Gabriel Spitzer http://www.kplu.org en Seattle Scientist Trying To Disrupt HPV, Which Hacks Your Cells To Cause Cancer http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-scientist-trying-disrupt-hpv-which-hacks-your-cells-cause-cancer <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158024074&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The human </span>papilloma<span style="line-height: 1.5;">virus</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a bit like a tiny hacker — black hat, of course — that sneaks into your cells, hijacks your hardware and uses it to copy itself. For nearly 80 million Americans, this is happening right now, and nearly all sexually-active people will pick up </span>HPV<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at one time or another.</span></p><p>For a smaller number of us, that bit of forced entry touches off a chain of events that leads to cancer — mainly cervical cancer, but also penile, rectal, throat and tongue cancers. If scientists could figure out exactly how that happens, they might able to intervene and disrupt the process.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17658 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Scientist Trying To Disrupt HPV, Which Hacks Your Cells To Cause Cancer Where The First State-Licensed Pot Shops Are, And Why Some Will Wait To Open http://www.kplu.org/post/where-first-state-licensed-pot-shops-are-and-why-some-will-wait-open <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157617500&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Twenty four retailers around Washington state received a special email today, giving them official approval to open their doors and start selling marijuana. The licenses clear the way for the state’s first recreational pot shops to open sometime Tuesday.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17587 at http://www.kplu.org Where The First State-Licensed Pot Shops Are, And Why Some Will Wait To Open Feds Say T-Mobile Tucked Bogus Charges Into Bills, Hid Them From Customers http://www.kplu.org/post/feds-say-t-mobile-tucked-bogus-charges-bills-hid-them-customers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156907239&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Federal regulators are <a href="http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/cases/140701tmobilecmpt.pdf">taking Bellevue-based T-Mobile to court</a>, accusing the company of billing customers for services they never signed up for.</p><p>Those services might include flirting tips, horoscopes or celebrity gossip.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:10:13 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17516 at http://www.kplu.org Feds Say T-Mobile Tucked Bogus Charges Into Bills, Hid Them From Customers Insurance Commissioner: Wash. Health Plans Must Cover Services For Transgender People http://www.kplu.org/post/insurance-commissioner-wash-health-plans-must-cover-services-transgender-people <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156042597&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Health plans in Washington state can’t refuse to cover services for transgender people if the same procedures are covered for others, according to a <a href="http://www.insurance.wa.gov/about-oic/news-media/news-releases/2014/documents/gender-identity-discrimination-letter.pdf" target="_blank">statement from the state insurance commissioner</a>.</p><p>It’s not uncommon for private health plans to exclude gender transition procedures and medical services related to them. That’s what happened to Gwen Yeh of Seattle, who said her Premera plan wouldn’t pay for hormones or the frequent blood work she needed as part of her move toward living as a woman.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:53:43 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17401 at http://www.kplu.org Insurance Commissioner: Wash. Health Plans Must Cover Services For Transgender People Seattle Mayor Calls For 'Summer Of Safety,' A Coordinated Strategy For Fighting Disorder http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-mayor-calls-summer-safety-coordinated-strategy-fighting-disorder <p>Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has issued a sweeping call for a “summer of safety,” an integrated approach to public safety that would lead to longer-term priority.</p><p>Standing before members of the Seattle City Council Wednesday, Murray touched on police reform, racial disparities, infrastructure and mental health. He said up to now, there has been a sense that the city doesn’t really have a clear, coordinated strategy for fighting crime and disorder.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:40:39 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17400 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Mayor Calls For 'Summer Of Safety,' A Coordinated Strategy For Fighting Disorder Wash. Scientists Cheer Docs' Push To Read To Kids Starting At Birth — Or Earlier http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-scientists-cheer-docs-push-read-kids-starting-birth-or-earlier <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155880212&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The nation’s largest association of pediatricians is <a href="http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/Business,-Medical,-and-Non-Profit-Partners-Launch-New-National-Effort--at-CGI-America-to-Help-Close-the-Word-Gap.aspx" target="_blank">recommending parents read to their children </a>starting at birth. Research by Seattle-area scientists suggests kids can indeed benefit from hearing lots of language right from day one – or even earlier, &nbsp;even though most kids don’t start talking until they’re at least a year old.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:32:21 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17371 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. Scientists Cheer Docs' Push To Read To Kids Starting At Birth — Or Earlier Researchers To Take 'CAT Scan' Of Plumbing Deep Inside Mount St. Helens' Gut http://www.kplu.org/post/researchers-take-cat-scan-plumbing-deep-inside-mount-st-helens-gut <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155276730&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A group of Northwest scientists are sprinkling the landscape around Mount St. Helens with high-tech sensors as part of a new effort to map the volcano’s deep plumbing.</p><p>Scientists have a pretty good understanding of what’s happening right under the mountain, where a big chamber periodically fills up with magma before an eruption. Now they’re looking deeper — down dozens of miles —&nbsp;to the tubes and tunnels that feed that chamber.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17300 at http://www.kplu.org Researchers To Take 'CAT Scan' Of Plumbing Deep Inside Mount St. Helens' Gut Public Health Crusader And College Student Talk Sex, AIDS And What Makes Them Mad http://www.kplu.org/post/public-health-crusader-and-college-student-talk-sex-aids-and-what-makes-them-mad <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154995614&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Editor's Note:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kplu.org/term/senior-thesis" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">“Senior Thesis”</a>&nbsp;is a special week-long series that brings together venerable veterans in various fields with university students hoping to forge a career in the same field.</em></p><p>Bob Wood and Carolyn Wortham sat opposite each other in the KPLU studio, separated by a generation during which a whole lot had happened.