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Health Exchange
3:34 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Health Care Sign-up Deadline Looms As Payment Deadline Extended

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Marcie Sillman sits down with KUOW reporter Ruby de Luna to talk about the Monday health exchange deadline for coverage beginning on Jan. 1.

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Mental Health
3:23 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Coming Out Of The Depression Closet

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Steve Scher sits down with psychiatrist Thomas Patamia with suggestions on how to talk about depression with your family.

Affordable Care Act
4:29 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Washington Small Businesses Can Tap Into Tax Credits For Health Plans

Plum Bistro chef and owner Makini Howell said that new tax breaks introduced on Tuesday will allow her to enroll more employees in health care plans.
From Plum Bistro's Facebook page.

Washington small businesses got some good news Tuesday.

Senator Patty Murray and the Treasury Department announced they found a solution that will let small businesses get tax credits when buying health plans for their employees. Washington was one of few states that was going to miss out on the federal subsidies until now.

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Marketing
3:12 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Big Pharma's Marketing Strategies

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David Hyde talks with Natalie Mizik, University of Washington marketing professor, about how successful big pharmaceuticals are at marketing their products.

Marijuana Legalization
3:11 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Health Risks Facing Heavy Pot Users

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David Hyde talks with University of Washington addiction researcher Roger Roffman about the health risks facing heavy pot users and what pot addiction looks like.

Studies Show No Benefit
9:37 am
Tue December 17, 2013

The Case Against Multivitamins Grows Stronger

Though some people might need more of specific vitamins, multivitamins don't help most people, studies say.
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Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 6:57 am

When I was growing up my mom gave me a multivitamin every day as a defense against unnamed dread diseases.

But it looks like Mom was wasting her money. Evidence continues to mount that vitamin supplements don't help most people and can actually cause diseases that people are taking them to prevent, like cancer.

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Risks Vs Benefits
2:42 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

FDA Asks For Proof That Antibacterial Soaps Protect Health

There's no evidence that triclosan and other chemicals in antibacterial soaps do a better job than plain soap and water, the FDA says.
Kiichiro Sato AP

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:32 pm

In hospitals, people are bathed with soaps containing the antibacterial triclosan to reduce the risk of serious infections in surgery. But that doesn't necessarily mean we should be using triclosan soap in the kitchen and the bathroom, the Food and Drug Administration says.

The agency on Monday took a step toward restricting the use of triclosan and other antibacterial chemicals widely used in soap, deodorant, cosmetics and hundreds of other consumer products.

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Enrollment Deadline Looms
9:39 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Washington Health Exchange Back Up After Being Down — Again

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The holiday frenzy isn’t the only deadline looming.

For people who expect to have health coverage when the new year starts, the deadline to enroll for a health plan is December 23.

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Health And Exercise
2:50 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

The Science Of Yoga

Flickr Photo/Tomas Sobek

Ross Reynolds discusses the risks and rewards of yoga with lifetime yoga practitioner, author and New York Times reporter William Broad.

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Affordable Care Act Rollout
12:46 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Washington's Health Exchange Has One Rough Week

Wahealthplanfinder.org, Washington's online health exchange, which has been experiencing outages in the last week.

Marcie Sillman talks with Michael Marchand, Washington Health Benefit Exchange spokesperson, about the past weeks outage on the state's online exchange.

Avoiding Complications
4:26 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

How To Stay Safe During Your Next Hospital Visit

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Ross Reynolds checks in with Consumer Union's Lisa McGiffert about how to prepare for a hospital visit to minimize your risk of infection or complications.  McGiffert heads the Safe Patient Project, the campaign that put out "Your Hospital Survival Guide" for Consumer Reports.

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