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Tinkering with T cells to fight cancer

May 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
Tinkering with T cells to fight cancer

How researchers are tweaking engineered immune cells’ cancer-targeting receptors — and why it matter By Susan Keown / Fred Hutch News Service “There’s 40 million T cells in this little thing,” graduate student Alex Salter said as he held up a tightly sealed, plastic flask about the size and shape of a pocket paperback. The […]

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E. coli outbreak linked to Homegrown restaurants in Redmond, Kirkland and Seattle

May 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
E. coli outbreak linked to Homegrown restaurants in Redmond, Kirkland and Seattle

Public Health Seattle & King County health officials are investigating an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) associated with multiple Homegrown restaurants.

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Dodging Dementia: More of us expect at least a dozen good, happy years after 65

May 25, 2018 | By | Reply More
Dodging Dementia: More of us expect at least a dozen good, happy years after 65

New research about “cognitive life expectancy” — how long older adults live with good versus declining brain health — shows that after age 65 men and women spend more than a dozen years in good cognitive health, on average. And, over the past decade, that time span has been expanding.

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A Pioneering Heart Surgeon’s Secret History of Research Violations, Conflicts of Interest and Poor Outcomes

May 24, 2018 | By | Reply More
A Pioneering Heart Surgeon’s Secret History of Research Violations, Conflicts of Interest and Poor Outcomes

By Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, and Mike Hixenbaugh, Houston Chronicle There’s a story Bud Frazier tells often. It was around 1966, and Frazier, now one of the world’s most celebrated heart surgeons, was a medical student at Baylor College of Medicine. An Italian teenager had come to Houston for an aortic valve replacement, but at some […]

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Washington in top 10 states for new cases of melanoma; rates highest in Puget Sound 

May 24, 2018 | By | Reply More
Washington in top 10 states for new cases of melanoma; rates highest in Puget Sound 

Health officials sponsoring “Don’t Fry Day” this Friday (Get it?) at local zoos where families can learn how to best protect themselves from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Zoo events include activities to teach children how animals protect themselves from the sun.

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What to do when you encounter a bat

May 24, 2018 | By | Reply More
What to do when you encounter a bat

Bats do not usually come into contact with people because they are active at night. If you see a bat during the day, and it’s acting strangely – struggling to fly or lying on the ground – the bat could potentially be infected with rabies. Leave that bat alone.

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Patient at UW hospital diagnosed with Legionnaire’s Disease

May 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Patient at UW hospital diagnosed with Legionnaire’s Disease

A patient admitted to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance hospital has been diagnosed with a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease caused by infection with Legionella bacteria.  The patient’s medical history suggests that exposure to Legionella happened while hospitalized in the Cascade Tower at UWMC.

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Health officials seek people exposed to rabid bat at UW

May 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Health officials seek people exposed to rabid bat at UW

A rabid bat was found near Husky Stadium at the University of Washington (UW) on Saturday, May 19 and at least one person was bitten. Multiple people were likely exposed to the rabid bat. If you may have had contact with the bat, seek medical care immediately.

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Drugmakers blamed for blocking generics have jacked up prices and cost U.S. billions

May 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Drugmakers blamed for blocking generics have jacked up prices and cost U.S. billions

Makers of brand-name drugs called out by the Trump administration for potentially stalling generic competition have hiked their prices by double-digit percentages since 2012 and cost Medicare and Medicaid nearly $12 billion in 2016.

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1 in 3 swimming-related disease outbreaks occur at hotels – CDC

May 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
1 in 3 swimming-related disease outbreaks occur at hotels – CDC

Cryptosporidium (also known as “Crypto”), Pseudomonas, and Legionella caused most of the outbreaks in swimming venues in the United States during this time period. Crypto is a parasite tough enough to survive even in properly maintained pools.

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