health http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Author Urges People To Eat Better And Exercise http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/author-urges-people-eat-better-and-exercise <p></p><p>We're joined now by Kathryn Collins. She's a former emergency room physician from Jackson and author of a book called "How Healthy Is Your Doctor?" The book makes the case that eating healthier foods and getting more exercise, people can avoid a lot of common medical problems. Collins says she decided to write the book because she wanted people to know how much power they have to impact their own health.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:07:29 +0000 Willow Belden 59805 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Author Urges People To Eat Better And Exercise Frac Sand Poses Potential Health Problem For Workers http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/frac-sand-poses-potential-health-problem-workers <p>It’s been called miner's phthisis, grinder's asthma, potter's rot. Silicosis is a disease of the lungs that’s caused by inhaling tiny particles of crystalline silica dust, basically sand. Those particles cut the lung tissue, causing inflammation and scarring that make it difficult to breathe.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:04:52 +0000 Stephanie Joyce 56712 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Frac Sand Poses Potential Health Problem For Workers Budget Committee Votes In Favor Of Medicaid Expansion Proposal http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/budget-committee-votes-favor-medicaid-expansion-proposal <p>Lawmakers finishing up work on the state budget have accepted a compromise amendment that encourages the Governor and other members of state government to figure out a way to expand Medicaid under Wyoming terms.&nbsp;</p><p>Conference Committee members accepted a version of a House amendment that now says the state may work with federal officials on an expansion plan, as long as Medicaid Expansion doesn't harm Wyoming businesses.&nbsp; Dan Neal of the Equality State Policy Center credits the public for convincing lawmakers to do something.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:26:30 +0000 Bob Beck 54669 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Budget Committee Votes In Favor Of Medicaid Expansion Proposal Gov. Mead says he doesn't have a good plan B in lieu of Medicaid expansion http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gov-mead-says-he-doesnt-have-good-plan-b-lieu-medicaid-expansion <p>Wyoming Democratic Party leaders have criticized Governor Matt Mead for opposing a full Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. There are over 17,000 low-income adults in the state and State Democratic Party Chairman Pete Gosar says it's not right to oppose the expansion, since Mead isn’t proposing another option.</p><p>At a press conference last week, Mead said that on that count, Gosar is right.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 16:29:04 +0000 Irina Zhorov 51870 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gov. Mead says he doesn't have a good plan B in lieu of Medicaid expansion Wyoming improves health ranking http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-improves-health-ranking <p></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 00:58:39 +0000 Bob Beck 51569 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming improves health ranking Wyoming Dementia Care receives grant from national organization http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-dementia-care-receives-grant-national-organization <p>The nonprofit organization&nbsp;Wyoming Dementia Care received a five thousand dollar grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America last week.</p><p>Wyoming Dementia Care provides&nbsp;cost-free&nbsp;social support and information to dementia sufferers, their families,&nbsp;and their caregivers.</p><p>Carol Crump with WDC says that the organization’s most popular service is a series of support groups for caregivers, who are often the dementia sufferer’s family.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:55:05 +0000 Jordan Harper 48916 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Dementia Care receives grant from national organization Improvements made to Wyoming anti-smoking programs http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/improvements-made-wyoming-anti-smoking-programs <p>Wyomingites who want to&nbsp;quit tobacco have new tools available to them.</p><p>Wyoming Department&nbsp;of Health&nbsp;has partnered with National Jewish Health, a Denver hospital specializing in respiratory health, to beef up the Cowboy state’s tobacco cessation program.</p><p>The health department already offers nicotine patches and gum, coaching, and some financial help to cover smoking-cessation drugs. Now, it also offers&nbsp;counseling for pregnant tobacco users and&nbsp;people who&nbsp;chew.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 00:23:10 +0000 Jordan Harper 48717 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Improvements made to Wyoming anti-smoking programs UW study researches link between health and gardening http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/uw-study-researches-link-between-health-and-gardening <p>With help from a five million dollar USDA grant, the University of Wyoming and two local groups are conducting a study of the health benefits of gardening.&nbsp; &nbsp;They found fourteen volunteers with significant medical issues to start growing food in their own backyards.&nbsp; The goal is to see if gardening improves their health.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards reports.