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The Nordstrom Family Puts Protein Design on a Fast Track

Proteins are tiny engines, formed of amino acid strands, that do all the body’s work — from thinking to breathing. Designed proteins are a recent development: they’re science’s attempt to improve upon nature and fix problems that include medical issues such as cancer and celiac disease as well as environmental challenges. One of the field’s […]

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Airlift Northwest: The Gift of Wings

Airlift Northwest is a flying intensive care unit, taking people from remote or hard-to-reach areas to hospitals where they can get the care — for stroke, car accidents and other emergencies — that they need. Watch a few of our patients’ inspiring stories. Make a gift to support Airlift Northwest’s life-saving work.

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For Our Community

The UW Medicine community is made up of many voices, and it has one ambition: to shorten the path from illness to health for everyone, everywhere, including the two patients in this video. Their inspiring stories remind us of the power of medicine to save and change lives.

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‘Blitz Week’ Idea Leads to Faster Autism Assessments

Diagnosing autism spectrum disorder can be a complicated and time-consuming process, involving lengthy parent interviews, multiple interactions with the child, and consensus-building among providers. One assessment can take 10 to 14 hours over a month’s time, an agonizing duration for all parties. “Fourteen hours was too long,” said Raphael Bernier, a UW Medicine specialist in […]

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To Teach Suicide Care is to Confront Bias, Fears, Reality

Dr. Jeff Sung first felt the anguish and guilt of losing a patient to suicide when he was a UW resident training in psychiatry and behavioral sciences. “I had just seen the person the previous day. My initial feeling was shock and disbelief, and then dread and confusion. The next day felt surreal. Should I […]

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Recovery From Head Trauma’s Psychological After-effects

In June 2013, Noranne Skaanland, an avid cyclist, was in the home stretch of a 20-mile bike ride. She had less than a mile to go to her house in Enumclaw, Wash., when a pickup truck cut a corner. The 60-year old mother of three was hit. Skaanland suffered multiple fractures, lost part of her […]

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Recognizing Emotional Wounds That Come With Traumatic Injury

After suffering a traumatic injury, many people are concerned about more than their physical well-being. Worries can mount about how the injury will affect their employment and financial security, and whether it will disrupt their family dynamics. These feelings can, in turn, slow down recovery. A team at Harborview Medical Center is studying whether treating […]

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Major Clinical Trial to Study Mental Health in Rural U.S.

UW Medicine specialists in psychiatry and behavioral sciences will lead the largest clinical trial ever involving rural Americans with a psychiatric disorder. One thousand primary-care patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder or both will be recruited from 15 Federally Qualified Health Centers in three states (Arkansas, Michigan and Washington) to study how best […]

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Technological Advances in Behavioral Health

Find out how UW Medicine researchers and practitioners are using video games, apps and other technologies to treat mental health issues from PTSD to Depression.

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Could Psychotherapy Software Detect the Sound of Empathy?

People rightfully have high confidence that one pill taken from a medicine bottle will have the same composition and effect as any other pill in the bottle. In choosing a psychotherapist, though, such confidence would be misplaced, said David Atkins, a University of Washington research professor of psychiatry and behavioral science. As is the case […]

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