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Columbian Health Reporter

Douglas Greene, center, and his wife, Heather Greene, right, donated $500,000 toward efforts to create a comprehensive cancer center at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver. The hospital named the breast center after the couple.

Legacy celebrates breast center opening, donors

Douglas Greene, center, and his wife, Heather Greene, right, donated $500,000 toward efforts to create a comprehensive cancer center at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver. The hospital named the breast center after the couple.

February 28, 2018, 10:24pm Clark County Health

For people facing a cancer diagnosis, days are filled with stress and uncertainty. For those undergoing cancer treatment, the daily strain can be overwhelming. Read story

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Millennials: Now we’re after their blood

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February 26, 2018, 6:00am Clark County Health

Millennials are at it again. Read story

Laury Giffin tattoos pink cherry blossoms on Laura Hottman’s right breast. Hottman, 54, was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2015. After a double mastectomy and reconstruction, Hottman opted for decorative tattooing to disguise the scars on her breasts.

Decorative tattoos a symbol of survival following battle with breast cancer

Laury Giffin tattoos pink cherry blossoms on Laura Hottman’s right breast. Hottman, 54, was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2015. After a double mastectomy and reconstruction, Hottman opted for decorative tattooing to disguise the scars on her breasts.

February 25, 2018, 6:00am Breast Cancer

Laura Hottman never planned on getting tattoos. But the 54-year-old also never planned on getting breast cancer. Read story

President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget proposes replacing a portion of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cash-on-a-card benefits with a pre-assembled box of canned and shelf-stable foods. State officials criticized the proposal, saying it would negatively impact the health of Washington residents.

Trump’s food box plan rankles many

President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget proposes replacing a portion of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cash-on-a-card benefits with a pre-assembled box of canned and shelf-stable foods. State officials criticized the proposal, saying it would negatively impact the health of Washington residents.

February 20, 2018, 6:01am Clark County Health

Judy Tiffany has diabetes. Her mom, Dorris Cotton, has celiac disease. Read story

State reinsurance program gets reboot

February 19, 2018, 6:01am Clark County News

Proposed legislation that state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler says will stabilize the health insurance market is back on track after facing pushback from third-party plan administrators. Read story

Medical assistant Leena Amphornphong takes Phyllis Peterson’s vitals during an appointment at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. The Vancouver hospital is giving ovarian cancer patients, like Peterson, more opportunities to enroll in clinical trials.

Woman with cancer takes part in clinical trials, hoping to help

Medical assistant Leena Amphornphong takes Phyllis Peterson’s vitals during an appointment at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. The Vancouver hospital is giving ovarian cancer patients, like Peterson, more opportunities to enroll in clinical trials.

February 19, 2018, 6:00am Clark County Health

Phyllis Peterson has spent her life helping others. Read story

Light snowfall expected Sunday in Clark County

February 18, 2018, 6:02am Clark County News

Clark County residents can expect to see snow throughout the day today — but it won’t be much. Read story

About 100 volunteers spent a soggy Saturday morning laying sod for Army Spc. Alex Hussey, who will receive the keys to a specially adapted custom home in Washougal in a few months. The home is being built and donated by the nonprofit Homes For Our Troops.

Volunteers brave wet weather to lay sod for veteran’s new custom home

About 100 volunteers spent a soggy Saturday morning laying sod for Army Spc. Alex Hussey, who will receive the keys to a specially adapted custom home in Washougal in a few months. The home is being built and donated by the nonprofit Homes For Our Troops.

February 17, 2018, 8:14pm Clark County News

The weather wasn’t ideal for landscaping on Saturday morning, with temperatures in the 40s and gusty wind sending rain sideways, but that didn’t stop about 100 volunteers from getting their hands dirty. Read story

A Caring Closet co-founders Jodie Zelazny, left, and Sara Scheetz look over the variety of medical equipment they have available for those who need it. The nonprofit’s most requested items are wheelchairs, walkers, bath benches, adult briefs and scooters.

Caring Closet provides medical equipment for those who need it

A Caring Closet co-founders Jodie Zelazny, left, and Sara Scheetz look over the variety of medical equipment they have available for those who need it. The nonprofit’s most requested items are wheelchairs, walkers, bath benches, adult briefs and scooters.

February 12, 2018, 6:02am Clark County Health

When Sara Scheetz and Jodie Zelazny started squirrelling away walkers and bath benches in their garages, they never expected it to turn into a nonprofit organization serving thousands of Clark County residents in just a couple of years. Read story

Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, speaks to The Columbian Editorial Board in August. Harris says he thinks his bill to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco and vaping products to 21 will pass the House, but the success of the Senate bill is less clear, he said.

Bills aim to lift legal age to buy tobacco, vapor products to 21

Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, speaks to The Columbian Editorial Board in August. Harris says he thinks his bill to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco and vaping products to 21 will pass the House, but the success of the Senate bill is less clear, he said.

February 9, 2018, 8:25pm Clark County News

Ninety-five percent of smokers first lit a cigarette before celebrating their 21st birthday. And research shows most young people who make it to age 21 without smoking will never pick up the habit. Read story