UW researchers developing treatment for Celiac Disease

Victims of Celiac disease, the genetically debilitating condition that forces many to steer clear of gluten, may finally be getting treatment.

Ingrid Swanson Pultz, senior research fellow at the UW Institute for Protein Design, is developing an enzyme that will break down gluten in the stomach, allowing those diagnosed with Celiac disease to safely digest gluten. The enzyme, KumaMax named from the model enzyme her team used called Kumamycin, will be in pill-form.

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Docs on demand at UW Medicine Virtual Clinic

Last week, UW Medicine launched a virtual health care clinic where Washington state residents can get answers to their health care concerns 24/7.

UW mechanical engineers protect sea life from marine construction

A sharp sound pulses through the water, emitting pressure waves like a mini explosion. Whale and seal ears are damaged, fish flip upside down, and drown as their swim bladders, or inner-balancing systems, pop like balloons. The sound happens again and again. Marine construction is occurring above water, and the hammering of giant metal piles into the seafloor is extremely loud.

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Life-saving opioid-abuse treatment not available to millions

A UW-led study published last week in Annals of Family Medicine found buprenorphine-naloxone, an effective treatment for opioid addiction, is not available to patients in many rural U.S. counties.

Seahawks fans make waves


CenturyLink Field erupted with ear-splitting cheers, jumping, and wild celebrations Sunday after the Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers, earning them a spot in Superbowl XLIX. Fans left the game with their ears ringing, a souvenir of the crowd’s roar. Meanwhile, UW researchers watched as their monitors showed evidence of yet another quake generated by the 12th Man.

Battling the epidemic: UW grad’s fight against Ebola


Karin Huster wasn’t supposed to leave her home, play with her pets, use any form of public transportation, or visit any malls, restaurants, or movie theaters. All non-essential activities had to be kept to a minimum.

At least until Monday, when she finished her 21 days of “active monitoring” for Ebola symptoms. 

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At-risk teens often have in-home access to firearms


A study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association, examined the prevalence of in-home firearm access among teens, particularly those with mental health risk factors. 

The study found that of teens living in a home with a firearm, more than 40 percent reported having easy access to it. 

Seafloor melting releases giant plume of methane off Washington coast

Global warming may seem like an abstract phenomenon, but it is causing major changes now being seen in the Pacific Northwest. 

UW researchers are studying a methane plume off the warming Washington coast to try to understand its impact on different depths of the water column and potentially, the surface. 

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Global life expectancy rises as deaths from major diseases fall

A UW-led study published recently in “The Lancet” found that life expectancy has been improving around the globe over the past two decades. 

An international group of more than 700 researchers, led by The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the UW examined the leading causes of death globally.

Book review: ‘The Future of the Brain: Essays by the World’s Leading Neuroscientists’

According to the human brain, the brain is one of the most, if not the most, complicated systems in the universe. 

“The Future of the Brain,” a collection of essays compiled and edited by Gary Marcus and Jeremy Freeman, goes to great lengths to convince the reader of this statement, offering insight into current areas of neuroscience, ranging from brain mapping to treating neurological disorders.