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October 27, 2005

Gastric bypass surgery grows riskier in senior years

Among patients who are insured by Medicare, the risk of early death after bariatric surgery, sometimes known as gastric bypass surgery, is considerably higher than has been suggested by previous research.


$3.8 million grant will fund new informatics center

The School of Public Health and Community Medicine has been chosen to receive $3.


July 21, 2005

Drug deaths rising in King County

Drug-involved deaths increased by more than a third in 2004, due primarily to cocaine, heroin, prescription opiates and prescription and over-the-counter depressants, according to the latest report on drug abuse trends in the Seattle-King county area.


June 2, 2005

Warfarin response related to one gene, UW researchers show

UW researchers have discovered that genetic variations may influence how individuals respond to a common coumarin-based anticoagulant called warfarin, according to an article published in the June 2 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.


April 1, 2005

Selected local dentists in five-state region will join in UW research collaborative

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the National Institutes of Health, is awarding two seven-year research grants totaling $22 million to researchers in the University of Washington School of Dentistry.


UW study shows weight loss reduces markers of inflammation associated with increased risk of heart problems

In otherwise healthy obese women, weight loss is associated with significant decreases in biomarkers associated with cardiovascular risk, according to an article printed in the April 6 edition of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.


February 10, 2005

That ‘stomach flu’ might be a norovirus

The party was delightful, the wine was fine, the music was great and the potluck buffet was so tasty that you got back in line twice.


December 6, 2004

A review of the health implications of lead in Seattle School District drinking water

Recent testing throughout the Seattle Public School District revealed that many schools have at least one drinking fountain with lead levels that exceed the Environmental Protection Agency guideline for lead in school drinking water.


December 2, 2004

More exercise, fewer cookies and an AED for his sleigh

“T’was the night before Christmas, and all through the house,

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.


October 21, 2004

$13 million grant funds clinical research training

Translating the latest advances in research into better health care for the average patient is challenging: the explosive growth of biological knowledge and technology currently moves very slowly, if at all, into the health care practitioner’s office and into the community.


August 13, 2004

New hope for fetal alcohol syndrome shown in study

Research by University of Washington Professor Ann Streissguth shows that people diagnosed with either fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) or fetal alcohol effect (FAE) are more likely to escape social and relationship problems if they are diagnosed early in life and raised in a stable and nurturing environment.


August 5, 2004

Grant funds studies of clinical pharmacology in pregnant women

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July 20, 2004

UW School of Pharmacy researcher receives $2.8 million grant for study of medications in pregnant women

Dr. Mary Hebert, associate professor of pharmacy, and her University of Washington team of researchers have received a $2.8 million grant from the National Institution of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) to research the clinical pharmacology of drugs in pregnant woman.


April 23, 2004

UW center to explore link between oceans and human health

Algal blooms in Puget Sound and off the coast are increasingly producing domoic acid, which can sicken and – in high enough doses – kill humans, other mammals and birds when they eat fish or shellfish contaminated with the toxin. These toxic blooms will be the focus of a new national research center – the Pacific Northwest Center for Human Health and Ocean Sciences – at the University of Washington.


April 13, 2004

Kayla Burt to speak at UW Open House

Kayla Burt, former UW women’s Husky basketball player, will speak at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 24, at the University of Washington Health Sciences Open House. Burt will talk about her sudden cardiac arrest on New Year’s Eve 2002, when her friends and Medic One saved her life.


April 6, 2004

Learn about health, medicine and science at UW Open House

More than 65 exhibitors will demonstrate the latest in research and technology in health sciences and medicine at the University of Washington Health Sciences Open House from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 23, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 24.


March 11, 2004

Teen depression: Parents should pay attention to behavior

If life were a musical comedy, each and every teen would be depressed just long enough to sing a heartfelt tune about how miserable he or she was feeling.


February 26, 2004

Pilot project begins to enable easier access to contraceptives

The UW School of Pharmacy and the School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology are conducting a study to determine the feasibility of screening and prescribing birth control medication to women in pharmacies, rather than in visits to a doctor or clinic.


Hartwell to present Annual Faculty Lecture

Picture a single yeast cell.


February 23, 2004

UW feasibility study looks at direct access to birth control for women visiting at eight Bartell and Fred Meyer pharmacies

The University of Washington School of Pharmacy and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology are conducting a study to determine the feasibility of screening and prescribing birth control medication to women in pharmacies, rather than in visits to a doctor or clinic.


