Public Health http://kplu.org en Study Finds MRSA 'Superbug' Lurking At Washington Firehouses http://kplu.org/post/study-finds-mrsa-superbug-lurking-washington-firehouses <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159322994&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>Fighting fires is a dangerous job, and <a href="http://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553%2814%2900135-7/abstract" target="_blank">new research on firehouses around Washington state </a>has revealed another hazard — one that lurks on firefighters’ boots, their trucks and even their TV remotes.</p><p>MRSA is a nasty and sometimes deadly bacterium that’s hard to kill with antibiotics. It’s normally associated with hospitals, nursing homes or prisons, but researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health recently tested 33 firehouses for the presence of MRSA.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">They found the bug at 19 of those firehouses. Twelve crews reported having at least one member who’d gotten an infection requiring medical care.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17812 at http://kplu.org Study Finds MRSA 'Superbug' Lurking At Washington Firehouses Public Health Crusader And College Student Talk Sex, AIDS And What Makes Them Mad http://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://kplu.org Public Health Crusader And College Student Talk Sex, AIDS And What Makes Them Mad Treating the Cow to Save the Kid: Where Human and Animal Health Intersect http://kplu.org/post/treating-cow-save-kid-where-human-and-animal-health-intersect <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">People fighting hunger in the developing world have noticed a troubling mystery: malnourished children sometimes fail to get healthier even when given a lot of extra nutrients.</span></p><p>The key to helping them may be to focus not on the kids, but on their cows, according to a team led by a University of Washington professor.</p><p>The researchers from UW, Washington State University and CDC-Kenya just received a Gates Foundation grant to examine the values of a holistic approach—one that focuses on the intersection of human, animal and environmental health.</p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 11575 at http://kplu.org Treating the Cow to Save the Kid: Where Human and Animal Health Intersect Volunteers Plaster King County with Obamacare Sales Pitch http://kplu.org/post/volunteers-plaster-king-county-obamacare-sales-pitch <p></p><p>On the same day House Republicans voted to defund the Affordable Care Act, King County is making a big push to implement it. Volunteers went door-to-door and business-to-business across the county Friday.</p><p>Public health officials are trying to get uninsured King County residents to buy insurance on the state’s new exchange. Many of them have never had coverage before.</p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 23:38:22 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 10090 at http://kplu.org Volunteers Plaster King County with Obamacare Sales Pitch Alarming Jump in Youth Suicide Prompts Call to Action http://kplu.org/post/alarming-jump-youth-suicide-prompts-call-action <p>King County saw an <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/news/2013/13080101.aspx">unexpected spike in youth suicides</a> last year, prompting a group of experts to push for much wider awareness of <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/injury/violence/suicide.aspx">how to prevent suicide</a>.</p><p>Eleven kids took their own lives in King County last year – almost triple the average year, and the highest total since at least 1999.</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 22:47:02 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9496 at http://kplu.org Washington's Tobacco Quitline Cuts Off the Uninsured http://kplu.org/post/washingtons-tobacco-quitline-cuts-uninsured <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’re trying to quit smoking and you don’t have health insurance, it’s going to be harder to find help as of August 1. The state’s free tobacco </span>quitline<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will be cutting services to the uninsured, due to budget cuts.</span></p><p>Those without insurance can get a little bullet-point advice from the quit counselor, but after that, they’re on their own. State Health Department spokesman Tim Church said the cutbacks will harm some of the most vulnerable.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9476 at http://kplu.org Washington's Tobacco Quitline Cuts Off the Uninsured Health Alert Issued after Rabid Bat Found on Madison Park Beach http://kplu.org/post/health-alert-issued-after-rabid-bat-found-madison-park-beach <p>Health officials have issued a warning for anyone who may have been exposed to a sick, rabid bat found on the south side of Seattle's Madison Park Beach on Thursday.</p><p>A<span style="line-height: 1.5;">nyone who has had contact with the bat or its saliva is at risk of developing rabies. While rabies is contracted through a bite, bat bites can be small, indistinguishable and painless, so anyone who has had contact with a bat should consult Public Health.</span></p><p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:21:07 +0000 Hayat Norimine 9373 at http://kplu.org Health Alert Issued after Rabid Bat Found on Madison Park Beach Human fecal bacteria confirmed in Seattle’s Thornton Creek http://kplu.org/post/human-fecal-bacteria-confirmed-seattle-s-thornton-creek <p>Scientists with the city of Seattle are narrowing in on the source of polluted water that flows through the city’s largest watershed. With <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/util/myservices/drainagesewer/aboutthedrainagesewersystem/thorntoncreekwatershedreports/">a new study</a>, they’ve confirmed human fecal bacteria are likely entering Thornton Creek at multiple locations near Northgate and Lake City Way. