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Food Politics
5:58 am
Wed March 13, 2013

How To Find A Food Desert Near You

Food deserts mapped from coast to coast, plus Alaska and Hawaii.
USDA

Originally published on Thu March 14, 2013 10:30 am

Want to know where you can't buy fresh, healthful food? The USDA has the map for you.

The feds' new Food Access Research Atlas lets you find out just where it's difficult to buy broccoli or bananas in counties across the U.S. Forget walking to the store in St. Louis, Minn., where most people live more than a mile from a grocery store. Ditto for Hyde, N.C., and Pushmataha, Okla.

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Health & Happiness
1:10 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

How Healthy Is Seattle?

Source: 2012 State of Well-Being report: Washington
Credit Gallup-Healthways, 2012

What is well-being? How do you measure it? And how do Seattle and Washington state measure up in terms of healthy behaviors and happy outlook?

Ross Reynolds talked to Dr. Carter Coberley, vice president of Health Research and Outcomes at Healthways Center in Franklin, Tennessee, about a social-measurement index that goes beyond the gross domestic product or the Dow Jones Industrial average.

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Safety Vs. Freedom
6:37 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

The Sanka Party Brews Activism Inside A Mental Hospital

The Sanka Party's homemade logo.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

The Tea Party has become a fixture in American politics. But the Sanka Party? Not so much. Other than an interest in hot beverages, the two activist groups have little in common. The Sanka Party got started last summer near Tacoma, Wash., in the unlikeliest of places: inside the walls of the state’s largest psychiatric institution.

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Hearing Disability
11:45 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Speak Up: 50 Million Americans Are Having Trouble Hearing You

Cover of 'Shouting Won't Help' by Katherine Bouton.

Helen Keller said that, "Blindness cuts us off from things, but deafness cuts us off from people." Ross Reynolds discusses the malady currently affecting 50 million Americans with The New York Times and New Yorker writer Katherine Bouton, author of "Shouting Won't Help."

Dementia And Creativity
7:00 am
Wed March 6, 2013

94-Year-Old Seattle Alzheimer's Patient Discovers New Artistic Talent

One of Jean Raichle's paintings. When she finishes a piece she often has no memory that she did it.
Jean Raichle

One of the hardest things for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease is loss -- loss of memory, loss of a loved one's ability to recognize family, and sometimes, loss of the ability to communicate. The changes can be devastating. But one Seattle woman found a way to be part of her mother’s new world.

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Health & Nutrition
9:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Why Is Sugar So Bad For Us?

Sugar: Public enemy number 1?
Credit Flickr Photo/Kaytee Riek

A new study shows a convincing link between sugar consumption and diabetes. It’s the latest in a line of research that shows processed sugar is bad for our health. We talk with one of the study's authors, Dr. Robert Lustig of the University of California San Francisco, and Dr. David Katz of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center.

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Health Developments
1:41 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

Scientists Report First Cure Of HIV In A Child, Say It's A Game-Changer

HIV particles, yellow, infect an immune cell, blue.
NIAID_Flickr

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 1:35 pm

Scientists believe a little girl born with HIV has been cured of the infection.

She's the first child and only the second person in the world known to have been cured since the virus touched off a global pandemic nearly 32 years ago.

Doctors aren't releasing the child's name, but we know she was born in Mississippi and is now 2 1/2 years old — and healthy. Scientists presented details of the case Sunday at a scientific conference in Atlanta.

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Mental Disorders
11:01 am
Fri March 1, 2013

The Horrors Of Hoarding

A small business in Cambridge, Mass., has piles of papers crowding the property. March 2010.
Flickr Photo/Robert Francis

With the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) coming out in May, hoarding is set to become an officially recognized mental disorder. To learn more about hoarding, Ross Reynolds talks to Karen Kent, clinical supervisor of behavioral health services at Evergreen Health.

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Health & Nutrition
10:03 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Sugar's Role In Rise Of Diabetes Gets Clearer

A performer drinks a soda in Ahmedabad, India in 2010. A study found that rising diabetes prevalence in countries like India is strongly tied to sugar consumption.
Sam Panthaky AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 9:12 am

Robert Lustig wants to convince the world that sugar is making us very sick. And lately he's turned to an unconventional field – econometrics – to do it.

Lustig rounded up statisticians and epidemiologists to look at the relationship between food and diabetes risk. The paper, published this week in the journal PLoS One, found that the more sugar on the market in 175 countries, the higher the country's diabetes rate.

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Global Health
9:00 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Fighting To End HIV And TB Infections Worldwide

A health care worker in Zimbabwe showcases anti-retroviral (ARV) pills that are given to patients testing HIV positive.
Credit Flickr Photo/DFID - UK Department For International Development

Access to HIV and TB treatment has been improving worldwide. The rate of new infections is going down. But tuberculosis remains deadly, especially for the poverty stricken — TB killed 1.4 million people in 2011. Luwiza Makukula was diagnosed with HIV and TB after her husband died in 2001. Not only was she sick, she was completely isolated. Today, she works with NGOs focused on treatment, care, and support for HIV/TB patients, including Zambia's Community Initiative for TB, HIV/AIDS and Malaria (CITAM+). Luwiza Makukula joins us.

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Mislabeling Of Seafood
8:56 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Conservation Group: Fish Fraud A National Problem, But Less Severe In The NW

Sushi venues were the least accurate among retailers when it came to accurately labeling the fish they sold, according to Oceana. Of the samples tested nationally, 74 percent of the fish at sushi bars wasn't what it was labeled as.
Flickr/Oceiana

Seattle and Portland are among the best cities to dine on seafood if you want the salmon, sole or halibut you order to actually be salmon, sole or halibut. The two Northwest cities emerged from a national report Thursday with some of the lowest rates of “fish fraud” in the country.

According to the research project by the marine conservation group, Oceana, 33 percent of the 1,215 samples of fish it had analyzed were not actually the fish that they were labeled as by the sushi bars, restaurants and retail outlets selling them.

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Work, Or Call In Sick?
1:19 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Lawmakers Hear Bills To Repeal Seattle Paid Sick Leave Law

Seattle's paid sick leave ordinance took effect last fall. Some lawmakers want to repeal, saying only the state has the authority to create such policies.
Credit Flickr Photo/ghindo

Business groups who opposed Seattle’s paid sick leave law are hoping for a do-over in Olympia. Today the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee will hear two bills to repeal the controversial ordinance.

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Gun Control
11:29 am
Fri February 15, 2013

How Much Of Gun Violence Is Suicide?

In President Obama’s State of the Union Address, he called on Congress to pass new gun control legislation. He declared that “in the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations and anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun."

According to the most recent report on gun deaths by the Center for Disease control, two-thirds of all US gun deaths in 2010 were suicides. 

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Building Community
11:20 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Patients And Caregivers Find Support At Greenwood Alzheimer's Cafe

Wolfgang and Inge Hesse find support and friendship at the Alzheimer's Cafe.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

It’s estimated that there are more than five million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. That number is expected to grow as the population ages. One of the major problems associated with the disease is isolation, both for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. A Seattle program provides them a place to socialize and find support.

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Birthing Options
12:20 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

The Pros And Cons Of Home And Hospital Births

Where would you prefer to give birth to your baby?
george ruiz Flickr

According to a 2012 study by the CDC, Washington had the seventh highest rate of home births in the country. Overall, home births have been on the rise since 2004. But as of 2009 they still represented less than 1 percent of total births in the United States.

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