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6:54 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Doctors Debate Whether Screening For Domestic Abuse Helps Stop It

In the U.S., doctors increasingly ask about domestic violence as a routine part of checkups.
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Domestic violence affects a third of women worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. In many cases nobody knows of the suffering, and victims aren't able to get help in time.

That's why in many countries, including the U.S., there's been a push to make screening for domestic violence a routine part of doctor visits. Last year, the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that clinicians ask all women of childbearing age whether they're being abused.

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Mental Health
2:45 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

How Missed Deadlines Are Preventing Mentally Ill People From Getting Treatment In King County

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Steve Scher talks with journalist Brian Rosenthal about why King County mental health professionals are routinely missing deadlines to provide psychiatric evaluations — causing potentially dangerous patients to be released. Rosenthal reported the story for the Seattle Times. He now reports for The Houston Chronicle.

Health
10:15 am
Tue May 13, 2014

A Northwest Project To Curb Allergies, One Peanut At A Time

The trial involves wearing a skin patch that contains a small amount of peanut protein.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

David Baty remembers the first time he gave his son Spencer, 10, some peanuts.

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Health News
8:52 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Employers May Start Paying You To Buy Health Insurance

Employees pay directly for their health insurance in "defined contribution" plans.
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Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 8:37 am

What if employers started giving workers a chunk of cash to buy health insurance on their own instead of offering them a chance to buy into the company plan? Are workers ready to manage their own health insurance like they do a 401(k)?

The idea that employers might drop their health plans and replace them with a "defined contribution" for employees has been around for years. It's one way for employers to control their expenses in the face of the relentlessly rising costs of health care.

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No Time For Play
7:21 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Seattle-Area Kids Don’t Get Enough P.E., But Who Is Keeping Track?

Fourth-graders at Schmitz Park Elementary in West Seattle play capture the flag in their outdoor P.E. class.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

At a playfield in West Seattle, physical education teacher C.J. Sealey referees with a piercing whistle. Sealey aims to get these kids moving – after all, state law demands that elementary and middle school students get at least 100 minutes of P.E. every week.

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Medication Cost
12:25 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Medicare Won't Always Pay For Boomers' Pricey Hepatitis C Drugs

New hepatitis C drugs can cost as much as $1,000 per pill.
Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 9:02 am

Walter Bianco has had hepatitis C for decades. He's known about it for 20 years. And now he's reaching the end of the road.

"The liver is at the stage next to becoming cirrhotic," the 65-year-old Arizona man says.

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Fungal Infection
2:27 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

An Update On The Valley Fever Investigation In Eastern Washington

Coccidioidomycosis, a fungus that can lead to valley fever, often lives in dry, arrid areas. It has recently been discovered in soil samples from eastern Washington.
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Ross Reynolds talks to Dr. Tom Chiller, a fungal expert at the CDC, about the discovery of Coccidioides in eastern Washington. The fungus causes Valley Fever, and so far three cases have been confirmed. Chiller is assisting the state of Washington in its investigation of Valley Fever.

White House Advisor
3:30 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

How To Make The Affordable Care Act Better

Credit Ezekiel Emanuel's book "Reinventing American Health Care."

Steve Scher talks to Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel about his book “Reinventing American Health Care.”  Dr. Emanuel was previously a health care adviser to the White House.

Affordable Care Act
3:16 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Why Oregon's Health Exchange Website Failed

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Marcie Sillman talks with Oregon Public Broadcasting reporter and producer Kristian Foden-Vencil about  Oregon's troubled health exchange website, Cover Oregon.

Local Research
3:15 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

UW Scientists Regenerate Heart Tissue In Monkeys

Marcie Sillman talks to Dr. Chuck Murry, a researcher at the University of Washington, about rebuilding heart tissue with human stem cells.

Valley Fever
8:19 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Source Of Fungal Illness Discovered In Eastern Washington Soil

Coccidioides’ tube-shaped cells living in the soil can break into spores and go airborne.

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:57 am

A disease-causing fungus thought to be confined to the deserts of the U.S. Southwest has been discovered in soil samples from eastern Washington.

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Global Health
3:13 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

The Resurgence Of Polio Around The World

A child receives an oral polio vaccine in Nigeria.
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Steve Scher talks to Apoorva Mallya, senior program officer in the polio program at the Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation, about the rise in polio around the world.

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