Food Safety
11:28 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Home Canning Hobby Leads To Near Fatal Medical Mystery

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 7:17 am

Home canning is regaining popularity as part of the local food movement. If done right, families can enjoy home grown fruits, vegetables and even meat all through the winter. But if done wrong it can be devastating, if not deadly.

A lawyer for the state of Washington recently learned that lesson the hard way.

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12:46 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Former High School Dropout Becomes WWU Neuroscientist In Race To Find Huntington’s Disease Cure

Jeff Carroll
Credit Wikipedia Commons

Sometimes, you’re just dealt a bad hand. Jeff Carroll was a high school dropout serving in the military when he learned his mother had Huntington's disease. It's genetic, and he soon learned he had it too. There’s no cure. So the diagnosis is a death sentence. But rather than despairing, Carroll turned his life around. And in the decade since his diagnosis, he’s become one of the most prominent researchers studying Huntington’s Disease. He’s now on staff at Western Washington University in Bellingham.

Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, July 16:

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Health and Wellness
11:55 am
Wed July 10, 2013

How Much Protein Do We Really Need?

You’ve seen them: Naked Juices with 30 grams of protein per bottle. Cereals and snack bars boasting their mega-high protein content. More and more companies are using protein to sell their products. But how much do we actually need? Ross Reynolds talks with nutritionist Judy Simone about protein claims.  

Health Homes
11:03 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Minding The Medicaid Patient

Washington state has been trying to cut medical costs associated with Medicaid beneficiaries. This month it launched a new program called Health Homes. It’s part of the Affordable Care Act and is designed to help people who are not able to manage their chronic health conditions on their own.

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Mergers Under Scrutiny
8:13 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Governor Inslee Intervenes In Hospital Controversy

A partnership is pending between UW Medicine and PeaceHealth, a Catholic health care provider. Gov. Inslee has issued a new directive that going forward, such alliances or mergers will need to be reviewed by the Department of Health.
Flickr Photo/I-5 Design & Manufacture

Governor Jay Inslee has stepped into the debate over hospital mergers and partnerships. On Tuesday, the governor ordered the State Department of Health to update the rules that govern hospitals when they plan to expand or form affiliations.

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Diseases Without Diagnostic Tests
12:18 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Invisible Illnesses: Imaginary Or Not Yet Recognized?

More than 8 million people in the United States suffer from diseases like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and lyme disease. But these diseases don’t have a diagnostic test or a cure. And some doctors have long dismissed them as imaginary. Ross Reynolds talks with Dr. Andy Kogelnick, director of the independent medical research center, the Open Medicine Institute, about her research on these invisible illnesses.

Public Health
10:29 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Hep C Test Recommended For Baby Boomers

  All baby boomers should get screened at least once for hepatitis C, regardless of risk factors. That’s the recommendation from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, an influential group of independent experts who are appointed by the federal government. Many people who carry the blood infection show no symptoms for many years. As one ages hepatitis C can cause a variety of serious liver problems, including cancer. Dr. Jeff Duchin, chief of epidemiology at Seattle-King County Public Health, tells Ross Reynolds why it’s important for baby boomers to get tested.

Student Health Care
9:43 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Seattle Alternative School To Get Free Onsite Clinic

Seattle’s alternative schools will soon have a free clinic available for students at the Columbia Center Interagency Academy. Levy funds, allocated from the city of Seattle, will help to open the clinic which will be staffed by Group Health workers.

Alicia West is a student at the alternative school. She’s 19, and finishing up some credits so she can attend nursing school. She’s also raising her son, Xavion. “He’s going to turn 11 months old. His birthday is in August, I’m excited for that, planning for that.”

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Health Provider Shortage
1:23 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Study: Idaho, Oregon Among Top 10 States Facing Dentist Shortage

Gelmini Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 5:19 pm

Oregon and Idaho need more dentists. That's according to a new study out Tuesday from the Pew Charitable Trusts. It puts Oregon and Idaho among the top 10 states with the worst shortages.

Unless you live in a rural area, you probably haven't felt the dearth of dentists found in the Pew study. As Portland dentist Jill Price puts it, the problem isn't so much a shortage as poor distribution. She says, “We need to find ways to move people into the outlying areas.”

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Working Out
9:00 am
Wed June 26, 2013

How To Exercise, And Unhappy Workers

Flickr Photo/George C Slade

How To Exercise
Weight training, cardio, intensive intervals, 20 minutes a day, or three times a week: There is a plethora of advice on what the best or most effective workout regimen is, but how do you parse through the different studies and recommendations to find the most beneficial exercise for you? Priscilla Bell is a certified fitness professional with over 20 years of experience. She demystifies exercise and explains the best practices for a healthy workout.

Are Thousands Of Bad Bosses Making American Workers Unhappy?   
Last week Gallup released a poll suggesting that seven out of 10 workers are “checked out” or “actively disengaged” at work. Columnist Timothy Egan says our bosses are to blame.  

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Death With Dignity Act
12:34 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Rise In Number Of Assisted-Dying Patients

The number of terminally ill patients who opted for assisted dying in Washington state increased 17 percent this past year. A total of 376 terminally ill adults have received medication to help end life since the Death with Dignity Act passed in 2009 according to the Washington State Department of Health’s annual report on assisted dying. Jeannie Yandel talks with Donn Moyer from the DOH about the new report.

Healthy Diet
11:04 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Vitamin Advice From A Nutritionist

Flickr Photo/Shannon Kringen

  According to the Center for Disease Control, more than half of all adults in the US use dietary supplements. Multivitamins — pills that pack at least three different vitamins into one little tablet — are most common . But is more always better? David Hyde finds out from Judy Simon, a clinical dietitian and nutritionist at UW Medical Center's Roosevelt Clinic. 

Child Vaccinations
10:15 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Oregon Votes To Make Immunization Opt-Out Tougher


Originally published on Wed June 19, 2013 3:51 pm

  Oregon parents could soon find it harder to skip having their children immunized.

The Oregon House Wednesday sent a measure to the governor that would add steps to the way parents can opt out of the requirement. A similar law went into effect in Washington state two years ago.

More than 6 percent of Oregon children enter kindergarten without the required number of vaccines. That rate is among the highest in the nation, and it has public health officials concerned.

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Living With HIV
11:40 am
Tue June 18, 2013

HIV In King County: Demographics Differ From National Trend

HIV testing , awareness and acceptance are on the rise thanks in part to governmental programs and community organizations such as The Stigma Project.
Flickr Photo/The Stigma Project

 According to the most recent reports from King County, as of April of this year there are currently more than 7,000 people living with HIV, including AIDS cases, in King County. Those are just the reported cases. Most of the people with HIV in King County are white men between the ages of 20 and 40 years old. That is a different picture than AIDS cases nationally, where more than 50 percent of HIV and AIDS cases are people of color.

David Hyde discusses HIV with Dr. Matt Golden, Director of Public Health at the Seattle & King County HIV/STD Control Program. Plus, hear stories from people who have been diagnosed with HIV.

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Consult A Sleep Expert
11:27 am
Tue June 18, 2013

How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Flickr Photo/D. Sharon Pruitt

  Birds do it, Bees do it, comic characters use ZZZZs to do it – it's sleep. Some of us get more sleep than others. Some of us are new parents, and we wonder if we will ever catch up on the sleep we missed. Students are some of the most sleep deprived as well. Will we ever get enough sleep? David Hyde gets the answers from Dr. Sarah Stolz, director of the Swedish Sleep Medicine Program.