health care

Dogs and Humans
11:05 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Bacteria On Dog Lovers' Skin Reveal Their Affection

Should we say Germ-an shepherd? Mango Doucleff, of Washington, shows off the bacteria living on her tongue, which also flourish on her owner's skin.
Michaeleen Doucleff NPR

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 10:43 am

Well, it looks like there really is such as thing as a dog person.

Humans who share their homes with canines also share the similar bacterial houseguests on their skin, ecologists reported Tuesday in the journal eLIFE.

In fact, two dog owners who don't even know each other have about as many of the skin bacteria in common as a married couple living together.

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Mental Health Reform
6:40 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Washington Mental Health Reform Focuses On Preventive Care

Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 7:21 pm

  OLYMPIA, Wash. – Health care advocates are pushing Washington state lawmakers to keep up momentum toward expanding access to Medicaid. About 100 people rallied on the Capitol steps in Olympia Thursday. They argue one group that will especially benefit is people with mental illness.

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Medicaid Expansion
4:08 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Health Advocates Rally In Olympia For Medicaid Expansion

Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 3:12 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – More than 100 health care advocates gathered in Olympia in support of Medicaid expansion Thursday. It coincided with an announcement by Gov. Jay Inslee, unveiling his budget priorities. His proposal includes an expansion of Medicaid.

That pleases Lauren Granger, a healthcare worker at the rally.

“I really hope that the legislature hears this message and isn’t pinching pennies in the wrong place and just have it be more expensive later on,” she says.

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Food Safety
5:32 am
Thu March 28, 2013

A Long Road To Food Safety

The Food and Drug Administration recently proposed the most sweeping changes to food safety rules in 70 years. Now it wants to hear from the public. The new rules were triggered by a series of foodborne illness outbreaks. Twenty years ago Seattle was at the epicenter of one of the earliest and most notorious. Hundreds of people got sick from eating contaminated burgers. Ruby de Luna has this story of one family’s experience.

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Tanning Salons
6:30 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Northwest Lawmakers Continue Fight Against Indoor Tanning

Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 8:42 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Research shows if you use a tanning bed before the age of 35, you are more likely to get skin cancer. That’s why legislators in Washington, Oregon and Idaho have been considering proposals to bar teenagers from indoor tanning salons. A bill in the Washington legislature to do this has died for the fourth year. But the idea is still alive in Salem and Boise.

Jessica Hewlett is just 22 years old and already a cancer survivor. Last March, her primary doctor sent her to a dermatologist because of a mole on her stomach.

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Oregon Health System
4:45 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Oregon Seen As Health Care Model For Other States

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Credit Oregon Public Broadcasting

Governor John Kitzhaber says the feds are calling Oregon's health system a model for other states. Money goes along with that.

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Abortion Coverage Bill
4:26 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Fate Of Abortion Coverage Bill Uncertain In Washington Senate

Originally published on Fri February 22, 2013 3:37 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. − A bill to require insurance companies to offer plans that cover maternity services and abortions passed the Washington House Friday. It is unclear, however, whether the legislation will make it through the Senate’s Republican-majority caucus. Majority Leader Rodney Tom has said he doesn’t want to vote on divisive social issues.

In the House debate, Rep. Laurie Jinkins said this bill would provide options for abortion coverage after the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented.

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Oregon Health Workers
6:45 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Community Health Workers Aim To Save Oregon Money And Improve Care

Health care eats up a lot of money. The aim of the Affordable Care Act is to help reduce the cost and increase access.

In Oregon, the state has embarked on an ambitious journey to improve health outcomes while trimming expenses. It’s being done through CCOs or Coordinated Care Organizations. One aspect is the use of community health workers, who visit patients in their homes to try and prevent costly trips to the emergency room.

KLCC’s Angela Kellner introduces us to one Springfield woman who now thinks of her community health worker as a son.

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Child Vaccinations
6:29 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Bill Would Make Exempting Children From Vaccinations More Difficult

SALEM, Ore. – A bill in Salem would make it harder for Oregon parents to opt out of immunizing their children. Virginia Alvino reports.

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Medical Malpractice Insurance
4:50 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Oregon Senate Panel Advances Medical Malpractice Legislation

Jessica Paterson Flickr

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 4:09 pm

SALEM, Ore. – An Oregon Senate panel has given the initial go-ahead to a measure aimed at reducing the cost of medical malpractice insurance. The proposal would set up a mediation system aimed at heading off costly litigation between injured patients and their doctors.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber testified in favor of the plan Thursday. He held up a signed agreement between two long-feuding rival groups.

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