Posted 5:35 PM 5/23/2013 by Q2 News
BILLINGS - The Internal Medicine program at Billings Clinic just received word its residency program is now accredited, making it the first and only Internal Medicine Residency program in Montana.
The program will allow Billings Clinic to enhance its learning environment. "The Internal Medicine residency program at Billings Clinic will not only provide training in the outpatient and hospital settings, but will teach our methods for providing care to our rural communities through (More)
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Posted 9:39 PM 5/21/2013 by Michelle Castillo - CBS News
Children and teens who had a peer commit suicide may be more likely to think about and attempt suicide themselves, an effect that appears to be more pronounced in younger kids.
The phenomenon, which is known as "suicide contagion," was shown to last two years or more after a peer's death, a Canadian study revealed.
Posted 4:55 PM 5/21/2013 by Victoria Fregoso - Q2 News
HARDIN - About once a week, you can find Hardin High School sophomores Jordan and Jeramiah with iPads in hand, preparing their next video.
They stumbled upon their newly found passion for photography and video editing with some help.
This discovery came just in time, as the two were considering suicide. Jordan Carr said the following advice changed his life, "He said, why don't you make all your pain into something positive? Tell all the kids around the world that suicide is not (More)
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Posted 7:35 AM 5/17/2013 by Marnee Banks - MTN News
HELENA - Only three health insurance companies intend to sell policies on Montana's health insurance exchange.
Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica Lindeen announced Thursday that Blue Cross Blue Shield, PacificSource and the Montana Health Cooperative all filed necessary paperwork with her office to sell policies on the exchange.
The exchange is a federally mandated online marketplace where people can shop for health insurance.
Posted 3:26 PM 5/16/2013 by Stan Parker & Gabby Weber - Q2 News
BILLINGS - Thursday afternoon, St. Vincent Healthcare announced their newest cancer center program. The Risk Assessment Prevention Program brings specialists together, helping women understand their potential for cancer. If the risk is high, the team develops a plan tailored to each patient.
The program uses a variety of testing and treatment options, including a new genetic testing method.
Posted 8:59 AM 5/16/2013 by Michelle Castillo - CBS News
Scientists have successfully changed skin cells into embryonic stem cells, marking the first time human stem cells were cloned by transferring the nucleus of another cell.
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University and the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) were able to create embryonic stem cells, which are valuable for research because they can be turned into any other cell type found in the body. Stem cells provide a way for scientists to look into replacing (More)
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Posted 2:38 PM 5/15/2013 by MTN News
HELENA - State health officials say they're seeing an unusually high number of pertussis cases in Montana, with 265 cases having been reported this year.
The vast majority of cases have been in school-aged children, and Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials say they have determined that many of these cases were not up to date on their pertussis vaccinations.
Posted 9:42 AM 5/14/2013 by CNN
WASHINGTON - A decade-old benchmark for determining when a driver is legally intoxicated -- the 0.08 blood-alcohol content rate -- should be lowered to 0.05, reducing the amount a motorist can imbibe before being presumed to be drunk, federal safety officials said Tuesday.
At a meeting in Washington, the National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that all 50 states lower the threshold to reduce the nation's drunk driving death toll, which has plateaued at about 10,000 deaths a (More)
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Posted 4:13 PM 5/10/2013 by MTN News
KALISPELL - Local health officials say they're seeing a jump in gastrointestinal illness caused by norovirus in area schools and long-term care facilities.
Norovirus is a group of virus that causes the majority of gastrointestinal outbreaks in the United States and is associated with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea symptoms. The virus can be spread in food or water, by direct contact between people or with contaminated surfaces.
Posted 5:36 PM 5/9/2013 by Victoria Fregoso - Q2 News
BILLINGS - It was an emotional reunion for family members of Ryan Eaton and staff members at Billings Clinic Thursday morning. Just 26 years old, Ryan lost his battle to cancer this past February. He was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma just five days before Christmas in 2011. "His positive attitude and just willing to fight was very striking for us," said Billings Clinic Radiation Therapist Lisa Sides. "We're all kind of in the same age as he is so it hit home for everybody."