health

Genetic Changes
2:47 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Mom's Diet Right Before Pregnancy Can Alter Baby's Genes

Even before you were a twinkle in your mom's eye, what she ate — and didn't eat enough of — may have helped shape you.
George Marks Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 6:59 am

Pregnant women have heard it time and time again: What you eat during those nine months can have long-term effects on your child's health.

Heck, one study even found that when pregnant women eat a diverse diet, the resulting babies are less picky in the foods they choose.

So what about mom's eating habits before she even knows she's pregnant?

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Gastroenterology
10:43 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Got Gas? It Could Mean You've Got Healthy Gut Microbes

Sulfur-rich foods, such as cabbage, bok choy and kale, can be popular with gut bacteria. And we all know how much the critters enjoy beans.
Meg Vogel/NPR

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 9:02 am

Not long ago, we heard about a catchy idea for a cookbook: "Fart-free food for everybody."

In theory, these recipes would be helpful for some people — and those in their vicinity.

But being a bit gassy may actually be a small price to pay for a lot of benefits to our health.

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Affordable Care Act
9:00 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Giving Up On Its Obamacare Exchange No Cure For Oregon's Ills

Oregon was an early adopter of the Affordable Care Act, and ran a series of ads encouraging all Oregonians to sign up for health insurance. But their website never became fully functional.
Cover Oregon

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 3:45 pm

Oregon has been "all in" on health reform. Its embrace of the Affordable Care Act includes a very successful Medicaid expansion, a $2 billion federal experiment to show the state can save money by managing patients' care better, and, of course, the state's own online marketplace to sell Obamacare insurance.

But that last point has been a huge problem.

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Veterans Affairs
11:21 am
Fri April 25, 2014

For Some Vets, Growing Old Triggers PTSD

As many as one in three older vets may experience late-onset PTSD. (John M. Cropper/Flickr)

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 12:02 pm

As veterans from World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam age and enter hospice, we’re learning that some of them, who seemed totally fine all their lives, are experiencing late in life post-traumatic stress disorder.

One study shows that as many as one in three vets have experienced Late Onset Stress Symptology (LOSS).

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Local Recipient
8:44 am
Fri April 25, 2014

White House Honors Community Health Enrollment 'Champions'

Teresita Batayola was honored at the White House Thursday for her outreach efforts in health care enrollment.
Credit Courtesy of International Community Health Services

This week the White House honored community heroes for their work in educating and signing up Asian American and Pacific Island residents for health care.

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Health & Politics
3:05 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

The Public Health Benefits Of Raising Smoking Age To 21

Credit Flickr Photo/SuperFantastic (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Dr. Abigail Halperin, physician and faculty member in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, about the health benefits of raising the age to purchase tobacco to 21.

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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.  

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