Medicine http://www.kplu.org en Could brain scans reveal the right treatment for depression? http://www.kplu.org/post/could-brain-scans-reveal-right-treatment-depression Finding the right treatment for depression can be a struggle. People find relief with the first treatment only 40 percent of the time. Trying different antidepressants or therapies can take months, which means months of suffering.<p>Scientists are trying to better the odds by searching for signals in the body or in behavior that could be signposts to the right treatment. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 16:55:00 +0000 9061 at http://www.kplu.org Could brain scans reveal the right treatment for depression? Want to pay less for medical care? ... find a better deal online http://www.kplu.org/post/want-pay-less-medical-care-find-better-deal-online <p>If you have high-deductible health insurance &ndash; possibly paying $2,000 or more out of pocket &ndash; the price of every test or procedure matters a lot. In theory, you should shop around.</p><p>But, that&rsquo;s easier said than done, as Seattle real estate broker Steven Wayne discovered: He ran through his $3,800 deductible, pretty quickly, after a recent series of fainting spells.</p><p>Now, new online tools can help you compare real costs.</p><p> Wed, 30 May 2012 00:50:24 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 5130 at http://www.kplu.org Want to pay less for medical care? ... find a better deal online Medical ratings: Western Washington good, but not the best http://www.kplu.org/post/medical-ratings-western-washington-good-not-best <p>Where you live definitely affects the quality of your health care. That&rsquo;s clear in a <a href="http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Publications/Fund-Reports/2012/Mar/Local-Scorecard.aspx">new report comparing communities across the country</a>. Western Washington is divided into three zones and they all score above average &ndash; but not in the top 10 percent.</p><p>The best score goes to the Everett/Snohomish/Skagit area. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 18:40:47 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 4429 at http://www.kplu.org Workers' wellness saving jobs in parks, policing, transit http://www.kplu.org/post/workers-wellness-saving-jobs-parks-policing-transit <p>King County Executive Dow Constantine says he&rsquo;ll be able to preserve as many as a dozen sheriff&rsquo;s deputies and 20 public health nurses. That&rsquo;s because King County employees have been improving their health &ndash; and saving taxpayers about $23 million this year.</p><p>The savings go back into the county&rsquo;s budget, and will mean fewer cuts next year.</p><p> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 01:00:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 2684 at http://www.kplu.org Workers' wellness saving jobs in parks, policing, transit Rare Bacterial Strain Identified As Cause Of European Outbreak http://www.kplu.org/post/rare-bacterial-strain-identified-cause-european-e-coli-outbreak <strong><strong>Update 3:58 p.m.:</strong></strong><strong> </strong>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/media/subtopic/sme/tauxe.htm">Dr. Robert Tauxe</a>, deputy director for the division of foodborne, bacterial and mycotic diseases, tells NPR's Richard Harris the bacterium seen in the European outbreak isn't brand new. Tauze identified it as <em><em>E. coli</em></em> O104:H4. "This organism that's been isolated from the sick people in Germany has been seen before," he says. Thu, 02 Jun 2011 18:36:40 +0000 1772 at http://www.kplu.org Rare Bacterial Strain Identified As Cause Of European Outbreak Health procedures scrutinized for costs, benefits http://www.kplu.org/post/health-procedures-scrutinized-costs-benefits <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-957030.mp3</p><p>If you&#39;ve had arthroscopic knee surgery for osteoarthritis, maybe you shouldn&#39;t have.&nbsp; And if you&#39;ve tried any of these treatments, there are questions, too, about whether it was worth it:</p> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 18:21:47 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 975 at http://www.kplu.org Hospital courtship: UW Medicine proposes to Valley Medical Center http://www.kplu.org/post/hospital-courtship-uw-medicine-proposes-valley-medical-center <p>King County's major medical centers continue jockeying for position in the emerging new health-care world.&nbsp;</p><p>U.W. Medicine and Valley Medical Center proposed this week what they call a "<a href="http://uwnews.org/article.asp?articleid=61379">strategic alliance</a>." Valley wants to retain its name, although the news release says Valley would become "part of U.W. Medicine."</p><p>Earlier this year, U.W. Medicine took over running Northwest Hospital (in north Seattle), without actually owning the hospital.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 00:07:56 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 594 at http://www.kplu.org Hospitals reveal surgical infection rates http://www.kplu.org/post/hospitals-reveal-surgical-infection-rates <p>If you ever need elective surgery, more websites keep appearing to help you pick the safest hospital.&nbsp; Now, you can compare all the hospitals in Washington based on their infection rates following some common surgeries.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 01 Dec 2010 00:58:01 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 245 at http://www.kplu.org Hospitals reveal surgical infection rates