What a great idea to “take a break and applaud a hero” [“At 90, this doctor is still calling,” Opinion, Feb. 7]. To find such inspiration in the newspaper is wonderful. Catherine Hamlin’s work in Ethiopia has saved lives, brought new techniques to save more, and even given a chance for those who were…More
The editorial “A dark cloud in King County over strides in smoking cessation” [Opinion, Jan. 13] raises a great point that we must do more locally to address tobacco use and prevention.
As a local cardiologist and Board president for the American Heart Association — Puget Sound, I would underscore that while the U.S. has made amazing progress in the fight against tobacco, we cannot declare victory yet.
$50M verdict in line with the law
John Aaseng’s guest column against the recent $50 million verdict for the wrongful birth of a profoundly disabled baby seems to confuse different elements of the law [“Birth-defect lawsuit like a dystopian sci-fi storyline,” Opinion, Jan. 4].More
3 out of 4 Americans living with HIV don’t have their infection under control
Regarding your recent article, what a wonderful boon for humanity [“Obama reveals $100 million HIV research initiative,” News, Dec. 3].
And kudos for his pledge to support The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as long as the other countries do their part.
People don’t realize that the U.S. spends only a quarter of 1 percent of our total federal budget on global health.
Science has discovered that getting treatment to an HIV-infected person early enough can reduce the risk of infecting others by 96 percent. Science magazine named the AIDS treatment-as-prevention strategy as its 2001 “breakthough of the year.”
Patients should be allowed admission to the center with the greatest expertise
After reading the article in Sunday’s paper about the insurance networks, it seems to me that there is an assumption on the part of everybody that one size fits all when it comes to hospital caregivers ["Policies’ limits shock shopper,” page one, Dec. 1].
This is simply not the case. During the 25 years I worked in one of the major Seattle hospitals, my area of expertise involved urology, nephrology, diabetes and organ transplantation. I had no experience in caring for burn patients, patients with severe trauma or patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Physicians depend on nurses to detect subtle changes in a patient’s condition and to report those changes back to the physician. Whether a patient lives or dies can depend on these observations. A nurse who has no experience with that patient’s particular problem is less likely to detect these changes.
Young women should be aware of the risk of prescribed medication An Oct. 24 Seattle Times article reported that the number of stroke victims has increased 25 percent during the past two decades with the increase in the U.S. occurring among the young and middle-aged [“Study: Strokes up among young,” News, Oct. 24]. The article failed to mention…More