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Global Health
5:12 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Study: Many girls in U.S. will have shorter lives than their mothers

In this screen grab from the IHME website, you can see some lifespan comparisons of women in 2009. Go to the Institute’s website to interact with this and other graphics to learn more.

By Claudia Rowe, special correspondent

Despite living in a country with one of the best health-care systems in the world, thousands of American girls will have shorter lives than their mothers, according to new research from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).

In 661 areas of the country life expectancy for women has stagnated or decreased since 1999.

“It’s tragic,” said Dr. Ali Mokdad, who lead the team of researchers evaluating American health and mortality trends across the country.

Read more on Humanosphere.

Honors
5:30 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Melinda Gates, Jeff Bezos, Dr. Larry Corey elected to national academy

Melinda Gates
The Associated Press

Three Seattleites are among the 220 new members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this year: Melinda Gates, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Dr. Larry Corey, president and director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Read more on Humanosphere.

Humanosphere
1:08 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Your pets, other 'species gaps' exist in hunt for diseases that can jump to humans

Animal disease experts examine a pig on a farm in Yunlin County, central Taiwan.
The Associated Press

By Lisa Stiffler, Humanosphere correspondent

HIV, West Nile virus, swine flu, ebola – all are human diseases that are traced to livestock, wild creatures and insects from locations scattered around the globe. It can be harder to think of infectious ailments that didn’t start in animals, and in fact these so called “zoonotic pathogens” are to blame for more than 65 percent of emerging infectious disease events over the past 60 years, according to research.

Yet experts in the field say we’re still doing a crummy job watching for new disease outbreaks in animals that could jump to humans.

Read more on Humanosphere.

Humanosphere's Changemakers
1:18 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Hooked on science by accident, Kimberly Choi puts it to work in the global community

Quick BIO: Kimberly Choi, 23, is a research technician at Seattle Biomedical Research Institute (Seattle BioMed) and a University of Washington graduate.

By Lisa Stiffler, Humanosphere correspondent

Kimberly Choi wound up testing malaria vaccines on mice quite by accident.

“I thought I was going to study Spanish literature,” Choi recalled.

But in 2006, Choi was encouraged by a high school biology teacher to participate in Seattle BioMed’s outreach program, BioQuest, which gives students a chance to do hands-on research.

Read more on Humanosphere.

KPLU Listener Trip
9:40 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Join us for our Victoria JazzFest Weekend!

We'll be starting the jazz-filled weekend off the right way with multi-Grammy Award-winner and one of the world's pre-eminent female jazz vocalists, Diane Reeves on June 22nd!

Join KPLU for an exciting trip to the 28th TD Victoria International JazzFest, Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24. 

JazzFest features musical performances from around the world on 12 stages in the downtown area.  (This year's JazzFest is June 22-July 1.)  We've put together a fun-filled package for two that's specially priced (reflecting a 10% discount) for KPLU listeners!

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Awards
3:35 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

KPLU wins 2012 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

Edward R. Murrow

The Radio Television Digital News Association today announced the 2012 regional winners of the Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in electronic journalism. KPLU won two: Audio Feature Reporting for "I Wonder Why...Seahawk fans are the loudest  in the league" and Audio News Documentary for "Cat trappers fix feral felines and return them to the wild."

KPLU's Paula Wissel was the reporter on both stories.

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Humanosphere
2:11 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Changemakers: Ines Tucakovic puts humanitarian goals to work doing TB research

Quick BIO: Ines Tucakovic, 27, senior clinical research assistant with Seattle’s Infectious Disease Research Institute

By Lisa Stiffler, Humanosphere correspondent

Ines Tucakovic was only a child when she and her family fled the war in their native Bosnia. But her job at Seattle’s Infectious Disease Research Institute has a connection to home.

As part of the research team in the institute’s clinical immunology lab, Tucakovic prepares protocols for clinical trials being conducted internationally. The trials are for vaccines for tuberculosis and a parasite called leishmaniasis. Tucakovic also processes the samples taken from patients in Venezuela, Peru, India, Columbia and Sudan.

Read more on Humanosphere.

Humanosphere
3:09 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

DHHS' Nils Daulaire brings his fight to Seattle – Global is local!

