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Audrey Dutton

Audrey Dutton

Audrey Dutton, senior investigative reporter, joined the Idaho Capital Sun after 10 years at the Idaho Statesman. Her favorite topics to cover include health care, business, consumer protection issues and white collar crime. Dutton hails from Twin Falls. She attended college at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City. Before coming home to Idaho, Dutton worked as a journalist in Minnesota, New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Dutton's work has earned dozens of state, regional and national awards for investigative reporting, health care and business reporting, data visualization and more.

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Idaho Health Data Exchange files for bankruptcy, with $4 million owed to creditors

By: - August 17, 2022

A small organization that operates a massive database of Idaho patient medical records filed for bankruptcy Friday, reporting it owes creditors $4 million and is defending itself in three lawsuits. Chapter 11 bankruptcy would allow the Idaho Health Data Exchange to keep operating while it pays creditors and works through litigation, according to its bankruptcy […]

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Idaho rural health clinics to receive $3.6 million in USDA emergency grants

By: - August 12, 2022

Five health clinics that serve rural Idaho communities will receive a total of about $3.6 million in emergency grants to use for costs related to COVID-19 and to continue providing medical care to rural Idahoans, according to a news release Thursday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Terry Reilly Health Services will receive $1 million […]

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Dr. Ryan Cole’s journey from Boise to Nashville to France. His new focus? Monkeypox.

By: - August 10, 2022

State lawmakers in Tennessee were considering a bill to put “natural immunity” on equal footing with vaccinated immunity for COVID-19. Health care workers and anyone else required to have COVID-19 vaccination for work or school could be exempt from vaccines, as long as they’d already been infected with the coronavirus and recovered. That week in […]

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Idaho’s state lab mixed up monkeypox tests. Here’s how it happened.

By: - August 4, 2022

Two samples arrived last Thursday at the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories. Health care providers in two different parts of the state had swabbed their patients to test for suspected monkeypox infections. The lab processed the monkeypox tests and sent out results. Four days later, the state lab got a query from the Centers for Disease […]

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How many Idahoans have long COVID? New data gives us a hint.

By: - August 2, 2022

Boise jewelry artist Mike Rogers made it through several waves of COVID-19 outbreaks without getting sick — until mid-June, when the omicron variant caught him. Six weeks after his breakthrough coronavirus infection, Rogers isn’t back to normal. His brain feels as though it’s encased in plastic wrap, being squeezed and buzzed with electrical currents. Rogers […]

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Idaho’s Dr. Ryan Cole defends his medical license, saying complaints are political attacks

By: - July 29, 2022

The medical board in the state of Washington is considering disciplinary action against Dr. Ryan Cole, the Idaho pathologist who serves on a public health board while advocating against COVID-19 vaccines and accusing other public health agencies of fraud. In a 40-page response to complaints against him, Cole and his attorney argued that he did […]

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Idaho reports a first case of what appears to be local monkeypox transmission

By: - July 29, 2022

Editor’s note: The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reported Aug. 2 that a handling error at the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories caused two patients’ monkeypox test results to be swapped. The patient who received a false positive was this Canyon County case; in fact, there was no monkeypox infection detected as of Aug. 2 […]

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Idaho’s polio vaccination rate is low and — over the past decade — falling

By: - July 25, 2022

Health authorities in New York on Thursday reported the first case of polio in the U.S. in a decade. The patient was unvaccinated and was paralyzed by the viral disease, according to news reports. While there have been no cases reported in Idaho, the state’s polio vaccination rates have slipped in recent years — leaving […]

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American public health institutions need to rebuild public trust, University of Idaho research finds

By: - July 21, 2022

If public health institutions want Americans to follow their lead, they will need to work on building the public’s trust, a study led by Idaho researchers suggests. A paper on the study was published in May in the journal PLOS One. The study was a collaboration between eight University of Idaho researchers and one University […]

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Idaho’s abortion data: the demographics of who gets them, when, how and where

By: - July 18, 2022

Four years after the U.S. Supreme Court decided that abortion was a constitutional right in 1973, Idaho passed a law to monitor those abortions — not in a way that would identify patients, but in a way that would allow the state and public to see the statistics. Abortion is one of few medical procedures […]

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Ammon Bundy and Diego Rodriguez get three-week extension in St. Luke’s lawsuit

By: - July 12, 2022

An Ada County judge on Tuesday sent St. Luke’s attorneys back to square one, after the attorneys made a procedural error in a case against Ammon Bundy, Diego Rodriguez and their organizations. Fourth District Judge Lynn Norton said the hospital system’s paperwork did not follow rules for legal notices; for example, in their summons, attorneys […]

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Idaho nears a milestone of enduring tragedy: 5,000 dead of COVID

By: - July 12, 2022

Idaho will soon lose its 5,000th life to COVID-19. The state’s coronavirus-related death toll reached 4,993 on Monday. Two of the dead were under age 18. Another 272 were adults who died before their 50th birthday. As the wave of hospitalizations due to the delta variant slammed Idaho’s hospitals in fall 2021, Dr. Jim Souza […]