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Faith-Based Organizations
3:59 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

State Proposes New Rules For Hospitals To Address Merger Concerns

Marcie Sillman talks with NARAL Pro-Choice Washington's executive director Rachel Berkson about the group's reaction to new proposed rules for hospital mergers in Washington, including increased public transparency and recommending hospitals post their end-of-life and reproductive health policies online.

Technology
11:12 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

State Health Exchange Launches App For 'Young Invincibles'

iPhone screenshots of Washington's Young Invincibles app, which also works for Android.

Washington state’s health exchange has just released an app for iPhone and Android users aimed at so-called "young invincibles," or young adults up to age 35. Their participation is crucial for the Affordable Care Act to work. But traditionally, this age group is least likely to buy health insurance for a variety of reasons.

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Medical Ethics
12:16 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Getting Your Microbes Analyzed Raises Big Privacy Issues

Say hello to your microbiome, Rob Stein. Our intrepid correspondent decided to get his gut bacteria analyzed. Now he's wondering if he needs to eat more garlic and onions.
Morgan Walker NPR

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 12:28 pm

After spending months working on a series of stories about the trillions of friendly microbes that live in and on our bodies, I decided it might be interesting to explore my own microbiome.

So I pulled out my credit card and paid the $99 needed to sign up for the American Gut Project, one of a couple of "citizen science" or crowdsourced microbiome projects.

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Health Care
11:12 am
Fri November 1, 2013

For Some, Health Exchange Is A Breeze. For Others, An Unending Headache

New hires train to take calls at Washington's health exchange call center in Spokane Valley.
Credit Northwest News Network Photo/Jessica Robinson

KUOW's Ruby de Luna explains the successes, and challenges, of the first month of Washington's health exchange.

Washington’s health care exchange got off to a rocky start one month ago Friday: from the temporary shut down on its first day to the recent errors calculating tax credits. Even so, Washington state has fared well compared to the federal Website and even has some fans.

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Public Health
4:16 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Flu Season Has Arrived; Here's What You Need To Know

Flickr Photo/Diane Cordell

Producer Andy Hurst talked with Dr. Paul Kassab, primary care physician at Virginia Mason Medical Center, about the arrival of influenza season and flu prevention.

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Ask The Dietitian
4:16 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

The Importance Of Hydration, Even When It's Not Hot Out

Flickr Photo/assortedstuff

Marcie Sillman talks with dietitian Mary Purdy about why it's so important to remember to stay hydrated during the fall and winter months.

Health Care
4:30 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Washington Insurance Commissioner On Health Plan Cancellations

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler.

Marcie Sillman checks in with Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler to find out the truth behind the “discontinuation and replacement notices” that health insurance companies are sending Washingtonians.  And she’ll get an explanation on the battle between Seattle Children’s Hospital and Premera Blue Cross that is playing out over the new health exchange.

Global Health
2:03 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Violence, Chaos Let Polio Creep Back Into Syria And Horn Of Africa

The Ethiopian government has set up about a dozen vaccination booths along its thousand-mile border with Somalia.
Jason Beaubien NPR

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 3:27 pm

Update on Thursday, Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m. ET:

A spokesman for the World Health Organization said Thursday that it was mistaken about the polio outbreak in Somalia spreading to South Sudan. The virus has been detected in Kenya and Ethiopia this year. But South Sudan has not recorded a polio case since 2009.

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Organ Donation
3:47 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Would You Sell Your Kidney For $10,000?

Flickr Photo/un_owen

Marcie Sillman speaks with Dr. Braden Manns, a Canadian nephrologist, who found that offering financial incentives could solve the donor shortage problem.

Military
10:29 am
Tue October 29, 2013

With More Addicted Soldiers, Military Expands Treatment Options

Flickr Photo/Charles Williams

For thousands of service members who use opiates to manage chronic pain from war injuries, the road to dependence and addiction can be paved with compassion.

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Health Care
7:55 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Oops. Washington Health Exchange Miscalculates Subsidies For Thousands

The front page of the Website for the Washington State Health Care Benefit Exchange.

Washingtonians who have signed up for health plans through the health exchange and qualified for tax credits may have received wrong information.

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Health
12:27 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Recipe For Strong Teen Bones: Exercise, Calcium And Vitamin D

Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 4:03 pm

It's really only a sliver of time when humans build the bulk of their skeleton. At age 9, the bones start a big growth spurt. And by the time puberty ends, around 14 or 15 years old, the adult-sized skeleton is all but done, about 90 percent complete.

But doctors say a lot of children aren't getting what they need to do that. Calcium and vitamin D are essential, sure, but so is lots of time jumping and running.

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Health
11:51 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Why Engineers Want To Put B Vitamins In 3-D Printers

This riboflavin-rich material can be used to print intricate, microscopic structures in three dimensions.
Courtesy of North Carolina State University

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 11:18 am

Almost every day it seems there's a new use for 3-D printing.

In medicine, the printers are already making prosthetic hands, hearing aid cases and parts of human ears.

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Public Health
11:06 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Meet The Woman Who Tells Your Exes They May Have An STD

Anna Halloran handles partner notification for gonorrhea cases at the Spokane Regional Health District. Most public health departments now have people on staff that notify partners of exposure to an STD.
Northwest News Network/Jessica Robinson

Public health officials are trying to stop a series of gonorrhea outbreaks in the Northwest. And they’re offering a service to infected patients: anonymous notification of former sexual partners.

That's right. There is a government worker out there whose job it is to call, text, Facebook or track down your exes to let them know they might have an STD. And the job has become a key part of controlling disease outbreaks.

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