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'Particularly nasty' flu causes 3 deaths, 76 hospitalizations so far in Yellowstone County

'Particularly nasty' flu causes 3 deaths, 76 hospitalizations so far in Yellowstone County

As of Friday, 286 cases of influenza have been confirmed in Yellowstone County — about 10 percent of the statewide cases — for the 2014-15 season.

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State: Norovirus outbreaks on the increase in state

The number of norovirus and other similar outbreaks reported in Montana has increased noticeably in recent months.

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New program designed to limit underage drinking in Montana

Nearly 50 percent of Montana’s high school seniors consumed alcohol within the previous 30 days, by one study’s estimate.

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Guest opinion: GOP needs to support funding for better public health

Health issues were big news in The Billings Gazette recently, even before the Ebola and enterovirus D68 outbreaks. In October a front page headline announced: “Poverty hinders Montana’s access to health care.” The lead article on Sept. 30 stated: “Feds give $14.9M to Montana for health care …

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Montana suicides continue to creep up; rate remains twice the national average

Montana suicides continue to creep up; rate remains twice the national average

As Montana’s suicide rate continues to inch upward, attention is turning to what some call a broken mental health system.

October 27, 2014 8:00 am Photos



Guest opinion: America can raise a tobacco-free generation

Here’s a sobering statistic about the tobacco epidemic – a battle many Americans think is already won: If we continue at current smoking rates, 5.6 million children alive today will ultimately die prematurely from smoking. That’s one in 13 kids gone too early due to an entirely preventable c…

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Guest opinion: New co-op aims to cover Montana's uninsured

When it comes to understanding how the Affordable Care Act has affected Montanans, we reached the first major milestone — Jan. 1 when the first Montanans saw their coverage begin with the Montana Health Co-op — 4,570 enrollees with policies from Montana’s first and only health insurance co-o…

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Billings child care center shut down in criminal investigation

A Billings child care provider was shut down by the state this week while Billings police investigate a criminal complaint against it.

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Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes could feel effects of government shutdown later in month

PABLO – Services available to its members through the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes won’t be impacted by the federal government shutdown – not this week, anyway, according to CSKT spokesman Rob McDonald.

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West Nile virus appears in 6 Montana counties

HELENA — Montana health officials say West Nile virus has made its first appearance in the state this year.

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Senate farm bill praised by Montanans

The $500 billion farm bill passed Monday by the Senate won mostly soft praise from Montanans most affected by the bill's farm, conservation and food stamp programs.

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Foster parents needed

With increasing numbers of children needing temporary homes, Montana’s Child and Family Services Division is looking for new foster parents.

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Montana psychiatric patients grow with seeds they sow

WARM SPRINGS — Julia initially isolated herself from other patients when she arrived at the psychiatric hospital here in January.

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Care home owner fights red tape for 'thriving' resident

Care home owner fights red tape for 'thriving' resident

Cyndi Johnson has trouble believing that bureaucratic rules may force a Billings woman out of an assisted-living home and into a nursing home — at double the cost to taxpayers.

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Medicaid problem

Medicaid problem

Primrose Personal Care Home owner Cyndi Johnson, right, talks recently about resident Beth Riojas' troubles with Medicaid.

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Russian adoption ban hits Broadus couple hard

Russian adoption ban hits Broadus couple hard

When Kimber and Brett Emmons of Broadus flew to Russia in November to meet the two children they were going to adopt, there was an instant connection.

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Facing federal exchange, Wyo lawmakers ponder next move

Facing federal exchange, Wyo lawmakers ponder next move

CASPER, Wyo. -- Now that a federal health exchange is expected in Wyoming, state lawmakers have begun pondering their next move.

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Red Ribbon Week highlights drug prevention

The importance of Red Ribbon Week shows up in the numbers.

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Pilot project on personal health care information debuts

Pilot project on personal health care information debuts

Beginning Monday, Billings city employees in the city’s health care program will be able to manage online just about all of their health care information — from wellness and exercise programs to doctor’s appointments, test results and prescriptions.

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New aid office opens Thursday in Lame Deer

A grand re-opening will take place Thursday for the County Office of Public Assistance in Lame Deer.

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