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May 22, 2003

UW researchers win award for research on groundbreaking class of anti-malarial drugs

The Medicines for Malaria Venture has awarded its Project of the Year Award to two researchers at the University of Washington, Dr. Wesley Van Voorhis, professor in the School of Medicine, and Dr. Michael Gelb, professor in the Department of Chemistry.


May 15, 2003

Acetaminophen is in many medications; be sure not to overdose

Before you take doses of more than one cold, allergy or flu medication, you should take a good close look at the labels, to make sure you won’t be taking too much acetaminophen, a medication found in a lot of sleep medications, pain killers, decongestants and other over-the-counter medications.


May 1, 2003

UW study finds X-ray can cut risk of surgical error

A UW study of patients across the nation who had gall bladder removals, a procedure known as cholecystectomy, shows that a major error during these operations can be cut by close to half by use of a simple test.


April 17, 2003

U.S. News & World Report rankings: School of Nursing ranked first in nation for graduate studies

The UW School of Nursing takes the top honors again as the best nursing school in the nation, according to U.


April 4, 2003

University of Washington School of Nursing again No. 1 in U.S.News’ rankings of America’s Best Graduate Schools

The University of Washington School of Nursing takes the top honors again as the best nursing school in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report’s annual ranking of graduate programs in health care.


January 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.


January 23, 2003

Automatic defibrillator machines now available for home use

You slept well, but you’re feeling weighed down by crushing fatigue, then by intense chest pain.


January 14, 2003

UW Medicine offers Mini-Medical School to the public

UW Medicine is offering the general public the chance to learn about medical science, patient care and cutting-edge research by attending Mini-Medical School 2003.


Heroin and cocaine deaths rebound in Seattle-King County in 2002, while methamphetamine use appears to plateau

Heroin and cocaine-related deaths in the Seattle-King County area increased in 2002, following a dip in numbers in the period between July 2001 and December 2001, according to the semi-annual report titled Recent Drug Abuse Trends in the Seattle-King County Area.


January 9, 2003

New findings on herpes and childbirth

For over 30 years, physicians have assumed that any expectant mother with genital herpes lesions at delivery must deliver her baby by Caesarian section to minimize chances of transmission of the disease to the infant, although there was no clinical or research information supporting that practice.


January 7, 2003

UW study of risk of herpes transmission from mother to infant at birth shows surprising results, confirms old assumption

A study by University of Washington physicians Dr. Zane Brown, professor of obstetrics and gynecology; Dr. Lawrence Corey, professor of medicine and pediatrics; and Dr. Anna Wald, UW associate professor of medicine and epidemiology and their colleagues confirms that Caesarian section does prevent transmission of HSV (herpes simplex virus).


December 11, 2002

UW study shows how tuberculosis moves through the body

A University of Washington study is the first to provide visualizations of tuberculosis infections in an intact living organism and reveals how tuberculous granulomas, the tight aggregates of macrophages that are the hallmarks of this infection, are formed within infected organisms.


December 9, 2002

UW study shows patient education and psychiatric care in primary care medical offices can save money for the health care system

Patients with panic disorder who received collaborative care, rather than usual primary care, had on the average over 74 more anxiety-free days over the following year, according to an article in this week’s Archives of General Psychiatry.


December 5, 2002

New center to focus on genes and proteins related to hepatitis C

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a $9 million grant to the UW to support the newly formed Center for Functional Genomics and Hepatitis C Virus-Associated Liver Disease.


December 2, 2002

Center will study hepatitis-induced liver disease

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a $9 million grant to the University of Washington to support the newly formed Center for Functional Genomics and Hepatitis C Virus-Associated Liver Disease.


October 15, 2002

UW’s Barnard receives national honor for work with infants

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences Monday (Oct. 14) presented this year’s Gustav O. Lienhard Award for the advancement of personal health services to two leaders in understanding infant development: Dr. Kathryn E. Barnard, founder and director of the Center for Infant Mental Health and Development at the University of Washington, and Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, president and chair of the Brazelton Foundation Inc.


October 8, 2002

University of Washington awarded $1 million grant from The Paul G. Allen Foundation for Medical Research

The University of Washington Department of Urology announced today that it has received a $1 million grant from The Paul G. Allen Foundation for Medical Research to support continuing research by Dr. Richard Berger on chronic pelvic pain in men.


October 3, 2002

Difficulty with daily living related to dissatisfaction with medical care

Recent research at the University of Washington shows that Medicare patients who have difficulties performing the typical activities of daily living are more likely to also report dissatisfaction with their health care than those without these problems.


Knees in need of surgery?

