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COVID Cases Continue To Drop Despite New Subvariant

New COVID-19 cases continue to drop but the BA-2 subvariant is spreading throughout the country. As of March 11, 16 cases had been reported in Montana since the first report on January 30. University of Washington Medicine Clinical Virology Laboratory Assistant Director Dr. Alex Greninger.

Health Officials Worried Artificial Snow May Lead To More Injuries

100% of the snow at the Beijing Winter Olympics is artificial. Kaiser Health News reports that some Montana ski areas are beginning to explore similar options through wastewater. University of Washington Medicine orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mia Hagan says manufactured snow is far more likely to cause injury.

Montana Begins Distribution Of Rapid COVID-19 Tests

Rapid tests for COVID-19 have begun to arrive across Montana and Tuesday the federal government activated the website where free at-home COVID-19 tests can be ordered. University of Washington Medicine Pathologist Dr. Geoff Baird says rapid antigen tests are a good go-to if you are feeling sick which maybe be COVID-19 symptoms. ...

Medical Professionals Encourage A “Dry January” To Start The New Year

As New Year’s Day approaches, health-based resolutions are hardly novel. The trend of “Dry January” has gained momentum during the pandemic, with 15% of U.S. adults attempting temporary alcohol abstinence last year. Dr. Rotanya Carr is the head of gastroenterology at the University of Washington School of Medicine and recently outl...

Vaccines For Children Already Available Throughout Montana

Montana planned ahead for the FDA’s approval Monday of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 by pre-ordering nearly 25,000 doses last Friday. Dr. Sean Murphy an associate professor of laboratory medicine and pathology at the University of Washington School of Medicine on why vaccines like Pfizer’s should be effective on kids. htt...

New MSU Study Finds Physical Activity Linked To Mental Health

A new study by Montana State University on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health found physical activity is a significant factor in staving off mental health challenges. The study highlights the cyclical nature of the relationship between activity and mental health. University of Washington School of Medicine’s Dr. Pooja Tandon recently expl...

New Study Reveals Pandemic’s Effects On Child Mental Health

Montana has seen increased investment and attention towards child mental health resources in recent months due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and a new study by the University of Washington’s School of Medicine reveals the specific factors behind this. Here’s the study’s lead author Pooja Tandon on its major findings. https://northernb...

Health Officials Warn Of Wave Of Influenza

After a year of zero flu cases being reported the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is now warning Montanans about the risk of a severe flu season. Dr. Seth Cohen with the University of Washington’s School of Medicine has offered a solution.

Montana Seeing An Increase In Ivermectin Illnesses

Ivermectin is a prescription medication for treating parasitic infections in humans and livestock but not for COVID-19. Following a rapid increase in illnesses in Montana related to ivermectin the state Department of Public Health and Human Services released a memo warning of the dangers of using it for COVID treatment. University of Washingto...