health

Family Assistance
1:00 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

New DSHS Plan To Protect Children In Washington State

Kevin Quigley, Courtesy DSHS

Part of Governor Jay Inslee’s proposed budget, released Thursday, includes adding money to help the state Department of Social and Health Services intervene more quickly in cases of possible child abuse.

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Food Systems Regulations
7:24 am
Thu March 28, 2013

The Long Road To Safety Changes In Food Systems

Bill Marler is a food safety attorney in Seattle. He represented families affected by the deadly Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak 20 years ago. He says the proposed food safety rules will start some changes that are long overdue, but there are still some gaps.
Credit Marler Clark

Salmonella. E.coli. Listeria. Every year about 48 million Americans get sick from eating contaminated food. Some people become seriously ill and need to be hospitalized. More than 3 million of those illnesses are from tainted produce.

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Long Road To Food Safety
7:22 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Contaminated Burgers In Seattle Trigger FDA Changes, 20 Years Later

Allysa (left) and her mother Connie Chrobuck in a recent photo.
Courtesy the Chrobuck family

The Food and Drug Administration recently proposed the most sweeping changes to food safety rules in 70 years. Now it wants to hear from the public.

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Ask The Nutritionist
11:45 am
Thu March 21, 2013

What To Do If You’re Addicted To Potato Chips (And Other Unhealthy Foods)

So tempting: fish, chips and a Scotch egg.
Flickr Photo/Aelith

According to the Center for Disease Control, adults in the United States consumed on average 11.3 percent of their total daily calories from fast food during the years 2007-2010.

Do you find yourself at the drive through more often than you'd like? Ross Reynolds sits down with nutritionist Judy Simon to talk healthy eating.

Military Mental Health
5:29 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Army Investigation Clears Madigan Commander

Madigan Army Medical Center Commander Col. Dallas Homas.
Madigan Army Medical Center PA

An investigation into improper leadership involvement in diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder at Madigan Army Medical Center has cleared Hospital Commander Col. Dallas Homas of any wrongdoing.

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Executive Pay
5:17 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Striking Providence Hospital Workers Criticize Nonprofit CEO’s $6 Million Pay

More than 500 workers at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia are on strike.

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Teen Health
7:39 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Washington Teens Continue To Struggle With Mental Health Issues

Every two years Washington state surveys public schools students about their health and health behaviors. The response are voluntary and anonymous. Policymakers use the information to make decisions about which health issues to focus on and fund.
Credit alamosbasement / Flickr

Fewer teens are smoking and drinking alcohol. That’s one of the bright spots from a recent survey of youth in Washington state. But the results also show that a large number of them are struggling with mental health issues.

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CPR Training
12:09 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

If You Want To Survive A Heart Attack, Live In Seattle

Tim Benningfield and Lanise Taunton Rigby work to revive a CPR training mannequin under the watchful eyes of Seattle EMTs.
Medic One Foundation Photo/Oliver McIntosh

Seattle has long been known as the best place to have a heart attack – if you want to live. Nationally, survival rates for heart attack hover between a chest clutching 2 percent and 25 percent.

In King County, your likelihood of surviving the most serious cardiac rhythm disturbance, known as ventricular fibrillation, is as high as 56 percent.

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Food Politics
5:58 am
Wed March 13, 2013

How To Find A Food Desert Near You

Food deserts mapped from coast to coast, plus Alaska and Hawaii.
USDA

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 10:30 am

Want to know where you can't buy fresh, healthful food? The USDA has the map for you.

The feds' new Food Access Research Atlas lets you find out just where it's difficult to buy broccoli or bananas in counties across the U.S. Forget walking to the store in St. Louis, Minn., where most people live more than a mile from a grocery store. Ditto for Hyde, N.C., and Pushmataha, Okla.

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Health & Happiness
1:10 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

How Healthy Is Seattle?

Source: 2012 State of Well-Being report: Washington
Credit Gallup-Healthways, 2012

What is well-being? How do you measure it? And how do Seattle and Washington state measure up in terms of healthy behaviors and happy outlook?

Ross Reynolds talked to Dr. Carter Coberley, vice president of Health Research and Outcomes at Healthways Center in Franklin, Tennessee, about a social-measurement index that goes beyond the gross domestic product or the Dow Jones Industrial average.

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Safety Vs. Freedom
6:37 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

The Sanka Party Brews Activism Inside A Mental Hospital

The Sanka Party's homemade logo.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

The Tea Party has become a fixture in American politics. But the Sanka Party? Not so much. Other than an interest in hot beverages, the two activist groups have little in common. The Sanka Party got started last summer near Tacoma, Wash., in the unlikeliest of places: inside the walls of the state’s largest psychiatric institution.

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Hearing Disability
11:45 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Speak Up: 50 Million Americans Are Having Trouble Hearing You

Cover of 'Shouting Won't Help' by Katherine Bouton.

Helen Keller said that, "Blindness cuts us off from things, but deafness cuts us off from people." Ross Reynolds discusses the malady currently affecting 50 million Americans with The New York Times and New Yorker writer Katherine Bouton, author of "Shouting Won't Help."

Dementia And Creativity
7:00 am
Wed March 6, 2013

94-Year-Old Seattle Alzheimer's Patient Discovers New Artistic Talent

One of Jean Raichle's paintings. When she finishes a piece she often has no memory that she did it.
Jean Raichle

One of the hardest things for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease is loss -- loss of memory, loss of a loved one's ability to recognize family, and sometimes, loss of the ability to communicate. The changes can be devastating. But one Seattle woman found a way to be part of her mother’s new world.

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Health & Nutrition
9:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Why Is Sugar So Bad For Us?

Sugar: Public enemy number 1?
Credit Flickr Photo/Kaytee Riek

A new study shows a convincing link between sugar consumption and diabetes. It’s the latest in a line of research that shows processed sugar is bad for our health. We talk with one of the study's authors, Dr. Robert Lustig of the University of California San Francisco, and Dr. David Katz of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center.

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Health Developments
1:41 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

Scientists Report First Cure Of HIV In A Child, Say It's A Game-Changer

HIV particles, yellow, infect an immune cell, blue.
NIAID_Flickr

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 1:35 pm

Scientists believe a little girl born with HIV has been cured of the infection.

She's the first child and only the second person in the world known to have been cured since the virus touched off a global pandemic nearly 32 years ago.

Doctors aren't releasing the child's name, but we know she was born in Mississippi and is now 2 1/2 years old — and healthy. Scientists presented details of the case Sunday at a scientific conference in Atlanta.

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