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PTSD treatment cost-effective when patients given choice

A cost-analysis of post-traumatic stress disorder treatments shows that letting patients choose their course of treatment – either psychotherapy or medication – is less expensive than assigning a treatment and provides a higher quality of life for patients.

Health Sciences Digest: Alcoholism in homeless, medical phone apps, aging with chronic disability

Designing medical apps for your phone, treating alcohol-dependent homeless individuals, and enhancing wellness in older disabled adults are some of the developments at the UW Health Sciences and UW Medicine

$31M gift will fund early stage UW research by high-tech entrepreneurs

The University of Washington is receiving a $31.2 million gift from Washington Research Foundation to boost entrepreneurship and support research that tackles some of society’s most crucial challenges. The award will fund four interdisciplinary initiatives that seek to advance global innovation in clean energy, protein design, big data science and neuroengineering.

Health Digest: Cutbacks jeopardize newborns, safe water, MERS facts

The costly effects of cutbacks on maternal/child services, assuring a pure water supply, and what you need to know about Middle East respiratory syndrome.

Health sciences digest: Drug pricing uproar, antioxidant dangers

The latest news from the UW Health Sciences and UW Medicine:   What price for a cure? The economics of drug pricing The uproar against the $1,000-a-pill hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, generic name sofosbuvir, may signal a turning point in drug pricing in the United States.  Purchasers appear to be pushing back and saying, “No.”

Social workers can help patients recover from mild traumatic brain injuries

More than a million people are treated for mild traumatic brain injuries in U.S. hospitals and emergency rooms each year. A University of Washington researcher has found that a 20-minute conversation with a social worker has the potential to significantly reduce the functional decline of those diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury.

Stem cell therapy regenerates heart muscle in primates

Regenerative medicine researchers successfully attempted stem cell therapy to repair damaged heart muscle in non-human primates.

Health Digest: Infant immunization, worker memorial, malaria and AirCare

Health Digest is a selection of recent news and features from the UW Health Sciences/UW Medicine.

Roger Roffman chronicles society’s long struggle with pot in ‘Marijuana Nation’

Roger Roffman, UW professor emeritus of social work who has studied marijuana dependence interventions for 30 years, talks about his new book, “Marijuana Nation: One Man’s Chronicle of America Getting High: From Vietnam to Legalization.”

Health Digest: ‘One Health,’ OB-GYN comments, labs study ‘green’-ness

Health Digest is UW Today’s round-up of news stories from UW Health Sciences.

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