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Self Improvement
2:22 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Fitness Tips For The Lazy! (No Judgement)

Perhaps you need more motivation to take the stairs: You'll save electricity too!
Ludovic Bertron Flickr

Some people wake up in the morning refreshed, climb out of bed and exercise and others, well, don't. Even though science proves that exercise is beneficial to your mental and physical health, millions of Americans will never hit the gym. Here are five fitness tips for the more sedentary among us from fitness expert Dan Tripps, director of the Center for the Study of Sports and Exercise at Seattle University.

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No Beds For Mentally Ill
12:38 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

King County Calls For Fix In State Mental Health System

Many criminal defendants waiting for mental evaluation before civil commitment end up at Harborview's emergency department.
Seattle Municipal Archives Flickr

King County is facing a major problem. It doesn’t have enough beds for mentally ill people going through the court system. The county has nowhere to send them, and some are being released without treatment.

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Health Insurance
11:06 am
Fri January 18, 2013

2013: Another Chance For The Reproductive Parity Act?

The new state legislative session is well underway, and a few state senators are planning to reintroduce what’s known as the Reproductive Parity Act. The bill would require insurers who cover maternity care to also cover abortions.

Last year’s version of the bill died in the Senate due to Republican opposition. This year it's getting another chance, and it already has the support of Governor Jay Inslee, who mentioned it specifically in his inaugural address.

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War On Drugs
9:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

From The Front Lines Of Mexico's Drug War

'El Narco' by Ioan Grillo.
Credit Courtesy Bloomsbury Press

Since 2006, more than 40,000 soldiers, police officers, traffickers and citizens have died in Mexico’s bloody drug war — from the mountains where pot and poppies are grown to the streets of Mexico City. Journalist Ioan Grillo tracks the rise of the cartels and their increasing influence north of the border in his book, "El Narco." He joins Steve Scher with a report from the front lines of the Mexican drug war.

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Health Care
12:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

What Would The Expansion Of Medicaid Mean For Washington State?

  Medicaid expansion is one of the key decisions state lawmakers in Olympia face this session. Proponents say it would expand coverage to the uninsured, save the state money and boost the economy. Critics say it’s not clear how much the expansions will eventually cost state taxpayers. Ross Reynolds takes a closer look at Medicaid expansion with University of Washington public health-expert Aaron Katz.

Sociology
8:00 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Chaos, Disorder, Uncertainty: A Recipe To Thrive

Nassim Nicholas Taleb at the Digital Life Design conference in 2009.
Credit Flickr photo/nrkbeta.no

How can we thrive in an uncertain world? Nassim Nicholas Taleb identifies a category of things that not only depend on disorder -- they thrive on it. For example: human bones get stronger when subjected to stress, and riots intensify when someone tries to suppress them.

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Health Care Preview
8:04 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Governor-Elect Inslee Committed To Health Care Changes

Governor-elect Jay Inslee on the campaign trail last year.
Credit Candidate's Facebook page

Democrat Jay Inslee made his first public appearance since he won the election. The Governor-Elect spoke Wednesday at a health care policy conference in SeaTac. He reiterated his commitment to change health care in Washington state through the Affordable Care Act.

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Aging And Health Care
11:30 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Preparing For The Grey Tsunami In Health Care: Economist Dean Baker And Labor Activist Ai’jen Poo

Are you ready for the Grey Tsunami?
Rita T Flickr

By 2030, seniors will make up more than 20 percent of Washington state’s population.  Are we ready to care for the elderly? What’s it going to mean for federal programs like Medicare?  Ross interviews economist Dean Baker and labor activist Ai’jen  Poo.

Health Care
12:03 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Welcome To The New Health Care Of 2013

The Affordable Care Act is enacting big changes in the nation’s health care system. Here in Washington state, a health care exchange called HealthPlanFinder is scheduled to open in October. It’s supposed to guarantee everyone can get health insurance. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler talks with Ross Reynolds about the new facets of health insurance reform arriving in 2013.

Race & Identity
9:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Gather At The Table: A Dialogue On Race

Sharon Leslie Morgan and Tom DeWolf are authors of 'Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade.'
Credit Kristin Little Photography

When you look at a person, do you "see race?" Sharon Leslie Morgan and Tom DeWolf have been asking that question as they sat down at dinner tables around America. They found the lingering pain of slavery, and some paths to healing. They join us for a conversation about the journey toward racial equality.

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Government
12:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Initiative 522 - Genetically Engineered Food Act

  This year Washington voters could be voting on whether foods that have been produced using genetic engineering would have to be labeled as such. Trudy Bialic is the director of public affairs for PCC Natural Markets and a member of the campaign steering committee for Label-It-WA, the campaign that supports Initiative 522. Ross Reynolds talks with her about why she supports the labeling initiative.

Deductible Deadline
9:04 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Patients Rush To Have Surgery Before New Year Resets Clock

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 2:19 pm

One of the busiest places to be this time of year is the operating room. But it's not because of holiday accidents. Huge numbers of patients have surgery in December by choice.

Dr. Tim Smith is a sinus surgeon at Oregon Health and Science University. The week before Christmas this year, he performed 10 surgeries in three days.

“We joke with one another that people think it's busy at the mall this time of year, they ought to check out their outpatient surgery centers.”

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Medicine
11:35 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Harvard Prof. Says Placebo Effect More Powerful And Useful Than We Imagine

The act of taking pills is one part of the complex mental reward system known as the placebo effect.
Credit Flickr Photo/pig pog s

Before 1970, doctors used to lie to their patients all the time. They knew that some hypochondriacs became noticeably better when doctors gave them a sugar pill.

This was called "the placebo effect." After 1970, we thought of placebos differently. Researchers decided that for a drug to be deemed effective, it had to outperform a placebo. But we never stepped back and took a good hard look at the placebo and why it worked.

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Mental Illness
6:31 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Violence And Mental Illness: Is There A Link?

Is there any correlation between mental illness and acts of violence?
Credit Flickr illustration/madamepsychosis

Tragic and unexplainable acts of violence are often attributed to mental illness. In the aftermath of terrible tragedies, like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, anecdotal and unconfirmed stories of mental illness begin to circulate.

Dr. Jennifer Stuber from UW’s School of Social Work visited Weekday to discuss the link between violence and mental illness and particularly how the media plays a part in the dissemination of misinformation. Below are highlights from her interview.

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