</p><p>Between the time that Dr. Wood took up arms against the AIDS epidemic and when Wortham took on the same fight, the illness has gone from mysterious killer to manageable condition. The battlefield had moved, to some extent, from urban gay neighborhoods to the developing world.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17244 at http://www.kplu.org Public Health Crusader And College Student Talk Sex, AIDS And What Makes Them Mad OIC Whistleblower Speaks, Says She's Still Muzzled http://www.kplu.org/post/oic-whistleblower-speaks-says-shes-still-muzzled <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154684946&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>An administrative law judge who accused the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner of pressuring her to rule in its favor broke her silence Monday, but she told lawmakers she’s not allowed to give them the whole story.</p><p>Patricia Petersen appeared before the state Senate Law and Justice Committee. She said she wants to tell the legislators what’s behind <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/insurance-commissioner-convenes-probe-whistleblower-complaint-against-its-own">her spat with the OIC</a>, including her accusation that the agency’s second-in-command pressured her to rule in the office’s favor.</p><p>But Petersen, in her first public comments since lodging a whistleblower complaint against her boss, said the commissioner gave her a gag order on the matter while it’s being investigated.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:54:28 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17188 at http://www.kplu.org Study Finds Bike Shares Increase Proportion Of Head Injuries; Seattle To Offer Helmets http://www.kplu.org/post/study-finds-bike-shares-increase-proportion-head-injuries-seattle-offer-helmets <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154093845&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>New research suggests that <a href="http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2014.302012" target="_blank">bike share programs have a downside</a>, but the program Seattle is launching this fall will have a key feature that could help mitigate it.</p><p>Researchers from the University of Washington and Washington State University looked at bicycle injury data from 10 major cities, both with and without bike share programs. They found that when a city gets a bike share program, a higher proportion of injuries to its cyclists are head injuries.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17121 at http://www.kplu.org Study Finds Bike Shares Increase Proportion Of Head Injuries; Seattle To Offer Helmets Washington State's First Holocaust Museum To Be Unveiled In Downtown Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-states-first-holocaust-museum-be-unveiled-downtown-seattle <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153821069&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The nation’s newest Holocaust museum, and the first in Washington state, is about to be unveiled in downtown Seattle. Its founders hope it will connect lessons from history with present-day issues.</p><p>The people behind the <a href="http://www.wsherc.org/" target="_blank">Holocaust Center for Humanity </a>have been working in Washington classrooms for decades. Now they’ll have a permanent home in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, where teachers, students and the public can come to them.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17065 at http://www.kplu.org Washington State's First Holocaust Museum To Be Unveiled In Downtown Seattle UW's Twinfest Will Celebrate Twin Culture, And Their Unique Contribution To Science http://www.kplu.org/post/uws-twinfest-will-celebrate-twin-culture-and-their-unique-contribution-science <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153037475&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The University of Washington will <a href="http://uwtwinregistry.org/twinfest2014/" target="_blank">host a big party </a>this weekend to drum up publicity for a key branch of research, and only twins are on the guest list.</p><p>Scientists have long had a keen interest in twins because people who share genes can help tease out the influences of nature and nurture.</p><p>“There’s this very unique kind of natural experiment that they provide,” said Dr. Glen Duncan, director of the UW Twin Registry. “So they really provide a very powerful approach to studying very difficult questions.”</p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17009 at http://www.kplu.org UW's Twinfest Will Celebrate Twin Culture, And Their Unique Contribution To Science OIC Whistleblower To Speak Out As Questions Linger Over Her Own Conduct http://www.kplu.org/post/oic-whistleblower-speak-out-questions-linger-over-her-own-conduct <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152863713&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>An administrative law judge who says her boss meddled in her deliberations is calling for more independence for hearings officers who, like her, work for state agencies. But she faces questions about her own conduct in the case, too.</p><p>Chief presiding officer Patricia Petersen was in the middle of a high-profile dispute between Seattle Children’s Hospital and the state insurance commissioner when she said a prominent official at the commissioner’s office leaned on her to decide in the agency’s favor. That official also happens to be Petersen’s direct supervisor.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 23:39:18 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 16974 at http://www.kplu.org OIC Whistleblower To Speak Out As Questions Linger Over Her Own Conduct Showdown Over Wenatchee's Pot Business Ban Could Have Statewide Consequences http://www.kplu.org/post/showdown-over-wenatchees-pot-business-ban-could-have-statewide-consequences <p>A would-be marijuana merchant is suing the city of Wenatchee over its ban on pot businesses. The outcome could have big implications for other local governments trying to keep out cannabis.</p><p>Shaun Preder of SMP Retail wants to open a retail pot store in Wenatchee. But the city does not grant licenses to businesses that don’t comply with federal law, which still considers marijuana illegal.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 04:55:57 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 16940 at http://www.kplu.org Showdown Over Wenatchee's Pot Business Ban Could Have Statewide Consequences Seattle City Council Unanimously Approves $15 Minimum Wage — Highest In Nation http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-city-council-unanimously-approves-15-minimum-wage-highest-nation <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152684374&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The Seattle City Council on Monday unanimously approved an ordinance to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour, the highest in the nation.</p><p>Starting on April 1, 2015, the clock will begin ticking for Seattle-based employers to boost their minimum wage workforce up to $15 per hour. Raises will be phased in over the next three to seven years, depending on how large the business is and what other benefits it offers.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:39:46 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer & Bellamy Pailthorp 16902 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle City Council Unanimously Approves $15 Minimum Wage — Highest In Nation