StarCycle new spin on fitness

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

At first glance, one of Clark County's newest boutique fitness studios seems to be a calming place.

Can PeaceHealth cure its ills?

By Aaron Corvin and Marissa Harshman June 28, 2015 6 a.m.

Three weeks ago, PeaceHealth set out a belated welcome mat for hundreds of Clark County business leaders and elected officials. The operator of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and nine other medical centers in three states wanted to introduce itself to the community — something PeaceHealth leaders say they hadn't done since moving corporate offices here from Bellevue four years ago.

Clark County Public Health mainstay Bickett retiring

By Marissa Harshman June 28, 2015 6 a.m.

When Gary Bickett joined the local health department in 1983, Clark County had numerous landfills, including five public landfills. The metro area ranked No. 3 in the number of busted meth labs, behind only Los Angeles and Houston. And the county had just one person who inspected restaurants and ensured food safety.

5 do's and 5 don'ts to beating Clark County's heat wave

By Marissa Harshman June 25, 2015 8:07 p.m.

With temperatures soaring and extreme heat forecasted throughout next week, health officials are reminding people to stay safe — and cool — during the heat wave.

Meditation aids stroke victim

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

Rick Dobson begins every morning with meditation. He focuses on leaving yesterday behind and preparing for the challenges that lie ahead of him that day.

Health officials: Doctor's license restricted for sex with patient

By Marissa Harshman June 18, 2015 11:10 a.m.

State health officials have restricted the license of a Vancouver physician for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a patient and overmedicating the woman.

Whooping cough diagnoses ahead of 2012 epidemic rate

By Marissa Harshman June 16, 2015 8:01 p.m.

Teresa Weese never imagined her 21-month-old daughter would be one of the hundreds of Clark County residents diagnosed with whooping cough this year.

Pilates proves font of power for Camas woman

By Marissa Harshman June 15, 2015 6 a.m.

Most of Laura Kotsovos' life, she's been told she can't do things.

Happy Heart Day, Jack

By Marissa Harshman June 15, 2015 6 a.m.

RIDGEFIELD — Jack Conover of Ridgefield is a goofy, full-of-life 8-year-old.

Making life better for Marriam

By Marissa Harshman June 12, 2015 8:25 p.m.

Marriam Biira doesn't have any memories of walking.

Prairie High teacher facing cancer fight gets support from Team Kristie

By Marissa Harshman June 10, 2015 7:34 p.m.

Kristie Vinyard is a warrior. The proof plasters the walls of the art teacher's classroom.

Supplement like a hazmat suit for the insides

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

Darrin Deming first ventured into the health supplement industry as an amateur pill-maker working out of his kitchen.

Legacy Health's food drive brings in bounty

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

The theme for Legacy Health's two-week food drive was "May no one go hungry."

Vancouver man wages campaign for a new kidney

By Marissa Harshman June 1, 2015 6 a.m.

Scott Warren of Vancouver is running a campaign unlike most others.

Marshall Community Center: Still new at 50

By Marissa Harshman May 30, 2015 7:17 p.m.

Hundreds of people joined the party Saturday to celebrate a milestone for Vancouver's Marshall Community Center.

Sneakers and paws run to help Humane Society

By Marissa Harshman May 30, 2015 6:09 p.m.

WASHOUGAL — Runners and walkers of all ages — and breeds — spent their Saturday morning hiking the dike to support the community's furry friends.

Clark County vaping law goes into effect Monday

By Marissa Harshman May 29, 2015 9:13 p.m.

Electronic cigarette users will have to take their vapors outdoors after this weekend.

Clark County woman sickened in national salmonella outbreak

By Marissa Harshman May 27, 2015 4:14 p.m.

A Clark County woman is among those sickened in a national salmonella outbreak linked to raw tuna.

Clinic's new CEO sees opportunities to help growing community

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

A new face has taken the helm at The Vancouver Clinic.

Aftershocks: Camas couple from Nepal find ways to aid earthquake victims

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

Dipesh and Sagun Pokharel can only describe the early morning hours of April 25 one way: "Sheer panic."

Tips to ensure outdoor meals don't make you sick

By Marissa Harshman May 25, 2015 6 a.m.

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer — an event many will celebrate by firing up the grill.

Marijuana forum's focus on parenting

By Marissa Harshman May 25, 2015 6 a.m.

A Clark County substance abuse prevention organization wants to help parents tackle an important topic with their kids: marijuana.

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.