You’ve tried over-the-counter painkillers, maybe glucosamine or chondroitin, modified exercise and even injections to calm the pain in your arthritic knees.


September 23, 2002

UW co-sponsoring global summit to improve breast cancer care in developing regions of the world

The University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center are joining forces with three international foundations to host the Global Summit Consensus Conference, the first international conference on breast care and cancer treatment in countries with limited financial and health care resources.


September 9, 2002

University of Washington Medical Center puts planning into practice in face of bioterrorism threat

In the wake of last year’s terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., and the subsequent anthrax contamination of the postal system that killed five people, emergency planning at University of Washington Medical Center moved into high gear


July 29, 2002

Chemical used to break up blood clots may also cause narrowing of blood vessels, a major problem in heart disease

Research into gene therapy shows that a substance used to treat blood clots may also be involved in the process by which arteries become narrowed and reduce the flow of blood to vital organs.


July 15, 2002

Heroin and cocaine deaths dropping in Seattle-King County as use of methamphetamines and oxycodone increases

A study published by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI) at the University of Washington shows a significant drop in the number of deaths involving heroin and cocaine since 2000.


June 27, 2002

Lowell North sails away with new shoulder

Former Olympic sailing gold medallist Lowell North of Point Loma, Calif.


June 12, 2002

The public is invited to the second annual Pacific Northwest Prostate Cancer Conference

The University of Washington School of Medicine is inviting the public to attend the Second Annual Pacific Northwest Prostate Cancer Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 12, on the UW main campus.


June 6, 2002

Cutting down on caffeine?

Withdrawal symptoms and how to ease them


June 5, 2002

Becoming parents: it’s more than having a baby

The Becoming Parents Program consists of 27 hours of class–21 hours over six weeks during pregnancy and three two-hour “booster classes” when the baby is 6 to 8 weeks old and 6 months old. The classes focus on the couple, rather than just the mother, and teach people skills to strengthen their couple relationship and make it all they want it to be–especially with the challenges of parenthood.


May 2, 2002

Calcium scoring: A new technique useful for some with heart risk factors

You’ve heard a lot about controlling cholesterol to prevent heart attack, and you’ve sometimes wondered if having high blood cholesterol definitely means that you’ll have what cardiologists sometimes call an event.


April 30, 2002

Brain imaging reveals new information about medications commonly used to treat children with autism or other pervasive developmental disorders

For the first time, researchers at the University of Washington <A href="http://www.


April 4, 2002

Genetic variants affect warfarin metabolism

Genetic variants in the human enzyme that metabolizes the drug warfarin, the frequently prescribed anticoagulant Coumadin, make some patients more susceptible to serious or life-threatening bleeding.


April 3, 2002

First cousins face lower risk of having children with genetic conditions than is widely perceived

Cousins contemplating marriage or concerned about a pregnancy arising from their union have often found it difficult to get accurate information about risks to their offspring.


April 2, 2002

Study shows genetic variants put some patients at risk for dangerous drug reactions

Genetic variants in the human enzyme that metabolizes the drug warfarin, the frequently prescribed anticoagulant Coumadin, make some patients more susceptible to serious or life-threatening bleeding.


April 1, 2002

Researcher named winner of presidential award

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is naming <A href="http://www.


March 15, 2002

Sailing icon ready for more adventures with new shoulder

Former Olympic sailing gold medallist Lowell North of Point Loma, Calif., is back at the helm of a sailing yacht, after his painful left shoulder was repaired during a surgical procedure at University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle last month.


March 7, 2002

Foods with complex sugars and high fiber create gas

The little bubbles in a baby’s tummy might cause a problem with colic, or just a really big burp on Daddy’s shoulder.


Macular degeneration: An age-related cause of lost sight

Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is a change in the central part of the retina, the thin film coating the back of the eye.


March 4, 2002

Symptoms of burnout common among medical residents; UW taking steps to help

In the largest study so far of burnout in medical residents, the syndrome of emotional detachment and exhaustion and a sense of low personal accomplishment struck about 76 percent of the internal medicine residents who responded to a February, 2001, University of Washington survey.


February 28, 2002

Researchers Find Region of Gene for Inherited Pancreatic Cancer

Researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington School of Medicine, in collaboration with investigators at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, have mapped the location of a gene associated with inherited pancreatic cancer.


Glaucoma: A potentially serious eye disease has no obvious early symptoms

You feel perfectly fine – no headaches, no eye-strain, no clumsiness.


February 6, 2002

University of Washington women physicians featured in anthology

Eight current and former University of Washington physicians and a School of Medicine alumna are featured in the new book, This Side of Doctoring: Reflections from Women in Medicine.



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