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.

New to the gym? Experts offer advice

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

Joining a gym — either for the first time ever or just at a new facility — can be intimidating.

'Foot massage' under suspicion

By Marissa Harshman January 4, 2014 11:12 p.m.

The L-shaped brick building seems innocuous enough.

New strain of H1N1 flu hitting Clark County hard

By Marissa Harshman January 4, 2014 4:53 p.m.

It may be a new year, but a familiar foe is reappearing in Clark County. The flu strain H1N1 is the most prominent flu virus circulating the county, the state and the country. H1N1 was first introduced in 2009, then nicknamed "swine flu."

Health conscious for the new year? Exercise is a crucial way to improve wellness

By Marissa Harshman December 30, 2013 6 a.m.

Those resolving to get healthy in 2014 may be relieved to know they need only one resolution for the new year.

Clark County burn ban lifted

By Marissa Harshman December 27, 2013 10:53 a.m.

The Southwest Clean Air Agency will lift the Stage 1 burn ban in Clark County this afternoon.

Vancouver burglary stirs Christmas spirit

By Marissa Harshman December 26, 2013 9:22 p.m.

Debra Deblander was overwhelmed by the mound of gifts cascading from her Christmas tree. But it wasn't the number of gifts that left the 32-year-old single mom in awe, it was how they got there.

Roadside trees a Christmas mystery

By Marissa Harshman December 25, 2013 6 a.m.

Christmas cheer can appear in the most unlikely places.

Don't curse cold for chapped skin; simplify, moisturize for protection

By Marissa Harshman December 23, 2013 6 a.m.

For many people, soft skin becomes a casualty of the winter weather.

Kids get CrossFit

By Marissa Harshman December 16, 2013 6 a.m.

The CrossFit craze is spreading to some of Clark County's youngest residents.

6-year-old raises money for other Doernbecher kids

By Marissa Harshman December 16, 2013 6 a.m.

Cole Merle has always had a heart for service. But the kids the 6-year-old is choosing to help with his latest effort are a little closer to his heart.

Health care enrollment climbs in county

By Marissa Harshman December 12, 2013 7:52 p.m.

Nearly twice as many Clark County residents enrolled in health plans through the state-based insurance exchange during the website's second month of business.

Green Mountain schools start late Tuesday

By Marissa Harshman December 9, 2013 10:01 p.m.

Green Mountain School District will open two hours late Tuesday.

Cool runnings: How to modify your outdoor workouts for winter

By Marissa Harshman December 9, 2013 6 a.m.

Freezing temperatures and the frost-covered ground don't mean you have to abandon outdoor workouts.

Clark County child diagnosed with measles

By Marissa Harshman December 5, 2013 2:01 p.m.

A Clark County child has been diagnosed with the measles.

Young RN grows at Legacy medical center

By Marissa Harshman December 3, 2013 6:11 p.m.

Kristina Kinnunen always envisioned working in the medical field, she just didn't know she'd get her start in a hospital housekeeping department.

Mall walkers add strength training

By Marissa Harshman December 2, 2013 6 a.m.

Music plays softly as Shirley Hofmeister briskly walks the second floor of the Westfield Vancouver mall.

Traditions Together: Festival of Trees, Holiday Market

By Marissa Harshman November 30, 2013 6:04 p.m.

Clark County residents and their four-legged friends got into the holiday spirit Saturday with several festive, family-friendly events in downtown Vancouver.

Don't toss traditional recipes in making Thanksgiving more healthful

By Marissa Harshman November 25, 2013 6 a.m.

For many Americans, Thanksgiving and the holiday season, in general, revolves around one thing: food.

Faces of the Affordable Care Act: Parents' policy fine for now, but then what?

By Marissa Harshman November 24, 2013 6 a.m.

Kurtis Williams isn't a fan of the Affordable Care Act, but he does see at least one benefit to the new law.

Faces of the Affordable Care Act: Health law provides a new optimism

By Marissa Harshman November 23, 2013 6 a.m.

For Laurie Wakefield, one component of the Affordable Care Act brought more relief to the mother of two than anything else the new law offers.

Faces of the Affordable Care Act: Falling through the cracks of the health law

By Marissa Harshman November 21, 2013 6 a.m.

Cheryl Landes hasn't been able to afford health insurance for the last couple years, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act won't likely change that.

Tuberculosis kills Clark County man

By Marissa Harshman November 18, 2013 6:25 p.m.

A Clark County man has died from tuberculosis — a cause of death health officials call "exceedingly rare."

Faces of the Affordable Care Act: Health care quest complex for Vancouver couple with newborn

By Marissa Harshman November 18, 2013 6 a.m.

Discussing insurance coverage is complicated in the Smith house. That's because the family of three has secured coverage from three sources.

'There's always lice' — and treatments

By Marissa Harshman November 18, 2013 6 a.m.

Here's one itch that requires more than a scratch to relieve: head lice.

Faces of the Affordable Care Act: For couple, a positive exchange

By Marissa Harshman November 15, 2013 8:05 p.m.

Paul and Susan Ward have been purchasing their own insurance coverage since they both retired four years ago.

