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.
As rare as it is, acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is spiking this year, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that in 2018 there have been 127 confirmed or reported cases nationwide. Of those, eight are in Washington state (six are pending confirmation by the CDC). VIEW