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Columbian Health Reporter

Gymnast Gigi Gernhart, seen here in April 2016, has been practicing gymnastics at Naydenov Gymnastics for eight or nine years.

Campaign showcases Vancouver gymnast

Gymnast Gigi Gernhart, seen here in April 2016, has been practicing gymnastics at Naydenov Gymnastics for eight or nine years.

August 17, 2017, 8:23pm Clark County News

Gigi Gernhart loves gymnastics. Read story

On Aug. 21, a total eclipse of the sun will pass across the entire United States for the first time in 99 years.

Eclipse glasses distributed at Legacy events may not be safe

On Aug. 21, a total eclipse of the sun will pass across the entire United States for the first time in 99 years.

August 17, 2017, 2:48pm Clark County Health

Legacy Health is asking people who received eclipse glasses at its public events to throw them away because they may not protect against eye damage. Read story

Paramedic Patricio Bustos, left, and paramedic field training officer Brooke Marling of American Medical Response demonstrate how to use the app, Pulsara, Wednesday at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Local emergency responders began using the app in late May to transmit information to the hospital will en route with patients.

App boosts communications for emergency medical services

Paramedic Patricio Bustos, left, and paramedic field training officer Brooke Marling of American Medical Response demonstrate how to use the app, Pulsara, Wednesday at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Local emergency responders began using the app in late May to transmit information to the hospital will en route with patients.

August 16, 2017, 6:13pm Clark County Health

Every minute that blood flow is restricted during a stroke, 2 million brain cells die. Read story

Battle Ground chiropractor Mark LaRue is accused of inappropriately touching at least eight female patients.

Health officials suspend license of B.G. chiropractor

Battle Ground chiropractor Mark LaRue is accused of inappropriately touching at least eight female patients.

August 15, 2017, 12:42pm Clark County Health

State health officials have suspended the license of a Battle Ground chiropractor facing rape charges. Read story

Optometric assistant Rhandy Rogers of Longview tries on a pair of solar eclipse glasses Wednesday outside of the Kaiser Permanente Orchards Medical Office in Vancouver. The eclipse glasses need to be worn to protect the eyes from damage caused by the ultraviolet rays of the sun.

Watch the eclipse without burning your retinas

Optometric assistant Rhandy Rogers of Longview tries on a pair of solar eclipse glasses Wednesday outside of the Kaiser Permanente Orchards Medical Office in Vancouver. The eclipse glasses need to be worn to protect the eyes from damage caused by the ultraviolet rays of the sun.

August 14, 2017, 6:30am Clark County Health

To protect your eyes while watching the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, you need glasses. Not sunglasses, special eclipse glasses. Read story

Food writer Rachel Pinsky, left, and dietician Robin Hammon chat as they sample a barbecued turkey leg Thursday at the Clark County Fair.

Feasting on fair food

Food writer Rachel Pinsky, left, and dietician Robin Hammon chat as they sample a barbecued turkey leg Thursday at the Clark County Fair.

August 11, 2017, 9:39pm Clark County News

Elephant ears. French fries. Corn dogs. Funnel cakes. Read story

Prediabetes prevention course available

August 8, 2017, 2:25pm Clark County Health

Washington State University Clark County Extension is offering a yearlong prediabetes prevention course. The national Diabetes Prevention Program can help people who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes lose weight and become more physically active. The yearlong program begins with 12 weekly sessions, followed by two months of… Read story

The McAllister family — Melissa, holding Christopher, and Guy, holding AJ — of Vancouver is recovering after a crash in the Walnut Grove Safeway parking lot.

Family faces long road after car strikes mom, sons

The McAllister family — Melissa, holding Christopher, and Guy, holding AJ — of Vancouver is recovering after a crash in the Walnut Grove Safeway parking lot.

August 7, 2017, 8:30pm Clark County News

A Saturday morning walk for doughnuts has turned the McAllister family’s lives upside down. Read story

Checker Kim Benson, left, chats with colleague Danny Alder of Ridgefield as he drops by the Salmon Creek Albertsons on his day off. Alder, a childhood cancer survivor, was recently honored for 22 years of employment at Albertsons.

Pioneering bone marrow transplant helps patient beat the odds

Checker Kim Benson, left, chats with colleague Danny Alder of Ridgefield as he drops by the Salmon Creek Albertsons on his day off. Alder, a childhood cancer survivor, was recently honored for 22 years of employment at Albertsons.

August 7, 2017, 6:05am Clark County Health

By the time Danny Alder was 9 years old, he had already endured a cancer diagnosis and six years of off-and-on chemotherapy. He underwent radiation and experienced cardiac arrest and respiratory arrest — caused by the cancer-fighting drugs — but still had cancer. Read story

Vancouver resident Jim Mains uses a continuous positive airway pressure device, also known as a CPAP device, to treat his sleep apnea. He was diagnosed with the sleep disorder earlier this year.

Treatment can help those with sleep apnea get better sleep

Vancouver resident Jim Mains uses a continuous positive airway pressure device, also known as a CPAP device, to treat his sleep apnea. He was diagnosed with the sleep disorder earlier this year.

August 7, 2017, 6:00am Clark County Health

At first, Jim Mains attributed his sleepless nights to having a newborn. Then, as work got busier, he pointed to the mounting stress as the reason for his lack of energy. Read story