Keith Seinfeld http://kplu.org en Dare We Call It Boring? Mild Weather Ahead http://kplu.org/post/dare-we-call-it-boring-mild-weather-ahead <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You've already seen the pattern—cloudy mornings, burning off later in the day, with highs in the lower </span>70s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. That's the forecast for the week ahead, says Cliff Mass, professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington.</span></p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 16:33:19 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 9321 at http://kplu.org Dare We Call It Boring? Mild Weather Ahead Health mystery: Wash. bucks national trend, now less active http://kplu.org/post/health-mystery-wash-bucks-national-trend-now-less-active <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s some truth to Washington’s image as a </span>mecca<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for the physically active. When it comes to exercise, several counties in the state rank in the top 50 out of more than 3,000 counties in the country. But that ranking hides a less flattering trend.</span></p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 9305 at http://kplu.org Health mystery: Wash. bucks national trend, now less active Horse-inspired mechanical legs helping stroke patients walk again http://kplu.org/post/horse-inspired-mechanical-legs-helping-stroke-patients-walk-again <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A research idea that was supposed to give people super-powered legs is instead helping stroke patients and other people who can’t walk.&nbsp;</span></p><p>It’s a new medical device, using a combination of springs, cables, and Velcro. The inventors in Seattle are hoping to transform the possibility of recovery for thousands of people.</p><p>The idea started with a horse. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:34:30 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8985 at http://kplu.org Horse-inspired mechanical legs helping stroke patients walk again Underwater robots evolve, teach us about nature http://kplu.org/post/underwater-robots-evolve-teach-us-about-nature <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Robots are everywhere these days. They’re working in factories, and are the focus of student competitions. They are also teaching us about nature, especially in the case of robotic fish.</span></p><p>It might seem a little Hollywood to talk about "robo-fish." And as an engineering professor, <a href="http://www.aa.washington.edu/research/ndcl/underwaterVehicle.html#uvGallery" target="_top">Kristi Morgansen</a> is a little shy about that.</p><p>“We usually call them fish robots, or robotic fish,” she said.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:57:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 9086 at http://kplu.org Underwater robots evolve, teach us about nature Look for a dose of sunshine this weekend, before gray returns http://kplu.org/post/look-dose-sunshine-weekend-gray-returns <p></p><p>Expect the clouds to burn off later today, but you'll have to wait until Saturday for the really nice weather, says Cliff Mass, professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington and KPLU's weekly weather expert. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 16:17:03 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 9070 at http://kplu.org Look for a dose of sunshine this weekend, before gray returns Heroin becoming the scourge of 20-somethings http://kplu.org/post/heroin-becoming-scourge-20-somethings <p></p><p>There are two versions of this story.</p><p>One is the story of how drug-abuse involving heroin has spiked upward, especially in young adults, over the past decade. Drug experts say people end up on heroin as a last resort, after getting addicted to prescription painkillers.</p><p>That version is in the news this week, and has <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/drug-abuse-trends-deaths-down-insidious-twist">made headlines for the past few years</a>, when annual drug trends come out.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:04:51 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 9058 at http://kplu.org Heroin becoming the scourge of 20-somethings Typical June weekend? Clouds, burning off late in the day http://kplu.org/post/typical-june-weekend-clouds-burning-late-day <p></p><p>Don't expect to see much sunshine on Friday, as clouds and a weak front move through western Washington. In fact, brief episodes of drizzle are possible.</p><p>But, the sun could peak through at the end of the day, says Cliff Mass, professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. And that reflects a typical June pattern, he says. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 16:16:29 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 9017 at http://kplu.org Typical June weekend? Clouds, burning off late in the day Obamacare pitch coming to libraries, pulpits, malls http://kplu.org/post/obamacare-pitch-coming-libraries-pulpits-malls <p></p><p>Working families without health insurance will get extra attention all over Washington this fall. Health organizations are getting $6 million in federal grants to send health recruiters to libraries, church pulpits, and shopping malls.&nbsp;</p><p>Face-to-face marketing and in-person recruiting are needed, according to the masterminds behind the the new health-care law, because about 25% of the uninsured won’t be able to use the new website. