Precision medicine at UW gets $50 million gift
A $50 million gift will create the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine, allowing researchers to pursue a tantalizing goal: Treatments tailored to individual patients. The institute will be a collaboration between UW Medicine, The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s, The Seattle Times reports.
New HIV infections in Washington dip to 32-year low
Last year, 440 people were diagnosed with HIV in Washington – the lowest number in the state since 1985, The Seattle Times reports. The drop is largely due to high rates of HIV testing, drugs that suppress the virus, and the use of preventative medication to block infection.
Do financial incentives motivate patients?
More and more health plans, medical practices and some Medicaid programs are offering financial incentives to nudge Medicaid patients toward more preventive care and healthier lifestyles, Kaiser Health News reports. An evaluation found that incentives do help, although the benefits could take years to show up.
Being a doctor is tough. It’s even tougher for women.
A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine analyzed the mental health of more than 3,100 new doctors in the U.S. Before starting residency, men and women had similar levels of depressive symptoms. Six months later, both genders had a sharp rise in depression scores — but the effect was much more pronounced for women, The New York Times reports. Work-family conflict accounted for more than a third of the difference.