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April 25, 2012

Attend a free UW Medicine womens health evening forum May 16 at the UW Tower

Join us for an evening on women’s health. Listen to talks, check your blood pressure, pick up educational materials, ask questions and be pampered.


April 20, 2012

Payment innovation cuts depression time in half

When 25 percent of the payments to community health clinics were based on quality of care, patients received better care and had better depression outcomes.


April 19, 2012

Girls born in 2009 will have shorter lives than their mothers in hundreds of U.S. counties

Lifespan gap between counties grows. Life expectancies for black Americans improve greatly.


April 16, 2012

Couple says ‘I do at UW Medical Center

Facing an uncertain future after 20 years together, a couple decides to marry on the transplant unit where the groom is hospitalized.


April 9, 2012

Wearable artificial kidney to be tested for safety and effectiveness in collaboration with FDA

The battery-powered wearable artificial kidney weighs about 10 pounds and is worn in a waist belt. Dr. Victor Gura from UCLA invented the device to provide greater freedom to dialysis patients.


April 4, 2012

Autism mutations, scattered across genes, merge into network of interactions

New findings on the molecular biology of autism spectrum disorders are reported today in Nature.


April 2, 2012

Single-session ablation relieves misery of cancer that has spread to the bones

Technological advances make radiofrequency instruments a stronger complement to radiation therapy in treating spinal and pelvic tumors.


March 30, 2012

Restoring credibility and the joy of discovery to science

In several journal editorials and testimony before the National Academy of Sciences, a UW professor presents opinions on reforming scientific enterprise.


March 29, 2012

Second annual All Health Professions Error Disclosure Day teaches important team skills

In case scenarios, medical, nursing, and pharmacy students learned how to tell a patient’s family that a serious error has occurred.


March 23, 2012

Embryonic stem cells shift metabolism in a cancer-like way upon implanting in the uterus

This change may release fuel and materials for the rapid growth of the early embryo and the formation of layers that will later become organs.


March 21, 2012

UW Medical Center is first in Pacific Northwest to discharge a Total Artificial Heart patient

UW Medicine heart transplant surgeon Dr. Nahush A. Mokadam puts the Total Artificial Heart into Mr. Marshall's chest.

Christopher Marshall, of Wasilla, Alaska, left UW Medical Center today without a heart. Instead he used a portable power supply for his recently implanted circulatory device.


March 19, 2012

Medical school celebrates students' residency placements at Match Day 2012

UW graduating medical students — along with newly minted M.D.s across America — learned March 16 where they will do their residency training.


March 14, 2012

Loss of appetite deciphered in brain cell circuit

UW scientists traced a brain circuit that mediates the loss of appetite in mice. They also discovered potential therapeutic targets.


March 7, 2012

Gorilla genome offers insights into great ape and human evolution

Today the gorilla became the last of the living great apes to have its genome assembly reported.


March 4, 2012

Lower Duwamish Waterway health study to inform EPAs final cleanup plan for Superfund site

Environmental health researchers will assess the effects of the proposed cleanup on people who use or live on South Seattle’s polluted Duwamish River.


February 29, 2012

Are budget cuts to health departments putting our health at risk?

Researchers are seeking to improve public health outcomes at a time of diminished funding and program reductions.


UW Medicine’s newest primary-care clinic to hold open house

Visiting the doctor with his dad, a baby extends a friendly hand to UW Medicine family physician Dr. Chris Sanford.

See the new UW Neighborhood Northgate Clinic from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 3.


February 24, 2012

School of Dentistry lowers fees for Medicaid-eligible patients

The UW School of Dentistry wants to make dental care affordable to people affected by state cutbacks in coverage.


February 13, 2012

UW Medical Center staff and volunteers create heartfelt valentines for hospital patients

UWMC staff and volunteers poured their hearts into a beautiful gesture: handmade valentines Feb. 14 for all hospitalized patients.


February 8, 2012

Scientists sound alarm over threat of untreatable gonorrhea in United States

Emerging cephalosporin resistance and treatment failures reported in other countries signal a need for urgent U.S. action to control the spread of gonorrhea.


February 7, 2012

Treatment for TB can be guided by patients genetics

A gene that influences the inflammatory response to infection also predicts drug treatment effectiveness for a deadly form of TB.


February 3, 2012

UW Medicine joins forces with First Lady Michelle Obama to serve America's military families

The First Lady praised academic institutions for dedicating resources and reinforcing their commitment to the health needs of veterans.


February 2, 2012

Diet high in processed meat linked to increased diabetes risk in populations with high diabetes rate

Diabetes risk is increased in men and women who eat a diet high in processed meats, according to a study published online this week in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Processed meats include hot dogs, lunch meat, sausages and canned meats.


