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GRANGEVILLE – “You had a very good year,” accountant Carl Swenson told the Syringa Hospital board Tuesday, Jan. 22.

North Central District Health Department last week confirmed one case of pertussis in Idaho County, said Peg Gehring, nurse practitioner, St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics. “That’s more commonly known as whooping cough,” Gehring added.

The Idaho bill stating breastfeeding is neither indecent exposure nor obscene passed a senate panel Monday, March 5. If made into law, House Bill 448, drafted by Rep. Paul Amador, R-Couer d’Alene, would be the first legal protection for breastfeeding mothers in the state, with the exception of a law that allows breastfeeding moms to be exempted from jury duty. Idaho is the only state currently without protections for mothers who breastfeed.

Despite below freezing temperatures and winds of over 20 miles per hour, marchers took to the steps of the Idaho State Capitol Building Monday and called upon legislators to remove existing faith-based healing exemptions. The speech at the Capitol concluded a four-block march by community members who carried 183 child-sized coffins as part of the March to Protect Idaho Kids.

The Idaho Senate passed a bill to inform patients considering abortion about a medical abortion reversal procedure that is scientifically unproven on a straight 29-6 party-line vote. The bill, SB 1243, would modify Idaho’s informed consent packets to include information about the reversal procedure and who to contact to get more information.

The bill, SB 1243, would modify Idaho’s informed consent packets to include information about the reversal procedure and who to contact to get more information. If passed, Idaho would join Utah, Arkansas and South Dakota, who have similar laws.

Two bills brought by an anti-abortion organization executive were introduced by an Idaho House panel Tuesday, Feb. 13, on a party-line voice vote.

The legal immunity bill is in response to the opioid epidemic that has engulfed rural states, like Idaho, with high numbers of deaths from overdoses. “This is very important and states that have introduced this bill have seen a decrease in opioid overdose deaths by 30 percent,” said Rep. Mike Kingsley, R-Lewiston, who co-sponsored the legislation. “It’s a lot of lives that we can save with this bill and I would appreciate your support.”

“What we’re seeing more and more with research coming out nationally about suicide prevention is the importance of what we call getting further upstream,” she said. “So, in my mind, I almost think of it as pre-prevention work — how do we prevent children from becoming suicidal in the first place.”

“Brush your teeth after every meal.” We’ve heard that all our lives, but is that best for dental health? We’ve gone through our lives hearing much advice on what to do and not to do, and what is good and bad for our teeth. Validating or debunking some of the common myths is Dr. Christopher Knight, DDS, Two Rivers Family Dental and Cosmetics, of Grangeville.

It’s true! Can it be truer than true, or doubly true? If so, then it is. Tomatoes have many benefits and it’s not just fresh tomatoes. Canned tomatoes are processed with the nutrients intact, so don’t be afraid to eat them as well. Just try to purchase ones without added salt or preservatives – or better yet, plan to can or freeze your own next summer.

    Does eating turkey really make your sleepy? Can you drink too much water? Do we really only use 10 percent of our brains? Are muscle and fat interchangeable?

    Vaccines causes autism. Autism is the fastest growing development disability in the United States. Autism rates have increased more thanr the past 25 years. Most scientists agree that our genes are one of the most prominent risk factors that can predispose a person to develop autism

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