Health

Brown uses the feathers of a bird native to a Huichol land in Mexico to conduct spiritual readings. (Photo by Cristina Acuña)

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I assumed the shamanic healing used to treat my mental illness back in Peru wouldn't be an option here in the Northwest. It turns out I was wrong.

Irene Auma, at center, helps conduct a yoga class at Thursdayin Seattle. Auma plans to start the first yoga-in-prisons program in Kenya. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

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Irene Auma is in Seattle this week taking special yoga-training classes in hopes of bringing her skills back home to vulnerable people in Kenyan prisons.

The current cohort of the Duwamish Valley Youth Corps, a dozen teens from South Park and Georgetown. (Photo by Barbara Clabots)

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In South Park and Georgetown, the health impacts of pollution are real and life-threatening. But a small cadre of teens are learning to fight for environmental justice.

Midwife Faisa Farole examines Malcolm Stonehill (the author's son) at the new Rainier Valley Community Clinic, which offers culturally competent pre- and postnatal health care. (Photo by Sarah Stuteville)

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In a zip code where 59 languages are spoken, pre- and postnatal care can't be cookie-cutter.

"Summer Flowers" painted by Jean McFee Raichle in an Elderwise ® creative outreach class.

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Will Seattle follow in the footsteps of other countries who invest in the lives and creativity of those with dementia?

A boy rides his bike in the haze along an Indonesian highway in late October, at the height of forest fires that blanketed much of Southeast Asia in a haze. (Photo by REUTERS/Darren Whiteside)

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What does your shampoo have to do with Indonesia's awful forest fire season?

Safiyah Ismail, second from left, a nurse at Seattle Children's answers questions during a gathering of members of the Somali Health Board. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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The third annual Somali health fair will provide culturally sensitive advice and services for a community with unique needs.

Weseem Shoulub, 7, resting in the Palestine Children's Relief Fund office in Gaza last year. Shoulub underwent surgery to amputate both legs at Spokane Shriners Hospital on October 7th. (Photo courtesy PCRF)

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7-year-old Weseem Shoulub is in Washington this month for a surgery he can't get near his home in Gaza.

Activists hold signs as they rally in support of Planned Parenthood on "National Pink Out Day" on the steps of City Hall in Los Angeles this week, in the face of conservative calls to pull federal funding for the controversial women's health organization. (Photo from REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni)

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When conservatives and Planned Parenthood face off over abortion rights, you probably won't hear from those with the most at stake: women of color

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Aid organizations are marking World Clubfoot Day to call attention to a simple treatment for a condition that's left millions unable to walk.

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In our increasingly interconnected world, it is important to be informed of issues and events around the globe in order to better understand and...

A relaxing visit to the nail spa can often mean coming into contact with toxic chemicals -- though some Seattle nail salons have found greener alternatives. (Photo from Flickr by Sam Breach)

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Doing nails can be a risky business — but you shouldn’t assume Seattle nail salons are harming immigrant workers.

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At a global cancer summit in Seattle, doctors and others explore unconventional ways to get chemotherapy and other treatments to all parts of the world.

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Six weeks after their friends' Chapel Hill shootings, Zeinab Abrahim and Sophia Malik reflect on the inspiring lives of Deah Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha.

A young Maasai woman with her head shaved — part of many rites of passage in Maasai culture. (Photo from Flickr by Javier Carcamo)

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Maasai women in Kenya are finding ways to replace 'the cut' with alternative rites of passage.

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Puget Sound health officials say that some Seattle-area schools need to see a boost in vaccination rates to prevent a measles outbreak.

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With food safety scandals plaguing Asia, the Northwest's zest for organic eating is a welcome change.

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International Community Health Services (ICHS) Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program is taking applications through April 1.

Ziplock bags full of Metformin, a medication used to treat diabetes, donated to Seattle's Salaam Cultural Museum for delivery to Syrian refugees in Jordan. (Photo by Alisa Reznick)

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Collecting unused meds and giving them to needy people overseas isn’t legal. But some Seattleites are doing it anyways.

Carol Glenn, a former Seattle nurse, collected leftover HIV/AIDS drugs to send overseas. It wasn't legal, but Glenn believed it was her duty. (Photo by Isolde Raftery / KUOW)

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At the height of the AIDS crisis, nurse Carol Glenn ran a secret pipeline to get leftover drugs from Seattle to sick people in the developing world.

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Tonight, the Washington Global Health Alliance and CodeMed are joining forces to present factual information on the Ebola outbreak to a Seattle audience.