</p><p>[Fade up Ambi of background garden sounds]</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:14:51 +0000 Melodie Edwards 46888 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org UW study researches link between health and gardening Whooping cough is on the rise, is greatest threat to infants http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/whooping-cough-rise-greatest-threat-infants <p>The Wyoming Department of Health has recorded a sharp increase in cases of pertussis – also known as “Whooping Cough”.<br><br>The illness has cold-like symptoms, and after a week or two, infected people usually develop a loud, persistent cough and spasms. Sixty-three cases have been reported this year already, four more than in all of 2012.<br><br>Health department spokeswoman Kim Deti&nbsp;says pertussis is most dangerous to babies under a year old. More than half need to be hospitalized if they catch whooping cough, and some die.<br> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:31:24 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 46826 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Whooping cough is on the rise, is greatest threat to infants Fort Washakie Health Center receives $1.1 million grant http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/fort-washakie-health-center-receives-11-million-grant <p>The Northern Arapaho Tribe’s Housing Authority has received a $1.1 million Indian Community Development Block Grant. The competitive grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.</p><p>Grant administrator for the Northern Arapaho tribe, Patrick Goggles, says the money will be used for upgrades to&nbsp;the Fort Washakie Health Center on the Wind River Indian Reservation.</p><p>“It’ll expand the number of patient rooms and it’ll expand the amount of healthcare that it dispenses to the clientele on the reservation,” says Goggles.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:15:30 +0000 Irina Zhorov 45798 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Fort Washakie Health Center receives $1.1 million grant Wyoming's obesity rate drops slightly http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyomings-obesity-rate-drops-slightly <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new report shows that Wyoming’s obesity rate dropped slightly in the last year.</span></p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 23:01:53 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 45582 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming's obesity rate drops slightly Health Department seeks to serve more developmentally disabled Wyomingites http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/health-department-seeks-serve-more-developmentally-disabled-wyomingites <p></p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 23:58:01 +0000 Willow Belden 44281 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Health Department seeks to serve more developmentally disabled Wyomingites WY still not sure how the health insurance exchange will function http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wy-still-not-sure-how-health-insurance-exchange-will-function <p>The Wyoming Insurance Commissioner says he has no idea how the federal health insurance marketplace, also known as an insurance exchange, will change the health insurance landscape in Wyoming. Tom Hirsig says he has no idea how many companies are considering offering insurance to state residents as part of the exchange.</p><p>“Probably companies are going to have to pick the states where they do the most business to start with, but in the future we are hoping that with time there will be more activity inside the exchange or marketplace.”</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:28:25 +0000 Bob Beck 42575 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org WY still not sure how the health insurance exchange will function New project wants to reduce diabetes on Wind River with gardens http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-project-wants-reduce-diabetes-wind-river-gardens <p>A new project on the Wind River Indian Reservation seeks to reduce diabetes rates by helping tribal families grow their own vegetables. More than 11% of the people on the reservation have diabetes.</p><p>The project is a collaboration between community health groups on the reservation, and the University of Wyoming.</p><p>Virginia Sutter with Blue Mountain Associates is one of the leaders of the project. She says diabetes rates are high because tribal members have very different diets than they have historically.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 00:13:33 +0000 Willow Belden 40364 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org New project wants to reduce diabetes on Wind River with gardens Biochemist and nutritionist - Kevin Meehan http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/biochemist-and-nutritionist-kevin-meehan <p>Kevin Meehan: Biochemist, Kevin Meehan, has a thriving acupuncture and naturopathic health practice here in Jackson Hole.&nbsp; He shares with us his journey from childhood diabetes to a flourishing business producing a variety of health products</p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 19:01:15 +0000 Emy DiGrappa 39964 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Biochemist and nutritionist - Kevin Meehan Ozone spikes lead to doctor visits, study finds http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/ozone-spikes-lead-doctor-visits-study-finds <p>A study by the Wyoming Department of Health found that ozone in Sublette County causes and exacerbates health problems.</p><p></p><p>Ground-level ozone is a type of pollution, and in Sublette County, it’s caused by emissions from the oil and gas industry. The report found that as ozone levels increased, more people went to local health clinics with respiratory complaints.