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.

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.

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.

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.

Man’s breast cancer diagnosis was surprise

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

Dean Black has been healthy his whole life.

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.

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.

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.

Illahee Elementary School on path to fitness

By Marissa Harshman September 29, 2014 6 a.m.

Gone are the days of running on uneven and often muddy grass during PE class. Gone are the days of sitting and talking during recess.

Mental health services under increased pressure

By Marissa Harshman September 28, 2014 6 a.m.

Medicaid expansion spurs increased numbers of people seeking services, additional challenges for local providers

Young Seahawks fan who received new heart meets idol

By Marissa Harshman September 23, 2014 7:58 p.m.

On June 14, 7-year-old Jack Conover received a new heart. But on Tuesday, the Ridgefield boy's wish came true. That's when the young Seattle Seahawks fan met his team's star quarterback, Russell Wilson.

barre3: Pilates, yoga meet ballet at the barre

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

Carrie Caldroney stands barefoot in her east Vancouver studio, her left hand resting on the ballet barre. She lifts her heels off the ground, shifting her weight to the balls of her feet.

Malpractice suit dismissed against Vancouver plastic surgeon

By Marissa Harshman September 18, 2014 6:17 p.m.

A medical malpractice lawsuit filed last year against a Vancouver plastic surgeon and PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center has been dismissed at the request of the plaintiffs.

Cardiac patients taking Mount St. Helens to heart

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

Mark Ray ended the summer of 2013 with a heart attack.

Landlord workshop tackles marijuana issues

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

Marijuana legalization has left Clark County landlords with many questions regarding their rights as property owners.

No hepatitis cases traced to PeaceHealth hospital

By Marissa Harshman September 10, 2014 12 p.m.

A joint investigation between Clark County Public Health and PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center concluded no patients were exposed to hepatitis C at the hospital.

Hungering for Answers on Prader-Willi syndrome

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

Eva Jensen of Ridgefield is a sweet, fun-loving 2-year-old.

Clark County health department seeking accreditation

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

Clark County Public Health is beginning the two-year process to become an accredited health organization.

Stevenson woman donates kidney to Michigan man

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

Kia Calderon-Dillon traveled more than 2,000 miles to give away one of her organs. She made the trek from her home in Stevenson to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a man she met only a couple of months earlier on Facebook.

More local choices for Washington Healthplanfinder

By Marissa Harshman August 27, 2014 6:37 p.m.

Clark County residents looking to purchase health plans in the state insurance exchange will have significantly more options to choose from next year. And one of the existing providers’ choices are going to be less expensive.

WomenHeart groups in Clark County help those facing heart disease

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

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death of American women, claiming the lives of more than 400,000 women each year.

Kaiser pharmacy users see long waits

By Marissa Harshman August 20, 2014 7:31 p.m.

Kaiser Permanente members across Clark County and the rest of its Northwest region are experiencing pharmacy wait times significantly longer than usual — the result of a system upgrade implemented earlier this month. And Kaiser officials say it will take a few more weeks before those wait times show any substantial improvement.

Hepatitis C investigation ongoing

By Marissa Harshman August 18, 2014 6 a.m.

The monthslong investigation into possible hepatitis C exposure at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center is still underway, and hospital officials say they don't have a timeline for its completion.

Cancer-free 11 years, Meleah Darland, her family share their strength

By Marissa Harshman August 18, 2014 6 a.m.

Meleah Darland was just 2 1/2 years old when she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Battle Ground woman loses right leg, left toes to infection

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

Nearly two weeks of Kathy Hammersley's life are missing from her memory.

Facing recovery, following a stroke

By Marissa Harshman August 4, 2014 6 a.m.

One minute, Rick Dobson was sitting on the couch in his Kalama home watching the sunrise. The next, he was slumped on the floor, slowly losing the ability to move his left hand. Then his arm. Then his leg.

Vancouver doctors helping women near & far

By Marissa Harshman July 28, 2014 6 a.m.

At their office in Vancouver, Drs. Leslie Struxness and Lynn Osmundsen provide gynecological services to women. Earlier this year, they took their expertise overseas to help women in Nepal and Ethiopia.

