Ruby de Luna http://kuow.org en Why Whidbey General Hospital Called The Midwife http://kuow.org/post/why-whidbey-general-hospital-called-midwife <p>In Coupeville, Washington, Sarah Meyer is pressing a fetal Doppler on Christine Meyer’s belly to check the baby’s heart rate.</p><p>Meyer, no relation to Christine, then checks her ankles for swelling. Christine is 25, and this is her first baby. She says she chose Whidbey General because the hospital offers what she was looking for – a midwife. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:44:40 +0000 Ruby de Luna 40286 at http://kuow.org Why Whidbey General Hospital Called The Midwife Behavior Changes From Patients And Doctors Recommended For HIV Prevention http://kuow.org/post/behavior-changes-patients-and-doctors-recommended-hiv-prevention <p>In the campaign to prevent HIV and sexually transmitted infections, counselors like Chief Odood are on the frontlines. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:59:56 +0000 Ruby de Luna 38836 at http://kuow.org Behavior Changes From Patients And Doctors Recommended For HIV Prevention Medical Community Mourns Loss Of AIDS Research Leader http://kuow.org/post/medical-community-mourns-loss-aids-research-leader <p>Seattle’s medical and research community is mourning the death of dozens of HIV researchers killed in the Malaysia Air crash Thursday.&nbsp; The group was en route to Australia for the International Aids Conference. &nbsp; Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:18:50 +0000 Ruby de Luna 38548 at http://kuow.org The 'Luke I Am Your Father' Moment For This Adopted Woman http://kuow.org/post/luke-i-am-your-father-moment-adopted-woman <p>Earlier this month KUOW introduced you to Lynne Hogan, 48, one of hundreds of Washington adoptees seeking information about their birth parents. A new law that took effect July 1 gave adoptees access to their birth records through the Washington State Department of Health. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:36:30 +0000 Ruby de Luna 38478 at http://kuow.org The 'Luke I Am Your Father' Moment For This Adopted Woman Testicular Cancer Rate Rising Among Young Latinos http://kuow.org/post/testicular-cancer-rate-rising-among-young-latinos <p>Testicular cancer is on the rise among young Latinos, according to a new study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University Of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:00:50 +0000 Ruby de Luna 38238 at http://kuow.org Aging With Grace For Boomers With Disabilities http://kuow.org/post/aging-grace-boomers-disabilities <p></p><p>There’s a lot of emphasis on healthy aging, as more baby boomers hit 65. But what about those seniors who don’t ski and skydive for fun? Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:10:53 +0000 Ruby de Luna 37995 at http://kuow.org Aging With Grace For Boomers With Disabilities New Summer Camp Launches For Kids With Autism And ADHD http://kuow.org/post/new-summer-camp-launches-kids-autism-and-adhd <p>It’s the season of summer camps, but kids with autism or ADHD are often left out because of behavior issues. But next week, they’ll get have another option, through a joint program between UW Autism Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:15:23 +0000 Ruby de Luna 37454 at http://kuow.org Second Try: Daughter Hopes Birth Mom Will Agree To Meet http://kuow.org/post/second-try-daughter-hopes-birth-mom-will-agree-meet <p></p><p>Lynne Hogan has always wondered where she came from. She’s one of 540 adoptees who’ve requested a copy of their birth certificate under a <a href="http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/BirthDeathMarriageandDivorce/Adoptions/AdoptionLawSHB1525.aspx">new state law</a>. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:51:48 +0000 Ruby de Luna 37387 at http://kuow.org Second Try: Daughter Hopes Birth Mom Will Agree To Meet State Supreme Court Considers Constitutionality Of Psychiatric Boarding http://kuow.org/post/state-supreme-court-considers-constitutionality-psychiatric-boarding <p>Parking mentally ill patients in the emergency room while waiting for treatment is a common practice, but&nbsp; also controversial. Psychiatric boarding, as it's known, used to be the exception. But in the last six years, the number of patients who've experienced it has nearly tripled.&nbsp; Now the state Supreme Court is considering whether boarding is constitutional. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 00:17:28 +0000 Ruby de Luna 37180 at http://kuow.org State Supreme Court Considers Constitutionality Of Psychiatric Boarding Whistleblower In Children's Hospital Hearing Alleges Pressure In Ruling http://kuow.org/post/whistleblower-childrens-hospital-hearing-alleges-pressure-ruling <p>If you have a dispute with a government agency, chances are, your complaint will go through a process called an administrative hearing. These hearings usually haven’t attracted public attention — until recently.</p><p>Last October, Seattle Children’s Hospital challenged the Office of Insurance Commissioner for allowing health plans to exclude providers like Children’s from their networks. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:50:58 +0000 Ruby de Luna 36549 at http://kuow.org High Court Will Decide If Regence Must Cover Autism Therapies http://kuow.org/post/high-court-will-decide-if-regence-must-cover-autism-therapies <p>O.S.T. and L.H. – their initials in court documents – are minors diagnosed with autism. Their families sued Regence, the health insurance company, for not covering all therapies related to their condition. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:25:02 +0000 Ruby de Luna 36385 at http://kuow.org Seattle Steps Closer To Setting Highest Minimum Wage In U.S. http://kuow.org/post/seattle-steps-closer-setting-highest-minimum-wage-us <p>It was standing room only at Seattle’s city hall on Thursday, as councilmembers made changes to a minimum wage proposal. This signals that Seattle is poised to be the first city to pass a $15 minimum wage, the highest in the country. Fri, 30 May 2014 19:53:32 +0000 Ruby de Luna 35503 at http://kuow.org Seattle Steps Closer To Setting Highest Minimum Wage In U.S. So Now You Have Health Care. Time To Find A Doctor http://kuow.org/post/so-now-you-have-health-care-time-find-doctor <p>You may have heard of financial literacy or media literacy. But what about health literacy: Are you able to get and understand basic health information? Wed, 28 May 2014 14:41:31 +0000 Ruby de Luna 35275 at http://kuow.org So Now You Have Health Care. Time To Find A Doctor Japan Gifts UW With 18 Cherry Trees http://kuow.org/post/japan-gifts-uw-18-cherry-trees <p>One of the first signs of spring is when the cherry trees bloom at the University of Washington. The <a href="http://depts.washington.edu/grounds/arboriculture/quad_cherries.php">iconic trees</a> on the quad have become a symbol of the University’s ties to Japan. Yesterday, the University celebrated a gift from Japan — 18 new cherry trees to add to the campus. Wed, 21 May 2014 18:06:39 +0000 Ruby de Luna 34862 at http://kuow.org Japan Gifts UW With 18 Cherry Trees A Northwest Project To Curb Allergies, One Peanut At A Time http://kuow.org/post/northwest-project-curb-allergies-one-peanut-time <p></p><p>David Baty remembers the first time he gave his son Spencer, 10, some peanuts. Tue, 13 May 2014 17:15:38 +0000 Ruby de Luna 34337 at http://kuow.org A Northwest Project To Curb Allergies, One Peanut At A Time