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.

When stents don’t work for blocked arteries, targeted radiation may help

After balloon angioplasty to clear dangerous blockages in a coronary artery didn’t work on a patient, doctors in Philadelphia tried a different tack: a targeted dose of radiation inside the artery to inhibit the regrowth of cells. So far, it seems to have worked.

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