health

Health Care Reform
4:28 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Insurance Coverage Of Mental Health Services Grows Under Affordable Care Act

Ross Reynolds talk with Amnon Shoenfeld, the director of King County’s Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division, about the new health care regulations for insurance companies.

Affordable Care Act
9:59 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Young Invincibles? More Like, Still Unable To Afford Health Insurance

Jess Marie with her cat Moneypenny. For young adults like Marie, affordability is big issue when shopping for health plans.
Credit Jess Marie

When you think of young invincibles, as the government calls those who haven’t signed up for health insurance, you may think of the dude recklessly riding his skateboard in traffic.

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FDA Proposal
3:06 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

What Are The Health Implications Of Banning Trans Fats?

Flickr Photo/Carbon Arc

Marcie Sillman talks with clinical dietitian and nutritionist Judy Simon about how banning trans fats will make people healthier in light of a new FDA proposal to do just that.

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Global Health
3:02 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Seattle Non-Profit's Role In Newly Approved Vaccine For Deadly Brain Disease

Flickr Photo/Sanofi Pasteur

Ross Reynolds talks with Dr. Kathy Neuzil about a vaccine for the deadly brain disease Japanese encephalitis that has been recently approved by the World Health Organization. Neuzil is a professor in the University of Washington's Department of Global Health and the director of the Vaccine Access and Delivery Program at Seattle's PATH, where the vaccine was tested.

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Mental Health
9:33 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Mental Health In China With Michael Phillips

China is listed as a country with one of the highest rates of suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mental health services often carry a stigma, though that’s starting to change. The government recently passed the country’s first national mental health law.

Michael Phillips has lived and worked in China since 1985 at the end of the Cultural Revolution. He discussed China’s mental health landscape at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall as part of the graduate school lecture series on October 15.

Neuroscience
3:55 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Can You Be Too Drunk To Remember Smoking Crack?

Flickr Photo/bwats2

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been making headlines after admitting to using crack cocaine, stating that it happened "probably in one of my drunken stupors."

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Faith-Based Organizations
3:59 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

State Proposes New Rules For Hospitals To Address Merger Concerns

Marcie Sillman talks with NARAL Pro-Choice Washington's executive director Rachel Berkson about the group's reaction to new proposed rules for hospital mergers in Washington, including increased public transparency and recommending hospitals post their end-of-life and reproductive health policies online.

Technology
11:12 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

State Health Exchange Launches App For 'Young Invincibles'

iPhone screenshots of Washington's Young Invincibles app, which also works for Android.

Washington state’s health exchange has just released an app for iPhone and Android users aimed at so-called "young invincibles," or young adults up to age 35. Their participation is crucial for the Affordable Care Act to work. But traditionally, this age group is least likely to buy health insurance for a variety of reasons.

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Medical Ethics
12:16 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Getting Your Microbes Analyzed Raises Big Privacy Issues

Say hello to your microbiome, Rob Stein. Our intrepid correspondent decided to get his gut bacteria analyzed. Now he's wondering if he needs to eat more garlic and onions.
Morgan Walker NPR

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 12:28 pm

After spending months working on a series of stories about the trillions of friendly microbes that live in and on our bodies, I decided it might be interesting to explore my own microbiome.

So I pulled out my credit card and paid the $99 needed to sign up for the American Gut Project, one of a couple of "citizen science" or crowdsourced microbiome projects.

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Public Health
4:16 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Flu Season Has Arrived; Here's What You Need To Know

Flickr Photo/Diane Cordell

Producer Andy Hurst talked with Dr. Paul Kassab, primary care physician at Virginia Mason Medical Center, about the arrival of influenza season and flu prevention.

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Ask The Dietitian
4:16 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

The Importance Of Hydration, Even When It's Not Hot Out

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Marcie Sillman talks with dietitian Mary Purdy about why it's so important to remember to stay hydrated during the fall and winter months.

Health Care
4:30 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Washington Insurance Commissioner On Health Plan Cancellations

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler.

Marcie Sillman checks in with Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler to find out the truth behind the “discontinuation and replacement notices” that health insurance companies are sending Washingtonians.  And she’ll get an explanation on the battle between Seattle Children’s Hospital and Premera Blue Cross that is playing out over the new health exchange.

Global Health
2:03 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Violence, Chaos Let Polio Creep Back Into Syria And Horn Of Africa

The Ethiopian government has set up about a dozen vaccination booths along its thousand-mile border with Somalia.
Jason Beaubien NPR

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 3:27 pm

Update on Thursday, Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m. ET:

A spokesman for the World Health Organization said Thursday that it was mistaken about the polio outbreak in Somalia spreading to South Sudan. The virus has been detected in Kenya and Ethiopia this year. But South Sudan has not recorded a polio case since 2009.

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Organ Donation
3:47 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Would You Sell Your Kidney For $10,000?

Flickr Photo/un_owen

Marcie Sillman speaks with Dr. Braden Manns, a Canadian nephrologist, who found that offering financial incentives could solve the donor shortage problem.

Military
10:29 am
Tue October 29, 2013

With More Addicted Soldiers, Military Expands Treatment Options

Flickr Photo/Charles Williams

For thousands of service members who use opiates to manage chronic pain from war injuries, the road to dependence and addiction can be paved with compassion.

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