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Science and Nature
10:00 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Placenta And Autism Risk, Vegan Before Six, And Greendays

Abnormal placental folds signal possible autism risk at birth.
Patrick Lynch, Yale University, 2013

Placenta Offers Insight Into Autism Risk
New autism research shows that babies born with a high genetic risk for the disorder were more likely to have abnormal folds and creases in their placentas.  However, Dr. Harvey Kliman says that it is much too early to say that an examination of the placenta could be used as a definitive test for autism at birth.

VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 At Night
Could you eat vegan? If you could, research strongly suggests you’d be healthier, weigh less and perhaps even have a sharper brain. But could you find the discipline? Mark Bittman has a plan for you. The New York Times food columnist has written "VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 To Lose Weight and Restore Your Health …. For Good."

What Plant, Where And When?
We are in the midst of plant-sale season. So how do you choose the perennial in spring that will survive the summer and look great next year? The Greendays gardening panel has some simple rules to follow for picking the right plant and taking care of it.

Public Health
7:05 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Consensus Builds For Universal HIV Testing

Katherine Tapp, 26, tries a rapid HIV test offered at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Washington, D.C., in June 2012. It's part of an effort to get more people screened.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 9:02 am

Everybody needs an HIV test, at least once.

That's the verdict from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which has just joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a scrum of professional medical societies in calling for universal testing for the virus that causes AIDS.

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Surgery
1:00 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Putting The Knife Under The Microscope: Ask The Plastic Surgeon

Gynecomastia surgery on a patient, before and after shot.
Courtesy Dr. Phil Haeck

When you think of plastic surgery maybe you think of best implants, botox or even facelifts, but there are surgeries that are happening more and more these days that you might have never even imagined. Ross Reynolds talks gynecomastia and labiaplasty with Northwest plastic surgeon, Dr. Phil Haeck.

Longevity
11:58 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Living To 100

Futurist Sonia Arrison speaking at the Singularity Summit, October 2011.
Flickr Photo/singularitysummit

Futurist Sonia Arrison believes the first person to live to 150 years has already been born. What will the rapidly evolving improvements in medicine and life extension mean for us, our society and the earth? What will living longer mean for careers, family and faith?

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Altruism
12:33 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Feeling Weighed Down By That Extra Kidney? Donate It!

Flickr Photo/Mika Marttila

The Mayo Clinic reports that around 45 percent of Americans say they are either very or somewhat likely to donate a kidney to someone they’ve never met. In 2001, that number was only 24 percent.

There are about 90,000 people in the US currently waiting for a kidney, and many others waiting for a different organ. Living donors are limited by what they can donate, either a kidney or small portion of a liver. Would you donate an organ?

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Ethics
11:28 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Should Companies Be Allowed To Not Consider Candidates Who Smoke?

Do smokers have protection under labor law?
Fetmano Flickr

In Washington state, it’s perfectly legal for employers to refuse to hire people who smoke. In 2006, state lawmakers tried but failed to join 29 other US states that made it illegal for employers to discriminate against smokers. 

According to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, it’s legal for companies to ban smokers from their workforce because smokers are not protected by any wrongful termination laws.

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Young Adult Cancer Clinic
4:25 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Seattle Children’s Hospital Opens Nation’s First Cancer Clinic For Young Adults

Anna Stephens with her pet snake Evra. Anna's life has been on hold for the past four years since her tumor came back. She hopes to return to school again to study reptiles and amphibians.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

Every four weeks, Anna Stephens comes to Seattle Children’s Hospital for chemotherapy. But she’s not a child. Stephens is 23 years old, and she’s one of thousands of young people with cancer who wind up being treated in facilities that typically deal with much younger or much older patients.

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Medical Marijuana
10:10 am
Fri April 19, 2013

State Yanks License Of Hempfest Pot Doc

Medical marijuana dispensary sign.
Credit Flickr Photo/Neeta Lind

How long does it take to get a prescription for medical marijuana? More than a few minutes, according to the Washington State Department of Health.  State regulators have suspended the license of a Seattle-area naturopath who did a brisk business at Hempfest event 2011.

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Program Methods Questioned
8:56 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Army Surgeon General Suspends Trust Enhancement Program Following Investigation

Program’s Director, Claudette Elliott. Investigators claim Elliott encouraged employees to participate in what were deemed to be questionable practices, including the unauthorized use of Wiccan rituals and energy readings.
Courtesy/LinkedIn

  

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled the name of the program director, Claudette Elliott.

The Army has suspended the Trust and Enhancement Sustainment Task Force, a program that was created to help improve patient care by building on trust. Documents from the investigation obtained by KUOW show that investigators found the task force lacked the structure and employee training standards needed to execute its mission.

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Specialized Cancer Care
4:38 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Seattle Children's New Cancer Treatment Program For Teens, Young Adults

One of the rooms in the new cancer unit for adolescents and young adults at Seattle Children's Hospital. This is the first unit in the US dedicated to teen and young adult patients
Credit Courtesy/Seattle Children's Hospital

Seattle Children’s Hospital is opening a new cancer unit Sunday specifically designed for teens and young adults. 

When young cancer patient age 15 to 29 goes in for treatment, they end up either in a pediatric or adult facility. A designated place for this age group could play a crucial role in their survival, according to Dr. Becky Johnson.

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Health Policy
5:17 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

How Doctors Are Handling 'Death With Dignity'

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine looks at how one Seattle medical institution has managed the state’s 2009 Death With Dignity law. The report shows how rarely Washington state residents have pursued a legal prescription to end their own life, and describes the early debate among physicians over whether to participate. We talk with study author Dr. Elizabeth Loggers of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

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Health Policy
3:55 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Keeping A Lid On The Cost Of Health Care

How can patients control health care costs?
Credit Flickr Photo/Alex Proimos

As the cost of health care continues to rise, what can patients do to help? Dr. John Santa is director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center. We talk with him about Choosing Wisely, a campaign to encourage doctors and patients to ask questions to avoid unnecessary medical tests and procedures.

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Women-Only Swim
7:10 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Seattle Immigrant Women Overcome Cultural Constraints To Exercise

The non-profit group Neighborhood House and Seattle Parks and Recreation found a way to provide access to swimming to more than 400 women with diverse cultural backgrounds.Their efforts were recently recognized by the Washington State Drowning Prevention Coalition. From left: Diane Jones, Denise Sharify, Masara Hamam, Jen Calleja, Ayaan Aden and Trang Hoang.
Credit Denise Sharify / Neighborhood House

Physical activity is good for the body and mind, though finding time to exercise can be a challenge. But for some people, time is not the only issue. Many Muslim women find that cultural constraints limit their options. A group of immigrant women in Seattle found a way to overcome that challenge.

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Creating A Safe Market
7:46 am
Mon April 8, 2013

For Regulators, Marijuana Legalization All About 'Getting Into The Weeds'

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 5:50 pm

SEATTLE – When Washington voters legalized recreational marijuana last fall, they handed the state’s Liquor Control Board a regulatory nightmare. There’s no manual for how to create a safe and legal market for pot – something that’s never been done before.

State Representative Roger Goodman – speaking after a recent meeting on marijuana legalization – says the giggle factor is gone.

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