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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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Trauma Research
9:42 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Patient Preference In PTSD Treatment Improves Quality Of Life, Cost Effectiveness

When patients receive treatment for PTSD they normally don’t get asked what kind of therapy they’d like to receive. Often the provider will use the therapy that is most familiar to them.

That can include antidepressants or psychotherapy, maybe both.

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New Treatment
12:33 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Pregnancy Hormone May Reduce Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

A collage of family photos of Melissa Sherak Glasser.
Mark Turner for NPR

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 8:30 am

For decades, women with multiple sclerosis have noticed that they tend to do better while they are pregnant. That has led to an experimental drug for the disease that's based on a hormone associated with pregnancy.

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Alcohol Sales
3:19 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Prohibition Still Around In Fircrest, Washington

Flickr Photo/kern.justin (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks to Fircrest City Councilmember Hunter George about the efforts change the city's prohibition-era laws on alcohol sales and consumption.

Health News
1:08 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Today's Heroin Addict Is Young, White And Suburban

A heroin user in St. Johnsbury, Vt., prepares to shoot up.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 11:50 am

Heroin was once the scourge of the urban poor, but today the typical user is a young, white suburbanite, a study finds. And the path to addiction usually starts with prescription painkillers.

A survey of 9,000 patients at treatment centers around the country found that 90 percent of heroin users were white men and women. Most were relatively young — their average age was 23. And three-quarters said they first started not with heroin but with prescription opioids like OxyContin.

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Family Care
3:29 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Caring For Aging Parents? Ask Questions Early And Often

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Steve Scher talks with Norma Rosenthal and Toby Donner about the joys and pitfalls of caring for aging parents. They share their own experiences on the blog "Girlfriends With Aging Parents."

Blood-Sucking Bugs
8:06 am
Tue May 27, 2014

How To Remove Ticks -- And Why A Hot Match Won’t Work

File photo of a tick

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 3:58 pm

Memorial Day weekend in the Northwest coincides with prime time for ticks. These arthropods can drink your blood for days without you knowing.

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PTSD Treatment
11:08 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders

In epilepsy, the normal behavior of brain neurons is disturbed. The drug valproic acid appears to help the brain replenish a key chemical, preventing seizures.
David Mack/Science Source

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 10:35 am

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is launching a $70 million program to help military personnel with psychiatric disorders using electronic devices implanted in the brain.

The goal of the five-year program is to develop new ways of treating problems including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, all of which are common among service members who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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Affordable Care Act
11:04 am
Fri May 23, 2014

1 Million Texans Still Without Health Coverage

Terry Jordan, 56, is one of a million Texans affected by the state’s decision not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. (Carrie Feibel/KUHF)

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 12:26 pm

More than 700,000 Texans have signed up for a health plan through the online insurance marketplace. For that group, the Affordable Care Act appears to be working.

But an even larger number of Texans — one million or more — still have no access to affordable coverage because Texas officials opted out of a federal plan to expand Medicaid for the poorest adults.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Carrie Feibel of KUHF explains.

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Alcohol Dependence
3:08 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Intervention For Chronic Alcoholics Doesn't Require Sobriety

Flickr Photo/MDMA

Steve Scher speaks with Susan Collins, a researcher in the University of Washington's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, about a new intervention which combines an anti-craving drug with goal-setting talk therapy to reduce the negative consequences experienced by chronically homeless and alcohol-dependent adults, without necessarily requiring sobriety.

Health Care Costs
3:08 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Why Is It So Hard To Find The Price Of A Medical Procedure?

Credit Flickr Photo/401(K) 2013

Steve Scher talks with Sean Sullivan, a professor at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy, about the importance of transparency for health care costs and what individuals can do to find out the expense of their health services.

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Health News
3:00 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

New Study Examines Role Of Placenta Bacteria

Dr. Kjersti Aagaard’s new research shows a small but diverse community of bacteria lives in the placentas of healthy pregnant women, and hints that the microbes may play a role in premature birth. (Agapito Sanchez/Baylor College of Medicine)

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 12:54 pm

A new study, published this week in Science Translation Medicine, tells us more about the role that bacteria may play in the health of a newborn baby.

The study found that the placenta, once thought to be sterile, is actually home to a world of bacteria that help shape the baby’s health.

Dr. Kjersti Aagaard of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, led the study and discusses the findings with Here & Now’s Robin Young.

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Youth Drinking
12:05 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Oregon Latinos Face Bigger Problems With Alcohol

Compared to other Oregonians, a lot of Latinos in Oregon don't drink alcohol. Yet those who do drink face bigger problems. Some of the reasons are cultural.

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Teen Inventor
3:37 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Listen To Your Heart (With Your iPhone)

Image of Suman Mulumudi's Steth IO.
Courtesy of Suman Mulumudi

Steve Scher talks to 15-year-old inventor Suman Mulumudi about his new device that turns a smart phone into a digital stethoscope. He designed it with the help of his father Dr. Mahesh Mulumudi, a cardiologist.

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