Smoke Over Idaho

Much of Idaho Issued a Red Flag Fire Warning

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. Fires may experience rapid rates of growth. Please advise the appropriate officials or fire crews in the field of the red flag warning for portions of Southeast Idaho. – National Weather Services Currently, this fire warning is found marked with red in the map below. Click the map to see more.

View all the areas in read.Fire Warning in Idaho

Wildfires impact health in Idaho. This is one of the reasons we encourage you to come to our Idaho PREPAREDness Expo. Besides the chance of your shelter burning, air quality effects everyone!




Air pollutants can be very harmful to our health. The severity of the pollutant is determined by three factors:

  1. Exposure Length AQI Key
  2. Type of Pollutant 
  3. Concentration of Exposure

Have you ever experienced irritation to the eyes, nose and throat? Or have you had upper respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia? We’ve all experienced headaches, nausea, and allergic reactions. Short-term air pollution can aggravate these and other medical conditions of individuals with asthma and emphysema.

Long-term health effects can include chronic respiratory disease, lung cancer, and heart disease. Damage can even be effective to the brain, nerves, liver, or kidneys. Continual exposure to air pollution affects the lungs of growing children and may aggravate or complicate medical conditions in the elderly. Idaho generally has excellent air quality.

Today’s Air Quality Index (AQI) in Rexburg is good(see key to the right). Click here to determine the air quality. This will allow you to see the latest ratings on air quality for our area.



There is No Such Thing as a Healthy Tan

Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of their lives, according to The following ways may help you diminish the chance of getting skin cancer.

1. Avoid Peak Hours in the Sun

The sun is strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., according to sun safety alliance.  If possible, don’t spend a lot of time outdoors during these hours.

2. Seek Shade

If you can’t avoid the sun during peak hours, find a spot in the shade. However, UV rays can still indirectly reach your skin. UV rays may bounce off sand or concrete even though you are covered by an umbrella or tree. Shade is most effective when you can’t see the sky.

3. Cover Up with Clothing and a Wide-Brimmed Hat

Clothing is the first barrier between UV rays and your skin. Any clothing will help protect you from the sun, but some clothing better than others. The University of Utah Cancer Center, our affiliate, posted  What Clothing Is Best for Protecting the Skin?  Click on the link to learn more.

Hats are a stylish way to keep the sun off your head, face, and shoulders. Choose a hat with a brim at least three inches wide to cover the back of your neck, nose, and ears.

Patients who are receiving cancer treatment may become extra sensitive to the sun. Surgical scars and areas of skin, treated by radiation, can burn easily. If you’ve lost your hair, your head is also vulnerable. It is important to keep these areas protected from the sun.

Sun glasses and a wide-brimmed hat are options to help prevent skin cancer.

4. Wear Sunglasses

Your eyes are also sensitive to the sun’s rays. Look for sunglasses labeled as having 99–100% UV light protection. Wrap-around styles keep light from shining around the frames and into your eyes.

5. Don’t Use Tanning Beds

Tanning beds expose you to harmful UV light. Often this type of UV light is stronger and can cause more damage in less time than UV rays from the sun. Learn to love your natural skin color.

Remember, a tan is your skin’s reaction to UV damage. There’s no such thing as a safe, healthy tan, according to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

The annual cost of treating skin cancers in the U.S. is estimated at $8.1 billion, according to Do your part and reduce your chances of skin cancer.

Nathan Ogden Madison Memorial Hospital Wellness

Nathan Ogden Helps at Madison

Nathan’s Comes to Share His Inspiring Story on August 9th.

