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UW and Fred Hutch researchers study bandage contact lenses’ effect on graft-versus-host disease symptoms

Researchers from the UW and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have teamed up to study a special contact lens that acts as a bandage for patients with debilitating symptoms of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD).

UW students provide personal healthcare to locals in Nicaragua

The slogan, “Students empowering communities, communities empowering students,” is a reminder of the impact a handful of individuals from the UW School of Pharmacy made upon arriving to Nicaragua. 

This past June, 43 UW School of Pharmacy students and physicians from the Seattle area teamed up with Global Brigades, the largest student-led global health organization in the world, to deliver health care services to indigent people in a rural village in Nicaragua.

Learning to LAUGH: Using art to reduce stress

For a few seconds, the canvas remains blank. Then a thin line appears, followed by another, and slowly, a shape begins to form. Quiet music rises in the background and in the distance, the lull of waves swell to the surface. Blue paint splashes across the surface, tinged with the white churning of sea foam. A child laughs, a colorful beach ball appears. In a few minutes, an invisible hand has transformed the blank canvas into an idyllic beach. All from a TV screen in a patient waiting room.

Washington wolves: After 80 year absence, the pack is back

A wolf howl is the call of the wild. But for decades, that howl was muted. 

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First successful brain-to-brain information transfer by UW researchers

A team of UW researchers conducted the first successful brain-to-brain transfer of motor information in August 2013. The results were published in the journal PLOS ONE earlier this month. 

The researchers used non-invasive brain sensors to transmit brain signals from one participant to another over the Internet to involuntarily move the second participant’s hand.

UW researchers race to trace online rumoring

Surfing the web is a dangerous sport. Waves of distraction, riptides of doubt, and storms of debate threaten to overwhelm the average Internet user. 

When real-life disasters occur, this experience is only intensified. Nowadays, more people, including emergency responders and affected individuals, are turning to social media to find and share information. 

For those users purposefully seeking accurate and reliable information, it’s sink or swim.

Treating the whole person

UW Medicine’s leadership in LGBT health care

UW collaborates with Stanford on ROMP project

Doctors and medical staff often use medical terminology only they understand. This communication barrier can make it difficult to ascertain whether informed consent has been achieved. 

The recent rise of evolutionary biology: Darwin’s lasting legacy

Scientists across the country are using evolutionary biology to solve modern problems. Often considered a “historical science,” focused on past instead of present, the discipline is now at the forefront of addressing problems ranging from obesity to antibiotic resistance.