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.

Initiative to ban safe-injection sites in King County knocked down by judge

Insite, the first supervised safe injection site in North America, supplies individual stations and sterile supplies for users to consume drugs more safely in Vancouver, B.C.’s Downtown Eastside. The facility could serve as a model for Seattle, which may be the first city in the United States to open a safe injection site. Photographed on Oct. 6, 2016.

Initiative 27, scheduled for February’s special election, was struck down because it infringed on the work of public-health authorities, a judge ruled.

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