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High Tech Help for Preventing Sports Brain Injury

A Seattle company could hold a key to solving the nationwide epidemic of sport-related concussions.

The numbers are staggering: An estimated 3.8 million sport- and recreation-related concussions occur every year across the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But a Seattle company could hold a key to solving the nationwide epidemic of sport-related concussions. X2Impact has created head-impact monitoring systems to help team physicians and athletic…

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Three Livesaving Developments Pioneered Locally

Including the first new drug approved by the FDA for Hodgkin’s lymphoma in more than 30 years.

Three Eastside tech firms have pioneered lifesaving new devices and treatments in the past year. Redmond’s Mobisante has created a MOBILE ULTRASOUND IMAGING DEVICE—the MobiUS SP1 ultrasound system—that is the first smartphone-based diagnostic device to be cleared by the FDA. The device, released last October, fits into a pocket and can be charged anywhere, making…

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Multiple Sclerosis Update: Major New MS Center Opens in Seattle

Multiple sclerosis is more prevalent in the Northwest than almost anywhere else on earth, for reasons that are largely unknown, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society—more than 12,000 people in the Northwest, Montana and Alaska have been diagnosed with the disease. To battle that statistic, Swedish Medical Center has just opened the largest and…

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“Smart” Cancer Treatment for Kids

This developing therapy could potentially one day eliminate the need for chemotherapy and radiation.

There’s a powerful new weapon in the battle against pediatric cancer, thanks to a new “smart” therapy that could one day eliminate the need for chemotherapy and radiation. The therapy harnesses the power of the immune system to recognize and fight cancer. Here’s how it works: A child’s immune system is reprogrammed to recognize and…

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Sleep Deprived in Seattle

Why local experts are prescribing fewer sleeping pills despite a growing insomnia epidemic.

When Courtney Crocker found herself wide awake and cleaning her house at 4 a.m., she knew she needed a different way to manage her insomnia. A recent nursing school graduate, Crocker, 30, of Eastlake, had been assigned the night shift at the University of Washington Medical Center’s intensive care unit. Within a couple of months,…

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Websites and Apps For Your Health

We checked in with local doctors* to find out which sites they recommend—and use themselves.

With thousands of health-related websites and smartphone apps to choose from, finding the best can be daunting. We checked in with local doctors* to find out which sites they recommend—and use themselves. 7 Great Websites I want trustworthy general medical informationNlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/The National Institutes of Health’s website offers very good general health information and a good…

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Deep Focus

Tom Skerritt remains more committed than ever to the creative economy in the Northwest

Tom Skerritt is one of Seattle’s 25 most influential people reshaping our region. #mostinfluential   Fans were understandably disappointed to learn that Tom Skerritt wasn’t asked to reprise his role as Commander Mike “Viper” Metcalf in “Top Gun 2.” “You can’t beat Tom Skerritt with a gun,” wrote one fan on Twitter. Skerritt has said that…

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The Pursuit of Nobility: Interview with Lenny Wilkens

One of Seattle’s greatest sports icons eyes return of NBA

On a recent edition of three-time Emmy-award winning sports TV talk show “Pardon The Interruption,” cohost Michael Wilbon heaped lavish praise on NBA legend and Seattle icon Lenny Wilkens in celebration of his 85th birthday.  Wilbon noted that he’s a “basketball Hall of Famer three times over” [as a player, coach and assistant coach of…