health

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

Flickr Photo/Alex Liivet

 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.

Hospital Mergers
4:50 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

ACLU Calls For Moratorium On Washington Hospital Alliances

The ACLU is asking Governor Jay Inslee to call for a moratorium on hospital mergers and affiliations for six months.  Many of these partnerships involve faith-based health care providers. The ACLU, along with ten other local organizations, sent a letter to the governor saying they’re worried that these mergers will hurt patients in the long run.

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Cancer Bankruptcy
12:21 pm
Sat June 1, 2013

Seattle Woman Experiences Financial Devastation Following Cancer Diagnosis

Celeste Smith was living her dream life when this photo was taken five years ago. A month later, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Little did she know how the disease would turn her world upside down.
Celeste Smith

June 2 is National Cancer Survivor Day. But surviving the disease is just one challenge facing cancer patients. A recent study by Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center showed that cancer patients are two-and-a-half times more at risk for filing bankruptcy compared to people without cancer.

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Weight Debate
9:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Weight's Effect On Longevity, And Musician Stone Gossard

Stone Gossard, taken at Pike Place Market's 100th Anniversary.
Flickr Photo/Dan Muller

Science News: Understanding Scientific Data
Earlier this year research conducted by epidemiologist Katherine Flegal suggested that people who are “overweight” might live longer than those who are considered “thin” or “obese.” Her paper angered many in the public health sector whose research has long suggested that extra weight hurts a person’s health. One in particular, Dr. Walter Willett, the head of nutrition at Harvard’s School of Public Health, called Flegal’s study a “pile of rubbish.” Science writer Virginia Hughes explains the study and why it is being criticized.

Stone Gossard's New Album: "Moonlander"
Ten weeks prior to its release date, Seattle musician Stone Gossard began releasing songs off his new album "Moonlander" one week at a time. It is his second solo album since 2001. In addition to his solo career, Gossard continues to make music with Pearl Jam. Gossard joins us to discuss music, his career and his new album.

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Rejecting The Mainstream
10:28 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Portland Voters Keep Fluoride Out Of Drinking Water

Dentist Jay Levy, organizer Kim Kaminski, and volunteers with Clean Water Portland, which opposed adding fluoride to Portland water.
Oregon Public Broadcasting Photo/April Baer

Voters in Portland, Oregon have decide not to add fluoride to their municipal drinking water. Seattle and most other large cities in the US added the chemical decades ago to prevent cavities in children.

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Mental Health Crisis
10:02 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Pierce County Judge Says Boarding The Mentally Ill In ERs Violates State And Federal Law

A Pierce County Superior Court judge said Monday that temporarily boarding the mentally ill in hospital emergency rooms without treatment violates state and federal law. County and state attorneys have asked for the ruling to be put on hold while they appeal.

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Eating Disorders
11:25 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Pro-Eating Disorder Propaganda Proliferates On The Internet

Flickr Photo/David D

  Experts are increasingly concerned about pro-eating disorder content, which is proliferating on the Internet, including Twitter hashtags like #thinspiration and #pro-ana.

KUOW’s Ross Reynolds talks with Dr. Jillian Lampert, senior director at The Emily Program, about the role of the Internet and other factors that contribute to the problem of eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating.

Financial Side Effects
5:15 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Seattle Study Shows Cancer Can Lead To Bankruptcy

Cancer patients are at greater risk of going into bankruptcy.
Credit Fried Dough / Flickr

Medical debt is one of the leading causes of bankruptcy, according to a study published online today in the journal Health Affairs. There are plenty of anecdotes of people who have used up their savings, borrowed from friends or filed for bankruptcy following a serious illness like cancer. Now researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle have documented exactly how great the risk of bankruptcy is for cancer patients.

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Women's Health
9:55 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Who Should Get A Genetic Test For Breast Cancer?

Correction 5/15/2013: A previous version on this story stated that Jolie had a one in 87 chance of getting breast cancer when in fact she had an 87 percent chance.

Now, the public knows about Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy. She wrote in the New York Times that, thanks to genetic testing, she believed there was an 87 percent chance she’d get breast cancer, so she went for it.

Tuesday, Dr. Julie Gralow, director of breast medical oncology at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance spoke with KUOW's Sara Lerner.  Dr. Gralow says, “The majority of breast cancer in the United States is not gene-mutation cancer.”

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Employment Discrimination
9:49 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Washington Exemption For Faith-Based Employers Challenged

The State Supreme Court today heard arguments in a case that could decide whether faith-based employers in Washington have some exemption from the state’s anti-discrimination law.

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Health Care
4:09 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

How You Should Plan For The Costs Of Dementia

"As my wife held her mother's hand yesterday, it struck me how much Alzheimer's disease is like the season of autumn." - John (photographer)
Flickr Photo/mtsofan

Dementia care expenses totaled $109 billion in 2010, more than either cancer or heart disease. The research, conducted by the RAND Corporation, predicts dementia costs and the number of people with dementia will more than double by 2040.

Ross sits down with Dr. Jim Leverenz, investigator at the University of Washington’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, to talk about how families can plan.

Genital Herpes
12:14 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Seattle Scientists Identify Cells That Could Lead To Herpes Vaccine

Scanning electron micrograph of a red blood cell (left), a platelet, and a T lymphocyte (T cell).
NCI-Frederick Photo

Scientists at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have found a class of cells they think suppresses herpes. This could explain why some people have no symptoms or lesions when the virus is reactivated. It also changes the way scientists understand how the virus works.

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Suicide Rates
12:01 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Why Are More People Committing Suicide In The US?

A new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that suicide deaths have surpassed car deaths in the United States. According to the same report, suicide rates rose 15% from 1999 to 2010, with an even more dramatic rise among the 35-64 age group. Washington state has seen similar increases. Ross Reynolds speaks with Dr. Thomas Simon, a researcher at the CDC’s Injury Center in Atlanta about why the suicide rate is growing.

Weight Discrimination
11:44 am
Thu May 2, 2013

How Common Is Weight Discrimination In Washington State?

Flickr/Alex E. Proimos

A new study from Johns Hopkins University finds that overweight patients are treated with less warmth than thinner patients by doctors. That kind of discrimination is not limited to the doctor’s office. Many overweight people say they face discrimination, mistreatment and bias in their daily lives.

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