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.
After a California couple's plight with rat lungworm disease got attention online, Hawaii was accused of failing to adequately warn tourists and residents of the danger they can face. But tourism officials say the disease is rare and there's no need to cancel vacation plans.