</p><p>Kerry Pride with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says other studies have shown the same thing, but this is the first time they’ve done a research specific to Sublette County.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 20:49:57 +0000 Willow Belden 39214 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Ozone spikes lead to doctor visits, study finds Teton County is healthiest in Wyoming http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/teton-county-healthiest-wyoming <p></p><p>Teton county residents are the healthiest in Wyoming. That’s according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute’s County Health Rankings. The least-healthy county was Fremont.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:58:07 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 38445 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Teton County is healthiest in Wyoming Senate begins debate on the interstate sales of health insurance http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/senate-begins-debate-interstate-sales-health-insurance <p>The State Senate has given initial approval to a bill that will allow out-of-state health insurance companies to offer policies in Wyoming.&nbsp; The goal of the legislation is to encourage competition and possibly lower health insurance costs.<br><br>Wyoming consumers have limited health insurance choices and supporters hope the bill will fix this. However,&nbsp; Senator Bill Landen of Casper says he is worried that the legislation could harm Wyoming insurers, by bringing in unwanted competition.&nbsp;<br> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 00:14:20 +0000 Bob Beck 36387 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Senate begins debate on the interstate sales of health insurance Accidental legal drug deaths are on the rise in Albany County http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/accidental-legal-drug-deaths-are-rise-albany-county <p>Albany County saw more prescription drug overdoses in the first three months of 2012 than in all of 2011.&nbsp;In fact, a third of non-natural and accidental deaths in Albany County last year can be linked to prescription drug overdoses, according to County Coroner Kathleen Vernon-Kubichek, nearly triple the amount seen in 2011.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 01:52:26 +0000 Sara Hossaini 35984 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Accidental legal drug deaths are on the rise in Albany County Gastroenteritis breaks out in Natrona County, Health Dept. investigates local restaurant http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/gastroenteritis-breaks-out-natrona-county-health-dept-investigates-local-restaurant <p>The Natrona County health department is investigating and outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness, often known as the “stomach flu.”<br><br>State epidemiologist Tracy Murphy says several people who have reported the problem had eaten at the same Casper restaurant, but he declined to name the restaurant until the county has wrapped up its investigation. Murphy says it it’s premature to blame the outbreak on food poisoning.<br> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:32:39 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 33987 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Gastroenteritis breaks out in Natrona County, Health Dept. investigates local restaurant Update on Environmental Health Initiative on Wind River Looks at Cancer http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/update-environmental-health-initiative-wind-river-looks-cancer <p>A public meeting today will present preliminary results of an Environmental Health Initiative study being conducted on Wind River Indian Reservation. The Rocky Mountain Tribal Epidemiology Center initiative aims to assess environmental risks on the reservation, and develop remediation strategies. Communities on the Wind River Reservation&nbsp;complained of high cancer rates. Folo Akintan directs the Epidemiology Center and says they distributed surveys on the reservation and in communities immediately surrounding it, and reviewed national and local data going back up to fifty years.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 23:23:10 +0000 Irina Zhorov 31456 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Update on Environmental Health Initiative on Wind River Looks at Cancer Wyoming's unintentional death in children remains high http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyomings-unintentional-death-children-remains-high <p>According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, unintentional deaths of children under the age of 19 declined by 29-percent nationally between 2000 and 2009.</p><p>However, Kelly Weidenbach, an epidemiologist with the Wyoming Department of Health, says there has not been a similar drop in Wyoming.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:52:19 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 23066 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming's unintentional death in children remains high Wyoming offers incentives to stop chewing tobacco http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-offers-incentives-stop-chewing-tobacco <div style="margin-top:14pt;margin-bottom:0;"><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">This week is&nbsp;Wyoming&rsquo;s annual &ldquo;Through with Chew Week,&rdquo; a campaign to get people to stop chewing tobacco. Mon, 20 Feb 2012 14:02:37 +0000 Sara Hossaini 19849 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming offers incentives to stop chewing tobacco