health

Health Care Enrollment
8:22 am
Thu April 24, 2014

About 600,000 Washington Residents Enrolled Through Health Exchange

Washington's health exchange used ads featuring a fictitious rap duo to get the word out during open enrollment.
Courtesy of Washington Healthplanfinder

State and local officials are celebrating the robust number of people who signed up for health care through Washington’s exchange over the open enrollment period.

Between last October through the end of March, more than 164,000 Washington residents bought private health plans through the state exchange. In addition, more than 423,000 people got coverage through Washington Apple Health, the state’s Medicaid program. 

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Gates Foundation
12:38 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Why Bill Gates Fights Diseases Abroad, Not At Home

By ensuring vaccines are invented and distributed, Bill Gates says, his foundation is dramatically reducing the number of childhood deaths in poor countries.
Marie McGrory NPR

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 10:18 am

This week in Seattle, Bill and Melinda Gates are attending a meeting of the minds.

Five hundred of the world's top innovators in global health have gathered for the Global Health Product Development Forum, an annual event in which scientists, engineers, policymakers and activists work to develop new tools for fighting diseases.

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Author Interview
10:08 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Nell Lake Chronicles The Lives Of Caregivers

Credit Nell Lake's book, "The Caregivers."

Marcie Sillman talks with journalist and author Nell Lake about her new book, "The Caregiver: A Support Group's Stories of Slow Loss, Courage, and Love."

Health
12:29 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Powerful Narcotic Painkiller Up For FDA Approval

Morphine and oxycodone (the active ingredient in Oxycontin) are strong narcotic pain relievers on their own. Moxduo, a drug now up for FDA approval, would combine morphine and oxycodone in a single capsule.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 9:34 am

The Food and Drug Administration is trying to decide whether to approve a powerful new prescription painkiller that's designed to relieve severe pain quickly, and with fewer side effects than other opioids.

While some pain experts say the medicine could provide a valuable alternative for some patients in intense pain, the drug (called Moxduo) is also prompting concern that it could exacerbate the epidemic of abuse of prescription painkillers and overdoses.

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Gold Industry
9:53 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Lead Poisoning Nightmare In Nigeria May Be Easing

Gado Labbo holds her 5-year-old son, Yusuf, at a clinic in Dareta, Nigeria. In 2010, when Yusuf first entered the clinic, he had a blood lead level 30 times higher than the amount the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers dangerous.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 11:51 am

Children in northwestern Nigeria are no longer dying by the hundreds.

That's the promising word from Mary Jean Brown, chief of the lead poisoning prevention program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Boston Marathon
1:34 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

Service Dog Guides Marathon Bombing Victims Through A Grim Year

Jessica Kensky lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. When she says, "Brr, I'm cold," Rescue the assistance dog knows to bring her the blanket.
Courtesy of Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 7:35 am

At Monday's Boston Marathon, many runners will be on the course to honor the 16 people who lost limbs in last year's bombing. One married couple was among them: Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes.

Among many dark stories of that day, theirs is among the darkest. They were newlyweds of just seven months when each had their left leg blown off. Their injuries were so severe that they were some of the last victims to leave the hospital.

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Psychology Of Babies
3:16 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

How Do Babies Perceive Fairness? The Answer Might Surprise You

Credit Flickr Photo/Paolo Marconi (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Jessica Sommerville, psychology professor at the University of Washington, about her recent study that explores how babies perceive justice.

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Affordable Care Act
3:06 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

The Challenges Of Medicaid Expansion

Credit Flickr Photo/kindagetmego

Steve Scher talks with Washington state Medicaid Director MaryAnne Lindeblad about how the state plans to accommodate more than 250,000 newly enrolled residents who qualified for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

Restaurant Inspection
3:42 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Meet The Woman Pushing To Make Restaurant Food Safer In King County

The New York City Health Department conducts unannounced inspections of restaurants at least once a year. Each violation of a regulation earns a certain number of points.
Credit Flickr Photo/La Piazza Pizzeria (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds interviews Sarah Schacht, who has survived two bouts of E.coli, about her grassroots effort to make restaurant inspection results more public in King County.  

Neuroscience
10:40 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Study Links Casual Pot Use With Brain Abnormalities

(prensa420/Flickr)

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 12:30 pm

Young adults who smoke marijuana at least once a week showed changes in the size and shape of two key brain regions, according to a new study of 20 pot smokers and 20 non-pot smokers between 18 and 25.

This is the first time recreational marijuana use has been connected to significant brain changes.

The findings, a collaboration between Northwestern University and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, were published in The Journal of Neuroscience.

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Recreational Marijuana
10:40 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Colorado High School Offers Treatment To Drug Users

Adams City High School 17-year-old Jynessa (left) talks with Encompass therapist Erica Hermann in a conference room at the school. Jynessa is trying to quit smoking marijuana. (Jenny Brundin/CPR)

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 12:30 pm

Ever since recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado in January, some school officials say they’re seeing more students using it. They also say heavy weed smokers generally miss more class and get lower grades.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Jenny Brundin of Colorado Public Radio looks at a pilot program at a high school in outside of Denver that is now offering drug treatment alongside of biology and Spanish.

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Military Veterans
3:14 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

'Lack Of Accountability:' An Investigation Into Wrongful Deaths At VA Hospitals

The Veterans Affairs hospital in Seattle.
Credit KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Ross Reynolds talks with journalist Aaron Glantz about preventable deaths at Veterans Affairs hospitals. Glantz covers veterans and military issues for the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Psychology
3:24 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Apps To Kick Addictions; Sound Too Good To Be True?

Credit Flickr Photo/wajakemek | rashdanothman (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with psychologist Jonathan Bricker about smartphone apps that claim to help users overcome addiction.

Troubled Reform Rollout
4:25 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Is Resigning

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from her post after serving for five years.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 4:35 pm

Health Secrerary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after a five-year term that will no doubt be remembered for the calamitous implementation of President Obama's signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act.

If you remember, when the federal government unveiled HealthCare.gov, where Americans could buy health insurance mandated by Obamacare, the site was essentially useless for weeks after it launched in October.

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Spinal Cord Regeneration
11:33 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Even A Very Weak Signal From The Brain Might Help Paraplegics

Kent Stephenson, a research participant at the University of Louisville's Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, has his level of muscle activity and force measured by Katelyn Gurley.
Courtesy of the University of Louisville

Originally published on Sat April 12, 2014 3:47 am

A report that four young men who are paralyzed below the waist were able to move toes, ankles or knees when their lower spine was electrically stimulated was hailed as a breakthrough.

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