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The King County Medical Society (KCMS), founded in 1888, is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to representing Seattle and King County physicians and their patients by promoting best practices in medicine and raising public awareness of issues critical to quality patient care and public health.

 

News

Improved T-cell therapy puts leukemia patients in remission

Scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have refined a technique that genetically modifies patients’ own cells to attack leukemia. Their study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that the treatment resulted in no detectable disease in 27 of 29 patients who had been given just months to live, The Seattle Times reports.

Health care mergers not for everyone in Seattle area

Health-care mergers often cite lower costs and better care. But a partnership called the Puget Sound High Value Network cites the same reasons for remaining independent, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports. The network of care groups includes Seattle Children’s, Virginia Mason, Overlake Medical Center, EvergreenHealth Partners, Edmonds Family Medicine, and MultiCare Connected Care.

British medical group urges smokers to switch to e-cigarettes

The Royal College of Physicians says that electronic cigarettes are the best hope for people addicted to cigarettes to quit, The New York Times reports. However, the C.D.C and other U.S. health agencies worry that e-cigarettes could extend smoking habits, introduce children to regular cigarettes, or that their vapor could to have long-term health effects.

Everyone has time for 1 minute of all-out exercise

Scientists at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, have found that just one minute of strenuous exertion proved to be as good at improving fitness as 45 minutes of moderate exercise, The New York Times reports. Combined with warm-ups, recoveries and cool-downs, such a workout would last 10 minutes – something anyone would have time for.


Zika virus

AMA: Zika virus resource center

CDC: Zika virus

Washingon state Dept. of Health: Zika virus


Education & Events

Visit our Education and Events page to learn more about:

  • Upcoming Continuing Medical Education opportunities throughout the Seattle-King County region; and
  • Free access to Heal-WA, an online medical library featuring tool kits, calculators, dictionaries, electronic textbooks, and journals.