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Grandsons motivated Grandma to shed 42 pounds

Grandsons motivated Grandma to shed 42 pounds

When Nancy Darling’s mother died in 1994, Darling quit smoking. When her sister died in November 2012, Darling vowed to lose weight and get healthy.

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MHP gets 1st class of drug-detection dogs to fight 'growing' drug problem

MHP gets 1st class of drug-detection dogs to fight 'growing' drug problem

For the first time in the state’s history, six K-9 narcotics units are bolstering the force of the Montana Highway Patrol to guard the I-90 and I-94 corridors against drugs.

July 24, 2014 2:24 pm Video Photos

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Distraught mother: 'All they were doing was overmedicating him'

Distraught mother: 'All they were doing was overmedicating him'

A 36-year-old Iraq war veteran was being treated for traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and back injuries with more than 27 different medications when he died unexpectedly, according to his mother.

July 23, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Billings Clinic partnership with Mayo Clinic has been 'positive for patients,' physician says

Billings Clinic partnership with Mayo Clinic has been 'positive for patients,' physician says

When Billings Clinic opened its first ExpressCare Clinic in December 2013, it turned to a role model in the field. The Clinic sought the guidance of the Mayo Clinic, which got into the express-care retail clinic business at least five years earlier when it opened an express-care clinic at a …

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'I want his sons ... to grow up and have no shame in how their father died,' mother says

'I want his sons ... to grow up and have no shame in how their father died,' mother says

The mother of an Emigrant man who killed himself in 2011 has vowed to do whatever possible to prevent other families from experiencing the suicide of a loved one, including rallying some of the state’s leaders in health care and suicide prevention.

July 18, 2014 6:30 am Video Photos

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Consider these physicians 'bookworms,' 'detectives' of medicine

Consider these physicians 'bookworms,' 'detectives' of medicine

Patients rarely, if ever, see these physicians, yet they are responsible for diagnosing everything from a benign cyst to a brain tumor.

July 16, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Hospitals pass muster on mammogram access for disabled women

Hospitals pass muster on mammogram access for disabled women

Kathie Bach, who was born with cerebral palsy, flashed a smile and a thumbs up after checking out the mammography machine in the Reger Family Center for Breast Health at Billings Clinic.

July 15, 2014 6:51 pm Photos

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Pedaling past stigma: Nonprofit aims to boost awareness of mental illness with bike ride

Pedaling past stigma: Nonprofit aims to boost awareness of mental illness with bike ride

In an effort to increase awareness of mental illness and eliminate the stigma, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Billings is raising the profile of its signature fundraising event.

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Marine Corps League leader: 'A lot of people don't realize we're out here'

Marine Corps League leader: 'A lot of people don't realize we're out here'

They have touched a lot of lives in our community, even if most people don’t see them at work.

July 14, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Governor: 'Health care industry is crucial part of state’s economy'

Governor: 'Health care industry is crucial part of state’s economy'

Declaring it’s a “good time to be in Montana,” Gov. Steve Bullock wasted no time Wednesday in making his case to at least 250 people from Montana and Wyoming gathered for the inaugural Big Sky Business Health Care Summit.

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Coroners Association leader pledges to help, not block suicide review efforts

Coroners Association leader pledges to help, not block suicide review efforts

The president of the Montana Coroners Association said he wants the organization to be part of a statewide effort to reduce the state’s suicide rate and not be perceived as part of the problem.

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Walk, run aimed at helping Yellowstone County veterans

Walk, run aimed at helping Yellowstone County veterans

Billings serves as ground zero for a wealth of athletic events that support women’s causes, sick children, cancer and more. But there hasn’t been a run or walk dedicated to helping military veterans — until now.

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As first responders, family medicine doctors receive training in suicide prevention

As first responders, family medicine doctors receive training in suicide prevention

For the first time in the 19-year history of the Montana Family Residency Program, residents will receive formalized training in suicide prevention.

July 05, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Forgotten remains of 9 veterans to be buried with full military honors in Laurel

Forgotten remains of 9 veterans to be buried with full military honors in Laurel

For at least the third time in two years, the remains of U.S. veterans have been discovered languishing on the shelf of a Montana mortuary.

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6-year-old double amputee is ambassador for East-West Shrine Game

6-year-old double amputee is ambassador for East-West Shrine Game

For the second time in about three years, 6-year-old Addison Benson, of Laurel, will serve as ambassador of the Montana East-West Shrine Game, a major fundraiser for Shriners Hospitals for Children-Spokane.

