Sheila Hagar

Medical and social services reporter

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Sheila Hagar has written for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin since 1998. While she has often freelanced for much larger papers and done projects for magazines, it's the U-B readers who have lived her life — and often their own — through her “Home Place” columns.

In 2004, Sheila joined the staff full-time at the U-B, becoming the health, social-services and entertainment reporter. She continues to write “Home Place,” as well as her blog, “From the Storage Room.”

Recent Stories

Home Place - Valley loses ambassador from heaven

Fergn (that “g” is silent) left our community on Feb. 17, less than a month before her 94th birthday. When I saw her obituary in this newspaper, I loosed an involuntary moan and my nose began running as I tried to barricade the instant tears.

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Cycle safety group maps road ahead

Walla Walla surgeon Dr. Fred Field said he hangs onto hope provided by late anthropologist Margaret Mead:

Smoking wars vet welcomes new weapon

Mardi Hagerman welcomes any aid to fight tobacco addictions, and today’s launch of another smartphone stop-smoking application is another for the toolbox.

New stop-smoking app aims to lead the pack

Your ability to stop smoking just called, and its ready to see you now.

Cyclist death prompts call for safer roads

The bicycle wrecks Dr. Fred Field sees as part of the Providence St. Mary Medical Center trauma team are unforgettably tragic, the surgeon said today.

VA doctor points to gaps in program

A doctor working at an outlying community outpatient clinic managed by the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center said he is as confused as his patients over the rules of the VA’s new Veterans Choice program.

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Glitches surface in VA Veterans Choice program rollout

Cards recently issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affair are intended to help veterans get more timely care closer to home.

Legislators push to "Ban the Box" asking about criminal backgrounds on applications

An initiative being presented to this session of the Washington state Legislature seeks to prohibit employers from asking about arrests or convictions before an applicant is deemed qualified for a job.

Hagar - Research revises previous views on carbs and diabetes

An article published at CBS News and other places quoted a study published in the December issue of the journal Diabetes that said high blood sugar may slow brain growth in children with T1D — type 1 diabetes.

Direct-pay, home-care docs return

Private and direct patient medical care re-rooted in America’s medical culture more than 15 years ago, said Michael Chesser, executive director for the nonprofit American Academy of Private Physicians based in Indiana.

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