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.

Backers of safe drug-injection sites sue to block a public vote in King County

Backers of safe-consumption sites for heroin and other drugs have filed a lawsuit in King County seeking to invalidate Initiative 27, which would ban the facilities. The lawsuit argues public-health decisions cannot be vetoed by citizen initiatives.

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