health

Nutrition Solutions
11:25 am
Thu October 10, 2013

How To Stay Energized During Fall And Winter

Burdock root is a natural way to keep the energy up in the cold, rainy months of a Northwest winter.
Flickr Photo/beautifulcataya

Are you ready to take the burdock root challenge? Burdock root is a high source of a complex starch that gives us the energy we need to get through the winter. Registered dietitian Mary Purdy says it is a prime example of the sort of food we should be intruding into our diet during the darkening days of fall and winter.

As we bundle up and spend more time inside we might be tempted to turn to pumpkin lattes and bonbons, but that isn’t the best way to tackle our diminished energy. Purdy is the host of the podcast Nutrition Nuggets; she says there are better ways then caffeine and sugar to keep your energy up during the fall and winter months.

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NIH Closure
2:37 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Cancer Patient's Hope For Treatment Thwarted By Shutdown

Flickr Photo/Nicki Dugan

Sharon Beatty of Everett was diagnosed with stage four melanoma in June. The prognosis isn’t good. She hasn’t responded well to chemotherapy, and her family was pinning its hopes on a vaccine trial at the Clinical Research Center of the National Institutes of Health.

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Open Enrollment
5:14 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Early Numbers For Wash. Health Exchange Look Strong

Washington state’s health exchange is one week old. To date, more than 9,400 people have enrolled for health coverage. More than half of them will be newly eligible for Medicaid when the program expands in January. In addition, 10,000 more people have filled out applications but have yet to hit the purchase button.

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Mental Health
3:24 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Psychiatric Boarding On The Rise In Washington State

Emergency rooms are the stop-gap for treating people with mental health concerns in Washington.
Flickr Photo/Michael B

Nationally, Washington state ranks dead last in providing beds for mental health treatment. As a result, people with severe mental illnesses often end up in emergency rooms where they don’t receive proper care. On average, they’re housed in emergency rooms for three days. In some cases, they wait months.

It’s a practice called “psychiatric boarding.” Mental health advocates say it’s dangerous for patients and  hospital staff. Brian Rosenthal is a staff reporter for The Seattle Times. He talked with Ross Reynolds about why psychiatric boarding has become an epidemic in our state.

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Food Safety
10:59 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Contaminated Foster Farms Chicken Infects 278 People

The salmonella bacteria that infected 278 people has been traced back to Foster Farms plants in California.
Flickr Photo/Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH

The US Department of Agriculture reported on Tuesday that 278 people have been infected with salmonella following an outbreak likely originating from three Foster Farms plants in California.

Most of those people are from California, according to a statement, although the outbreak has reached 18 states. Fifteen are from Washington state.

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Health Exchange
10:01 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Washington Health Plan Website 'Cruising At 55'

Washington Health Benefit Exchange

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 4:00 pm

After a rocky start, Washington’s health plan finder website is now running smoothly. That’s according to a spokesman for the state’s Health Benefit Exchange.

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Ask The Plastic Surgeon
3:40 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

More Men Consider Plastic Surgery

Liposuction surgery procedure performed by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Vishal Kapoor.
Flickr Photo/Vishal Kapoor

The number of men going under the knife in 2012 for cosmetic reasons is 30 percent higher than a decade ago. What men are having done is changing too. Dr. Phil Haeck joins Ross Reynolds to talk about trends in plastic surgery. Haeck has been a plastic surgeon in the Northwest for 27 years and is the ­former president of the American Society for Plastic Surgeons.

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Philanthropy
2:05 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Fighting Breast Cancer: To Pink Or Not To Pink?

Flickr Photo/Jeffrey

It's October: the month of Halloween, fall weather and pink. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and its symbol is the pink ribbon.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is one of the largest breast cancer charities in the world. It partners with corporations to brand pink ribbon product lines for the month of October: pink Purina pet food, pink Yoplait yogurt and pink buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken, to name a few.

But critics say the branding benefits companies more than charity. Steve Scher talks with Dr. Samantha King, director of Queen's University school of kinesiology and health studies and the author of "Pink Ribbons, Inc: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy."

