14 p.m.

The flu is continuing to circulate through Clark County, spreading faster and earlier than previous years.

Preventing diabetes means weight loss, exercise

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

An estimated 79 million Americans -- about 35 percent of adults -- have prediabetes, but the vast majority won't ever know they have the condition.

Hospitals impose visitor restrictions in effort to control flu

By Marissa Harshman January 9, 2014 7:59 p.m.

The surging flu season is prompting more area hospitals to impose visitor restrictions.

Clark County, Vancouver study massage firms

By Marissa Harshman January 9, 2014 7:32 p.m.

Clark County and Vancouver city officials are taking a look at local business licensing and exploring code changes to prevent illicit massage businesses from flourishing in Southwest Washington.