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Meet Morgan Yost, DO

The old adage, ‘it runs in the family,’ certainly holds true for the Yost family. Morgan Yost, DO, the youngest of seven children, is the fourth physician in his immediate family. The first was his father Christian Yost, DO who practiced pediatric medicine in Pocatello for 35 years. Morgan is proud to continue a legacy of care that spans over four decades.

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After graduating high school, Morgan, who was interested in a career in general surgery, took an opportunity to shadow a surgeon.

“Shadowing is an important part of learning what being a doctor is like,” Dr. Yost said. “Essentially you are there to watch and experience the nature of a practicing physician’s profession. I loved the idea that with surgical intervention you can make a significant difference in the lives of patients. I went to medical school with the intention of becoming a surgeon.”

Coming from a family of physicians, Dr. Morgan Yost received much guidance, insight and advice along the way. As he began his third year in medical school another physician, who was a close family friend, suggested that he consider otolaryngology, ophthalmology or radiology as future career opportunities. It was suggested that these specialties would accommodate a balanced lifestyle; something not often afforded to general surgeons.

“It was indicated that within these specialties I would be able to tailor my practice and have both a solid career and a more manageable lifestyle,” Yost said.

Additionally, Yost’s eldest brother, Con Yost, MD, neonatologist, instructed him to pick a specialty in which he had similar interests, goals and personality to others in that field. While there are exceptions and diverse personalities within each field, for whatever reason, otolaryngology has traditionally attracted ‘nice’ people. Even within the medical literature, the otolaryngologist has been referred to as the ‘mild mannered' physician. In truth, like attracts like. Otolaryngology seems to attract nice people who enjoy working hard and also enjoy surgery.

Dr. Yost discovered that the practice of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery is as varied as the range of patients that present to his clinic. The practice requires both medical and surgical skills in the treatment of patients and otolaryngologists are able to maintain a hands on approach to the care of their patients.

With this advice, Yost graduated from ATSU Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO and completed his residency training in otolaryngology at Northeast Regional Medical Center, Kirksville, MO.

Upon graduating residency, there was one more major decision for which Dr. Yost sought advice. Where to practice? Gentry Yost, MD, third son and pediatrician at the Pocatello Children and Adolescent Clinic was instrumental in guiding his younger brother.

“Gentry really was the driving force; he convinced me to come back home to practice medicine,” Dr. Yost said. “I have been told by many people that my mom, a hospice nurse, is also quite thrilled.”

Dr. Yost specializes in the medical and surgical management and treatment of diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck in both pediatric and adult patients. To schedule a consult, please contact his office, Portneuf Ear Nose and Throat Clinic 208-239-1960. He is presently taking new patients.

Trainers Tasked with Keeping Athletes Safe in America's Toughest Sport

By KPVI News 6 at: KPVI.com

The sport of rodeo is widely known as America’s toughest sport. Although the theory is always to get back up on the horse for the next ride, that doesn’t always happen. We introduce you to the people helping the cowboys and cowgirls jump back in the saddle.

“These are the toughest of the tough, these cowboys and these cowgirls,” said Caroline Faure, an athletic trainer with Portneuf Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Outreach Program.

In a sport that celebrates surviving the 8 seconds before being bucked off a 2000 pound animal, getting thrown up in the air, slammed to the ground, and walking away from it, keeping these kids healthy proves to be quite the challenge.

“It can be, because when we’re out in the arena taking care of people, a lot of times the rough stock might still be out in the arena with us when we’re trying to take care of an injured athlete,” said Brent Faure, the Director of PMC’s program.

There is a certain tough guy mentality that these athletes have to have in order to get back on the horse, but sometimes the injury is too serious to simply rub a little dirt in it, and that’s where Brent and Caroline Faure come in.

“You have to be a little bit more discreet about helping them,” said Caroline, “you have to build relationships along the way and get those kids to trust you and get their parents to trust you, and I think that’s what 25 years has done for us.”

The Faure’s are part of the Portneuf Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Outreach Program. For the past 25 years PMC has been taking care of, and building relationships with, the riders.

“It’s really neat to take care of a group who really appreciates what you do. These kids don’t get taken care of well throughout the year, a lot of them don’t have any medical care throughout the year and when they come here we can take care of them and also teach them how to stay safe the rest of the year when we’re not around,” added Caroline.

A quarter of a century, taking care of these brave cowboys’ bumps bruises, sprains, and fractures. Although it’s a tough job, they are always up for the challenge.

“We plan to be here for a long time, as long as this rodeo’s in Pocatello we’ll plan on being here,” said Brent.

The Faure’s also told us that they love being able to help the athletes, but the relationships they’ve built with the parents and directors make this one of their favorite events all year.

Learn more about Portneuf Medical Center’s Outreach Sports Medicine Program.

New CDC Report Says Nearly 30 Million Americans Have Diabetes

By KPVI News 6 at: KPVI.com

A batch of new figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is saying that 9.3 percent or close to 30 million Americans are living with diabetes.

Deb Jolly, a Registered Nurse and Diabetes Educator at Portneuf Medical Center, says the numbers paint a bleak picture for the health of our nation.

“You can look at some of the statistics and say ‘this is the first generation that will have a lower level of health than their parents,” Jolly says.

According to the National Diabetes Statistics Report for 2014 issued by the CDC, of the 29.1 million in the United States with diabetes a little over eight million are undiagnosed.

Looking at those older than 20 years-of-age, a total of 12.3 percent of people have the disease. Digging a little deeper, the numbers say the 20 to 44 years-old segment of the population is at 4.1 percent, 45 to 64 years-old is 16.2 percent and 65 years-and-older sees a quarter of the population with the disease.

Of all those figures, close to 14 percent of men and just over 11 percent of women have diabetes.

There are also those who Jolly calls borderline and if you think you’re at risk for the disease there are a few simple steps you can take to fight the disease.

“You can back that up, even the people who are diagnosed with diabetes can back up the process of the disease with diet, exercise, weight management, and just really being careful with their health,” Jolly explained.

Using the CDC’s percentage of population figure of 9.3 percent, we find that nearly 150,000 Idahoans are living with diabetes.

If you’d like to have a look at the report from the CDC for yourself, you can find it here.

For information on diabetes, risks and management, visit Portneuf Medical Center's Diabetes Education Clinic.