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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.

Flame Retardants
3:35 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Former Harborview Doctor Loses Medical License For Lying To Lawmakers

Steve Scher talks to Michael Farrell, legal manager for the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission, about a settlement they reached with Dr. David Heimbach. The former Harborview doctor was caught lying to California lawmakers on behalf of companies that manufacture flame retardants.

Health News
8:55 am
Wed May 21, 2014

When Doctors Play This Game, You Get Better Medical Care

Hey docs! Play this online game and learn how to do a better job of getting our blood pressure under control!
Lisa F. Young iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 12:29 pm

Doctors are required to keep current on best medical practices, but those efforts all too often don't do a thing to improve patient care. But what if the class is a game — one that lets you compete against other doctors and show off your smarts?

Plus you get funny emails. Oh, and your patients get better, too.

That's the gist of an online game tested at eight Boston-area hospitals to see if it could improve treatment of high blood pressure by getting practitioners to follow recommended treatment guidelines.

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Delayed Care
8:25 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Obama: People 'Will Be Held Accountable' For Veterans Affairs Problems

President Obama addresses the growing furor over allegations of misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs, on Wednesday.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 3:23 pm

Anybody found to have manipulated or falsified Veterans Affairs records "will be held accountable," President Obama said Wednesday. The president condemned the reported widespread problems at the VA, defending Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.

Obama spoke after he and Shinseki met in the Oval Office Wednesday morning with White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors, who since last week has been detailed to work with the VA. Neither of those men attended the president's news conference.

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Overloaded Quincy Hospital
7:49 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Rural Hospital Frustrated With Role As Sasquatch Festival's Emergency Room

Dr. Fernando Dietsch is the chief medical officer and E.R. director at Quincy Valley Medical Center.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 8:31 am

Over three days, the annual pilgrimage of 25,000 rollicking concertgoers to the Sasquatch Music Festival turns central Washington's picturesque Gorge Amphitheater along the Columbia River into the largest city in Grant County.

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Injury Research
2:52 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

As Risks Come Out, School Sports Are Changing

Flickr Photo/Wrote (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks to John Miller, assistant executive director at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, about how research into risks associated with school sports is changing attitudes and activities in Washington state and beyond.

Taxes
2:43 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

A Pack Of Smokes Might Get Pricier

Flickr Photo/Valerie Everett (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Sandeep Kaushik, spokesperson for the initiative that is looking at increasing the tax on tobacco by $1 in order to fund a cancer prevention program.

Work And Play
3:43 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Researcher: More Recess Improves Student Attention

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Ross Reynolds talks to Dr. Anthony Pellegrini, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Minnesota, about the role of recess in schools. Dr. Pellegrini has been researching the importance of recess since the early 1980s.

Medical Costs
12:35 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Effective But Costly: Prison Officials Debate New Hepatitis Drug

Inmates at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton receive certificates after a seminar with Rich Feffer of the Hepatitis Education Project.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

About 3.2 million people in the U.S. have hepatitis C, a highly contagious virus that can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Dr. Jody Rich, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University in Rhode Island, said prisons carry a heavy load of the disease, but they also have built in health care.

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No Time For Play
7:29 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Recess Shrinks At Seattle Schools; Poor Schools Fare Worst

Flickr Photo/Joe Shlabotnik (CC-BY-NC-ND)

In decades past, elementary students had recess several times a day.

Today, parents and teachers across the country report dramatic cutbacks to that free time. In Seattle, the length of recess varies dramatically from school to school – from an hour to just 15 minutes.

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