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 23:41:11 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 9000 at http://kplu.org Wash. state earns 'A' grade for pain prescribing, for now http://kplu.org/post/wash-state-earns-grade-pain-prescribing-now <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington state has earned a top grade from the American Cancer Society when it comes to helping people suffering from long-term pain. However, the state’s law on pain medication is unusual enough that the Cancer Society is surveying doctors to learn more about how it’s working.</span></p><p>In the past, many patients in chronic pain—lasting months or years—believed they were just supposed to suffer through it.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8982 at http://kplu.org Wash. state earns 'A' grade for pain prescribing, for now Frozen berries sold at Costco in Wash. tied to hepatitis outbreak http://kplu.org/post/frozen-berries-sold-costco-wash-tied-hepatitis-outbreak <p>An outbreak of hepatitis A, which has sickened more than 30 people in five states, has been linked to frozen berries sold at Costco stores.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Anyone who purchased frozen berries under the brand “Townsend Farms Organic Anti-oxidant Blend” from Costco should discard them, according to the state Department of Health.&nbsp;The blend includes cherries, blueberries, pomegranate seeds, raspberries, and strawberries.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 23:50:32 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8980 at http://kplu.org Frozen berries sold at Costco in Wash. tied to hepatitis outbreak Glimpses of sunshine this weekend, then chance of 80 next week http://kplu.org/post/glimpses-sunshine-weekend-then-chance-80-next-week <p>If the clouds and showers seem dreary, fear not: warm and sunny days lie ahead, says weather expert Cliff Mass.</p><p>Friday will start off with more of the same: “A lot of low clouds, but those will be burning off by mid-day,” says Mass, professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.</p><p>By Friday afternoon, temperatures will near 70, says Mass.</p><p>“But unfortunately, a weak weather system is approaching us,” says Mass, adding the system will likely arrive Saturday afternoon.</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 16:19:57 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8958 at http://kplu.org Glimpses of sunshine this weekend, then chance of 80 next week How a person becomes involuntarily committed http://kplu.org/post/how-person-becomes-involuntarily-committed <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Exactly one year has passed since an angry and unstable man killed four people at Seattle’s </span>Café<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Racer and one more woman near downtown before shooting himself. </span><a href="http://www.kplu.org/search/google/%22ian%20stawicki%22?query=%22ian%20stawicki%22&amp;cx=010251366440257945544%3Ay-awufi-sb8&amp;cof=FORID%3A11&amp;sitesearch=" style="line-height: 1.5;">Ian Stawicki</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was never diagnosed with a mental illness, but he exhibited many of the signs.</span></p><p>When someone is in a mental health crisis, who decides if the or she gets hospitalized involuntarily? Thu, 30 May 2013 20:56:54 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8945 at http://kplu.org How a person becomes involuntarily committed Study suggests link between edible pot and overdose among kids http://kplu.org/post/study-suggests-link-between-edible-pot-and-overdose-among-kids <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Doctors are sounding an alarm about marijuana and young children,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">especially</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> when it comes to&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 16px;">marijuana-infused products, or "medibles".&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 28 May 2013 19:38:21 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8897 at http://kplu.org Study suggests link between edible pot and overdose among kids Mass: Some rain, some sun this Memorial Day weekend http://kplu.org/post/mass-some-rain-some-sun-memorial-day-weekend <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rain showers will be coming and going this weekend. That's the big picture, but Cliff Mass, professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington, says the weekend won’t be a total washout.</span></p><p>“Memorial Day weekend is generally not the best,” he says. “We have a really nice period sometime in the early to mid-May most years, and we’ve had it.”</p><p>Now, Mass says, we’re starting to see the infamous “June gloom syndrome,” which he says involves “a lot of low clouds and sprinkles.”</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 16:21:33 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8888 at http://kplu.org Mass: Some rain, some sun this Memorial Day weekend Cash only for marijuana businesses after credit union backs away http://kplu.org/post/cash-only-marijuana-businesses-after-credit-union-backs-away-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Verity Credit Union&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">has backed away from helping marijuana businesses open checking accounts. The move is a major setback for pot businesses as the Seattle credit union had been the only financial institution in the state openly providing banking to those shops.</span></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 23:41:19 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8852 at http://kplu.org Cash only for marijuana businesses after credit union backs away