July 02, 2014 12:30 am Photos

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Internal Medicine Residents receive ultimate symbol of doctoring — white coat

Internal Medicine Residents receive ultimate symbol of doctoring — white coat

Twelve internal medicine residents Tuesday each received the ultimate symbol of doctoring — the coveted white coat.

July 01, 2014 8:15 am Photos

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Yellowstone County Relay for Life celebrates 20 years of supporting cancer research

Yellowstone County Relay for Life celebrates 20 years of supporting cancer research

This year marks a milestone anniversary for the Yellowstone County Relay for Life.

June 30, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Suicide conference draws more interest than it can accommodate

Suicide conference draws more interest than it can accommodate

HELENA — A standing-room-only crowd of more than 250 people from across Montana turned out for the 2014 Montana Conference on Suicide Prevention.

June 28, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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95 suicides so far in 2014: Suicide Review Team hits roadblocks with some coroners

95 suicides so far in 2014: Suicide Review Team hits roadblocks with some coroners

HELENA — Montana’s Suicide Review Team, the first of its kind in the nation, is running into some roadblocks as it examines “gruesome” documents hoping to discover how more suicides can be prevented.

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'Running teaches kids about life,' says track coach

'Running teaches kids about life,' says track coach

LAUREL — “Alright, one to three laps,” barked an enthusiastic Amy Caldera.

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Texting while driving surfaces as latest teen risk as smoking risks tumble

Texting while driving surfaces as latest teen risk as smoking risks tumble

When it comes to risky behavior, adolescents seem to have traded cigarettes for cellphones.

June 25, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Tester to ask VA leadership to prioritize hiring VA Montana director

Tester to ask VA leadership to prioritize hiring VA Montana director

For the second time in less than two years a search is underway for someone to lead the VA Montana Health Care system.

June 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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3 administrators fired at Miles City Mental Health Center

The three top administrators of the Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center in Miles City who were fired earlier this month have hired a Billings attorney to fight the terminations.

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4th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference set for Billings

4th Annual Suicide Prevention Conference set for Billings

Myriad efforts are under way throughout Montana to combat the state’s runaway suicide rate, all of which are aimed at raising awareness and equipping more people to identify those who are suicidal.

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RiverStone Health joins elite group of public health departments in U.S.

RiverStone Health joins elite group of public health departments in U.S.

For the first time since its creation in 1974, Yellowstone County’s public health department has earned national accreditation, a status held by fewer than 50 public health departments in the nation.

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NFL comes to Livingston to host moms-only football safety clinic

NFL comes to Livingston to host moms-only football safety clinic

Each year, U.S. emergency departments treat an estimated 173,285 sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, among children and adolescents, from birth to 19 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Condom use among Montana, U.S. teens declines

Condom use among Montana, U.S. teens declines

Condom use among sexually active high school students throughout the United States, including Montana, declined in 2013, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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June 27 is National HIV Testing day

June 27 is National HIV Testing day

More than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are infected with HIV, and more than 200,000 don’t know it, according to estimates provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some of those are living in Montana.

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12 selected for inaugural Internal Medicine Residency at Billings Clinic

12 selected for inaugural Internal Medicine Residency at Billings Clinic

When Sindy Byington was searching for a place to complete her internal medicine residency, she had two criteria: She wanted to live in a smaller city where she and her husband could raise their three children and she wanted to make sure the training she received would not be substandard to t…

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Absarokee woman seeks $72,000 surgery to alleviate debilitating 'suicide disease'

Absarokee woman seeks $72,000 surgery to alleviate debilitating 'suicide disease'

ABSAROKEE — Imagine a pain so brutal and relentless that it feels like you’ve been punched in the face — for days. It is a pain so debilitating that it hurts to wash your face or even get a kiss on the cheek.

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Livingston hospital CEO: 'This is one of the largest projects in Park County history'

Livingston hospital CEO: 'This is one of the largest projects in Park County history'

LIVINGSTON — Nearly eight months after ground was broken for construction of a new $43.5 million critical-access hospital and clinic, work on the two-story facility is on schedule and set to open by fall 2015.

June 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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IHS patient: 'It’s not quality health care, it’s whatever care'

IHS patient: 'It’s not quality health care, it’s whatever care'

The problems with the Billings Area IHS are so pervasive and have existed for so long that Montana’s Congressional delegation recently called for an investigation from the federal Government Accountability Office.

