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Mental Health Funding Gap
7:26 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Newtown Shooting Raises Questions About Mental Health Funding

Washington state has cut funding for mental health services by more than 15 percent since 2009.
Credit Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Little information is available yet to conclude whether the shooter in Newtown, Conn., was diagnosed with, or treated for, mental illness. But last week’s incident has raised questions around the country about mental health and funding for treatment and services. 

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Mental Health
9:00 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Looking At The Link Between Mental Illness And Violence

Is there a link between mental illness and violence?
Credit Flickr Photo/Majicdolphin

Officials have not yet released any information on the mental state of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooter, but anecdotal reports about his behavior and character have led people to diagnose him with a myriad of mental illnesses. At what point does conjecture lead to stigmatization of people with mental illness? Is it fair to connect violence with mental illness? We talk about it with Dr. Jennifer Stuber of the School of Social Work at the University of Washington.

Highlights from Dr. Struber's interview available here.
 

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Health And Housing
11:50 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Homeless And Under Age 25

Jacob was homeless for more than two years. Now he's in technical school and high school in Mount Vernon.
Phyllis Fletcher KUOW Photo

It’s estimated that in King County, around 700 people under the age of 25 don’t have permanent housing. Among adolescents in general, LGBTQ youths are more vulnerable to health and psychological problems than heterosexual youths. Many are victims of parental physical abuse, turn to substance abuse, and have both mental and general physical health problems.

Ross Reynolds sits down with three people currently living without permanent housing to talk about what issues they have had to deal with as homeless youth.

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RadioActive at South Park
9:53 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Teen With Leukemia Cares For Other Kids With Cancer

RadioActive Producer Antonia Dorn (left) hugs her best friend Maga Barzallo-Sockemtickem (right) at the 2012 Fall Listening Party at the South Park Community Center
Credit Jason Pagano

Maga Barzallo-Sockemtickem, 17, has been battling leukemia since she was 15 years old.

Before being diagnosed, Maga would do anything that let her run, especially play soccer.

Then one day, Maga felt weak and had to lean on a bus stop near her school. She found out she had a rare form of leukemia.

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Elder Care
11:35 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Facing The Challenges Of Taking Care Of Elderly Parents

As the human lifespan increases, families are putting more time and effort into caring for their aging parents and grandparents. By 2008, it was estimated that the average woman could expect to spend more years caring for an older family member than for her own children.

But providing in-home care doesn't work for everyone. For many families, finding the right nursing home or assisted-living arrangement is crucial. Ross Reynolds talks about the issues surrounding elderly care with Wendy Lustbader, a p​rofessor in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington.

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Health
11:15 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Seattle Children's Hospital Tries New Treatment For Leukemia

Leukemia is said to be the most common form of cancer found in children. Now Seattle Children’s Hospital says it is ready to try a brand new method of treatment. Leukemia is usually treated with a bone marrow transplant, but researchers say that there might be a better way to fight off the disease.

Ross Reynolds talks with Dr. Rebecca Gardner, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington and an attending physician at Children’s Hospital about the latest in leukemia treatments.

Business Or Nuisance?
5:00 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Medical Marijuana Providers Want Access To Forbidden Cities

Muraco Kyashna-tocha of Green Buddha Patient Co-op (with cockatoo) obtained a Seattle business license.
Amy Radil

Marijuana legalization in Washington is taking effect against a patchwork of conflicting city laws. Some cities don’t allow marijuana dispensaries. But Seattle began requiring business licenses for them last year. Some medical marijuana providers see benefits to playing by cities’ rules. Others are fighting their restrictions.    

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HIV Prevention
7:25 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Memorial For U-District Needle Exchange Founder

People's Harm Reduction Alliance

A public memorial service is planned Thursday for Bob Quinn. Quinn was a public health maverick. He died last month.

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Health Exchange
8:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Feds Say Washington Making Progress On Health Exchange

It's official: Washington has reached a milestone in creating its own health exchange. On Monday the US Department of Health and Human Services announced Washington is among six states to make significant progress in developing an online market for health plans.

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Indian Health Service
5:27 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Native American Veterans Get New Access To Local Health Care

American Indian and Alaska Native veterans can now see local Indian Health Service providers for care that is covered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Medicine
8:00 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

What Hospitals Don't Tell You

A doctor's stethoscope.
Credit Flickr Photo/Alex Proimos

Medical mistakes are now the third highest cause of death in the United States, writes Dr. Marty Makary. As a surgeon, Makary has witnessed the power of medicine firsthand. But he's also been shocked by the errors that can have tragic circumstances: wrong limbs amputated, children getting the wrong doses of medicine because of bad handwriting, surgical sponges left inside patients.

Makary advocates for a culture that holds hospitals and doctors accountable for these mistakes in order to bring about positive change in this system. He spoke at Seattle's Town Hall on November 15, 2012.

Health
11:52 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Medicating Children

Credit Pink Sherbet Photography / Flickr

Kids and drugs don't mix, unless you're talking about antipsychotic medication. Then they go together like peanut butter and jelly.

From 2001 to 2007, the number of preschool-age kids on such drugs increased by almost half. Between 1996 and 2005, school-age kids using anti-depressants increased even more. Experts disagree on whether we're overmedicating our youth.

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Family
12:00 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Fighting Infertility

In the popular television series Jon and Kate Plus 8, a couple suffering from infertility used artificial insemination to have children. What they didn’t plan on was the set of twins that arrived after the first treatment, and after the second treatment, a set of sextuplets.

Fertility research is now showing that the risk of accidental multiple births is dramatically decreasing. It’s estimated that one in five couples in the US struggle with infertility, and more and more treatment options are becoming available.

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