Stores react to fruit recall

By Marissa Harshman July 24, 2014 8:32 p.m.

If you've purchased certain stone fruit from local Fred Meyer stores recently, you may be getting a phone call from the grocer alerting you to a product recall.

Felida-area residents renew efforts to turn railroad crossing into quiet zone

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

When Alvin Black moved into his Felida home in January, he expected to hear the lugging of trains moving along the tracks. He didn't expect to hear four blares of the horn from each passing train.

Boy healing quickly after heart transplant

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

In less than two weeks, Jack Conover went from being a 7-year-old in need of a heart transplant to a vibrant boy walking out of the hospital with a new heart.

Those living with diabetes find a team with Tour de Cure

By Marissa Harshman July 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Blake Bell has pricked his finger with a needle roughly 18,000 times in the past five years.

Marijuana and pain contracts: Tough choices

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

Christopher has suffered from migraines since he was 2. He experiences insomnia that leaves him to roam his home throughout the night.

Dialysis center opens in Battle Ground

By Marissa Harshman July 15, 2014 6:08 p.m.

Dialysis patients and the overcrowded facilities trying to meet the growing need for treatment are getting a little relief.

Shining light on sunscreen

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

Walking down the sunscreen aisle can be intimidating.

Late diagnosis of colorectal cancer is an alarming trend

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

Medical providers at Legacy Health hospitals are seeing a disturbing new trend: high rates of late-stage colorectal cancer cases showing up in emergency departments.

Seahawks excite Clark County fans again  

By Marissa Harshman July 11, 2014 7:54 p.m.

The reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks will begin working toward another NFL title in 55 days. That’s when Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Beast Mode and all of the other players will run onto the field for the first game of the 2014 season.

Health officials reopen Vancouver Lake

By Marissa Harshman July 11, 2014 4 p.m.

Clark County health officials reopened Vancouver Lake to swimmers Friday afternoon, just one day after closing the lake due to elevated E. coli bacteria levels.

E. coli bacteria closes Vancouver Lake to swimmers

By Marissa Harshman July 10, 2014 12:44 p.m.

Clark County residents will have one fewer swimming spot to enjoy as temperatures climb. Health officials have closed Vancouver Lake to swimming and wading after detecting elevated levels of the E. coli bacteria.

Kindergarten immunization rate falls slightly in county

By Marissa Harshman July 8, 2014 4:47 p.m.

About 79 percent of Clark County kindergartners received all of the immunizations required for school entry for the 2013-14 school year — a rate 4 percentage points lower than the state average.

Battle Ground man inspires a ride for research

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

Two dozen Clark County cyclists outfitted in lime green and pink jerseys will ride in support of the Battle Ground man whose name is stitched on their right shoulders: Brian Epp.

Blood donors needed in hot months

By Marissa Harshman June 30, 2014 6 a.m.

Blood donors may take vacations during the summer months but the need for donated blood doesn't.

Cooking up healthful options  

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

Ninety percent of adults eat more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet.

Special enrollment offers alternative to COBRA

By Marissa Harshman June 23, 2014 6:04 p.m.

Washington Healthplanfinder is offering a limited special enrollment period for those who are currently covered by COBRA but would rather purchase a plan through the state-based insurance exchange.

On the road to good summer health

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

The sun is shining. The kids are out of school. Summer has officially begun.

Police investigating robbery at Umpqua Bank

By Marissa Harshman June 20, 2014 5:18 p.m.

Vancouver police are investigating a robbery at an Umpqua Bank in Vancouver.

Yard cleanup gets Facebook boost

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

The beige house in the Fourth Plain Village neighborhood where Melissa Simmons grew up is unidentifiable from the street.

Ridgefield boy, 7, undergoes heart transplant

By Marissa Harshman June 18, 2014 10 a.m.

Jack Conover was just 4 days old when he had his first open-heart surgery. The second came four months later.

Debilitating disease forges strong friendship

By Marissa Harshman June 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Susan Wickersham still remembers the summer weekend in 1954 that forever changed her life.

Flag Day at the Fort

By Marissa Harshman June 14, 2014 8:54 p.m.

Old Glory was the star of the show Saturday at the Fort Vancouver National Site.