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Prescription Supply
11:20 am
Thu January 30, 2014

'Opiate Refugees' Caught Between Pharmacies, Suppliers And The Law

Flickr Photo/Greg McMullin

This week the state Department of Health reported that prescription drug overdose deaths are down 27 percent since 2008. But curbing fraud and abuse of powerful opiates has come at a price for some legitimate patients who say they’re suffering unnecessary pain due to delays at pharmacies. 

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Sochi Olympics
8:33 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Bellingham Skier Overcomes Strength-Sapping Disease To Make Olympic Team

Angeli VanLaanen practices in the superpipe during last week's Winter X Games competition in Aspen, Colo.
Flip McCririck ESPN Images

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 3:43 pm

Nomination to the U.S. Olympic Team completes a remarkable comeback for a pro skier from Bellingham, Wash.

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Health Insurance
9:24 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Who Picks Up The Tab When Affordable Care Act Customers Can't Pay?

A health premium grace period built into the Affordable Care Act can create a bill limbo for providers and patients.
Flickr Photo/Army Medicine

It’s one thing to get people to buy health insurance, something the state’s health exchange has been focusing on. But what happens when a patient can no longer pay monthly premiums — who would then be responsible for the medical bills? Doctors are worried they’ll be stuck holding the bag, and they’re taking their issue to Olympia this week.

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Health
7:45 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Yoga May Help Overcome Fatigue After Breast Cancer

People practice yoga at a fundraiser for a breast cancer foundation in Hong Kong.
Ed Jones/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 8:11 am

Exercise helps recovery after cancer treatment, but fatigue can make working out hard. Yoga can help reduce fatigue for breast cancer survivors, a study finds. It's one of a growing number of efforts using randomized controlled trials to see if the ancient practice offers medical benefits.

Women who took a yoga class three hours a week for three months reported less fatigue compared with a group of breast cancer survivors who did not do yoga.

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Health
4:11 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

How Crunching Big Data Could Save Our Lives

Daniela Witten, assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington.
Courtesy of Daniela Witten

Marcie Sillman speaks with Daniela Witten, assistant professor of biostatistics at the University of Washington, about why she is teaching machines to read the data inside human bodies. 

Book Interview
4:07 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Sex and Synapses: Rethinking Female Sexuality

Naomi Wolf's book "Vagina: A New Biography."

Steve Scher sits down with feminist writer Naomi Wolf to talk about her book, "Vagina: A New Biography." In it she explores the scientific and cultural connections between the human brain and female sexuality.

This interview originally aired on December 4, 2012.

Health And Wages
4:49 am
Tue January 28, 2014

5 Things To Expect In Obama's State Of The Union Address

President Obama gestures to Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner before giving his 2013 State of the Union address.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 11:35 am

As President Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union speech Tuesday evening, he does it against a backdrop of some of the lowest voter-approval ratings of his presidency, with a divided Congress that has largely stalled his second-term agenda and with Washington's collective focus starting to shift toward the midterm elections and beyond.

Here are five things to expect from the president in his fifth State of the Union speech:

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Health
4:03 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Science Check: Don't Trust Everything You Read

Not all science is solid, says columnist George Johnson.
Flickr Photo/International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

Steve Scher talks with New York Times' Raw Data columnist George Johnson about the trouble of irreproducible studies.

Workplace Wellness
11:04 am
Mon January 27, 2014

'Holistic Approach' To Employee Health Kicks Off With Kettlebell Record Attempt

The kettlebell was developed in Russia and has gained popularity in the U.S. in recent years, especially among CrossFit enthusiasts.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

For years, businesses have tried different approaches to get workers to adopt healthy lifestyles: They’ve offered rewards; they’ve tried to get employees’ attention through their pocketbooks.

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Health News
12:35 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Silencing Many Hospital Alarms Leads To Better Health Care

Amanda Gerety, a staff nurse at Boston Medical Center, checks monitors that track patients' vital signs. Fewer beeps means crisis warnings are easier to hear, she says.
Richard Knox NPR

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 6:46 am

Go into almost any hospital these days and you'll hear a constant stream of beeps and boops. To most people it sounds like medical Muzak.

But to doctors and nurses, it's not just sonic wallpaper. Those incessant beeps contain important coded messages.

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Health
12:00 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Can Mom's Pregnancy Diet Rewire Baby's Brain For Obesity?

Choose wisely: What Mom eats during pregnancy can set the stage for obesity in her baby.
Meg Vogel NPR

Originally published on Sat January 25, 2014 4:07 pm

Moms-to-be are often reminded that they're eating for two. It's tempting to take this as an excuse to go for that extra scoop of the ice cream. (Believe me, I've been there.)

But a solid body of research suggests that expectant mothers should be walking away with the opposite message: Pregnancy should be a time to double-down on healthful eating if you want to avoid setting up your unborn child for a lifetime of wrestling with obesity.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Washington Hospital Mergers Subject To State Review

A growing number of hospitals are affiliating with faith-based organizations. New rules would put such mergers under review by the state.
Flickr Photo/Michael B.

Starting Thursday, hospitals that plan to merge or form partnerships will now undergo state review as part of a new rule that takes effect this week. And nobody’s happy with the new regulations, not even the critics who called for change.

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Caramel Color
1:41 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Color Used In Many Sodas Contains Potential Carcinogen

A recent article in Consumer Reports says that the caramel color used to make most sodas brown, contains a potential carcinogen. One of the the worst offenders is the diet brand Pepsi One. (Brandon Warren/Flickr)

It may not be news that soda is unhealthy, but today, Consumer Reports is saying that in addition to the sugar and empty calories most soda consumers may worry about, they also should be concerned about the color of the soda.

Tests show that the caramel color used to make most sodas brown, contains a potential carcinogen, and one of the the worst offenders is the diet brand Pepsi One.

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Science
12:30 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Contagious Cancer In Dogs Leaves Prehistoric Paw Prints

The sexually transmitted cancer is common in street dogs around the world.
Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 9:36 am

Our four-legged friends suffer from many of the same cancers that we do. But one type of dog tumor acts like no other: It's contagious.

The tumor spreads from one pooch to another when the dogs have sex or even just touch or lick each other.

"It's a common disease in street dogs all around the world," says geneticist Elizabeth Murchison at the University of Cambridge. "People in the U.S. and U.K. haven't heard of it because it's found mostly in free-roaming dogs in developing countries."

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