Nathan Ogden knew his life to be near perfect with two young children, a wonderful wife of four years, and a successful career. Then at 26 years old, life presented a drastic challenge three days before Christmas in 2001. Searching for adventure on a snow-capped mountain would soon have Nathan trading in his skis for a wheelchair. Coming off a ski jump wrong he was instantly paralyzed and diagnosed as a quadriplegic, not able to swallow or even breathe on his own. There was too much to live for so he battled through setbacks and obstacles with intense therapy. Nathan returned to work full time, was able to drive again, and embraced his new life from a seated position with the motto of “We Believe”. He was getting much stronger and knew he would walk again.
Just over a year after that fateful ski run, Nathan became ill and was admitted to a hospital unconscious. While receiving x-rays he fell off the gurney and suffered a second devastating neck break with greater neurological damage. The only phrase he spoke before entering surgery for the second time was, “Bring It On!” Weeks after the second break he noticed the muscle movement he worked so hard to regain the first time, was not coming back. This was a devastating blow to his recovery. Nathan wrote, “After the second neck break I was not only physically paralyzed but mentally trapped as well. I desperately tried to be a good father and husband but I slipped into depression and denial. How will I ever achieve anything now? What good am I to my wife and kids anymore?” Nathan has a perfect knowledge of the feelings and struggles that come from being physically and mentally paralyzed. He lost his job, friends, self-esteem, and almost his marriage. Being physically paralyzed is extremely difficult, but not moving mentally is painfully worse.
Using his years of challenging experiences he has found superior systems to move from paralysis to progress. If you are not progressing in business and life, you begin losing hope, starting to feel insignificant, unimportant, almost invisible. Our attitude and productivity drop and we lose focus on our goals. Nathan’s critical strategies help us identify and conquer the excuses and lies we tell ourselves that paralyze us mentally. Allowing us to move beyond our current limitations and achieve true satisfaction and success. Surviving not only one, but two neck breaks, Nathan has an extraordinary message to share. Save the Date this August 9th!


Losing Your Mind? 3 Tips to Improve Mental Stability

Everyone has positive and negative experiences that affect their mental health. When you focus on positive emotions from your experiences, you have a greater chance of improving your health. Furthermore, negative emotions lead to developing fear and anxiety while a positive outlook can benefit your physical and mental health, according to News In Health. 

There are three things that can help you obtain a stability in your mental health. These include first developing a resilience, second focusing on important things, and Last developing a sense of meaning and purpose in your life.

1. Develop a Resilience

Resilience is the power to rebound after difficult times. Self-reflection is one of the main things you can do to develop resilience. Reflect on what brings you joy and things you want to achieve. After reflecting on the positive, set goals to achieve and improve. This helps your mental health because you are dwelling on improvement. You are enthusiastic about things you want to do.

Meditation builds resilience. As you meditate, slow your breathing and clear your mind to make better decisions and improve your critical thinking. Meditating creates better communication within yourself. Understand your thought processes and guide your thoughts.  When you accept that you cannot control the past, the present becomes the focus. This focus will affect every aspect and relationship in your life.

Meditate to clear your mind and slow your breathing to improve your well being.

2. Focus on Importance

What is important to you? Self-reflection can help with this as well. Find things, and people, that add happiness and importance in your life. These elements may help you recognize your importance. Above all, know that you are important and needed.

Professor Beth Lewis, from the University of Minnesota, states “Exercise has shown to be just as effective as anti-depressants”. To clear your mind, choose a fun activity for exercise and schedule it. Even a brisk walk can lift your mood. Find time to talk with those you love, and who love you. Positive experiences with loved ones, especially face to face, can brighten any attitude. Get enough sleep to garnish a positive mental state.

Avoid alcohol and drugs. They will hinder your ability to think clearly and give you a negative mental state. You will act impulsively and dwell on unnecessary things. Do not give these substances importance.

3. Find Purpose and Meaning in Life

Finding a purpose and meaning in life may be a little difficult. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What excites and energizes me?
  • What are my proudest achievements?
  • What legacy do I want to leave?

When you ask yourself these questions, we, at Madison Memorial Hospital, hope that you will increase your mental health stability. You can continue to improve and achieve great things daily. Appreciate what you have and continue to have a positive attitude, no matter what you may face.

Remember, to develop resilience, focus on important aspects, and find purpose and meaning in life!

Jack Clark MD is Madison Memorial Hospitals Hospitalist

New Madison Hospitalist, Jack Clark MD

Jack Clark, MD – New Madison Memorial Hospitalist
Madison Memorial Hospital is excited to welcome Jack Clark, MD, to the Rexburg Community and to the Hospital Medical Staff. Dr. Clark is an Internal Medicine physician who has joined us this week. He will be working full time as Madison Memorial Hospital’s Hospitalist. Dr. Clark attended medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He completed his residency program in Internal Medicine at Penn State University Hershey Medical Center in Hershey Pennsylvania. We look forward to having Dr. Jack Clark as part of the Medical Staff.
Join us in giving Dr. Clark a warm welcome when you see him.
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