Clark County health enrollments top 3,700

By Marissa Harshman November 15, 2013 1:25 p.m.

More than 3,700 Clark County residents enrolled in health plans during the first month the state-based insurance exchange was open for business.

Washington insurance commissioner won’t allow canceled health plans

By Marissa Harshman November 14, 2013 12:31 p.m.

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler quickly quashed President Obama’s offer to allow canceled insurance plans to continue through 2014.

Faces of the Affordable Care Act: With policy canceled, couple mulls options

By Marissa Harshman November 14, 2013 6 a.m.

Up until August, Vancouver residents Lindsey and Jesse McChesney had insurance coverage through an employer.

There's nothing sexy about gonorrhea

By Marissa Harshman November 11, 2013 6 a.m.

The number of gonorrhea cases in Washington has jumped more than 30 percent in the past year. Five counties have even reached outbreak levels.

Vancouver couple healthier, happier after gastric bypass surgeries

By Marissa Harshman November 4, 2013 6 a.m.

Charlane Cardwell never considered weight-loss surgery, even though she had always been “fluffy,” as she called it.

Medicaid restoring full dental

By Marissa Harshman November 3, 2013 6 a.m.

Hundreds of thousands of low-income Washington residents will soon have dental coverage. Since January 2011, the state Health Care Authority has provided only emergency dental coverage for most adult Medicaid clients. Coverage included extractions, treatment of trauma-caused damage and temporary relief of pain or infection.

More than 50 apply for health coverage at mobile unit's Vancouver stop

By Marissa Harshman October 30, 2013 7:55 p.m.

Even Washington's state-based health insurance exchange couldn't avoid the problems plaguing the federal health care website.

Health insurance plan help is on the way

By Marissa Harshman October 29, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Help is coming for those having trouble enrolling in health plans through the new state-based insurance exchange.

Local woman with high cancer risk wants to help others like her

By Marissa Harshman October 28, 2013 6 a.m.

Brandy McEllrath hadn't been given a breast cancer diagnosis when she made the decision to undergo a double mastectomy. But by the time she went under the knife on April 19, 2012, that had changed.

Fun size candy no laughing matter

By Marissa Harshman October 28, 2013 6 a.m.

This Halloween, kids' trick-or-treat buckets will undoubtably be filled with all sorts of sweets — chocolate bars, sour candies, hard candies and gummies of all shapes.

Bullying remains significant problem in schools

By Marissa Harshman October 24, 2013 10 p.m.

A sixth-grade Vancouver boy allegedly armed himself with a handgun, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and several kitchen knives before heading to school Wednesday morning. The reason for the arsenal, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Clark County Juvenile Court: to prevent another student from bullying his friend.

Healthful Harvest Students get their hands on food

By Marissa Harshman October 24, 2013 9:55 p.m.

If you ask the second-graders at Image Elementary School where carrots come from, many are quick to answer.

State health care enrollment at more than 35,000

By Marissa Harshman October 22, 2013 6 a.m.

More than 35,000 Washington residents have enrolled for coverage since the state-based insurance exchange opened three weeks ago.

Filmmaker turns camera on why people run

By Marissa Harshman October 21, 2013 6 a.m.

Nick Hagan has always wanted to be a runner.

Local farmers come down on both sides of I-522

By Marissa Harshman October 20, 2013 6 a.m.

Initiative 522 may be a statewide ballot measure, but that hasn't kept Clark County residents from taking a stand.

Melnick takes charge of county health department

By Marissa Harshman October 16, 2013 6 a.m.

Dr. Alan Melnick is now at the helm of Clark County Public Health.

Self-exams a significant tool in breast cancer battle

By Marissa Harshman October 14, 2013 6 a.m.

While breast self-exams are no longer considered an essential early cancer detection method, health care providers say they still have value.

Farmers harvest corn crop in Ridgefield

By Marissa Harshman October 9, 2013 7:51 p.m.

RIDGEFIELD — Harvest season has begun for a group of Ridgefield farmers.

Camas' Laina Harris pushes through weight loss setbacks

By Marissa Harshman October 7, 2013 6 a.m.

In 14 hours, Laina Harris saw her biggest goal slip through her fingers.

Greasing way for March of Dimes

By Marissa Harshman October 7, 2013 6 a.m.

Holdyn Hanset has never run a race before. But this weekend, the 3-year-old will cross a finish line for the first time.

Neighbors, best friends wage fights against breast cancer together

By Marissa Harshman October 6, 2013 6 a.m.

From the moment Linda Stief and Crystal Alhilali met five years ago, they believed there was a bigger reason for their meeting.

Annual Girlfriends Half Marathon attracts thousands of women

By Marissa Harshman October 6, 2013 6 a.m.

Downtown Vancouver will be flooded with pink as thousands of girlfriends lace up their running shoes and hit the streets to raise money to support breast cancer research.Women of all ages and athletic abilities will come together for the seventh annual Girlfriends Half Marathon, hosted by Northwest Personal Training, on Oct. 13. All money raised through the half-marathon will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.