health

Affordable Care Act
4:29 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Washington Small Businesses Can Tap Into Tax Credits For Health Plans

Plum Bistro chef and owner Makini Howell said that new tax breaks introduced on Tuesday will allow her to enroll more employees in health care plans.
From Plum Bistro's Facebook page.

Washington small businesses got some good news Tuesday.

Senator Patty Murray and the Treasury Department announced they found a solution that will let small businesses get tax credits when buying health plans for their employees. Washington was one of few states that was going to miss out on the federal subsidies until now.

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Marketing
3:12 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Big Pharma's Marketing Strategies

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David Hyde talks with Natalie Mizik, University of Washington marketing professor, about how successful big pharmaceuticals are at marketing their products.

Marijuana Legalization
3:11 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Health Risks Facing Heavy Pot Users

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David Hyde talks with University of Washington addiction researcher Roger Roffman about the health risks facing heavy pot users and what pot addiction looks like.

Studies Show No Benefit
9:37 am
Tue December 17, 2013

The Case Against Multivitamins Grows Stronger

Though some people might need more of specific vitamins, multivitamins don't help most people, studies say.
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Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 6:57 am

When I was growing up my mom gave me a multivitamin every day as a defense against unnamed dread diseases.

But it looks like Mom was wasting her money. Evidence continues to mount that vitamin supplements don't help most people and can actually cause diseases that people are taking them to prevent, like cancer.

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Risks Vs Benefits
2:42 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

FDA Asks For Proof That Antibacterial Soaps Protect Health

There's no evidence that triclosan and other chemicals in antibacterial soaps do a better job than plain soap and water, the FDA says.
Kiichiro Sato AP

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:32 pm

In hospitals, people are bathed with soaps containing the antibacterial triclosan to reduce the risk of serious infections in surgery. But that doesn't necessarily mean we should be using triclosan soap in the kitchen and the bathroom, the Food and Drug Administration says.

The agency on Monday took a step toward restricting the use of triclosan and other antibacterial chemicals widely used in soap, deodorant, cosmetics and hundreds of other consumer products.

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Enrollment Deadline Looms
9:39 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Washington Health Exchange Back Up After Being Down — Again

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The holiday frenzy isn’t the only deadline looming.

For people who expect to have health coverage when the new year starts, the deadline to enroll for a health plan is December 23.

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Health And Exercise
2:50 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

The Science Of Yoga

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Ross Reynolds discusses the risks and rewards of yoga with lifetime yoga practitioner, author and New York Times reporter William Broad.

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Affordable Care Act Rollout
12:46 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Washington's Health Exchange Has One Rough Week

Wahealthplanfinder.org, Washington's online health exchange, which has been experiencing outages in the last week.

Marcie Sillman talks with Michael Marchand, Washington Health Benefit Exchange spokesperson, about the past weeks outage on the state's online exchange.

Avoiding Complications
4:26 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

How To Stay Safe During Your Next Hospital Visit

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Ross Reynolds checks in with Consumer Union's Lisa McGiffert about how to prepare for a hospital visit to minimize your risk of infection or complications.  McGiffert heads the Safe Patient Project, the campaign that put out "Your Hospital Survival Guide" for Consumer Reports.

Investigations
3:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

How A Recalled Medical Device Killed A Vet At Seattle's VA Hospital

A screenshot from an Infusomat training video warns of the danger of a "free flow" of drugs pouring from the machine if loaded improperly.
Credit B. Braun training video on YouTube.com

Editor’s note 2/7/2014: This story has been edited to remove references to VA officials’ incorrect claim that a Seattle VA nurse saw the Infusomat recall at the FDA website in March 2012. While manufacturer B. Braun sent the VA and other customers its recall notice in March, FDA did not post information about the manufacturer’s March 23, 2012, recall letter until August 1. The story has also been edited to attribute to medical records the statement that, the night Eddie Creed died, a doctor asked his sister if she wanted an autopsy to be done. Creed's sister claims the VA never asked her about an autopsy. The content in the edited story differs from the audio in the original broadcast.

When Eddie Creed, a Seattle jazz musician, died at the Veterans Affairs hospital on Beacon Hill last year, his death certificate said throat cancer had killed him.

But a KUOW investigation reveals what his doctors knew: A medical device called an Infusomat, which had been recalled the month before, ended his life. Still, nobody knows why.

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Website Upgrades
12:16 am
Thu December 5, 2013

HealthCare.gov Now Allows Window Shopping, And A Do-Over

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Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 3:31 am

One thing that's clear about the relaunch of the troubled HealthCare.gov website is that it can accommodate more people.

Federal officials said more than 1 million users logged in on Monday, and nearly that many on Tuesday.

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Health Care
7:53 am
Mon December 2, 2013

'I Just Want To Manage My Life': Painkiller Law Leaves Some Patients Behind

Theresa Young and the squirrel-proof bird feeder. Young was left scrambling after her doctor dropped her from his practice following the passage of a pain management law.
Credit KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Theresa Young, a cancer survivor, could watch the birds outside her Renton apartment for hours. It brings her peace, she says.

The birds line up, one at a time, for their turn to duck into a hole to feed from an amazingly squirrel-proof trough. 

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Health Insurance Deadline
7:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Uninsured Fret About Getting Health Coverage By New Year's Day

For Tambra Momi, who has Dercum's disease, health coverage can't come soon enough.
Courtesy of Tambra Momi

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 9:07 am

Tambra Momi has been eagerly awaiting the promise of guaranteed health insurance.

Since 2011, she has battled Dercum's disease, a rare and painful condition in which noncancerous tumors sprout throughout her body, pressing against nerves.

Jobless and in a wheelchair, Momi needs nine different drugs, including one costing $380 a month, to control the pain and side effects. No insurer has been willing to cover her, she says, except a few that have taken her money and then refused to pay for her medications.

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Hormone Therapy
7:46 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Estrogen May Not Help Prevent Fuzzy Thinking After Menopause

Hormones clearly influence a women's health, but figuring out how is a tricky business.
Andrew Ostrovsky iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 8:16 am

There's a widely held belief that women experience moodiness and fuzzy thinking because of the drop in estrogen during menopause. And women have looked to hormone replacement therapy for relief.

But researchers increasingly think there's not much of a link between declining levels of estrogen during menopause and cognition.

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Genetic Testing
4:40 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

What One Medical Geneticist Learned From 23andMe

Flickr Photo/Matt Molina

David Hyde talks with medical geneticist Marshall Horwitz about his experience as a customer of 23andMe, a private company that sells DNA analysis kits.

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