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9049 at http://kplu.org Human fecal bacteria confirmed in Seattle’s Thornton Creek Changing of guardian for health as smoking reaches crossroads http://kplu.org/post/changing-guardian-health-smoking-reaches-crossroads <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time since 1998, Washington is getting a new secretary of health. Mary </span>Selecky<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is retiring, and her replacement starts today.</span></p><p>Selecky has been a familiar face during health emergencies, such as the pandemic flu. She made tobacco her top health priority, and saw smoking rates drop year after year. But, as she steps down, the anti-smoking crusade is at a crossroads. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:04:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8392 at http://kplu.org Changing of guardian for health as smoking reaches crossroads ACLU, public health groups cautioning marijuana rulemakers http://kplu.org/post/aclu-public-health-groups-cautioning-marijuana-rulemakers <p>How do you build a whole new industry – and undermine a black market -- without increasing its customer base? &nbsp;</p><p>That’s the challenge state regulators are facing <a href="http://www.liq.wa.gov/marijuana/proposed-producer-rules">as they write the rules</a> that will govern recreational marijuana in Washington. The American Civil Liberties Union is urging caution.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:33:49 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7963 at http://kplu.org ACLU, public health groups cautioning marijuana rulemakers Washington bucks national trend with fewer teen driver deaths http://kplu.org/post/washington-bucks-national-trend-fewer-teen-driver-deaths <p></p><p>A <a href="http://ghsa.org/html/publications/pdf/spotlights/spotlight_teens12.pdf">new report </a>finds more teen drivers are dying around the country, but not in Washington. So while nationwide there’s been a 19 percent increase in 16- and 17-year old drivers dying in the first half of last year, deaths dropped sharply in Washington</p><p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 00:31:54 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7865 at http://kplu.org Washington bucks national trend with fewer teen driver deaths Public health at forefront of King County's gun initiative http://kplu.org/post/public-health-forefront-king-countys-gun-initiative <p>The debate over gun control may be focused on the nation’s capital, but one local official says King County will soon take measures of its own.</p><p>About <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/data/GunViolence.aspx">125 people die each year </a>of gun violence in King County. Executive Dow Constantine says the way a county government can chip away at that number is through a public health approach. He announced in his <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/constantine/StateOfTheCounty/2013.aspx">state of the county address </a>that he is directing the health department to collect new data on gun deaths and injuries.</p><p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 00:52:54 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7729 at http://kplu.org Public health at forefront of King County's gun initiative How to prove the tree-huggers hunch? Study a deadly beetle http://kplu.org/post/how-prove-tree-huggers-hunch-study-deadly-beetle <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you live in the Evergreen State, chances are, you like trees.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cities around the Pacific Northwest do a lot to protect them.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But, do they really make us healthier?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An economist with the <a href="http://www.fs.usda.gov/r6">US forest service in Portland </a>is working on that question.</span></p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:04:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7595 at http://kplu.org How to prove the tree-huggers hunch? Study a deadly beetle Not as many Wash. children opting out of vaccines http://kplu.org/post/not-many-wash-children-opting-out-vaccines <p>Fewer Washington parents are opting their children out of vaccinations, giving the state one of the biggest <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6133a2.htm?s_cid=mm6133a2_w">drops in vaccine exemptions </a>in the country. Two years ago Washington had the highest rate of vaccine exemptions in the nation, with 6.2 percent of kindergartners taking a medical, religious or philosophical pass on getting one or more immunizations.</p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 23:55:07 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 6087 at http://kplu.org Not as many Wash. children opting out of vaccines Tacoma man not alone with grill brush horror story http://kplu.org/post/tacoma-man-not-alone-grill-brush-horror-story <p>Federal regulators are looking into a health hazard that sent a Tacoma man to the hospital over the weekend.</p><p>Adam Wojtanowicz ate a grilled steak, and ended up in surgery. It had nothing to do with the meat, or even cooking with fire &ndash; no, Wojtanowicz actually ingested a metal bristle from the wire brush used to clean the grill. That little whisker of steel <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6126a4.htm?s_cid=mm6126a4_w">can wreak havoc </a>on the digestive system, puncturing intestines or other organs.&nbsp;</p><p>It turns out to be a rare but not unique injury. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 5565 at http://kplu.org Tacoma man not alone with grill brush horror story