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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.

November 15, 2011

Early, intensive therapy for type 1 diabetes prevented kidney disease in long-term study

UW Medicine physician Dr. Ian de Boer studies the prevention of diabetic kidney disease.

Years later participants reap the benefits of good blood sugar control in reducing slow-progressing complications. This finding comes from more than two decades of research on preventing life-shortening consequences of type 1 diabetes.

November 8, 2011

Harborview dietitians receive preceptor award from UW graduate program

Dietitians who work on the nutritional needs of hospitalized patients at Harborview. See end of article for identifications.

The training and mentorship Harborview dietitians provide to students in the UW graduate program in dietetics has earned the staff the 2011 Excellent Preceptor Award.

November 2, 2011

Grant County families join National Childrens Study

A scene from Grant County, Wash., overlooking Moses Lake.

Washington State University and the UW cheer Grant County participation in landmark national study of childrens health. More than 150 families enrolled for tracking influences on normal development and illness from birth to adulthood.

Study shows new medication effectively treats underlying cause of cystic fibrosis

A final stage clinical trial of ivacaftor (VX-770) shows significantly improved lung function in subset of cystic fibrosis patients, as reported Nov. 2 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Pediatrician Dr. Bonnie W. Ramsey of Seattle Children’s Research Institute and the UW led the study.

School of Nursing announces two new professorship recipients

Dr. Patricia Brandt has been named the UW Medical Center Endowed Professor in Nursing Leadership. Dr. Dianie Magyary will be the first holder of the Kathryn E. Barnard Endowed Professorship in Infant Mental Health.

Hogness Symposium lecturer David Williams: ‘Making America Healthier’

David R. Williams

The 20th John R. Hogness Symposium on Health Care Nov. 9 is on “Making America Healthy.” The speaker, Dr. David R. Williams from the Harvard School of Public Health, will discuss how every segment of society can contribute to a healthy culture.

October 31, 2011

Modern genetics answers age-old question on Garrods fourth inborn error of metabolism

Dr. Archibald Garrod of the Royal College of Physicians in London in an photo taken about 1908, the year he proposed the idea of inborn errors of metabolism.

Fifty years after participating in studies of pentosuria, an inherited disorder once mistaken for diabetes, 15 families again welcomed medical geneticists into their lives. Their willingness to have their DNA analyzed with genomics technologies has solved a 100-year mystery

October 26, 2011

Why I Chose UW Medicine: ‘It gave me my life back

The chair of computer sciences learned how fortunate he was to be a member of the UW community when UW Medicine physicians and the Harborview staff helped him recover from a spine infection.

October 25, 2011

Joel Berg named Washington Dental Service Foundation Distinguished Professor for Dentistry

Dr. Joel Berg

The professorship will fund a symposium in 2013 on dental issues at each stage of life — pregnancy, childhood, teens, adults and old age — and will emphasize preventing oral health problems.

Linking of mutations in 12 genes to ovarian cancers may lead to more effective prevention

A very high magnification of clear cell ovarian cancer.

More patients with ovarian carcinoma carry cancer-predisposing mutations, and in more genes, than previously thought. Relying on family history as an indication for testing would have missed one-fifth of the cases. The study used a quick, accurate genome sequencing method that could become a single test to screen for a broad range of cancers.

October 18, 2011

The UW’s next generation of infertility treatment

Melissa Maxwell with Gillian, 10, who gets riding lessons at the Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Woodinville. Maxwell serves as Gillians "side walker,” walking along to make sure the girl is safe and secure in the saddle. (Then they feed carrots to the horses together.)

Scientific advances are assisting prospective parents unable to to have children on their own. Also emerging are methods to try to protect a young person’s ability to make a baby in the future.

October 17, 2011

Environmental toxicologist David Eaton elected to Institute of Medicine

David Eaton

Eaton is vice provost for research-external relations om the UW Office of Research and professor of environmental and occupational health in the School of Public Health. Election in the IOM is one of the highest honors given to medical and health leaders.

October 12, 2011

American Academy of Nursing inducts three from UW School of Nursing faculty

American Academy of Nursing inducts three from UW School of Nursing faculty (5)

Among the newly inducted Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing are UW faculty members Betty Bekemeier, Cindy Dougherty and Brenda Zierler, and UW Nursing alum Lori Loan,

More than 200 neighbors attend UW Neighborhood Ravenna Clinic opening

At the UW Medicine Ravenna Clinic, Harry the Husky extends his paw for a blood pressure check.

