health care

Birth Defects
5:27 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Listening Session Scheduled About Central Wash. Birth Defects

Three counties in Central Washington have seen an unsually high number of babies born with anencephaly from 2010-2013. No one is sure of the cause. Taking prenatal folic acid is one way to prevent the fatal birth defect.
Credit Ragesoss / Wikimedia Commons

Over the past three years, central Washington has seen unusually high numbers of babies born with a rare birth defect. No one has determined a cause. Public health officials are holding two listening sessions this week to learn more from community members.

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Fungal Disease
5:01 pm
Mon May 5, 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.
Credit CDC

A disease-causing fungus thought to be confined to the deserts of the Southwest has been discovered in soil samples from eastern Washington. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now trying to figure out if the fungus may be living in other parts of the Northwest.

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Rock Doc
3:42 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

A Brisk Walk Is Better Than A Stroll

The "Rock Doc," E. Kirsten Peters.
Credit Northwest Public Radio

Nothing could be better—or healthier—than a walk through the countryside, right?  Wrong.  New research reveals that walking briskly could be better.  "Rock Doc"  Kirsten Peters explains.

My Labrador-mix from the pound, Buster Brown by name, loves to walk with me. On the weekends we often do a six-mile walk around town or along the Snake River where Buster can be off leash (as Mother Nature intends).

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Cover Oregon
4:33 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Oregon Considers Dumping Health Website

Cover Oregon thinks it may cost another $78 million to fix the current website that has never been fully functional.
Credit Cover Oregon

Oregon got more than $300 million from the feds to set up a state-of-the-art website to enroll people in health insurance. About $250 million has already been spent and Cover Oregon thinks it may cost another $78 million to fix the current website that has never been fully functional. 

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Northwest News
1:53 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Measles At A Rock Concert Goes Viral In A Bad Way

This one's virus-free: Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill and Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon performed in Los Angeles in December.
Kevin Winter Getty Images for Radio.com

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 8:54 am

If you went to see the Kings of Leon concert on March 28 in Seattle, let's hope you came home with nothing but great memories.

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healthcare
5:37 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Deadline Approaches For Healthcare Exchange Enrollment

You only have until the end of this month to sign up for coverage using one of the new health insurance exchanges.
Credit wikimedia

You only have until the end of this month to sign up for coverage using one of the new health insurance exchanges. And if you’re planning to do it online at the last minute, how easy that will be depends on where you live in the Northwest. 

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Medicaid
6:10 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Idaho's 2013 Medicaid Rolls At Highest Level Yet

The agency estimates up to 35-thousand more Idahoans could join Medicaid by the end of the year.
Credit Idaho Dept. of Health and Welfare/ Emilie Ritter Saunders

The number of low-income Idahoans on Medicaid increased 3.5 percent in 2013, a figure the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says marks a slow-down in growth of the program. On average, 236,352 Idahoans were signed up for Medicaid each month of 2013. That's the highest average monthly enrollment the state has ever recorded.

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Northwest Healthcare
4:05 pm
Tue March 4, 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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Midwife Licenses
5:24 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Midwives Say Idaho Licensing Law Has Brought The Practice Out Of The Shadows

A midwife uses a fetoscope on a patient.
kc7fys Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 5:19 pm

Idaho started licensing midwives in 2010 under the Midwifery Practice Act so midwives could deliver babies in homes and at birthing centers legally. 

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Cancer Research
5:02 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

OHSU Asks Oregon Lawmakers For Major Cancer Research Funding

File photo OHSU Hospital at Oregon Health
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 5:54 pm

Officials at Oregon's largest medical center want state lawmakers to help fund a massive expansion of their cancer research facility.

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