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Registration open for statewide suicide prevention conference

Registration open for statewide suicide prevention conference

For the past four decades, Montana has ranked in the top five states with the highest suicide rate in the nation.

May 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Scrutiny of Indian Health Service not unique to Montana

Scrutiny of Indian Health Service not unique to Montana

The problems under investigation in the Billings Area Indian Health Service are not unique in the national system. 

May 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Montana ranks 30th in nation when it comes to seniors' health

Montana ranks 30th in nation when it comes to seniors' health

When it comes to the health of seniors in Montana, the state is making incremental progress but still has significant room for improvement.

May 23, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Prenatal massage therapist: 'You have 2 people on the table, not just 1'

Prenatal massage therapist: 'You have 2 people on the table, not just 1'

Through her pregnancy, Bailee Willett has treated herself — and her unborn child — to regular massages.

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Peak's medical license reinstated on 'lifetime probationary' status

Peak's medical license reinstated on 'lifetime probationary' status

A Billings child and adolescent psychiatrist who was stripped of his medical license two years ago has been granted a lifetime probationary license to practice adult psychiatry.

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Billings psychiatrist again seeks reinstatement of his medical license

Billings psychiatrist again seeks reinstatement of his medical license

A Billings child and adolescent psychiatrist who spent time in prison for possessing child pornography is trying yet again to get his medical license back so he can return to practice.

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Final flight: WWII heroine greeted in Washington, D.C.

Final flight: WWII heroine greeted in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Sunday, Sarah Styger received the kind of attention so many mothers covet — and no doubt deserve.

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'I cry every single time they all line up and salute'

'I cry every single time they all line up and salute'

If it weren’t for Willard Baker’s ever-growing bucket list, Big Sky Honor Flight may never have materialized in Montana.

May 10, 2014 11:15 pm Photos

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'Elevate Montana Summit' aimed at improving children's well-being

'Elevate Montana Summit' aimed at improving children's well-being

An aggressive billboard campaign has taken root throughout Montana aimed at raising awareness of the need to improve the well-being of the state’s children.

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'They can't walk very well, but they can dance'

'They can't walk very well, but they can dance'

Pirouettes might be a little out of their reach, but the sophistication of their flowing, rhythmic arm movements could rival that of any novice ballerina or ballerino.

May 07, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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Hundreds expected to march against drugs, violence

What began with only a dozen children and a handful of adults has mushroomed into one of the longest running and largest one-day drug abuse- and violence-prevention programs in the state. And this year, it is expected to attract more than 300 participants.

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Tester, Walsh call for investigation of local IHS

Tester, Walsh call for investigation of local IHS

The Billings Area Indian Health Service is coming under increased scrutiny, with U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh requesting that the Government Accountability Office conduct a formal investigation of the federal agency.

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IHS director resigns, citing 'great' challenges within the federal agency

IHS director resigns, citing 'great' challenges within the federal agency

Less than 18 months after being named director of the Billings Area Indian Health Service, a frustrated and emotional Anna Whiting-Sorrell has resigned, saying the challenges the federal agency faces are “great.”

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'He had the time of his life. What a way to go.'

'He had the time of his life. What a way to go.'

For a weary, emotional and grateful Donald Buska, it was mission accomplished.

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Montana veterans on Honor Flight return to Billings late Monday

Montana veterans on Honor Flight return to Billings late Monday

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, J. Bernard Dahl helped raise money for a monument that would someday be dedicated to World War II veterans.

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As aging veterans fly to D.C., team of medical professionals make the trip a success

As aging veterans fly to D.C., team of medical professionals make the trip a success

WASHINGTON, D.C. — They grew up in the United States during the deprivation of the Great Depression and went on to fight in World War II, bearing witness to some of the bloodiest, most protracted battles in American history.

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Terminally ill WWII veteran bound for nation's capital

Terminally ill WWII veteran bound for nation's capital

At 16, a fresh-faced lad who was long on good looks enrolled with the Minnesota State National Guard with an eye toward following in the footsteps of his father and uncle, both of whom served in the U.S. Navy.

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Police officer: 'We see people robbing each other to get pills'

Police officer: 'We see people robbing each other to get pills'

One of the largest prescription drug collection efforts in Billings netted nearly 600 pounds of expired drugs, and police expect another significant haul Saturday when residents are urged to turn over their unused drugs.

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