Stories by Marissa
Clark County mothers prepare, trade meals to save money, cut time spent preparing food while ensuring participants enjoy healthful, homemade dinners
Planning and preparing a family dinner can be a challenge, especially in homes with a new baby or a mobile toddler.
Luke Ashe applying dedication he used to lose weight before he became ill to his rehabilitation
Luke Ashe's life suddenly became dark, surrounded by nothingness. Then, just as abruptly as it left, the light came back.
Complicated pricing systems and various market factors affect the price tag of a procedure from site to site
The price tag for a spinal fusion surgery can range from $50,000 at one hospital to $71,000 at another — and that's just in Vancouver.
They want them to know when a 'mole' might pose a threat to health
Every year, millions of Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer.
Call 911. Push hard and push fast.
She weighed just 15 ounces when born in December
When Harley was born prematurely on Dec. 20, she weighed just 15 ounces. She measured 10 inches. Her tiny arm was shorter than an adult's pinky. Her foot wasn't much bigger than a quarter.
Vancouver woman vows disease, cancer won't keep her from helping others
A neurologist diagnosed Vancouver resident Helen Ramatowski with Parkinson's disease in January 2011. She had diagnosed herself months earlier.
Health officials aren't on board with health claims
A cigarette with nicotine, sans tobacco. A cigarette that emits vapor, not smoke. A cigarette that uses a battery, not a lighter.
The yearlong Camas-Washougal weight-loss challenge will come to end Saturday.
Feeding a family can be expensive.
Agreement addresses growing demand in Clark County
Relief is on its way for dialysis patients in Clark County.
Chefs cook up meals using only locally grown ingredients
This Earth Day, dozens of Clark County residents learned how the foods they eat impact the planet on which they live.
Both families aim to healp nonprofit group
Carmendy Rodas was born early — too early, her mother feared. But despite the odds, Carmendy survived. Today, the sassy nearly 2-year-old is learning to talk. She's already mastered the word "no."
This Earth Day, local nonprofits are hosting an event that aims to connect the dots between a healthy food system and a healthy planet.
Women in Southwest Washington have access to providers who take swift, aggressive action against disease, improving survival rates
New research highlighting widespread flaws in ovarian cancer treatment is drawing attention across the country.
Goodbye gimmicks, hello competitive women athletes
Carlee Wolcott slowly approaches the starting line. The purple wheels of her roller skates come to a stop when she reaches her place on the powder blue floor. Her short purple hair is tucked beneath the black helmet featuring her team logo. Her nickname, Scylla Devourer, is printed across the back of her fitted purple jersey. The sleeve of tattoos on her arms is partially obscured by the armbands bearing her number, 1719.
Beware blood-sucking, disease-carrying bugs when outdoors, health officials say
Washington health officials have a message for hikers heading outdoors to enjoy the spring weather: Beware of ticks.
Some Clark County residents say they've found a new way to lose extra pounds, tone muscles and relieve pain: jiggling.
Chicks, ducklings, turtles, hedgehogs can infect loving children with salmonella
Chicks and ducklings may be oh-so-cute and soft, but they shouldn't be snuggled or kissed.
Carolees at Ridgefield working to avoid foreclosure
The state Department of Social and Health Services notified a Ridgefield assisted living facility this week that it intends to revoke the center's operating license.
PeaceHealth clinic's new hyperbaric chamber is designed for larger, heavier people
A Vancouver speciality clinic is equipping itself to better treat larger and heavier patients.
Man says practice cured intestinal woes; nutritionist says it's good way to get fruits, veggies
Every morning, Arron Barnes starts his day with an unlikely fruit-and-vegetable concoction.
Rivers, Pike talk school, while Paul, Benton mirror views
The Columbia River Crossing was far from the only thing on the agenda as legislators from the 18th and 17th legislative district fielded a range of questions during town hall meetings Saturday.
3 different meetings offer varied views on how to deal with bridge
State legislators from Clark County got an earful Saturday as constituents sounded off on the Columbia River Crossing project in a series of town hall meetings.