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Affordable Care Act
2:01 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

The (Head) Doctor Is In: Physicals Would Include Mental Health

The US faces a shrink shortage: An estimated 62 million Americans will become eligible for mental health benefits under the Affordable Care Act, but there aren’t enough psychiatrists to treat them.

What to do?

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Ask The Dietitian
9:10 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Natural Ways To Avoid Seasonal Illnesses

Oranges and other foods with beta carotene are converted to vitamin A in the body and are recommended by nutritionist Mary Purdy to ward off illness.
Flickr Photo/Ivan Chang

There is no denying it, autumn has arrived with a bang: the rain, the low temperatures, shorter days and everyone huddled inside together creates the perfect germ-spreading storm. While many people are going out to get their flu shots, there are also a variety of natural ways to ward off illness.

We decided to ask an expert, registered dietitian Mary Purdy. Purdy is the host of the podcast Nutrition Nuggets and she joins us to explain how we can keep a healthy immune system.

Faith-Based Health
8:56 am
Thu October 3, 2013

PeaceHealth And The Affordable Care Act

PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center, Longview, Wash.
From PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center's Facebook page.

The battle over the Affordable Care Act has brought the federal government to a partial shutdown, but changes to our health care system due to the law have already begun reshaping the industry.  This includes private hospitals and public ones, for-profit and nonprofit, secular and faith-based institutions

PeaceHealth is a Catholic-affiliated nonprofit that runs nine hospitals and 73 medical practices in Alaska, Oregon and Washington. The company has entered into partnerships with public hospitals in Skagit and Snohomoish counties and recently agreed to send patients with complex issues to UW Medical facilities.

The ACA and the relationship between hospitals that operate under sometimes contradictory directives are top of mind for Alan Yordy, PeaceHealth’s chief mission officer. He talks with Steve Scher about what he calls one of the greatest social experiments in the history of developed nations around the world.

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Health Care Exchange
12:07 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Back To Work After A Baby, But Without Health Insurance

People get information on California's health exchange at a table at Union Station in Los Angeles on Tuesday, the exchange's opening day.
Reed Saxon AP

Originally published on Sat October 5, 2013 6:13 pm

Pardit Pri had health insurance until she decided to quit her job as a legal administrative assistant and stay home with her newborn son 20 months ago. She thought she'd have coverage by now. But it didn't work out that way.

"I knew that I wasn't going to be working for a while because I decided to stay home with my son, and I thought ... 'OK, fingers crossed. Nothing will happen during that time,' " she says, as she plays with her son in their Orange County, Calif., apartment.

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Tobacco Regulation
1:54 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

What Are The Risks of Electronic Cigarettes?

Flickr Photo/Ramsey Mohsen

The electronic cigarette industry is booming. By some estimates, it’s expected to rake-in nearly $1.7 billion this year.

Later this month, the Food and Drug Administration will issue its proposals for regulating the sales and marketing of e-cigarettes. In a letter sent last week, Attorney General Bob Ferguson urged the FDA to meet its own deadline of October 31.

Proponents of e-cigarettes say they can actually help people quit smoking. Other aren’t so sure — they’re concerned about e-cigarettes as a gateway to becoming a regular tobacco smoker. Vaughan Rees is a tobacco researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health. He talked with David Hyde about what research is saying about the health risks of e-cigarettes.

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Affordable Care Act Implementation
9:26 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Washington Exchange Website Stumbles Out Of The Gates

Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 4:24 pm

It was a rocky start to Obamacare in Washington. The state’s new health insurance website is up now, but it was shut down for most of the day because of technical glitches.

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UW Medical School
9:46 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Ending Mistreatment Of Medical Students Requires Culture Change

Flickr Photo/I-5 Design & Manufacture

Each year the Association of American Medical Colleges asks medical school graduates about their college experience. In 2013, 42 percent of graduates from all schools reported that they experienced mistreatment during med school. One of the most prevalent mistreatment behaviors was public embarrassment or humiliation.

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