From fascinating research to everyday life at our clinics and hospitals, UW Medicine’s news and social media channels tell the stories of our community. Below are the most talked about topics from NewsBeat, Facebook, Twitter and the Pulse Podcast in 2015.

Top Stories on NewsBeat

Testing of the wearable artificial kidney

Testing of the wearable artificial kidney

A prototype designed to provide mobility to dialysis patients underwent its first clinical trial this year. The results earned the device fast track status from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Mom of 3 took unusual route to medical school

Mom of 3 took unusual route to medical school

A young woman had dropped out of college in her teens to get married to a Navy serviceman and work odd jobs. Then she was inspired by the family physician who was treating her three young children.

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UW residency match sets record primary-care percentage

UW residency match sets record primary-care percentage

Residency match sets record with the highest percentage of UW medical school graduates entering primary care. The majority of UW medical students graduating this past year decided to train in primary care fields: family medicine, general internal medicine, and general pediatrics.

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Compound discovered to trigger innate immunity against viruses

Compound discovered to trigger innate immunity against viruses

A drug-like molecule can activate innate immunity and induce genes to control infection in a range of RNA viruses, including West Nile, dengue, hepatitis C, influenza A, respiratory syncytial, Nipah, Lassa and Ebola. The findings show promise for creating a broad-spectrum antiviral.

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Planning for "The Big One?

Planning for "The Big One?"

After the New Yorker magazine reported on the potential in Western Washington and Oregon for an earthquake of a magnitude unlike anything experienced in recent generations, emergency services at Harborview Medical Center gave tips on preparing rationally for natural disasters.

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Top Media Stories

Beethoven’s music resounds with irregular heart patterns

Beethoven’s music resounds with irregular heart patterns

The rhythms of the German composer's music may have been prompted by a coronary disorder. Zachary Goldberger, UW assistant professor of medicine (cardiology), led the study published in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine.

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UW experts, biotech firm join efforts against colorblindness

UW experts, biotech firm join efforts against colorblindness

Maureen Neitz, UW adjunct professor of ophthalmology, and Jay Neitz, UW professor of ophthalmology, partnered with a biotech firm on a possible cure for colorblindness. They also successfully cured colorblindness in two squirrel monkeys.

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Study of breast biopsies shows rate of pathologists’ discord

Study of breast biopsies shows rate of pathologists’ discord

Breast biopsies are good at telling the difference between healthy tissue and cancer, but less reliable for identifying more subtle abnormalities, a new study finds. Joann G. Elmore, UW professor of medicine, is the first author of the study published in JAMA.

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UW Medicine first to deploy ‘heart in a box’ in U.S. trial

UW Medicine first to deploy ‘heart in a box’ in U.S. trial

Ted Daniels, a 47-year-old truck driver from Aberdeen, Washington, is recovering well after receiving a donor heart that was kept beating for eight hours in an investigational circulatory device known as “heart in a box.” Coverage included Seattle Times, KING-TV, and Geekwire.

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Wearable Artificial Kidney earns FDA fast-track status

A local man made medical history when he was the first patient in the U.S. to use a wearable artificial kidney. The new technology could be groundbreaking for the thousands of Americans with end-stage kidney disease. Coverage included ABC News, KUOW, Puget Sound Business Journal, KING-TV, KOMO-TV and Tech Times.

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Twisp firefighter discusses injuries, future hopes

Twisp firefighter discusses injuries, future hopes

Daniel Lyon Jr., 25, a firefighter injured in the Twisp River Fire, spoke to the media upon his discharge from Harborview Medical Center. Lyon arrived at Harborview’s Emergency Department on Aug. 19 in critical condition with burns to more than 60 percent of his body.

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Top Facebook Posts

Mercer Island girl donates $5,000 to medics after surviving accident

Mercer Island girl donates $5,000 to medics after surviving accident

A 13-year-old Mercer Island girl decided to pay it forward today when she donated $5,000 to the Medic One Foundation. She also credits Dr. Nicholas Vedder, Chief of Plastic Surgery at UW Medicine, and the Harborview Medical Center team, for saving her foot.

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Major clinical trial to study mental health in rural U.S.

Major clinical trial to study mental health in rural U.S.

UW Medicine to study two approaches to care with 1,000 patients who have PTSD, bipolar disorder or both

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Burned Firefighter Ready To See His Dog, Get Outside

Burned Firefighter Ready To See His Dog, Get Outside

A firefighter critically injured in a deadly wildfire in Eastern Washington last summer left Harborview Medical Center on Wednesday after three months in the hospital.

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Harborview doctor: Americans numb to daily gun violence

Harborview doctor: Americans numb to daily gun violence

As the mass shooting in San Bernardino rekindles the gun control debate, a local pediatrician said he's seen enough at the trauma center to know what's wrong.

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Top Twitter Posts

The Growth of Movember

The Growth of Movember

Movember is when men all over the U.S. are suddenly growing mustaches. The director of the UW Medicine Men's Health Center, Dr. Tom Walsh, explains the purpose and the mission behind the Movember movement.

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Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Young Athletes

Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Young Athletes

The leading cause of death among young athletes is not head injury or trauma during sports, but sudden cardiac arrest.

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Keeping tickers ticking until transplant

Keeping tickers ticking until transplant

UW Medical Center tests a new, smaller LVAD (left ventricular assist device) as part of a clinical trial.

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Mary-Claire King to receive National Medal of Science

Mary-Claire King to receive National Medal of Science

The White House announced that Mary-Claire King, Ph.D., a University of Washington professor of medicine (medical genetics) and genome sciences, will receive the National Medal of Science.

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Most Popular Podcasts

Eastside Specialty Center

Eastside Specialty Center

A shiny new UW Medicine Specialty Center has opened east of Seattle in Bellevue, Washington; making it easier for anyone living east of the city to get high quality care.

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When Your Heart Skips a Beat

When Your Heart Skips a Beat

Your heart will beat over 100,000 times today! Find out what happens when those 100,000 beats get disrupted and learn how UW Medicine physicians are working to manage those disturbances

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Why WWAMI Matters

Why WWAMI Matters

Consistently ranked one of the top medical programs in the country; the University of Washington School of Medicine not only serves students in Washington but also in five other states in the U.S. They’re called the WWAMI states; Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.

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Should We Still Be Having A Vaccine Debate?

Should We Still Be Having A Vaccine Debate?

Recognized as one of the greatest medical advances of our time, vaccines have saved hundreds of millions of lives since their introduction over 160 years ago. Yet there is resistance from some parents about the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

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Fighting Pancreatic Cancer: One Family’s Journey

Fighting Pancreatic Cancer: One Family’s Journey

It is estimated that 40,560 people will die from Pancreatic Cancer this year. Thanks to the tireless work of UW Medicine’s Dr. Terri Brentnall, that number will not include an extended family she’s been studying over the last 20 years.

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