Health survey finds fewer county young people smoke, drink
Fewer Clark County youth are smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol today than they were two years ago, according to the results of a statewide survey. However, the number of students who reported feeling depressed and contemplating suicide has gone up.
John Wiesman will be the next secretary of health
Gov. Jay Inslee has named Clark County Public Health Director John Wiesman to his Cabinet as the leader of the Washington State Department of Health.
Laina Harris has been at a standstill since August.
Man was deposting $6,000 to benefit man in coma
A robber struck the Vancouver Mall Drive branch of iQ Credit Union just before noon today.
Doctors say fear of procedure's prep keeps too many from exam
Gastroenterologists might have found one thing people dread more than root canals: colonoscopies.
Volunteer event draws dozens needing urgent medical care
The waiting room at the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington was standing room only Tuesday evening as dozens of people in need of urgent medical care showed up for treatment.
Salmon Creek restaurant was closed over weekend after 22 diners reported getting ill
Billygan’s Roadhouse will reopen Monday afternoon, three days after the health department closed the Salmon Creek restaurant after 22 diners reported getting ill.
Parents of local teen who died, PeaceHealth form collaboration
When 13-year-old Quinn Driscoll died from sudden cardiac arrest in June 2009, his parents, Scott and Kelly, turned their grief into action.
Forget leg warmers and headbands; fast-paced program provides safe, intense, full-body workout
The leggings have been replaced with cropped athletic pants, the neon-colored leotards with fitness tank tops.
The city of Ridgefield is open for business. The key question is whether businesses will acquire land along the recently improved Interstate 5 corridor.
Those developments plus economic and public safety partnerships with neighboring Camas have Washougal leaders excited about the future.
Nearly two dozen people sickened after eating at Billygan's Roadhouse
Clark County health officials closed Billygan’s Roadhouse in Salmon Creek Friday after 22 people became ill after eating at the restaurant last weekend.
After more than three decades, pair of pals continue to donate platelets
As children in Troutdale, Ore., Teddy Peetz and Bill McGinnis were always side by side.
Vancouver doctor urges state to continue support for effort aiding low-income women
For more than 30 years, Denise Waitkus had medical coverage.
High blood pressure can strike without warning; doctor offers advice on managing condition
It's America's "silent killer," contributing to nearly 1,000 deaths a day. Yet many people don't even know they have it.
Forum aims to let young people see help is available
Katlyn's bullying began in fifth grade.
Tyler Burton's stepdad: 'Every day was some sort of miracle'
Tyler Burton has always been a believer. But now that his own life is looking more and more like a miracle, he has no doubt as to why he's alive today.
Chickenpox virus can return as painful rash as nerves seem set on fire
The pain is described as excruciating, burning and stabbing and has been compared to the pain of childbirth or kidney stones.
Two providers battling to build another local center
For nine months, Larry Sperry was a creature of the night. But not by choice.
As a nurse practitioner, Beth Walton sees quite a few patients for depression and anxiety.
Residents' alarm over high number of offenders living in area prompts relocation of school bus stop
Residents of the Maplewood neighborhood are alarmed by what they consider to be a high concentration of undesirable people living in their area.
Offers pour in to help PeaceHealth security guard manage condition
The 26-year-old Vancouver man who watches over the PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center campus now has his community watching over him.
Local health experts say proper handling key to preventing illness
Millions of people are sickened every year by preventable food-borne illnesses.
He's unable to afford crucial insulin pump
For 40 hours a week, Jesse Wolff patrols the grounds of Vancouver's PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, keeping a watchful eye over the patients receiving care and the staff treating them.
Affliction a surprise after year of impressive fitness successes
For the last year, Luke Ashe has fought for a new life, a healthier life.
Participants have to invest in each other
The group class room is full. Full of voices cheering. Full of lyrics from Eminem's "Lose Yourself" song. Full of sweaty, out-of-breath people.