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7:42 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Washington Insurance Commissioner: Premera 'Guts' Consumer Protection Bill

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler
Washington OIC

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 3:38 pm

Washington’s Insurance Commissioner wants to notify consumers if their insurance company is on the verge of bankruptcy.

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Marketing Health
2:59 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Are You Buying Pseudoscience At The Grocery Store?

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David Hyde talks with freelance journalist Michael Schulson about his Daily Beast article, "Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience."

Pharmaceutical Marketing
12:52 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Drugmakers Slash Spending On Doctors' Sales Talks

Now that Eli Lilly & Co.'s antidepressant Cymbalta and some other blockbusters have gone generic, the company is spending less on promotional activities by doctors.
Darron Cummings AP

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 11:14 am

Some of the nation's largest pharmaceutical companies have dramatically reduced payments to health professionals for promotional speeches amid heightened public scrutiny of such spending, a ProPublica analysis shows.

Eli Lilly & Co.'s payments to speakers dropped by 55 percent, from $47.9 million in 2011 to $21.6 million in 2012.

Pfizer's speaking payments fell 62 percent over the same period, from nearly $22 million to $8.3 million.

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Health
8:49 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Clock Ticking On Major Cancer Research Grant

Dr. Brian Druker heads the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:27 am

Nike chairman Phil Knight is offering a prominent Oregon medical school $500 million for cancer research. However, it comes with a huge string attached.

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Medicaid Expansion
7:37 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Affordable Care Act Opens Door To More Inmate Enrollment

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Health care enrollments so far have been focused on people without insurance. But there’s another population officials are trying to get covered – people locked up behind bars.

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Delayed Research
12:33 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Evidence On Marijuana's Health Effects Is Hazy At Best

C. Nash smokes after possession of marijuana became legal in Washington state on Dec. 6, 2012.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 6:23 am

Colorado opened its first pot stores in January, and adults in Washington state will be able to walk into a store and buy marijuana this summer. But this legalization of recreational marijuana is taking place without much information on the possible health effects.

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Health News
2:47 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Shilo Murphy: Drug Users Are The Best People To Run Needle Exchanges

Shilo Murphy is the executive director of the People's Harm Reduction Alliance.
Courtesy of Shilo Murphy

Ross Reynolds talks with Shilo Murphy, executive director of the People's Harm Reduction Alliance, about its user-run needle exchange programs and the stigma around drug users.

Book Interview
2:06 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Memoir Of Amnesia: 'My Brain Was So Starved For Narrative'

David Stuart MacLean's book "The Answer to the Riddle Is Me."

Ross Reynolds talks to Pen/American Award winning writer David Stuart MacLean about his new book “The Answer to the Riddle Is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia."

The book is based on his This American Life story.

Imagine finding yourself on a train platform in India. A train is just pulling away,  you have no ticket, and you have no idea who you are. You’d probably pinch yourself and hope you'd woke up. But when MacLean found himself in this situation in 2002, it wasn't a dream.

Food And Drinks
1:49 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

What Will The Nutrition Facts Label Look Like In The Future?

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Steve Scher talks with Dr. Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition at the University of Washington, about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposal to update the Nutrition Facts labels on food and drink packages.

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Closure Averted
12:48 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Harborview Clinics To Stay Open

Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.
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Harborview Medical Center said Wednesday it will not be closing its primary care clinics after all.

Last December, the hospital had announced its intent to relocate those services into the community. But the prospect of shutting down the clinics located at Harborview's main hospital disturbed many staff and patients.

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Biological Clock
8:30 am
Thu February 27, 2014

More Hints That Dad's Age At Conception Helps Shape A Child's Brain

Boy meets girl, sperm meets egg — how much does the age of each matter?
James Steidl/Kyle Gruba iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 2:05 pm

Traditionally, research has focused on women's "biological clock." But in recent years, scientists have been looking more and more at how the father's age at conception might affect the baby, too.

A study published Wednesday hints that age really might matter — in terms of the child's mental health.

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Combatting The Spread Of Disease
3:51 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

How Needle Exchange Programs Work

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Steve Scher talks with Michael Hanrahan who oversees the needle exchange programs for the King County's Health and Human Services. Hanrahan talks about how these exchanges work and the impact the program has made in the community.

Health News
9:14 am
Wed February 26, 2014

For Those Unable To Talk, A Machine That Speaks Their Voice

Carl Moore, a former helicopter mechanic, was diagnosed with ALS 20 years ago. He has had unusual longevity for someone with ALS but expects someday to rely on his wheelchair and speech-generating device.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 5:26 am

It's hard to imagine a more devastating diagnosis than ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease. For most people, it means their nervous system is going to deteriorate until their body is completely immobile. That also means they'll lose their ability to speak.

So Carl Moore of Kent, Wash., worked with a speech pathologist to record his own voice to use later — when he can no longer talk on his own.

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