Medicine

How former Seahawk Ricardo Lockette got religion on science

Science saves lives. That's the message former Seahawk Ricardo Lockette brought to a recent summit on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in Washington…

A Northwest medical mystery — and the hunt for answers

It’s a mystery that has vexed medical researchers for years: Why some people’s immune systems misfire, attacking their own bodies. This type of misfire is…

The new safe sex: How one HIV drug is changing lives

Joanne Stekler still remembers the day a colleague rushed into her office at the Duke University School of Medicine, exclaiming, “Oh, my gosh! Have you…

UW, family rewriting neuromuscular research

Physicians and researchers at the UW Medicine Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine have partnered up with a nonprofit foundation in one of the leading…

Free annual health clinic at KeyArena offers marathon of medicine

“You can’t do more good in less time than in this place.” That’s what one practitioner said at last year’s Seattle/King County Clinic at Seattle…

Zika has arrived in the Northwest. Will it spread?

Doctors confirmed the eighth case of Zika in King County this week, bringing the total number of infections found in Washington State up to 24.…

Can high-tech helmets solve football’s thorniest problem?

The “full-contact” aspect of football – the big hits, the spectacular tackles – has helped make watching the sport a quintessential American pastime. But as…

Mini microscope could detect cancer right in the operating room

When a doctor determines a patient has a brain tumor, the next step is usually surgery. Knife in hand, the surgeon is soon presented with…

Link between birth control and breast cancer, but no clear answers

Over the past decade, the number of breast cancer diagnoses in the U.S. has fallen, even as they’ve increased globally. The drop can be attributed,…

Trained in Seattle, a doctor brings new life to his homeland

Making a major impact in your country, improving the lives of countless people. Few ever have the opportunity. Dr. Nixon Niyonzima, a young Ugandan physician, is…

The little white house. And the medical visionary who made a difference.

It sat on 18th Avenue in Squire Park, across from the backside of Providence Hospital. It was a little, white turn-of-the-century house — it could…

The cause of death most “distinct” to the Northwest

First, the good news. The cause of death most distinctive to the Pacific Northwest, relative to the rest of the country, is exceedingly rare. The bad news:…

Life science research: Is state losing focus?

Every April, there was to be a show of symmetry in Washington. This month, Big Tobacco made its annual delivery of millions of dollars to…

Premera cyberattack: How an ancient state law makes our data vulnerable

Odds are good you got one of these letters from Premera Blue Cross, too. The Mountlake Terrace-based health insurer sent them out to 6 million…

The benefits of clowning around at the hospital

Hospitals, with their metallic, sterile aesthetics, aren’t known for their humor. But in Seattle, there’s a group of clowns working to change that. Room Circus…

Seattle Steam Co., old utility with new ideas

Some of the Seattle Steam Company's equipment looks like scenery pulled from a factory-set in an old silent film. In the company's two buildings on Western Avenue…

Spiraling into control: Young CEO gets $3 mil for DNA startup

When she needs a break from striving for the betterment of mankind, Adina Mangubat likes to escape to a café in a local art gallery…