Read about medical advances and research in Seattle and worldwide. Topics include treatments; surgery; diseases such as Zika; studies of the human brain, heart and cancer; mental health; drugs and vaccinations; and Medicare, the Veterans Administration (VA) and the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Institutions include the Hutch, UW Medicine, Harborview, Virginia Mason, Group Health and Swedish.

Podcast: Debating Seattle’s proposed tax on sugary drinks — and diet soda, too

A new soda-tax proposal by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray would slightly reduce the per-ounce amount charged and add diet sodas to the list of beverages covered by the tax. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Seattle is poised to join cities like Berkeley and Philadelphia in imposing a hefty sin tax on Coca Cola, Pepsi and other sugary drinks. The latest version of the proposal by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray would put a 1.75-cent-per-ounce tax on distributors of such beverages, raising an estimated $23 million a year. The Seattle City...

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