January 24, 2012

Discover whats on the health horizon at UW Medicine Mini-Medical School 2012

The general public and the UW community can register to attend the 2012 UW Medicine Mini-Med School. Learn the latest in research, clinical advances and physician training.


January 23, 2012

Dentistrys Tim DeRouen to lead national dental research association

Dentistry Interim Dean Tim DeRouen has been elected to a four-year term on the executive board of the American Association for Dental Research that will lead to his assumption of the AADR presidency in 2014.


January 11, 2012

Martin Luther King Jr. tributes scheduled at UW Health Sciences and Harborview

Harborview Medical Center and the UW Health Sciences have each scheduled events and service activities to honor the memory of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The ceremonies are open to all.


January 10, 2012

Gut microbe networks differ from norm in obese people, systems biology approach reveals

Sharon Greenblum is the first author on the gut microbiome comparative study.

For the first time, researchers have analyzed the multitude of microorganisms residing in the human gut as a complex, integrated biological system, rather than a set of separate species. Their approach has revealed patterns that correspond with excess body weight.


January 4, 2012

Nursing students put skills to practice in community organizations

At a December open house, nursing students held a lively Poster Symposium to show their teachers, colleagues and friends how they put their education into practice at community agencies. The service projects covered a range of public health concerns like obesity, elder care and prenatal support.


December 28, 2011

Evidence found for brain injury in diet-induced obesity

UW scientists report today, Dec. 27, the first evidence of structural changes in the brains of rodents and people with diet-induced obesity. The findings may lead to a better understanding of body weight control problems.


December 20, 2011

Five with UW links named to Forbes 30 under 30

A biostatistics faculty member, two genome scientists, and two computer engineers, all with UW links, are among the 30 under 30 young achievers in the annual Forbes list.


December 19, 2011

Doctors cautious, patients enthusiastic about sharing medical notes

A survey reported today gauged baseline interest among patients and doctors in sharing physicians after an office visit. The survey was conducted at Harborview and two other sites before the one-year OpenNotes trial.


December 14, 2011

Study finds superior drug combo for difficult-to-control epilepsy

UW Medicine neurologist Dr. Nicholas Poolos led a retrospective study to find drug combinations that reduce seizure frequency in hard-to-treat epilepsy.

A lamotrigine/valproate treatment regimen significantly reduced seizure frequency, according to a retrospective study of records at Fircrest and Rainier Habilitation Centers. UW Medicine neurologist Dr. Nicholas Poolos of the Regional Epilepsy Center led the project.


December 9, 2011

Small lifestyle changes can prevent diabetes

Walking in the snow is one way to get winter exercise.

Learn some tips keep your weight in check over the winter holidays, and other ways to prevent type 2 diabetes, as well as recognize its symptoms.


December 7, 2011

How Salmonella forms evil twins to evade the bodys defenses

In this magnified image of genetically identical Salmonella, the bacteria that show up as yellow-green are expressing flagellin, a protein for forming swimming apparatus, and the reddish ones are not.

To swim or not to swim? The biological control that makes this choice for genetically identical Salmonella impacts the bacteria’s ability to cause infection.


December 6, 2011

UW funded to realize medical applications of genome sequencing

A stethoscope in the shape of a DNA double helix

To accelerate genome sequencing applications for patient care, the National Human Genome Research Institute today, Tuesday, Dec. 6, announced the establishment of two major programs at the University of Washington.


December 1, 2011

Researchers pioneer molecular imaging agents to individualize cancer therapy

A diagnostic image of the brain obtained with positron emission tomography.

Scientists are developing PET scan agents that characterize each patient’s cancer. This helps clinicians weigh treatment options and measure effectiveness.


November 29, 2011

A prescription for managing seasonal depression

Weeks of dreary, foreboding skies can precipitate seasonal depression.

If dark, rainy days have got you down, here are some ways to lift winter depression


Temple Grandin, animal behaviorist and autism leader, lectures Nov. 30

Dr. Grandin giving a talk at a Colorado State University celebration in her honor.

Grandin has been called revelatory and revolutionary in describing first-hand what it is like to have autism. She has applied her autistic awareness and research to enhance animal welfare.


November 21, 2011

Magnet program again recognizes UW Medical Center for nursing excellence

Magnet program again recognizes UW Medical Center for nursing excellence

For the fifth consecutive time, UW Medical Center has been awarded Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In 1994 it became the first Magnet hospital. Today it is the only hospital in the nation to have received five such recognitions.


November 18, 2011

What bacteria don't know can hurt them

Dr. Pradeep Singh is a UW Medicine pulmonary and critical care physician who studies antibiotic resistance of biofilms.

Bacteria living in clusters warn each other to enter a self-protective mode when nutrients are low. This state shields them from antibiotics. Interfering with the starvation alert super-charged the infection-fighting power of antibiotics.



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