health

Safe Sex
3:16 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The HIV Prevention Pill No One is Taking

Truvada, a daily blue pill, is 99 percent effective in preventing HIV infection.
Flickr Photo/felix.castor (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Shaun Knittel, associate editor at Seattle Gay News and founder of Social Outreach Seattle, about why few people in the gay community are taking Truvada, a pill that when taken daily is 99 percent effective in preventing HIV infection.

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Insurance Commissioner Hearing
10:50 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Whistleblower In Children's Hospital Hearing Alleges Pressure In Ruling

If you have a dispute with a government agency, chances are, your complaint will go through a process called an administrative hearing. These hearings usually haven’t attracted public attention — until recently.

Last October, Seattle Children’s Hospital challenged the Office of Insurance Commissioner for allowing health plans to exclude providers like Children’s from their networks.

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Health
2:02 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

City Of Seattle Ramps Up Efforts To Make Healthy Food Accessible To All

Marcie Sillman speaks with Sharon Lerman, food policy advisor for the City of Seattle, about efforts to get healthy, fresh and affordable food in reach of all Seatttleites.

Health
12:50 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Father Devises A 'Bionic Pancreas' To Help Son With Diabetes

Ed Damiano and his son David, 15, play basketball at home in Acton, Mass. Ed has invented a device he hopes will make David's diabetes easier to manage.
Ellen Webber for NPR

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 5:00 am

An alarm sounds on Ed Damiano's night stand in the middle of the night. He jumps out of bed and rushes into his son's room next door.

His son, David, has Type 1 diabetes. The 15-year-old sleeps hooked up to a monitor that sounds an alarm when his blood sugar gets too low. If it drops sharply, David could die in his sleep.

"The fear is that there's going to be this little cold limb, and I screwed up. It's all on me," Damiano says.

But when he touches David's hand, he's warm. He's OK. Damiano says, "That's the moment of relief."

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Author Interview
11:50 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Confronting Menopause In A RV On The Way To Burning Man

Credit Sandra Tsing Loh's book "Madwoman in the Volvo."

We've all done it — that crazy RV trip to Burning Man. It leads to all sorts of problems. In hindsight, maybe not a great idea, but you make the best with what you've got, right? Well, perhaps, if you’re anything like our guest this week. Her trip proved to be the start of an arduous journey, but it makes for a great story. 

Sandra Tsing Loh’s new book is “The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones.” In it she takes on her experience of menopause.

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Women's Health
9:33 am
Fri June 13, 2014

6 Questions About Contraception Coverage And The Supreme Court

Customers enter a Hobby Lobby store on March 25, in Antioch, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 5:06 am

One of the most watched issues before the Supreme Court this term may turn on the question of religious freedom. But it will also likely determine how women will be able to access a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – one seeking to guarantee no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance plans.

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Mental Health Reform
3:15 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Following SPU Shooting, Mental Health Advocates Push For Early Intervention

Marcie Sillman talks with Sandi Ando about reforming Washington state's mental health system. Ando is public policy chair for Washington's chapter of the National Alliance On Mental Illness.

Biotech News
3:11 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Merck Buys Idenix And Their Drug For Hepatitis C

Marcie Sillman talks to biotech journalist Luke Timmerman about the pharmaceutical company Merck buying the biotech company Idenix for  over $3 billion and what that means for the future of a hepatitis C treatment. Also, they discuss the latest from the American Society Of Clinical Oncology meeting.

Health
8:23 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Wenatchee Latino Population Encouraged To Hike Outdoors For Health

Hikers Kimberly Carrillo and her friend Lily Esuivel near Wenatchee. Agencies in the area are trying to get more people hiking on nearby trails.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 8:12 am

Doctors in Wenatchee have been passing out some unusual prescriptions lately – not pills, but mountain hikes. It’s called the Foothills Hiking Challenge.

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ADHD
6:33 am
Mon June 9, 2014

More And More, Young Women Are Being Diagnosed With ADHD

The stress of adult life can make living with undiagnosed ADHD very difficult, doctors say.
Jing Wei for NPR

As a child, Diany Levy was called lazy and unfocused. She remembers that teachers called home on a daily basis to tell her parents she was not paying attention in class. Now, at the age of 23, Diany has finally been diagnosed with the cause of her problems – ADHD.

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Health Care
11:12 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Washington AG Puts Health Plans On Notice To Cover Same-Sex Spouses

File photo of Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 2:58 pm

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is reminding employers they may not discriminate against same-sex spouses when it comes to health coverage.

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New Yorker Cartoonist
3:28 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Roz Chast On Caring For Her Elderly Parents: 'Spoiler Alert! They Die'

Credit Roz Chast's book "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?"

Marcie Sillman speaks with Roz Chast, a featured cartoonist in the New Yorker, about her latest work of art is about taking care of her very elderly parents.

Health Care Exclusions
3:24 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Washington To Pursue Fuller Health Care Coverage For Transgender State Employees

Danielle Askini, advocacy director for the Gender Justice League.
Credit Courtesy of Danielle Askini

Marcie Sillman speaks with Danielle Askini, advocacy director for the Gender Justice League, about their efforts to remove health care exclusions affecting transgender people from Washington state employee plans.

RadioActive Youth Media
3:20 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

How Weight Loss Pulled These Identical Twin Sisters Apart

High school seniors and twin sisters Andrea Dyer (left) and Amanda Dyer have struggled with not fitting in. Body image is a big part of that.
Credit Credit KUOW Photo/Alicia Quarles

    

It's hard enough trying to convince yourself that you're beautiful. It's even harder when that standard of beauty is living down the hall from you.

"When I am by myself, I find myself as beautiful," said Andrea Dyer, "but when I compare myself to others, which would be mostly my twin sister, I find myself comparing all the things that they are better than me in. So recently that has been taking a toll on me."

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Child Abuse Study
1:19 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Odds Of Abuse And Mistreatment Add Up Over Children's Lives

Maltreatment in childhood raises the risk of physical and mental health problems throughout life.
RenoCdZ iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 9:33 am

Children who are maltreated are much more likely to have physical and mental health problems later on. They face a higher risk of suicide and of getting in trouble with the law.

But there's a big gap between the number of people who say they were abused or neglected as children and the official rate of annual confirmed cases, which runs about 1 percent.

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