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Maddie’s Place seeks Medicaid funding to help treat Spokane’s drug-exposed infants

In its first 15 months, Maddie's Place has cared for 61 infants experiencing withdrawal from drug exposure before birth. Its caregivers learned about another 63 drug-exposed babies in Spokane who didn't go there in that period. Leaders seeking state Medicaid funding for Maddie's Place think the numbers far exceed estimates. A new WSU study will look at its health outcomes and tap Spokane providers about insight into the real numbers in Spokane County. 

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Seniors living near urban open spaces report less mental distress, a dementia risk factor

Under broadening research, doctors have more reasons to tell patients to spend time in open spaces regularly for better mental health. Now, a statewide study suggests that even small differences in having available urban green spaces and access to waterfronts have ties to improved self-reported mental health among people ages 65 and older, according to Washington State University researchers, who say this also might help offset dementia.
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A year ago, a baby got a partial heart transplant. How it turned out

In 2022, Duke Health surgeons made history when they successfully performed the world’s first partial heart transplant on a newborn. Doctors thought the groundbreaking, eight-hour surgery — which fused living arteries and valves from a donor’s heart to a newborn’s heart — could create a new field of cardiac surgery that spared young patients from numerous risky procedures later in their lives. ...
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Local psychologist shares prevention tips with insights into higher teen depression, suicide rates

MultiCare clinical psychologist Kimberly Chupurdia agrees with recent reports on higher rates of depression among teens – and for some – suicidal thoughts. A Washington state report in 2023 cites that more youth are reporting mental health issues. Chupurdia thinks factors include lingering effects from COVID shutdowns and an uptick in social media use. Some teens have had difficulties transitioning back into social structures, even in recent months, she said.
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‘Good cholesterol’ and dementia: Researchers chart a correlation

Despite its nickname as the “good cholesterol” because of its cardiovascular benefits, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol was linked to as much as a 42% increased risk for dementia in older people with very high levels of HDL, according to research published in a Lancet journal, the Lancet Regional Health – Western Pacific.
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Safe Passage gains national accreditation for its Child Advocacy Center in Coeur d’Alene

In mid-December, the Safe Passage Children's Advocacy Center received accreditation from the National Children's Alliance under its standards for best practices. The Coeur d'Alene facility provides support, interviews and exams for child victims of sexual and physical abuse, and family support. Nationwide, centers follow standards in response to allegations by using evidence-based practices and coordination with local agencies for investigation, prosecution and treatment. The center serves North Idaho and conducts 250 forensic interviews a year, working with children ages 3 to 17, and a small number of adults with cognitive disability.