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.
A consulting firm, hired to identify areas for improvement at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital, found many patients left alone or ignored. A staff survey found other concerns, including a fear of retaliation for reporting problems.