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Northwest News
2:42 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Patients Rush To Have Surgery Before New Year Resets Clock

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 2:19 pm

One of the busiest places to be this time of year is the operating room. But it's not because of holiday accidents. Huge numbers of patients have surgery in December by choice.

Dr. Tim Smith is a sinus surgeon at Oregon Health and Science University. The week before Christmas this year, he performed 10 surgeries in three days.

“We joke with one another that people think it's busy at the mall this time of year, they ought to check out their outpatient surgery centers.”

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Mental Health Care
6:18 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Newtown Shooting Raises Questions About Mental Health Funding

Little information is available yet to conclude whether the shooter in Newtown, Connecticut was diagnosed with or treated for mental illness. But last week’s incident has raised questions around the country about mental health--specifically, funding for mental health treatment and services. Ruby de Luna looks at how Washington’s mental health services have fared over the years.

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Well Contamination
4:54 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Dairies Fight EPA Nitrate Study

Feeding dairy cattle.
Credit http://www.ars.usda.gov

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Washington dairy industry is fighting a report from the Environmental

Protection Agency. The report found that dairies are likely contaminating residential wells in the Lower Yakima Valley.

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Children's Health Insurance
4:38 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Washington And Oregon Get CHIP Bonuses

Oregon is going to get an extra $25 million dollars from the federal government this year for the state's efforts to insure children.  Washington will get $12 million.

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Microbial Hitchhikers
8:10 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Study: ‘Microbial Hitchhikers’ Ride The Wind From Asia To Northwest

Microbiologist David J. Smith stands atop Mt. Bachelor. Not visible are several thousand species of airborne microbes that he discovered travel across the Pacific Ocean.
Credit Photo courtesy University of Washington

Researchers have discovered something they didn’t expect in the air above an Oregon mountain: hundreds of tiny organisms from Asia. The study suggests the atmosphere is filled with life capable of traveling long distances. Jessica Robinson reports.

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Health Insurance Exchange
7:59 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Wash Insurance Brokers Apprehensive About Health Exchange

In less than 10 months, Washington State will launch its own health exchange. The exchange is part of the Affordable Care Act. It’s an online marketplace where people can buy health insurance. It’s like Expedia for health plans. But as Ruby de Luna reports, insurance brokers are apprehensive about the exchange. Many fear it will have a negative impact on their livelihood, just like Expedia removed the need for travel agents.

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Wash. Health Exchange
4:57 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

States Making Progress On Health Exchange

It’s official. Washington has reached a milestone in creating its own health exchange. Monday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Washington is among six states to make significant progress in developing an online market for health plans.

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Washington Healthcare
6:29 am
Mon December 3, 2012

State Agency Offering Help During Last Week Of Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare open enrollment season ends Friday for those looking to change or sign onto a health program. A Washington state agency has open arms for those scrambling for insurance advice.

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Psychiatric Safety
6:26 am
Thu November 29, 2012

State Senator To Propose More Security in Psychiatric Wards

The front entrance of Western State Hospital in Lakewood.
Credit Photo by John Ryan / Northwest News Network

One Washington state senator says it is past time for lawmakers to increase safety at the state’s two psychiatric hospitals. Paige Browning reports Senator Mike Carrell announced he will propose legislation in the coming term.

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Wash. Health Exchange
5:37 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Wash. Moves Forward With Health Exchange, But How To Pay For It?

Washington's Health Benefit Exchange is an online market for health plans.
Credit Bluedisk / Wikimedia Commons

Next fall, Washington’s health exchange is expected to be up and running. The exchange is an online market for health plans. Right now the Health Exchange Board is trying to figure out how to pay for itself. On Friday, the Board is considering different options.

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