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Health
12:10 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Charles Sabine On Genetic Testing

Charles Sabine in Capetown, 2009.
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Charles Sabine was a war correspondent with NBC for 25 years, covering conflicts all over the world — including Bosnia, Baghdad, and the Rwanda genocide. His reporting garnered him an Emmy and many other journalism awards. But four years ago his focus completely changed after getting a genetic test that revealed a lethal fate.

Ross Reynolds talks with Charles Sabine about what it is like to know you have deadly and degenerative disease in your future and the risks and rewards of genetic testing.

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Obituary
9:21 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Founder Of University District Needle Exchange Dead

Bob Quinn (right) and Shilo Murphy. Quinn founded the University District Needle Exchange. It is now operated By Murphy through the People's Harm Reduction Alliance.
Shilo Murphy/People's Harm Reduction Alliance

Bob Quinn, one of the founders of Seattle's needle exchange, died over the weekend. The King County Medical examiner says it was suicide.

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Health
6:15 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Tacoma Public Housing To Become Smoke-Free

Beginning March 1, 2013, Tacoma public housing will be smoke-free.
Credit Mikl Roventine / Flickr

Tacoma’s public housing is becoming completely smoke-free.  Right now residents can’t smoke in common areas.  But beginning March 1, 2013 residents won’t be allowed to smoke in their apartments.  The ban also includes outdoor areas like patios and balconies. 

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Web Forums
3:47 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Leafly: A Yelp For Medical Marijuana?

A new online Seattle startup called Leafly is targeting medical marijuana patients.  The website (and mobile apps) feature information about medical cannabis strains and dispensaries based on tens of thousands of patient-generated reviews.  Ross Reynolds talks with Leafly’s CEO Brendan Kennedy about how the site works.

Vaccine
5:24 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

CDC Recommends Pertussis Vaccine For Expectant Moms

Public health experts are now recommending that pregnant women get the vaccine for whooping cough during pregnancy.
Flickr/ Neal Gillis

Public health experts are now recommending that pregnant women get the vaccine for whooping cough during pregnancy. The recommendation is in response to the growing outbreak of the disease in the U.S. So far, there are more than 32,000 reported cases of whooping cough across the country.  If the trend holds, it’s on track to be the highest number of cases since 1959.   

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Health
9:20 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Washington Unveils New Name For Health Insurance Marketplace

Washington’s Health Exchange now has a formal name. It’s called “Washingtonhealthplanfinder.” The online program was designed to help people shop for individual or small group coverage. It will allow them to compare plans, and to see if they qualify for financial assistance. But it’s not live yet. The site is still under construction.  State officials hope to have the program up and running by next fall. They’re still deciding what kinds of plans will be sold.

You can follow the Exchange's progress, and learn more about it. 

Military
4:58 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Wash. Senator Patty Murray Wants Timeline For DoD Mental Health Diagnosis Reviews

US Senator Patty Murray.

Washington Senator Patty Murray has asked Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to provide a timeline for a review of how the military diagnoses PTSD and other behavioral health issues.

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Food Labelling
9:53 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Researchers: King County Menu Labeling Reduces Overeating

There are no signs on the menu encouraging super-sized portions at this McDonald's.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

It’s been more than two years since King County required chain restaurants to post nutrition information on their menus.  The goal was to help customers make healthy choices. 

Seattle researchers wanted to see if the regulation has changed the way restaurants market their meals.  One change the study found is it seems restaurants are no longer promoting supersized portions or overeating. 

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Health
8:31 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Even With Universal Health Care, The Poor Suffer

According to a recent study from the University of Washington, universal health care may not improve the overall health for people living in poverty.
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The United Kingdom already has a universal health care system. So you might expect that the health gap between rich and poor is smaller in England than it is the United States — but you’d be wrong! 

Melissa Martinson is a professor in the  School of Social Work at the University of Washington and she talks with Ross Reynolds about the differences in health between citizens of the United States and the United Kingdom. 

Health
9:15 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Adventures In The Strange Science Of Sleep

David K. Randall explores the science of sleep and asks, if you kill someone in your sleep, does it count as murder?

David K. Randall never gave much thought to his sleep – until he began sleep walking. That first midnight crash into a hallway wall went him on an investigation into the strange science of sleep. Ross Reynolds speaks with the author about his new book, “Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep.” 

Mental Health
3:25 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Safety And Suicide At Western State Hospital

What happens behind this door -- the main entrance of Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash. -- is hard to find out.
Credit John Ryan / KUOW

Editors' Note: This story contains graphic descriptions of suicide. If you or someone you know might be suicidal, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 800.273.8255 (800.273.TALK).

Western State Hospital in Lakewood is the largest psychiatric institution in the Pacific Northwest. Its mission statement says the hospital:

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Mental Health
3:23 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Through The Cracks: The Life And Death Of Megan Templeton

Megan Templeton on her 20th birthday at Sunnyside Beach Park, Steilacoom, Wash. She died four days later.
Suzanne Kuhns

Editors' Note: This story contains graphic descriptions of suicide. If you or someone you know might be suicidal, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 800.273.8255 (800.273.TALK).

In the past decade, a dozen Western State Hospital patients have killed themselves. More than a hundred others have tried.  Megan Templeton was the most recent. In April, she hanged herself in her hospital room. She had turned 20 the day before.

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