Health & Science

People from around the country will gather in Washington D.C. Saturday for the "March for Science." Montanans that don’t make the trip will still have a chance to participate in the global event.

Organizers are billing the March as supporting, "robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity," and, "for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest."

On NPR's All Things Considered Sunday, Amy Martin reported on the second-largest ever cull of Yellowstone Bison this winter.

More than 1,200 bison were killed, more than at any time since 2007-2008.

Federal investigators said today they found credible evidence that male supervisors and staff in the maintenance division at Yellowstone National Park created a work environment that included unwelcome and inappropriate comments and actions toward women.

Yellowstone National Park Spokesperson Morgan Warthin:

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Montana received a $263,000 federal grant to launch a new package of services to adolescents and young adults suffering from their first psychotic episode.

Research by the National Institute of Mental Health has found young adults, if left untreated for their psychosis, are more likely to develop serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia.


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Montana isn’t facing the intense opiate or heroin epidemic that has gripped other parts of the country. But officials with the U-S Attorney’s Office for the District of Montana says the problem is here. They want to bring stakeholders together to get ahead of this issue.

The office is sponsoring a conference in Bozeman October 20, 2016 titled “From Pills to Heroin.”

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Local kids came face to face with a Great Horned Owl, a Three-Banded Armadillo and a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach at St. Vincent Healthcare Sept. 16. The animals – and their handlers – were on hand to bring the healing power of animals into the hospital.

The project is called San Diego Zoo Kids. It’s a closed-circuit television channel broadcast throughout the hospital. 

San Diego Zoo Kids is a collaboration of the San Diego Zoo, ZooMontana, St. Vincent’s Children’s Healthcare and Ronald McDonald Charities of Eastern Montana.

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Billings Clinic launched a pilot project to help rural primary care providers deliver mental or behavioral health care to their patients.

“Montana is at the epicenter of a mental health crisis,” says Dr. Eric Arzubi, chair of the Psychiatry Department at Billings Clinic.

He says there aren’t enough psychiatrists, so it falls upon primary care providers in rural areas to help their patients who are struggling with mental and behavioral health issues.

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Two time Olympic gold medalist  Dot Richardson will light the torch at tonight’s Big Sky State Games’ opening ceremonies. Richardson was part of the 1996 and 2000 Olympic softball teams.

Karen Sanford Gall, executive director of the state games, says this year they have added 2 new sports, lacrosse and curling, and have expanded some sports, including shooting. 

Consumer Reports gave Montana poor marks for not using simple language to get more information about doctors.

Lisa McGiffert is the Director of Consumer Reports' Safe Patient Project. Her complaint is with terminology on the Montana Board of Medical Examiner website.

“The terms on that page are licensee search as opposed to something real simple like find your doctor or look up your doctor,” said McGiffert.

Consumer Reports reviewed medical board websites in all 50 states.

Hospitals and clinics across Montana have long had a hard time recruiting doctors and nurses to serve the state’s needs. That can be true of other healthcare professions, too, like therapists, pharmacists and technicians. A new analysis this year says demand for healthcare workers in Montana is going to grow by 40 percent in the next 10 years.