Harry the Husky mascot and the Husky Marching Band welcomed visitors Oct. 1 to the new UW Neighborhood Ravenna Clinic. The clinic is north of the main UW campus and open six days a week, with extended hours Mondays and Thursdays.

October 11, 2011

Are your vision problems caused by dry eyes?

Preservative-free eye drops soothe mild cases of dry eye.

Spending long hours staring at a computer screen? If you’re not blinking enough, beware of the burning, gritty sensation of dry eye.

UW volunteers help deliver oral health care at homeless veterans Stand Down

Volunteer Patricia Plank performs an oral health screening at the Seattle Stand Down.

Volunteers gave oral health screenings and follow-up advice as part of a Seattle event offering counseling, health care, clothing and gear to local homeless veterans.

October 5, 2011

Two UW public health researchers win NIH Early Independence Awards

Biostatistician Dr. Daniela Witten and epidemiologist Nicola Basta were chosen for their drive and maturity to flourish as young scientists.

October 4, 2011

Sixteen regions of the genetic code newly discovered to influence lung function

Principals from California's Norwalk-La Mirada School District observe classroom instruction. "This was one of our guided learning walkthroughs where we take leaders into classrooms in order to help them develop a deeper vision of quality teaching and learning,” said Stephen Fink, executive director of the UWs Center for Educational Leadership.

The discovery of 16 additional sections of the human genome that influence lung function brings the total known variants to 26. These findings in the genetic code hold promise for future screenings and treatment of lung disease.

Epidemiologist notes oral health challenges in Asia at Dentistrys annual Research Day

Student research competition winner Peter Yamamura discusses his study with Dr. Whasun Oh Chung of the dentistry faculty, head of the judging committee.

Dr. Waranuch Pitiphat of Thailands Khon Kaen University urged UW dental students to consider global oral health research. At the poster presentation after her talk, Peter Yamamura won the annual dental student research competition.

Dentistry wins grant to expand oral health training in Thailand

Dentistry's Dr. Tim DeRouen will lead an expanded UW oral health training effort in Southeast Asia.

The Fogarty International Center award is part of a federal effort to ameliorate the epidemic of non-communicable diseases in developing countries.

September 28, 2011

Genome map of advanced, lethal prostate cancers reveals 'hypermutations'

A micrograph of stained prostate cancer cells.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the UW scientists have conducted the first comprehensive assessment of DNA errors that drive advanced prostate cancer.

Flu myths: Hear what UW Medicine doctors have to say

UW Medicine general surgeon Dr. Rebecca Petersen gets her annual flu shot.

Don’t let myths about the flu keep you from taking steps to ward off infection.

Know the facts about the flu: Stay healthy this flu season

A model of a flu virus shows its various components.

The flu season is about to begin. UW Medicine infection control experts Drs. Estella Whimby and Timothy Dellit tell how you and your family can keep influenza and its complications at bay.

September 26, 2011

Returning genetic results to study participants will be addressed nationally

Holly Tabor

Holly Tabor, a UW and Seattle Children’s bioethics scholar, is among the experts in law, medicine and ethics to receive a NIH grant Sept. 26 to look at if, when and how the results of genome studies should be told to research participants.

September 21, 2011

2011 Optical Society of America Boynton Lecture presented by Dennis M. Dacey

Noted UW vision researcher Dennis M. Dacey presented the prestigious Robert M. Boynton Lecture, “Neural origins of color and spatial coding in theprimate retina” at the recent Optical Society of America Vision Conference held at the UW.

UW Medicine & The Seattle Public Library Medical Lecture Series kicks off Oct. 5

UW pathologist Dr. Kim Allison will talk about her personal and professional encounter with breast cancer Oct. 5

At the first talk, Dr. Kim Allison will describe her experiences as a breast pathologist and breast cancer survivor. In coming months, UW Medicine faculty will inform the public on plastic surgery, stroke, pain management, colorblindness research, and healthful eating on a tight budget.

