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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

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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

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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

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  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

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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

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  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.

Child Development
8:00 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

"The Autistic Brain" With Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin's book "The Autistic Brain."

Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by social impairment, communication difficulties, repetitive interests or behaviors, and occasional cognitive delays. The number of kids with autism in the United States has skyrocketed in recent years. It's estimated that one in 88 children currently has autism.

Temple Grandin is an activist for autism rights. In her latest book, she talks about genetic research that links brain science and behavior, as well as sharing her own experiences growing up with autism. She spoke at Seattle’s Town Hall on May 20, 2013.

Hygiene Culture
10:34 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Are Americans Too Obsessed With Cleanliness?

Who doesn't have a little bottle of hand sanitizer in their bag? The question is, does it help or harm in the long run?
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Compared to the rest of the world, Americans take hygiene and cleanliness very seriously. But Dr. Ruchi Gupta, a medical school professor and recent author of a New York Times op/ed article, says Americans are taking cleanliness too far. Dr. Gupta tells David Hyde that not all bacteria are bad, and listeners weigh in on the discussion.

Frozen Eggs
10:38 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Egg Freezing: A Game Changer For Women?

Last October, the National Reproductive Society removed the experimental label from egg freezing. Along with advances to the technology, egg freezing is now available to more women than ever before. Some tout it as the biggest revolution for women’s choice since the birth control pill. Others say the high price tag is prohibitive for most women and could put off real systemic changes needed for women’s rights.

David Hyde talks with Dr. Angela Thyer, founding partner of Seattle Reproductive Medicine, Sarah Elizabeth Richards author of “Motherhood Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It,” and Jacoba Urist, a journalist for Forbes, NBCNews and The Atlantic.

Health Exchange
5:53 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Washington Selects Community Groups To Promote Health Exchange

About a million Washington residents are now without health insurance. Come October, the state hopes to get many of them enrolled in a plan. That’s when Washington’s Health Exchange is scheduled to launch. But signing people up for health insurance is not as easy as it sounds. There’s still a lot of misinformation about Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

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Ask A Dermatologist
12:06 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Using Your Sunscreen Correctly To Prevent Skin Cancer

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 From 2000 to 2009, the number of people diagnosed with skin cancer increased nearly two percent according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Doctors say much of the rise can be attributed to the mislabeling and misuse of sunscreen. Joining Ross Reynolds to answer your questions on sunscreen and other skin matters is dermatologist Dr. Andrea Kalus, Medical Director of the UW Dermatology Center at Roosevelt.

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