February 5, 2004

Seattle Seahawks Chris Davis and UW athletes will speak at UW School of Dentistry mouthguard event

Four faculty members in the University of Washington’s Department of Electrical Engineering have been elected fellows of in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, bringing the total number of IEEE fellows in the department to 22.


January 29, 2004

Concerned parents need to understand risks without vaccines

Parents have a lot of legitimate worries confronting them every day.


January 15, 2004

Panic attacks:therapy effective for regaining control

Rachel used to think of herself as a very confident person.


January 13, 2004

University of Washington Health Sciences Center presents Martin Luther King Day observance

The University of Washington Health Sciences Center will present its annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 15, in the lobby of the Warren G. Magnuson Health Sciences Center.


December 29, 2003

UW researcher links rising tide of obesity to food prices

Obesity in the United States is in part an economic issue, according to a review paper on the relationship between poverty and obesity published in the January 2004 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The article suggests that the very low cost of energy-dense foods may be linked to rising obesity rates.


December 4, 2003

True confessions of a volunteer lab rat

I wish I could say that I got into being a lab rat for some noble purpose, like the furtherance of great scientific quests, or a desire to help find a cure for some dread disease that has endangered humanity for countless millennia, or even a wish to find the answer to the great universal Why? To be honest, I wanted the exercise ball.


True confessions of a volunteer lab rat

I wish I could say that I got into being a lab rat for some noble purpose, like the furtherance of great scientific quests, or a desire to help find a cure for some dread disease that has endangered humanity for countless millennia, or even a wish to find the answer to the great universal Why? To be honest, I wanted the exercise ball.


December 1, 2003

UW invites the public to presentations on world health ethics

The John R. Hogness Symposium on Health Care, along with Puget Sound Partners for Global Health invite the public to hear presentations by Dr. Jonathon D. Moreno and Dr. Paul E. Farmer. “Global Health and Justice: the Ethics of Access to Care and Protections from Secret Experiments” will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9, in Hogness Auditorium in the Warren G. Magnuson Health Sciences Center on the University of Washington campus.


November 20, 2003

New imaging method may predict response of advanced breast cancer

Imaging of estrogen receptors using F-18-fluoroestradiol (FES) positron emission tomography (PET) may predict the response of advanced breast cancer to endocrine therapy by measuring regional target expression.


Learning more about how serotonin works

The way you feel right this moment, your ability to remember where you parked the car and even whether you get stressed out when you pay the bills are all dependent on the way your brain produces and releases serotonin.


November 6, 2003

One of five centers for bariatric surgery research here

The UW has been designated as one of five centers nationwide to participate in the National Institutes of Health Bariatric Surgery Clinical Research Consortium.


October 28, 2003

UW named a nationwide center to help study surgical treatments for obesity

The University of Washington has been designated as one of five centers nationwide to participate in the National Institutes of Health Bariatric Surgery Clinical Research Consortium.


September 16, 2003

UW researchers continue AIDS vaccine research with $15 million grant

A team of medical researchers from three Seattle research facilities recently received a grant of over $15 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to continue the hunt for vaccines against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the causative agent of AIDS.


September 9, 2003

Depression in the elderly leads to higher health costs

Work done by researchers at the University of Washington and Group Health Center for Health Studies shows that depressed older adults use more health care services and have higher health care costs than their peers who do not suffer from depression.


August 7, 2003

Several options for treatment of acid reflux

TV comedy fans may have fond memories of the old “Sanford & Son” series.


July 24, 2003

Sugar in diet foods: Better or just more costly?

You’ve been drinking a lot of sodas and eating more candy than usual, thanks to job stress, family stress and traffic stress.


June 26, 2003

MRI use for low-back pain questioned

A UW study featured in the June 4 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that while the latest technology may be faster than traditional radiograph or X-ray in providing images of the spine, rapid magnetic resonance imaging, or rapid MRI, does not result in cost savings or significant reductions in lower back pain.


BabyCues card sets available soon

A new tool developed by researchers in the UW School of Nursing promises to help parents, grandparents and other caregivers become more tuned in to the infants and young children in their lives.


June 3, 2003

UW study shows MRIs have no advantage over traditional radiography in diagnosis and treatment of low back pain

A University of Washington study featured in this week’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that while the latest technology may be faster than traditional radiograph or X-ray in providing images of the spine, rapid magnetic resonance imaging, or rapid MRI, does not result in cost savings or significant reductions in lower back pain.


May 29, 2003

More people than ever living with HIV infection

Back in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, most people thought they knew what the face of AIDS looked like.



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