Health

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.

Misplaced heart offers window into nation’s organ transplant system

The heart that missed its stop Sunday in Seattle has put a spotlight on a little-known and very lightly regulated system that collects and distributes human organs around the country. Critics, including a U.S. senator, say it's time for more oversight.

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