September 19, 2011

Gamers succeed where scientists fail

A screenshot of the "Unsolved monkey virus protein" Foldit puzzle, highlighting the Alignment Tool used by Foldit players to combine regions from multiple models into a single hybrid structure. Online gamers came up with a prediction accurate enough to solve the crystal structure of M-PMV retroviral protease by molecular replacement.

The structure of a retrovirus enzyme had stumped scientists for more than a decade. With the game Foldit, players quickly made an accurate model of the enzyme. The model opens doors to AIDS drug design.

September 14, 2011

Katze lab signs contract with Revalesio to study novel approaches to viral diseases

Revalesio, a pioneering biotechnology company based in Tacoma, recently signed an 18-month contract with the Katze lab at the University of Washington to bring hope to sufferers of influenza, HIV and hepatitis C.

Abstract photos by UW Medicine physician Dr. Alan Chait on display in Greenwood

One of Dr. Alan Chait's abstract photos in his Concrete, Cracks and Colors exhibit in Greenwood.

Concrete, Cracks, and Colors will be shown at the Naked City Brewery & Taphouse through Oct. 14.

Why adults need immunizations

Frances Blakemore, circa 1965.

Far too many adults become seriously ill, disabled, or die each year from diseases that vaccines could have prevented. Learn what immunizations you and your doctor might consider to protect your health.

Study tests intranasal insulin therapy for adults with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease

Insulin treatment results in fewer areas of impaired brain glucose use (indicated by yellow).

Alzheimer’s patients have reduced insulin levels in their brains. An insulin nasal spray improved cognitive function in these patients in a pilot study. Intranasal delivery reaches the brain faster than other methods.

September 12, 2011

Findings on blood pressure and heart disease genetic risk include UW research contributions

A patient at the UW Neighborhood Clinic in Woodinville gets his blood pressure checked.

An international consortium has identified 28 blood-pressure influencing regions on the human genome. UW scientists played key roles in analyzing the massive amounts of data collected for the study.

September 6, 2011

Gene defect that predisposes people to leukemia discovered

Dr. Marshall Horwitz, UW professor of pathology, studies the genetics of blood cancers. His team helped identify GATA2 mutations for acute myeloid leukemia.

Those at risk of acute myeloid leukemia because of family history may soon obtain tests to detect the genetic error before symptoms emerge. Clinical trials are under way to learn the best way to monitor and treat people with the GATA2 mutation.

August 31, 2011

Alaskas first class of physician assistants graduates

As part of a regional partnership to train health professionals for areas in need, 15 University of Alaska Anchorage physician assistant students were awarded Physician Assistant Certificates from the UW School of Medicine Aug. 18

Nine-year old sets up lemonade stand to support Harborview and Medic One

Lily James, 9, sold lemonade on a hot August day to raise money for Harborview and Medic One out of gratitude for saving her life after a boating accident on Lake Washington.

Two years ago Lily James survived a boating accident on Lake Washington. On a hot weekend in August, she sold lemonade to raise money for her lifesavers: Harborview and Medic One.

August 22, 2011

UW joins national push to sequence human genome on the cheap

Jay Shendure is part of a national effort to create fast, affordable, and accurate genome sequencing.

UW is one of eight institutions funded August 22 by the National Human Genome Research to revolutionize DNA sequencing. Jay Shendure, whose lab is noted for several breakthroughs in genomic technology, will head the UW project.

August 17, 2011

Ceremony marks dental students transition to clinical care

Dr. John Wataha of the Department of Restorative Dentistry was the keynote speaker at the transition ceremony.

In a ceremony marking the transition from the classroom to the primarily clinical phase of their education, 68 UW dental students in the Class of 2013 donned white clinical coats and took a pledge of service

Inside a UW Medicine O.R.: Robotic-assisted liver resection surgery

Members of the robot-assisted liver resection surgical team at work.

A UW Medical Center surgical team performed the third laparoscopic, robot-assisted liver surgery Aug. 11. The patient, a woman with cancer, is recovering well.

Gutsy ribbon dispels myths and stigma surrounding bowel disease and ostomy

Lois Fink works at the UW Speech and Hearing Clinic and volunteers in her free time to encourage people affected by IBD.

“It’s more than a ribbon…It’s a movement” is the tagline for an IBD awareness campaign led by UW staff member Lois Fink and friend Barb Wozdin.

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