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Health And Healing
2:28 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Fighting The Stigma Of Ebola With Hugs

Patient Nina Pham is hugged by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, outside of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., on Friday. Pham was discharged after testing free of Ebola.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

When Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, hugged Dallas nurse Nina Pham on Friday it was as much to combat the stigma surrounding the deadly virus as to celebrate her being free of Ebola.

Fauci said it was an honor to treat Pham and get to know "such an extraordinary individual." Pham said she felt "fortunate and blessed" and put her trust "in God and my medical team."

Pham later met with President Obama in the Oval Office. The president and the nurse also hugged as news photographers captured the moment.

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End Of Life
2:07 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Seattle Is Blazing The Trail On Cremation

Kendra Carver holds ashes of her friend Richard Haney. She is scattering them around the world on her travels.
KUOW Photo/Matthew Streib

Ross Reynolds talks with Jeff Jorgenson, owner of Elemental Cremation and Burial, about why 90 percent of people in Seattle are cremated, compared with only 47 percent nationally.

Science
2:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

When Can You Say Something Causes Cancer?

Artificial turf has been in the news lately for suspicions that it could contribute to certain types of cancer.
Credit Flickr Photo/Lisa Parker (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to Dr. Parveen Bhatti, environmental epidemiologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, about how researchers determine causality.

Health
1:57 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

What's My Risk Of Catching Ebola?

Data sources: David Ropeik/Harvard University, National Weather Service, World Health Organization, Northeastern University Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Socio-Technical Systems, National Geographic, United States Census
Adam Cole and Ryan Kellman NPR

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 11:09 am

Health officials are saying it. Scientists are saying it. Heck, even many journalists are saying it: "The risk of Ebola infection remains vanishingly small in this country," The New York Times wrote Wednesday.

But what does that mean? Are you more likely to be struck by lightning or catch Ebola?

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Doctor Shortages
8:47 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Struggling To Bring Health Care To Rural Washington

Carmin Russell, who brought her 2-year-old into the Yelm Sea Mar clinic said getting care used to be an all-day event.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

Community health centers have been busier than usual. They’re seeing more patients, many of them newly insured.

The centers, which provide care for mostly low income families, are meeting the demand by branching out to remote, underserved communities. But the challenge now is finding enough providers to staff these clinics.

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Health
1:47 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Ebola Is Keeping Kids From Getting Vaccinated In Liberia

A mom at the Community Clinic in Louisiana Township, about 15 miles from Monrovia, says all her children have been vaccinated.
Jon Hamilton NPR

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 6:21 am

When Ebola began killing people in the Monrovia suburb of Clara Town several months ago, some residents blamed vaccines.

One vaccinator in the town says mothers didn't want her near their babies.

"They had a notion that when the people come to the hospital, we would inject them and kill them," says vaccinator Che Che Richardson at the Clara Town Health Center, "because it was the hospital giving the people Ebola."

Rumors like that, combined with the closing of many health facilities, have caused childhood vaccinations rates to plummet in Liberia.

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Tuberculosis
11:07 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Bad And Good News About The Second Deadliest Infectious Disease

TB patients in India embroider curtains while they undergo treatment. India saw 1.2 million new cases of the infectious disease last year.
Mukhtar Khan AP

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 11:09 am

Ebola has rightly gripped the world's attention, but its death toll pales in comparison to other infectious diseases like tuberculosis. TB is the world's second leading infectious killer, after HIV/AIDS, and it's claiming more victims than previously thought — 1.5 million last year alone — according to a report released today by the World Health Organization.

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First Person Account
2:13 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

My Son Is Doctors Without Borders' 1,000th Ebola Survivor

After losing most of his family to Ebola, health worker Alexander Kollie (right) is building a new life with son Kollie James, the 1,000th survivor of the disease to be cared for by Doctors Without Borders.
Katy Athersuch Courtesty of Doctors Without Borders

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 4:19 pm

Saturday, the 21st of September, is a day I will never forget in my life.

I was out working with MSF [Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders] as a health promotion officer in Foya, in the north of Liberia, visiting villages and telling people about Ebola: how to protect themselves and their families, what to do if they start to develop symptoms and making sure everyone has the MSF hotline number to call.

Later that night, my brother called me. "Your wife has died." I said, "What?" He said, "Bendu is dead."

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Radke In The Morning
7:52 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Feeling Blue? Play This Game With Socks The Fox

The fox is in ... and ready to hear your problems in this new therapeutic video game.
Credit Litesprite

If you’re feeling depressed or stressed out, and therapy seems overwhelming, consider spending time with a fox.

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Fertility
1:47 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Why I Didn't End Up Donating My Eggs

Human eggs before being fertilized.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Two five-inch syringes with bright orange caps have been placed atop the white linen of the grand banquet table, like little sterile centerpieces.

The table sits in an elegant meeting room – arched floor-to-ceiling windows, rich floral carpet – on the second floor of a posh downtown Portland, Oregon, hotel.

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Nutrition
1:51 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Why Does Your Gut Bacteria Love Granny Smith?

What's the truth behind "an apple a day"?
Flicker Photo/Deborah Fitchett (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with Washington State University researcher Dr. Giuliana Noratto about why an apple a day just might keep obesity away.

Ebola
7:44 am
Fri October 17, 2014

White House Appoints An Ebola 'Czar'

Ron Klain (left), then chief of staff for Vice President Joe Biden, talks with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on Capitol Hill in December 2009.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 10:59 am

Ron Klain, a former White House adviser, has been appointed to head U.S. efforts to combat Ebola.

A White House official says Klain "will report directly to the president's Homeland Security Adviser Lisa Monaco and ... National Security Adviser Susan Rice as he ensures that efforts to protect the American people by detecting, isolating and treating Ebola patients in this country are properly integrated but don't distract from the aggressive commitment to stopping Ebola at the source in West Africa."

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Vulnerable Inmates
5:06 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

A Washington Prison Unit Where 'No One Picks On You For Being Slow'

An inmate walks along the housing tier in the DOC's Skill Building Unit.
Credit Amy Czerwinski

Prison is no place to be vulnerable. For inmates with intellectual disabilities, autism or traumatic brain injury, it can be dangerous.

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Ebola
3:51 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

PHOTOS: Seattle Nurse Trains Health Workers In Liberia

A mural in Liberia warns of Ebola.
Credit Courtesy Karin Huster

There is no shaking of hands in Liberia.

Instead, people elbow their hellos.

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Ebola
11:13 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Seattle Nurses, Hospital Housekeepers Feel Unprepared For Ebola

Swedish Medical Center housekeeper Carmencita Smith.
Credit KUOW Photo/John Ryan

If today is a typical day in the United States, about 200 hospital patients will die with an infection they picked up while they were in the hospital.

Only one patient in the United States has ever died of Ebola, and many deadly diseases spread much more easily than Ebola.

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