“Our only chance to keep Americans safe is if the systems for preventing, detecting and containing disease … also stretch across the globe,” Nils Daulaire.
Lisa Stiffler Humanosphere

By Lisa Stiffler, Humanosphere correspondent

Many Americans just don’t get it – Global health is a domestic issue.

That was the main message last night at Seattle’s Broadway Performance Hall from Dr. Nils Daulaire, director of the Office of Global Affairs for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

At the “Diseases without Borders” forum Daulaire said that the question he’s most frequently asked is this: “Why does (Health and Human Services), a domestic institution, even have an Office of Global Affairs?”

Read more on Humanosphere.

Humanosphere
2:28 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Was the attention on the Kony 2012 campaign justified?

But the important question is not whether Kony should be brought to justice, but whether doing so should be a priority given all of the other challenges our planet faces.
The Associated Press

Guest post by Kentaro Toyama

For a couple of weeks, Kony 2012 stole the spotlight in international development. It dominated conversation, with some applauding its success as an awareness-raising campaign (e.g., Nicholas Kristof); some criticizing it for its oversimplified, condescending, self-gratifying portrayal of the issues (e.g., Teju Cole); and many grumbling along the lines of, “Who are these punks who managed to get so much attention and funding?”

These are all important questions, but they miss the real issue that Kony 2012 raises — namely, how we as a society prioritize important issues in the age of Internet social media.

Read more on Humanosphere.

Record Weather
1:35 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Record rains in Portland and much of Washington

KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass presented this map of the percentage of normal of precipitation in March. "Much of eastern Washington is amazing with totals of 200-300 percent of normal," he said.

This March was Portland's wettest month ever, with a record-breaking 7.73 inches of rain. And, records fell throughout most of Washington last month, as well, reports KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

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Spring Pledge Drive
12:00 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Thank you for supporting the KPLU Spring Pledge Drive!

As another successful pledge drive ends this season we hope you will continue to enjoy the commercial-free programming on KPLU, especially knowing you did your part to make it happen.

If you missed the pledge drive and would like to support KPLU, you can still be counted through April 9th!

We would also like to thank the various businesses who supported our volunteers and staff during the Spring Pledge Drive

Humanosphere
10:21 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Changemakers: Dean Chahim wants to launch a 'do-good' revolution

Quick BIO: Dean Chahim, 22, is a cofounder of Critical Development Forum, a University of Washington graduate and recipient of a Bonderman Travel Fellowship.

By Lisa Stiffler, Humanosphere correspondent

Can Dean Chahim save the world?

Not alone, he can’t. But if he can inspire and educate enough people in “critical consciousness” – an awareness of the policies and practices that create injustices and an understanding of how we can change them for the better – that might just do it.

Read more on Humanosphere.

Fund Drive
10:01 am
Mon April 2, 2012

KPLU thanks the following companies for their support

KPLU extends a special thank you to the following companies who were generous enough to donate their products for our volunteers during the 2012 Spring Pledge Drive.

 

Pepsi 

Choice Organic Teas

Tim’s Cascade Chips

Crystal Springs Water

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Humanosphere
1:50 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Changemakers: Redmond high school kids help fellow students in Cambodia

Students from Washington and Cambodia pose at the school in the village of Pailin built in part with money raised by the Overlake School in Redmond.
Overlake School

By Claudia Rowe, Humanosphere correspondent

In a lesson showing just how far one unlikely idea can travel, 18 upper affluent kids from suburban Seattle are this weekend en route to Cambodia, where they will teach science, art and English to some of the poorest children on Earth.

Foreign aid is a messy business, often stymied by inefficiency and corruption. But students from the Overlake School in Redmond wave off such concerns – not to mention parental worries about residual landmines and mandatory inoculations.

They believe their two-week trip to the village of Pailin will benefit them as much as their young pupils.

Read more on Humanosphere.

Guest post from Geekwire
10:06 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Google patent enables pitching to caller based on background noise

A diagram from the patent, showing the environmental sensing and ad delivery system.

By Todd Bishop at Geekwire

Google patented system would use noise at games and other settings to determine location and target ads.

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